I Won’t Lie to You…

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I won’t lie to you…although this isn’t a diet in the weight-loss sense of the word, I was thrilled early on when I lost a few pounds. It’s hard not to during the elimination phase, especially if, like me, you rarely find yourself craving hardcore proteins. So, the first month or so before I started adding foods back in, I lost about five pounds (which is stellar for me, as my body won’t budge these days).

That all changed quickly, though, after I added back in most of the foods. It seems that when I get the green light on something, I go totally nutso overboard. Really, it’s the portions that are my problem. But suffice it to say that within a few more weeks, I was up all that I’d lost.

A few weeks after that, I got a couple of those pounds off but recently, I’ve not been as vigilant about grocery shopping and prepping healthy foods (although, on balance, I’ve still been sticking with the plan, I just haven’t been as good about salads, etc.). As a result, I’ve been grabbing slightly questionable if not totally forbidden things like organic popcorn with olive oil and sea salt. (Sounds so healthy! Why not eat it by the bucketful?)

And after a really good week, when I woke feeling slim-ish one morning, I weighed in…only to find that the scale still hadn’t budged.

So, as of tomorrow, I’m eliminating weigh-ins totally because they’re bringing me down, except on Doc appointment mornings. For now, that means about 2 1/2 weeks without a weigh-in until my next appointment — enough time to do a lot of damage (for me, weight gains of about 4-5 pounds and even as much as 7-8 in 7-10 days are not uncommon during times of stress, which this month is full of).

But, I’m going to challenge myself to really apply what I’ve learned these last few months about eating well and getting fresh air and moving and drinking water and sleeping. I also know that every time I backslide, like I did with 1 1/2 slices of gluten-free cherry pie (sugar sucker!) over the weekend, I pay for it — I felt sluggish for days after and had achy finger and toe joints for a couple of days, too.

Because I’d said in an earlier post that I’d tell what a typical elimination-diet day looked like and what I’m eating now, here goes.

Elimination diet: Breakfast: No coffee. Instead, herbal ginger turmeric tea which is lovely, but not coffee (it would be about 10 weeks before I really got over coffee and I still miss it, just not too much). Vegan Smart vanilla shake with 16oz unsweetened vanilla almond milk. (Note: after adjusting to the elimination diet, by about the third week I found myself craving proteins and greens for breakfast as well as lunch and dinner, which was odd. Also, early in the third week, I found out that yams aren’t nightshades, and I love yams, so I’d have a baked yam with coconut oil instead of butter and a sprinkle of nuts, as well as a Vegan Smart shake for protein, for breakfast some days). Mid-morning snack: Baby carrots and hummus. Lunch: Salad with some sort of protein and lemon and olive oil, greens, pea pods. Mid-afternoon snack: About a half-dozen Trader Joe’s Organic Corn Dippers (not really healthy but as Doc told me, just do your best — and sometimes, that means corn dippers) and 1/2 avocado. Dinner: Grass-fed, organic steak (about six ounces) and asparagus. Organic raspberries.

Post-elimination diet: Breakfast: Still herbal tea, but switched to organic decaf chai with cream because I thought the turmeric was turning my teeth even yellower. Egg salad or kefir or whole-milk yogurt (with unsweetened coconut and sometimes, Trader Joe’s Coconut Almond granola, which is likely not smart given the sugar but it’s lower in sugar than most, and I just add a couple of tablespoons for crunch). Mid-morning snack: Almonds and half an avocado. Lunch: Salad and Vegan Smart. Afternoon snack: Olive oil and sea salt popcorn. Dinner: Organic chicken and veggies. Raspberries and cream.

Of course, all that seems relatively healthy but, as I mentioned earlier, I tend to eat overly large portions. I need to be more cognizant of that. And, of course, there’s the occasional potato chips and corn chips (even the Trader Joe’s organics are really just special Fritos).

But, tomorrow is another day and I’m still feeling awesome overall, and the hair on my arms continues to grow and I think my funky eyebrow is filling in a bit more. So, we’ll see!

{Photo credit: MADE WITH LOVE BY RYAN MCGUIRE, http://www.gratisography}

{Note: These are my own experiences with applied kinesiology, which clearly aren’t meant as medical advice for anyone else. But I know a lot of friends and family members are grappling with a huge variety of autoimmune issues and other ailments, so I’m happy to share my experiences. And if this is your first visit and you’d like to follow chronologically, click here. Otherwise, enjoy!}

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