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