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Elimination Diet Week 2

Monday, November 24, 2014

Two weeks in and this isn't helping at all as yet. I'll give it the full month if I have to but if not I'm going to insist on a referral to a gastroenterologist. I'm not doing a very good job of keeping on my calorie goals. I'm not allowed to eat raw fruit on this diet, which is annoying and I've actually if anything been eating less veggies, maybe rebelling because I can't eat much and I don't want to be made to eat my veggies, or maybe because I just feel like I can't juggle trying to get my 5 fruit and veggie servings in when most fruits are out and I already have to keep track of so much. The first week I tried to make my veggie pact and so I upped my dried fruits and I think that's why I had such a bad week GI-wise. Maybe all of this is just down to fiber, which would be a bit ironic, if trying to be healthy was making me sick, but I barely make the fiber minimums most days normally so it doesn't seem that likely. A bit frustrated with the whole thing, mostly because it isn't working. But at least I won't be worried that dairy is doing me in anymore if this continues to not work the whole month.

  
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MIRDREAMS 11/25/2014 9:58AM

    You can only do so much at a time.

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MIRDREAMS 11/25/2014 9:57AM

    Weirdly I haven't had much in the way of cravings, maybe because I know this is for a set period or maybe because those foods are just out of bounds, but yes, I agree I've stopped focusing my veggie goal and even my calorie goals to some extant.

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USMAWIFE 11/24/2014 11:30PM

    good luck

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STILLFLYIN 11/24/2014 2:45PM

    Just a suggestion - you might just ignore the official how many of what you should eat for now and eat what you are allowed to eat and like to eat within those limitations. The goal is to clear the decks so you can have a baseline to add stuff back in one at a time and see if you have reactions. Worrying about something else like getting the required number of veggies, etc is not getting you closer to the purpose of the elimination diet. You won't die of malnutrition in the amount of time that this diet should take.

The more information you can take with you even if you see a gastroenterologist, the better your doctor can help you. None of this is magic and none is fast.

Also, dried fruits tend to be high sugar and consequently make for worse cravings.

Hang in there! You CAN do this.

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Elimination trials

Thursday, October 23, 2014

So I've had GI issues for years. I chalked them up to "tummy issues" and lactose intolerance and just didn't think about them a whole lot one way or another. But we're thinking about starting a family and even pretty religious application of Lactaid wasn't getting things to a normal state so I figured before I start trying to support a second life I should make sure my GI tract is at least supporting one human reasonably well. So off to the doc and they ruled out all the truly nasty stuff (parasites, auto-immune, full out allergies). All good.

So off to the nutritionist to sort out food sensitivities as my lactose intolerance is a personal best guess rather than a diagnosis. To best test what is causing my distress (which is a great phrase), in two weeks, after I get back from a business trip, I'm going to stop eating: wheat, eggs, milk, soy, nuts (both ground and tree), fish and shellfish. Pretty much everything I currently eat, since we eat little red meat. Veggies I can keep but she suggested I cook all fruits as they can cause problems for people with seasonal allergies. Thanksgiving and the rest of the holidays are going to be oh so much fun this year. So I go off that all for three weeks and then bringing them back in a week at a time.

Something tells me I'm going to need a lot of Sparkpeople support to get through this successfully. I guess I'll be back to something like normal just after New Year, with a bit more knowledge, hopefully.

  
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LULUHARRISON 11/26/2014 9:48AM

    I have done elimination diets more than once, both for myself and my daughter. I am doing much better now (and so is she!). One way to find recipes is to google "special carbohydrate diet" or "SCD". People have come up with some very creative recipes along the way. Good luck!

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MIRDREAMS 11/24/2014 2:19PM

    Thank you both for your support. STILLFLYIN, I've been drinking a lot of plain herbal teas and thanks for the tip about the olives, I did have some green olives, though I didn't feel any worse after them than anything else so I'm not sure how much of an issue that will turn out to have been. The vegan margarine has been a godsend, I've been using the Earth Balance Soy Free kind and it has saved a lot of even very simple recipes for me. I think I may try baking something pumpkin based this week, I picked up some gluten free flour mix that I guess I may as well play with. If you don't mind sharing, how long did it take you going off things before you felt better?

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LINTPICKER 10/27/2014 7:16AM

    WOW! You are really limited in what you can eat. I hope you figure out what the problem is soon. Best wishes

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STILLFLYIN 10/25/2014 12:49PM

    I don't know what foods you like or how much you like to cook. I pretty much can't eat out and have to cook almost everything I eat. So you have to tell me more for me to make suggestions. With what you have mentioned, squash and sweet potatoes can be made to be a whole lot of delicious. They don't have to be sweet and high calorie. They are great in everything from soup to pie (minus crust). Lettuce leaves make great bread replacements for sandwich fillings. There are a ton of milk substitutes out there. I mostly don't use any - even in my recipes. Water is fine. There is soy free/dairy free margarine available even in this backwater that I live in. Look for "vegan" on the package somewhere. If an ingredient list has "lactic acid" and doesn't say plant derived, don't eat it. Yeah, that is one of the rough ones. Black olives are usually ok, green olives usually have lactic acid.

And just because you CAN eat it doesn't mean you HAVE to eat it. I struggle with this one. When I find fake ice cream or other treats that I haven't had in years, I tend to over indulge.

When my seasonal allergies kick in, I recently started getting major GI and arthritis like problems that I think are inflammation related. Neti pot and PPI pills that I don't want to take have been the only real help so far. (I go ahead and take the PPI pills because when I first got this, I wound up in the hospital with them thinking I had a heart attack. Not doing that again.) I'm watching myself and trying different things to try to find a way to get through it without the pills. Still nothing that works well enough.

There are worse things than doing this elimination. No knowing, dying before your time in miserable pain are way up there.
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Sorry, I am just so verbose. :-D

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MIRDREAMS 10/24/2014 12:03PM

    Thanks STILLFLYIN. That sounds like really helpful advice. Any favorite recipes to take a look at while planning this really strict part of the elimination? Some creative things to try may help me dread the prospect less. I'm trying to think of it as a fun challenge (or as my sister said, a really long Lent).

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STILLFLYIN 10/24/2014 10:32AM

    You can do it! Speaking as a person of many food allergies and intolerances I've done it more than once. Your body is a research project that will probably need additional study for the rest of your life.

First hint - read ingredients in everything that goes into your body. Every time! Manufacturers are forever changing ingredients. With time, you will learn what most of those words are. And you will probably learn the ones that hurt fairly quickly.

Second hint - most processed wheat free foods are highly refined starches. Look for and eat the seeds, etc in as close to their natural form as possible. They are better for you, taste better, and are more filling. I mention this second since I found it the hardest to deal with.

Third, the first elimination may not be enough. You may find groups within the groups. So your add back item of a group may not reflect that something else that you either do or don't react to. Example - I'm violently sensitive to salmon, but I am fine eating bass.

As I said, you can do this. Figuring out what is good for your body is worth it.

Oh, yes. Like everything, there are lots of quacks and well intended people that found one thing that worked for them in the allergy world. If it sounds too good for you, it probably isn't worth your time, money, or effort.

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Hungry

Monday, April 14, 2014

What do you do when you're hungry? I mean, so often I eat because I'm peckish or bored or something looks delicious. At those times I can keep my calorie goals in mind and choose not to eat. But when I'm straight up hungry I wonder, is it good to not eat, even if I'm at the edge of my calorie zone? Often I decide nope, it's not, and I try to eat something healthy, some fruit, some yogurt, a glass of skim milk because I can't believe that a gnawing (or as gnawing as a well fed westerner can experience) hunger is a good sign of a balanced approach to weight loss. Thoughts?

  
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STILLFLYIN 4/15/2014 3:41PM

    If I am actually hungry, lean protein and a cup of hot tea keeps me from coming back and being hungry again - soon. Anything else just doesn't do it for me.

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TIFFA409 4/15/2014 10:20AM

    If you are truly hungry and not anything else, then I absolutely agree with you decision to eat. Also, if you are hungry enough to eat something healthy then you are really hungry and not just feeding you emotions.

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MIRDREAMS 4/15/2014 6:28AM

    A big 16+ oz glass of water and a little time is a good technique to sort real hunger out.

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MCJULIEO 4/14/2014 11:31PM

    Real hunger is not as much a problem as being bored, or emotional, or something else....However, eating carrots helps me keep from doing too much damage to myself...

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STEVENK87 4/14/2014 10:55PM

    Drinking water and prayer works too :)

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LINTPICKER 4/14/2014 9:37PM

    Drink a large glass of water and wait 15 minutes. Try to find something to do that will keep you busy. if after 15 min you are still hungry, by all means eat. But there is a chance you will be so preoccupied you won't even notice being hungry.

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GEMINICHIK 4/14/2014 5:59PM

    Drinking water usually works for me

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Back at it (again)

Thursday, April 03, 2014

I've never thought of myself as a yo-yo dieter. Heck, I've never really thought of myself as a dieter. I've been dissatisfied with my weight as long as I can remember, even when I was the weight that is now my goal weight, but I've also never thought it should be that important. I have several close people in my life who have struggled with eating disorders and who have had very major weight shifts. I never have. I've just been very gradually putting on 40 pounds over the last decade. And I've occasionally thought, ok that's not great, and I've gone to the gym for several years in a row and I did Sparkpeople for a while and lost a little weight, but honestly it's all just been a gradual gain. I can't even say my dissatisfaction has gotten that much greater. A little, especially as my face and belly got rounder, and I stopped liking most photos of myself (even old photos when I was thinner, so I'm not sure what that's about).

I got a Fitbit for myself using a Christmas gift card and since the beginning of the year I've consistently been walking. I've been hitting 10,000 steps consistently, often more. But not tracking food or even restricting it until Lent, when I gave up all pre-packaged junk food. But the scale hasn't budged at all. I am thinking my face is a bit thinner and I've definitely gained more endurance, but my husband still felt he had to give me a "I want you to be healthy" talk. He's a doctor and he said that walking alone wasn't going to be enough. It hurt and it pissed me off but it's also been true so it's hard to argue.

I've been doing more step cardio to get my steps in (leaves me drenched and definitely is a higher impact exercise) and as of April 1st I've started tracking food again. I know that works. So hopefully, I'll see some movement. I really want to feel like I'm actually accomplishing something.

  
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STEVENK87 4/14/2014 10:57PM

    I have the fitbit Flex and I love it. The fitbit does courage me to move my body more. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BODACIOUSCHICK 4/7/2014 11:24AM

    Not giving up in this case is an accomplishment in itself.

I agree with STILLFLYIN on adding in some strength. Muscle may weigh more than fat, but it burns a ton of calories when you're not even working out.

Perhaps you could find an activity you truly love (like dancing or climbing?) and add that to the mix. Or maybe there's something you've heard of but never tried (like Capoeira or Parkour?) , find a class and try it out?

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MIRDREAMS 4/3/2014 10:59AM

    Thanks guys, I will try to keep the right attitude.

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STILLFLYIN 4/3/2014 10:29AM

    You might want to consider some strength exercises/activities in the mix. Building muscles looks great and is an add to your health.

Other than that suggestion, you sound so much like me except that I've lost weight slowly over years and seem to be stuck now. Sigh! And my hubby isn't a doctor.

We press onward and keep working to make ourselves healthier.
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SPARTANJAI 4/3/2014 8:01AM

    I too love my FitBit!
Be glad that your hubby had the courage to say what he felt was true instead of keeping this to himself. He wants you to be around and healthy to enjoy your future together!
Good luck on your journey!

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Rats, Foiled Again (by myself)

Thursday, November 03, 2011

So I haven't been tracking for a while (in fact the last time I was tracking consistently was a week at the beginning of last month). But I have been getting my butt to the gym a few times a week. Which sounds good in principle and I've added in some weight training and I'm up to week 6 on C25K and really working hard at that so I'm pleased with that. But it's getting cold out and I'm not walking for a hour or so on the off days the way I was during the summer. And it shows. I haven't gained any weight back but I hadn't lost any either (was fluctuating within three pounds). So yesterday I stepped on the scale at gym, one of those doctor officy ones that I tend to trust more than our little electric one and was shocked and delighted to see I'd broken the 155 pound barrier and was weighing in at 154. I literally couldn't believe it and I was so happy and I went out and kicked butt in my workout. I mean, I came back into the locker room so red that a woman next to me though I'd been tanning and helpfully suggested it would fade by the next day. Only this morning I went down and weighed myself on our scale before breakfast and found I'm at 157, which feels like a more realistic number given how my pants fit and my current level of activity and calories.

The thing that drives me nuts is it so shouldn't matter. I've run for 20 minutes straight and I didn't throw up or pass out or anything. I can literally take off my old jeans without unbuttoning them. I am changing my body for the better and if I want to take more control I know exactly what I need to do. So here's to control and here's to doing the right thing and trusting the results will take care of themselves.

  
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SKYBLUEGIRL 11/3/2011 9:34PM

    You are working hard and it will pay off! Sounds like it already is. Keep it up! emoticon

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LILMISSRED79 11/3/2011 6:08PM

    Good for you!

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CTTAGENT 11/3/2011 12:45PM

    The scale is a number. I am glad that you are wanting that control to do what you need to... :)

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STILLFLYIN 11/3/2011 12:04PM

    What STELLAR-LIGHTS said. The number on the scale is only a number that is impacted by so many variables. Other indicators are much stronger and more important.
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STELLAR-LIGHTS 11/3/2011 11:14AM

    Congrats on the great work out (I always turn beet red too) and the steady non scale related results. Our bodies tell us faster than any scale how well we are doing with our health efforts.

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