2 weeks down…

Today marks the end of week 2. But my title cleverly eluded to that already. No real significant changes or improvements this past week. I got over my stomach issues from those pesky mushrooms. I’m still heartbroken over that, is that normal? I still have all of my energy and I am sleeping GREAT. I think I could probably wake without an alarm clock but seeing how my dog barks at 6am every morning and soon after my oldest son wakes up, I don’t really have a choice as to when I wake up! I am okay with that though.

No real changes in weight this week either. THAT DOESN’T MATTER though. The scale does not define my health. It can’t tell me what is going on in the inside. We all know that is the most important part anyways! And besides, I am still losing inches even without the scale moving much and that is what matters to me! FAT LOSS. It’s better than just ‘weight loss’ any day, in my book.

I am going to start lifting again tomorrow. I took a bit of a hiatus from lifting while my body adjusted to this new protocol. I think that now I have the energy again that I can begin lifting. I am going to be doing Jamie Eason’s LiveFit Trainer. I have started this program before, several times actually, but I have never completed it. So I my goal is to actually complete it! I say this and my boys will wake up tomorrow sick as dogs and I won’t be able to go. It’s how it usually happens anyways. NO EXCUSES! I will get it done regardless of what life throws at me.

I finished It Starts With Food this past week. Amazing book. It really puts into perspective what food really does to our bodies and how and why. I have decided to incorporate the Whole30 into this new plan of eating for me. Except you can’t weigh yourself during those 30 days so I will start that part after tomorrow since Monday is my ‘weigh in’ day.

Vacation is just around the corner! Going to prep all my foods and be as stress free about it as possible. I really want to enjoy it because it’s our boys first vacation!! So exciting! I can’t wait to see their excitement.

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I had a really long post written out and I saved the draft but now it is GONE.

Will update later.

Well, that caught me off guard…

Today is day 11. Currently half way through the 21 day paleo cleanse e-book meal plan.

Let’s talk about what I discovered last night… rewind back to last week when my symptoms were clearing up. I couldn’t tell if things were affecting my body yet because I was still ‘detoxing.’ It’s safe to say that all of my symptoms are pretty much gone. I had a sneaking feeling that one of the foods I was still eating was causing a ruckus in my belly but I wasn’t 100% yet. It is sad to say that it has been confirmed. MUSHROOMS. Really?! I had mushrooms last night, yummy garlic and rosemary mushrooms, and I was WRECKED. Bloated, cramping, gassy as all get out… not to mention it was horrid smelling. TMI I know but let’s get real here, everyone farts.

So I know 100% that I cannot have anything gluten or mushrooms. I’m really distraught over this because I LOVE THEM. I went most of my life without eating them so I guess it’s not really a huge issue but ughhhh. You would think I would be more upset about store bought gluten free treats filled with additives and what have you but I’m upset over mushrooms. Nature’s fungus. Delicious, tasty, yummy fungus.

Moving on though… my weight has maintained this week. I’m okay with that because I am more pleased with the changes going on inside my body. Actually, over the moon happy. Next weekend is going to be interesting to say the least. We are going on vacation. Instead of everyone else having to cater to my needs and allergies, I am just going to prep all my food and bring it with me. And our beach house has a kitchen so it’s not a huge deal. I do know that we are definitely going out to eat at our favorite restaurant in Wilmington called The Basics. I can eat really well there so it is okay and right next door is a organic tea shop so I can get some kombucha!

Speaking of kombucha, I am going to start making my own I believe. I really need to get the book Fermented but there are plenty of resources on the internet that I think I can get it done. We shall see, I am still pretty intimidated.

I started reading the book It Starts With Food yesterday. I’m on chapter 6 with coincidentally enough is about gut health. I am really learning a lot about how our food choices affect our bodies. I finished Made To Crave the day before yesterday, not sure if I mentioned that. I HIGHLY recommend that book to anyone struggling with food. It was a great resource for me. I also have been told to read Take Back Your Temple which I will probably start after I finish the book I am reading.

Considering Isaiah almost deleted this whole post, I better wrap it up!

One week down…

SO,  I completed one whole week. I am actually on day 9!

I feel really great. I have energy, my cravings have subsided, and my body feels awesome. I can’t believe it! No bloating, no gas, no upset stomach, nothing. NONE! It’s a miracle. It’s not really a miracle though. It’s common sense, nourish your body with what it needs and it will thank you for it.

Despite all the sacrifices I have made in the now, I can’t help but look towards the future. When I get to reintroduce certain things into my diet, I often wonder how I will react or handle if I can’t have a certain food forever. What if it’s chocolate? Eggs? Nuts? I try to go back to the verse, “Though it may be permissible, it is not beneficial.” 1 Corinthians 10:23.  Not for me. Yes there is nothing wrong with those things for other people but for me, if it compromises my health, it’s not good for me. Am I deprived? No. I eat so many wonderful foods. All colors and varieties. For once, I am eating for my nourishment. It’s a different feeling, not giving into my cravings. A great feeling to know I am not giving into my cravings. They only fill the now, not the later anyways.

Satan uses anything and everything to cause you to stumble. He doesn’t want us to be happy. So seeing me being happy and ignoring him I am sure is driving him nuts. Especially when I am quick to follow suit with him. Not my strongest qualities but I think it’s not secret that currently, self control is not one of my fruits. Give me some time, it will be.

I finished reading Made to Crave today. I am going to go back through each chapter and really sit and contemplate everything I have read. It has questions in the end of each chapter and I like to journal my answers. I really want to lead a book study with a group of women on the book. I am working on the details of that, even if it is outside the church.

Sunday was September 1st and I have been on a cut (cutting weight) since the beginning of August. I have a modest goal to reach and I am giving myself till the end of the year to reach it. The healthy way, no quick fixes. For the month of August, I lost 8 pounds and 13.25 inches. Not bad! I am pleased with those results especially since I have been filling my body with such good foods! I have roughly 9 more pounds to go till goal and then in January, I will be switching to a powerlifting routine and concentrating on building muscle!

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Day 4 and my false idol

Today marks day 4 of the 21-day cleanse. I am already planning on continuing it further as I am learning much more about myself than I realized. Or intended.

Along side with doing this, I have been reading the book Made To Crave. I started it a few weeks ago and am taking my time with reading it. It has personal reflection questions that I actually take the time to sit down and write my answers.

What’s funny is I didn’t even think I had a food addiction until I fell into disordered eating in my quest to lose weight. I mean, I always knew that I turned to food for comfort but I just assumed that was a girl thing, a time of the month thing, something deeply ingrained in my head. But when restricting myself too much, I often (always) ended up binging on anything and everything. Even when I found out I was gluten intolerant, I continued to poison myself for that quick indulgence. Needless to say, even after not restricting myself any longer, eating healthy, and an appropriate amount, I still struggled with binging. And these weren’t, ‘oh, I just ate a candy bar, I totally binged,’ these were, ‘oh, I just consumed 3,000+ calories in 30 minutes.’ I wouldn’t stop until I couldn’t fathom another morsel of food in my mouth and then I would have one more.

I finally kicked the binging habit. I stopped restricting myself. I would eat my healthy foods and then fill in the rest of my calorie allowance with whatever I wanted. I was still giving in to my cravings, thinking that they were going to fill some void. Instead, they just filled my stomach and caused bloating and other gastro problems.

Here I am, day 4, on the most restrictive meal plan I have ever attempted. I sit here thinking of all the foods I can’t have. Thinking of everything I want to eat. I let my stomach rule me. It was my god. It was letting me down. And now, I am not letting it rule me anymore. I am made for more than this vicious cycle.

They say that treats are okay as long as they are in moderation. Moderation is not a word in my food eating dictionary. I can not bite into something sweet without wanting more, and more, and more, and more. Next thing I know, I’m depressed because of everything I ate and I regret it. Riddled with guilt. You don’t let an alcoholic have just a sip of booze. They won’t stop there.

I really don’t think any of my friends realize how big of a problem this food addiction thing is. I hope that you can learn more about me from it. This is my thorn and it will always be in my side. But with God, He will give me the strength to overcome it.

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21-Day Cleanse

So, it’s been a long time coming. I knew my health wasn’t where it should be. I still suffered some digestion issues and I was not seeing progress with my mini-cut. Despite being consistent. I was indulging. I would eat what I needed to eat and then fill in the rest with whatever to hit my calorie goals.

I decided to read the leaky gut chapters in Practical Paleo. All of my symptoms, right there laid out in front of me. I knew I needed to take the next step. After reading blogs like Paleo Parents, The Paleo Mom, and Autoimmune Paleo, I knew what I needed to do. Elimination diet. I started reading about the Autoimmune Protocol. As well as everything the Paleo diet eliminates, these are included-

  • Eggs (especially the whites)
  • Nuts
  • Seeds (including cocoa, coffee and seed-based spices)
  • Nightshades (potatoes, tomatoes, eggplants, sweet and hot peppers, cayenne, red pepper, tomatillos, goji berries etc. and spices derived from peppers, including paprika)
  • Potential Gluten Cross-Reactive Foods
  • Fructose consumption in excess of 20g per day
  • Alcohol
  • NSAIDS (like aspirin or ibuprofen)
  • Non-nutritive sweeteners (yes, all of them, even stevia)
  • Emulsifiers, thickeners, and other food additives

(http://www.thepaleomom.com/autoimmunity/the-autoimmune-protocol)What a life right?! No chocolate?! Who am I kidding? I have the hugest sweet tooth (read- food addiction) in the world! I can’t give that up! There is a light at the end of the tunnel though! After the elimination part of the diet, you get to incorporate, one at a time, each food to see if you react to it! There is still hope for chocolate after all! And if it turns out that it is an irritant for me, well, we will cross that bridge when we get to it.

Monday I started the 21-day cleanse that can be found on paleoplan.com.  I haven’t been following the meal plan exactly because I have been eating other acceptable foods during snack times and lunch. I had to cut out my caffeine pills which I am not even sure I know why I am taking them in the first place. Regardless, that cold turkey I’m going to die headache is the WORST. Thankfully, the worst is over.

I suppose after the boys nap or go to  bed, I will go into more details about what I have learned so far. It’s a lot and I don’t like everything I have learned.

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