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And.. back at it again


Friday, May 03, 2013

So, just over a month ago I agreed to try "The Zone" diet plan because if its anti-inflammatory benefits, hoping to chill out the ongoing issue with my hands and becoming-ongoing issue with my left foot. This plan calls for a specific ratio of protein/carbs/fat. My sister has been on it for months, as have her Crossfit peeps, and she loves it. I chose to do it because the doc said I might really have some great benefits.
Now, I know that lots of carbs and I are NOT friends, so I was wary. I agreed to a month. One month. One.
So, here I am, just over a month later.. fizzled on a 5% challenge because the food plan was weird/challenging/counterprodu
ctive. I am still rocking my running mileage (about 17 miles this week.. I stop and walk when I feel like it, but definitely gaining on being conditioned for my races coming up) and doing massive Jefit ST apps.. (check out "train like a warrior" on the jefit site..booyah). Remember, one month. One.
Wait for it...
Wait for it...

I GAINED ELEVEN POUNDS. ELEVEN. ELEVEN!!!!

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%^(&)*)(*(*^$^%#$&^(*@@$#$ almost describes the tip of this particular cussing iceberg.

ELEVEN POUNDS.

And the inflammation is just as bad, if not worse. And I'm bloated. And I'm frustrated. And I'm miserable.

So.. back I go to the doc. About 10 minutes of conversation about what I'm eating/running/lifting.. and now that he's convinced that the answers to those questions were not *everything *nowhere *nothing.. we have a flipping solution. SOOOOOO GLAD I tracked my food. Total carb phobia, remember? I am a horrible tracker, but this plan freaked me out, so I at least had a clue.

Yeah. Here it comes. Hopefully the end all of all the answers.

Gluten.

I can't have gluten. It makes me retain/gain weight. It inflames me. It's probably why my hands are killing me all the time. It stagnates and reverses my progress. It makes me look preggers. Its in EVERYTHING. Seriously. Shampoo. Chapstick. (sob) Some chocolate.

Now I don't know what to think. It fits as a solution for this stubborn pudge. It fits as a possible reason for my angry angry hands. It fits as why this diet made me TIRED.

Except I hate "magical solutions". I don't trust it. And now I have to lose that frickin ELEVEN pounds, AGAIN. Its not far from how I was eating before they came up with the last great thing, so I don't think its going to be a horrendous undertaking, but GOLDARN it, I need a little break here! I just need to be able to find something that actually works and be able to stick to it.

Somebody.. please.. tell me this will work? That I won't have to change everything yet again? Anybody know of any pitfalls I should watch for? I'm massively not amused by this, even though I'd so like to be hopeful.

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JMEPAYNE 5/13/2013 5:42PM

    UGH!!! i know it sucks... but when you're off of it and feeling so much better, you'll be craving other stuff and you won't really miss it.

RIGHT?!?!



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NOTFATCAT 5/4/2013 7:08PM

    Wow, what an ordeal for you.
I understand there is a new eating disorder out there (can't remember its name) where people are getting ill because they are not eating balance diets. Apparently a number of people are eliminating entire food groups from their diets because they have been told this one or that one is no good for them. Then, wham, they are not getting balance nutritional elements that we humans need.
You are right to consult with your doctor and have give and take exchange of info on food so that you can get what YOU need.
Once you get off the gluten you will quickly lose those nasty eleven pounds.
Take care.

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EJOY-EVELYN 5/4/2013 11:37AM

    You could not pick a better time to be gluten free with so many other people now striving to be gluten free. There are more and more improved gluten-free options becoming available in the marketplace just about every day. Praise God and doctors for answers. If this is the Godsend for you that I hope it is, join a gluten free SparkTeam for more inspiration. So much to be hopeful for!
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JEREMY723 5/3/2013 9:26PM

    So sorry it didn't work out for you. Maybe try gluten free for a week or two and see how it goes? Wishing you the best of luck! We're all here for you emoticon

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MANDELOVICH 5/3/2013 8:54PM

    I've been wheat, gluten, dairy, and sugar free for years. I don't feel deprived because my health improved dramatically after I made the dietary changes. however, I didn't lose weight with the change because I like to eat and eat large portions.

Things I love - quinoa, oatmeal, brown rice, nuts, all veggies, sweet potatoes, and so much more.

I hope this change helps you!!

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GRACEOMALLEY 5/3/2013 5:51PM

    There are all sorts of things gluten free these days. Rice noodles can double for spaghetti, or spaghetti squash can do that too. Supermarkets carry a good bit of glutenm free stuff these days. Google GLUTEN FREE and see what you can come up with. You can live a comparatively normal life without gluten andif it helps releive your pain, even better. Don't lose hope. There are a number of Gluten Free cookbooks out there, too. Check on Amazon, or at your local library.
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