I have been trying to follow a gluten free diet for about three weeks now. I discovered at the beginning of the week that some of the sauces and such that I use in cooking were not gluten free. It was hidden in the products through the use of aliases. Upon this discovery I cleaned out the cupboards. I was appalled to find that I had two bags worth of groceries that I somehow missed upon my first cleaning binge! The local food pantry was quite pleased with the purge though.
In addition to the extra cleaning, I have been trying to radically reduce the number of carbs I have been eating. I think this should make it easier and cheaper to be gluten free. If I fill up mostly on low carb items, I won’t be as tempted to be buying and consuming and entire $5 loaf of GF french bread. Plus, I just read that some of the starches and flours used in gluten free items can increase your blood sugar more than 5 tablespoons of table sugar!! WOWZA!
As someone with PCOS, I am supposed to be careful with sugars anyway. This syndrome puts me at a significantly increased risk of diabetes. A majority of my family over 30 has type II. I have seen the destruction it can leave in its wake, especially if it is not cared for. It doesn’t just hurt the patient.. it hurts the family. I have no intention of letting myself get to that point… it may be futile but I am going to fight it; even if it means given up on many carbs.
I am only about a week into this semi-restriction on carbs but I figured I would weigh myself and see if it made any difference. Last Friday, I weighed in at 194.4. This has essentially been my average since about June. I believe I described in my bio that I had put on 20 lbs in a matter of 8 weeks after starting to work as a teacher- mostly from stress because I had cut back on eating! I then couldn’t lose the weight no matter what I did. I always fluctuated between 191 (May-ish to early July)-197 (on occassion- like after weekends away with family). The lowest number I have seen since this summer was 193.
Then this morning happened:
Sorry about the blur line.. I realized after I uploaded it that you could see the reflection of my undies. Modest is hottest people!
There are little words right now to describe the sense of excitement that I feel right now. I have not seen numbers this low since I think July. After working my tail end off I may have finally found something that could be key to my search for getting healthy again!
Can you see the joy behind the sleep crusted eyes?
I hope your day is going as well as mine is!
So to say that I totally slacked on this blog is an understatement. Things this fall got a little crazy as I realized that nothing I did was making a difference. I completed most of the BBM challenge, I walked for an hour a day, I ate clean: none of it changed my condition. Talk about a huge let down. I was angry and frustrated.
I didn’t completely resign to my old eating patterns but I really wasn’t as cautious with my food choices. I worked out on a semi regular basis but switched it up to zumba or some other fitness dvd as the cold Wisconsin winter blew around me. What I find comforting about it though, is that I didn’t feel bad about it at all. I know this doesn’t really give me the credibility for this blog but this is more of an online journal anyway. What is a journal without honesty?
The culprit for my inability to lose weight wasn’t myself either. I know that sounds silly but in December I had the chance to meet with a doctor. It turns out that my Poly-cystic Ovarian Syndrome has essentially made it impossible for me to lose weight. Many people jump at this and talk about how metformin in the miracle drug. That may be true for some, but it is not for me. I was put on it after my initial diagnosis and nearly died from an allergic reaction! I couldn’t keep anything down, struggled to breathe, and my heart would race and then skip beats. It was a scary few days until I realized it was the medication.
The conclusion that the doctor came to was that my progesterone may be off which can mimic symptoms of hypothyroid. I do not wish to take the synthetic hormones due to the fact that they are processed and not natural (If you do take them, I don’t mean offense- it is just that I know this is not the route for me). I am taking a few supplements for now and praying about my next steps. I know that God will direct them in the right direction if I am asking for guidance.
In addition to supplements and prayer, I have gone gluten free. I am about two weeks into it- boy is it hard! I have only eaten it once since starting and could tell that I felt a bit foggy afterwards. This diet was something that has been in the back of my mind since last summer- an option that I would try only if I had to. After doing some reading before the holidays, I decided that it wouldn’t hurt to try.
While I am not someone who suffers from celiacs, I have noticed a difference in the way I feel. I have felt a few negative things but they can probably all fall under the ‘withdrawal’ symptoms. I have not felt as bloated though which is a plus. I will certainly be documenting my successes and struggles with it on this blog.
Fitness is only a portion of a healthy life: diet, personal outlook, and overall lifestyle make up other parts. One cannot be truly healthy without them all working in conjunction. It is my personal goal to grow in all these aspects over the next year. Perhaps I can encourage you as well.