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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Or is it?
I made it through my two weeks of gluten- and dairy-free eating. Mum even found me a gf df birthday cake! But then I met my trainer and it turns out it wasn't just two weeks to find out if I have any sensitivity. For no medical reason they were expecting me to make this a permanent lifestyle change. A few well-chosen (and quite rude) phrases passed through my mind, but thankfully I managed to keep them there.

Then we had the following conversation:

PT - so what times can you eat at work?
Me - whenever I want
PT - ok, great. So will you try not having breakfast until 11 for me?
Me - ....
PT - Will you just give it a try?
Me - Why?
PT - it'll just give you more energy.
Me - ....
PT - Just try?
Me - I really don't think it's a good idea.
PT - Why not?
Me - I'm... (trying desperately to think how to say 'I turn into a snapping, spiteful, crying, sick-feeling shaky mess' without sounding like a crazy person) not worth knowing when I don't have breakfast.
PT - well yeah, I was a bit grumpy the first time I tried it. But you get used to it.
Me - Hmmmm.

See, I never actually said yes. So I don't have to do it. And I'm not going to. In fact I'm not even going to fill in my food diary this week, and I AM going to go in on Saturday and tell them to stop messing around with my food and just teach me to use kettlebells. Only more polite. I'm also not going to sign up for another block once this one finishes. It seems this particular personal trainer is not for me.

The gf df diet had no effect on my weight, tiredness, energy levels or mood. Well no, that's not true; it affected my mood by making me very cross that I couldn't eat toast or pasta or yoghurt or haggis or noodles or cheese or or or, on and on forever.
The one and only positive effect was that my left knee stopped making that weird pebbles-knocking-together sound. That's it.

These last two weeks have really shown me the meaning of the quote - 'Eating healthy doesn't make you live longer. It just makes it feel like it.'
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    That PT sounds like a CI (complete idiot) to me! If you are cranky when you don't eat breakfast, that indicates your blood sugar is low, so eating something is important. I don't think I'd have been as restrained as you, so well done :-)

    I found eating a low carb diet worked wonders for me, because I like quantity, so now I eat a huge amount of veg with my meal instead of a huge amount of starchy pasta/rice/potatoes. I've lost four dress sizes, so it works for me. However, I need porridge for breakfast to keep me going through until lunchtime. Without breakfast, or with too much sugar, my vision blurs.
    1824 days ago
    Not eating breakfast until 11 is not healthy!
    1844 days ago
    Eat well. Train well. Find someone who is more positive and that isn't just pushing to push. Some people are genuinely gluten intolerant, just like some people are sugar intolerant (Diabetic!); but, that doesn't mean that those of us should eat a diabetic diet even though it may lead to a reduction in weight. You're doing the right things by recognizing that any of the changes they're suggesting won't work FOR YOU. Find what will and find your own healthy lifestyle.

    I'm proud of your fortitude to stand up to your trainer!
    1851 days ago
    I would get rid of them people too, you know much better how to do things than they do.

    Big emoticon
    1852 days ago
    First off, that's absolutely absurd that your PT would tell you NOT to eat until 11AM. Breakfast is important! The PT needs to go back to school.

    Secondly, I'm sorry the gluten & dairy free process did not help with your symptoms. It's been helping with mine (lack of energy, moodiness, headaches, etc). Again, I think your PT needs to go back to school because going GF is not going to make you lose weight. I say eat it if you feel fine!

    Hope you find some answers for your symptoms! emoticon
    1852 days ago
    I totally agree with SCAREWALDORF... If you didn't feel or notice a change, why bother continuing?? Sounds like total crud and bull all wrapped into 1 package.
    1852 days ago
    You have to do what is right for you. You know your body better than anyone else.
    I would do the same as you if it were me.
    1853 days ago
    If you were to ask any trained, educated, professional registered dietitian, they would tell you to eat breakfast within 2 hours of rising for the day. It is absolutely necessary to get your body fueled right away for all the activity that awaits it. Personal trainers almost never have a nutrition element to their training (some don't even have a training element to their training!!!) so any advice they give you regarding nutrition should be run by a doctor or dietitian. Besides, you were doing fine losing weight and getting healthy before they gave you their ridiculous advice, so I'd say you were already on the right track with that.
    1853 days ago
    Hmm. No, you didn't pay for fad diet advice. You paid for kettlebell training. And actually advising someone not to eat breakfast in the morning -- if they normally do I mean -- that's just crazy in my book. Does not sound like a keeper!
    1853 days ago
    For my two cents, I know that PTs try several different approaches to see what gets the best result for you individually. That said, he (or she) should respect your wishes in the not having breakfast department. I feel ill when I don't have breakfast. However, I have had recommendations to do a 12-hour fast, so for example you have breakfast at 9 but you are done eating by 9pm. Maybe see if that's what he's trying to do, in a not-very-well-explained way?

    Also, eating GF for the sake of eating GF is dumb. Trying to cut back refined foods and excessive dairy is smart, but...you're not in bootcamp, so no need to be militant. I like Ezekiel bread because it comprises a whole protein and your body reacts to it differently than regular bread. Maybe a different PT that makes more sense to you is in order :)

    1853 days ago
    The trainer should just stick with teaching how to use the kettle ball. S/He doesn't seem to be listening to you when you try to explain how your body works.
    1853 days ago
    This PT sounds like an idiot of enormous magnitude. You are so right to insist that your diet be left out of this - he's not a registered dietitian or medical doctor!
    1853 days ago
    Ugh. Sounds like your trainer is a True Believer (TM) in both the evils of wheat and dairy and in intermittent fasting. All the more power to him, but it's not appropriate to push strict and unusual eating patterns on someone you're supposed to be training athletically; and borderline delusional to think it's going to make a life-changing difference for everyone across the board.

    Sorry that happened to you.
    1853 days ago
    Anytime a personal trainer (or anyone) using not eating as part of their weight loss strategy warning bells go off in my head. I'm with you. If I don't eat I am hell on wheels. Very frustrating that someone you put your trust in for your health has given you this and tried to pass it off as a valid solutions.
    1853 days ago
    and your paying for this..... yes I think I would have had more than a few words to say!!! still its all a learning experience if only to let you know you know what you need you just have to find your own way to get it!!! emoticon
    1853 days ago
    Some of us don't need breakfast, I'm one, but some of us do, and I think you're old enough to know which camp you fall into. There's a lot of hype at the moment about gluten and dairy, and a lot of rubbish spouted, and apart from a few unfortunates that have intolerances, and you're obviously not one of them, there's no evidence that cutting them out, improves things for anyone else!

    It's supposed to be for life, but not a life sentence. Personally, I wouldn't be so polite. If you're not fairly blunt, he'll be using you as a guinea pig for his hang ups again!
    1853 days ago
    Tell them to get lost - they don't know what they're talking about. Think of your body like a car. Can you or would you drive it without fuel? Can you drive it with only fuel but no oil? You need to eat breakfast. Your body spent the whole night with it's "engine" idling in neutral - your body doesn't turn itself off while you sleep it keeps burning fuel. When you wake up in the morning your tank is empty - time to refuel with some premium fuel not diluted fuel missing certain ingredients. This will give you energy to get going and depending on how much "driving" you do during your day will determine how much and how often you need to refuel. If you had a Lamborghini (or whatever dream car you like), wouldn't you want to take excellent care of it so it would last for years? Your body should be treated like the awesome machine it is not like an old POS clunker.

    You can do it! Remember when you first started running and now look at you go - you're a racer. Feed that body girlie and it'll run like a dream!!!

    1853 days ago
    If you don't have a gluten sensitivity, why eat gluten free? Especially, if you don't want to.
    1853 days ago
    Good for you! emoticon
    1853 days ago
    Sounds like a fad diet to me. If you didn't notice a change, I'd tell 'em to suck it.
    1853 days ago
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