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New Diet and Body Kindness Challenge

Thursday, August 01, 2013

Two things to blog about! :) First I want to talk about this Body Kindness Challenge I'm doing with the Young Women I lead at church. Here is a link to the pamphlet online -


Each day has a journal prompt to reflect on the whole thing. Today's prompt is to consider the divine qualities in the reading for the day and discuss how to discover and develop the qualities.

Well - the quote for today mentions runners:

"“I testify that no one of us is less treasured or cherished of

God than another. I testify that He loves each of us

insecurities, anxieties, self-image, and all. He doesn’t measure

our talents or our looks;...He cheers on every runner, calling

out that the race is against sin, not against each other.”

- Elder Jeffrey R. Holland"

It's true in running, and it's true in life. We are all full of worth and loved no matter our insecurities or anything else that's going on with us. We are all working to become our best selves, not competing against each other. I think we do get so caught up in comparisons and whether we're doing as well as someone else, and that's just not the point. The point is to improve ourselves, body mind and spirit, and move toward that goal in whatever little way we can each day.

Some of the divine qualities mentioned in today's reading that stood out to me: Humility, patience and longsuffering.

I try really hard to embody those things, but you know it's funny. In this world there seems to be an effort for (women in particular) to be so confident that they come off as cocky. It's some twisted version of women's empowerment. Being teachable and humble is something that is really important to me - it's ok to be confident in your abilities, but if you become prideful and not humble, then you lose your ability to progress. There is this fad of showing humility and vulnerability being seen as weakness and therefore we must be completely independent as women, not in need of any help. Well it's BS! We all need help sometimes, we're not invulnerable, we're not inpenetrable fortresses of perfection. Anyway I'm getting off on a tangent.


So I was tested for 200 foods to see what sensitivities I may have. Turns out - a lot! So the idea is I do an elimination diet where I don't eat any food sensitivities for 3 months, and then begin to reintroduce some foods from mild (starting after 3 months) to severe (starting after 6 months) on a rotational basis (one new food every 4 days or something like that). SO! My sensitivites are....

Severe reaction - Gluten was mild, but due to hashimoto's I'm eliminating it, but I'm not worrying about trace gluten (per advice of my dr)

Haibut, Millet, Oregano, Pumpkin, Saffron, Scallions, zucchini squash, whey (dairy)

Moderate reaction -

Asparagus, Brewer's Yeast, Carrot, Clam, Codfish, Coffee, Cottonseed, Eggplant, Peppermint, Radish, Sage, Snapper, Sweet Potato

Mild Reaction -
Avocado, Banana, Beet, Bell Peppers, Black Beans, Blueberry, Broccoli, Brussel Sprouts, Cabbage, Coconut, Corn, Crab, Cucumber, Cumin, Egg White (but not the yolk!), Fennel Seed, Flounder, Grape, Green Pea, Kelp, Kiwi, Leek, Lemon, Licorice, Lime, Lobster, Mango, Nectarine, Oyster, Pineapple, Plum, Raspberry, RICE, Romaine Lettuce, Rosemary, Salmon, Scallop, Sole, Swiss Chard, Thyme, Veal

So to sum up - I'm eating like a GF Vegan (except I AM eating honey) and with a lot of other restrictions, obviously. I pretty much can't eat almost any prepared/processed foods. So the good news?

I saw a new low weight this morning since the beginning of all this nonsense. Since around the end of Jan I've weighed betwen 212 to 208, just fluctuating back and forth. Yep, I was at like 190-195 toward the end of last year, and then my weight jumped up like 15lbs in like a month. O_O Hence all the testing to begin with. So the past few days have been new lows, 205.5, 204.5, and 202.5 today even! WOW! I've only been on the elimination diet for like a week, and I haven't even been tracking my food, just eating the stuff on the green part of my list.

I can eat almost all beans, not black beans, and nuts and oils are almost all good as well. And certain varieties of fruits and veggies not on the list. So I've been eating a lot of almonds and some pecans and macadamias as well, PB, apples, roasted chickpeas and kale chips, lentils, quinoa, and amaranth. AMARANTH is amazing! :) It's like the teensiest baby quinoa. I can still eat chocolate! I found a great dark chocolate sorbet from Ciao Bella that is only ingredients I can have, and sorghum is allowed. I had a call with a nutrition consultant from the company that did the test, and she told me about popping sorghum and today my DH found it online (I hadn't even told him, but he remembered I could have sorghum and he found it on his oen) so that was amazing. We just ordered some. :)
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    I'm going to echo what others have said- LOVE the KINDESS challenge- absolutely love it! What you wrote in the first part, really, really echoed with me, as I constantly struggle to find my happy medium between working on my confidence, yet also embracing all my flaws and working on them. I find that I sometimes go too far down the line of sharing my weaknesses - for example at work- just to make sure that I don't come off as cocky, but coming off as insecure is not good either. I guess, I'm always a WIP :-)

    I wonder if I need to get tested for these reactions as well. Did you go to a special center for that? Just curious, because an acquaintance did something similar a few years back. Or was that at an actual Dr office?
    1780 days ago
    Love the kindness idea... I am SOOOOOOO hard on myself, all the time!!!

    Anyway, what a strange list but hopefully the elimination diet helps and you start feeling your best self. And I concur... amaranth does indeed ROCK! I love it! :D
    1781 days ago
    I even see the 'cocky' women here on Spark. It makes me a bit sad... but I guess I too walked that fine line between humility and overconfident before. I also PRIDE myself in being humble and thankful for my abilities and good fortune!!!! I LOVE the project idea and what you are doing to help the self esteem of the young girls in your community!!!

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    AS for your new diet, CONGRATS on the new low!!! Woo hoo!!! Controlling our own body's inflammation response is very important to weight maintenance!!! How exciting that you are seeing such great results!

    And hopefully you will NOT have these food sensitivities forever! Remember, our bodies are in constant state of flux... but eventually, things want to find equilibrium!!!!
    1782 days ago
    First off, I love the idea of the kindness challenge and that you're doing it with younger women. It's going to be a struggle they face for the rest of their lives, so the sooner you can change their perspective, the better.

    Secondly, I don't even know what to say about your sensitivity/reaction list! I didn't even know you COULD be sensitive to some of those things! Cucumbers and asparagus?!?! No wonder your body's been going haywire. Hopefully the elimination diet and slow reintroduction will help. Keep us posted!!
    1782 days ago
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