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Second 5k and starting a very scary diet

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Hello everyone!

This weekend my future sister-in-law and I participated in a 5k event in our hometown in Wisconsin. I think she was nervous that we'd be the only people walking, but we finished with about 20 people behind us, which made me happy. I also took 7 minutes off my time for my first 5k in May. I know that much of this is thanks to my partner for the race, because she just naturally walks at a crazy fast pace and can actually jog an entire 5k so I was keeping her back but she was so supportive and motivating which I definitely needed! No one thought I was going to do as good as I did. I was shocked!

I had two goals for the event. The first was to finish in about 50 minutes. My first race time was 55:33. We finished in about 48:40. OMG! My second goal was to jog across the finish line. My partner thought we'd literally JUST jog over the finish, but we actually jogged the last block and a half, which was tough for me, but nothing for her to do. Overall, it was a very successful weekend for me, although that kind of ended on Monday.

So Monday I go to see my naturopathic doctor. She thinks there is more going on with my stomach issues than we'd originally thought, maybe my bacteria tests were false negatives, which happens in about 10% of the tests. So she wants to be more aggressive. More intense with supplements that are anti-bacterial, anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory. That sounds fine with me. She warns that the herbs can be bitter, but I think I can handle it for a few weeks. Then she mentions a new diet plan. This was the bad news.

She wants me to start the Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD) which involves eating no gluten, no sugar and no dairy. There are also no starchy vegetables or anything with corn in it. By this point in the intro to the diet, I'm freaking out. This sounds like a lot of work, a lot of cooking and a lot of expensive ingredients. Well, after I freaked out for a couple days (with dark chocolate by the way) I started to really research the diet. Turns out that I've already been doing pretty good according to the plan, except when it comes to corn and potatoes. But I can follow the diet and not cook a ton. I can still have eggs, a small variety of cheeses, most all fruits and vegetables, as long as they don't have any additives with them, and basically all meats. This diet is similar to the paleo diet that I'd tried previously, but with more restrictions. I was suddenly very thankful that I had started eating healthier six months ago. If I had to start from scratch today, I would have freaked out completely.

I've started eating more in line with the plan, but also finishing my microwave popcorn, oatmeal and brown rice so that I'm not tempted when I start this for real over the weekend. I know that I'll do this for at least a month, and then, depending on the results, I'll decide if this is something that I will have to do more long-term.

Wish me luck because I'm really nervous about this. On the one hand, I'm hopeful that this will help to heal my stomach and continue my weight loss but on the other hand, I'm worried that all of this work will still not tell me what is wrong with my stomach. But I have my fingers crossed, and I can do anything for a month, right? I've lost 48 pounds in less than 6 months, I can do anything I put my mind to...:)

By the way, my trainer thinks this diet is a great idea. She thinks it will help to kick start my weight loss again (three weeks plateau), help my stomach and in turn, help my back pain too. She literally could not stop smiling about this last night while she was kicking my butt. I hope she's right!

Alright. Time to be done with work, and go for a walk with a colleague. I overdid it a little with my workout last night and my back is not happy today. Hope everyone else is having a great day!!
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    I did a similar diet for a month in March and it really helped me. I have some inflammatory issues as well (though not my stomach) and it really helped me to have less pain and swelling and as a bonus I also dropped 10 lbs.

    Once you get the hang of it it's really not that bad, the hardest part is being prepared and having the foods on the plan ready to go.

    I hope the new plan helps and emoticon on the 5k

    1734 days ago

    Comment edited on: 6/23/2013 8:52:25 AM
    Good luck!
    1737 days ago
    You might want to not eat corn anymore since they are finding that the corn (gmo in the USA) is causing inflammation in the digestive track of pigs. check out this website
    http://www.naturalnews.com/ and put in corn and pigs and then go to "GMO feed turns pig stomachs to mush! Shocking photos reveal severe damage caused by GM soy and corn"

    Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/040727_G

    1737 days ago
  • DALID414
    Wow, that intro scared me too!
    You can definitely do it. Hopefully it'll give you definite answers.
    1737 days ago
    It sounds like you have a great attitude about the whole thing, and that's half the battle!
    1737 days ago
  • ROZOZ68
    You sound like you are on a great path. I have been no carb for a long time and it has really helped me. I hope you will continue walking it is the best medicine!

    1737 days ago
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