Day 53-- labs say I'm healthier, & shopping!
Saturday, December 17, 2011
Ok, this is officially Day 53 of my juice fast, though as of last night I decided to modify it a bit to add some lean protein each day, whether that is a glass of lowfat milk with protein powder or a portion of lean meat or fish. I decided to give this a try because my weight loss slowed to about a lb a week, which is VERY slow for a juice fast, and at the same time some bloodwork I did showed that I was developing thyroid resistance, which was probably why I wasn't losing weight. That means that I have to get all the goitrogenic foods out of my diet, since they impede thyroid and slow down your metabolism-- so, no cabbage, kale, spinach, radishes, bok choi, and such (also broccoli, but I wasn't juicing that). Since I'm allergic to chard, that leaves me without much for greens to juice, and leafy greens are the main source of protein during the fast. I've asked a nutritionist about this, but haven't heard back, so until I do, I am adding protein, even if that means dealing with eating a bit & throwing the fast off in that way.
That said, I am down 22 lbs overall since I started on Oct 26, and my cholesterol is under 200 now for the first time in my life since I first had it measured at 22 years old (it was 240 then even though I was thin-- I was told I had hereditary issues with processing cholesterol-- but that wasn't the whole story, obviously). My LDL dropped from 186 to 135, and triglycerides are down in a very healthy range. My BP was up before too, & has normalized, as has my blood sugar. Very pleased with that!
And I have gone down 2 sizes, and having fun shopping again (I used to HATE to try on clothes and look into that mirror), and today I bought 2 pairs of size 10 jeans for my January goal (the 12s I bought 2 weeks ago are already loosening, even with the very slow weightloss). The only downside is that I am spending much more money that I really should-- but I figure I get to make up a bit for years of not buying clothes because they all looked awful on me