To weigh or not to weigh?
I am extremely frustrated! My weight is continually increasing and I feel like pulling my hair out! I won’t because I’ll be fat and bald and yes, I used the F word because I am. I don’t look down at anyone else who is packing pounds but for myself I work in the world of fitness and wellness and I don’t feel like my best self. Not even close. I began writing this blog to put my feelings out instead of pushing them down. I am tired of saying that my weight gain is due to my auto immune disease, maybe it is or not it doesn’t matter. I decided to stop dieting for the first time in 20 something years and this is how my body repays me, fu! I rid my kitchen of anything that pretty much has a label and decided to try paleo. It made sense, eating from nature and by doing what our ancestors did (except hunting for my dinner) my body would naturally lose weight because there body is eating from nature and my body will balance itself out. Well I’m gaining weight and I feel so out of control! I wish I could say that I’m cooking and eating healthier than ever and that was my intention but, I can’t handle the weight gain. It’s not so much the number, it’s that my clothes feel like they are squeezing me to death. I forgot to mention that I am married to a wonderful man who has gained five pounds all of his 58 years and has maintained his weight. He doesn’t see my size but I am reminded of how big I feel when he tries on skinny jeans, really! It’s not his fault. I am going to a naturopathic doctor to see if there is something going on with my damn hormones. I will not give up and allow my body to take over my sanity!
Out of Bed!
I am finally out of bed and back to the real world. Who knew that I would get sick of tired of laying in bed and watching TV, reading, eating, napping and watching my cats sleep. I am back to work and now I have the opportunity to not stress about losing my job but, now that I have my job I have to figure out where I am really, truly want to go. I have discovered from being bed ridden that I no longer want to count calories as a second career, thus turning to “The Calorie Myth” and exploring the idea of eating real food vs dieting. I will have to say and I thought I would never say this, I really like to cook. Wow! This is a epiphany and I thought I really knew myself. I realized the reason why cooking was so much of a hassle is because I didn’t look at food as nutrition, I looked at food as calories. Food in many ways was the enemy and ever since I was diagnosed with hashimoto’s food has to be looked at as medicine if I am going to heal.
One Week without Processed Food!
Well what can I say about eating nutrient dense food. It takes time and patience. I’m not someone who cooked dinner five days a week due to the fact that by the time I got home from work I was exhausted. I just wanted the short cut to eating and that meant dialing for my dinner. My husband would pretty much eat anything so there wasn’t any pressure to take care of him. I considered my eating habits pretty healthy or I thought. My typical day would be yogurt and oatmeal for breakfast, salad, protein, chips and of course fruit and a few Hershey kisses and dinner consisted of protein, vegetable, starch and fruit and chocolate for dessert. I don’t eat red meat and pork for ethical reasons but it doesn’t make sense because I justify eating fish and chicken ( like their not smart or cute enough), pretty silly. This past week has allowed me to become connected to food in a whole different way compared to the way I treated food as good or bad related to calories. The thought process “is this going to make me fat?” I have existed in the dieters world for the past 20 plus years because I didn’t know any different, food was my best friend and my enemy. Now I need to look to food as not the enemy but possibly the solution to my auto immune disease.
On point for my last endocrinologist. I hope the new one knows what he’s doing. #thyroid #hypothyroidism #hashimotos
Jonathon Bailor of thesmarterscienceofslim.com talks to Leigh and I about his new book, The Calorie Myth. We are going to discuss his theory that you can eat more and exercise less and still lose weight. Jonathon studied thousands of pages of academic research on weight loss over the last…
It seems like there isn’t a moment that I’m not thinking about food, accept maybe when I’m sleeping. Part of the reason “Calorie Myth” interested me so much is that the book’s foundation is to eat more real food and not to worry about could counting calories. The reason is because when your body digests food from nature you burn fat not muscle and you are also satiated. Not getting scientific, eat real food (lean protein, non-starchy vegetables, low fat dairy, nuts and seeds) and your body will naturally do what it’s supposed to do, like balance hormones, lose weight etc… Well I began getting rid of my so called healthy chips (Lori’s definition of healthy: purchased at a natural food store, low-fat or non-fat, most ingredients I can understand). I am so addicted to the sound a chip makes, sounds crazy but I was taught to have chips with lunch or it’s not a complete meal, like a plot missing from a movie. Today I toss the man-made crunch for the natural crunch of nature. I will check back soon with a new plot to my journey…
Today I have done my very best, because my very best is good enough!" That is something that I tell myself when my actions don’t reflect the action steps that I am trying to make. My hormones have been like a rollercoaster ride these past few weeks and my cravings for something sweet and decadent have been like a vampire deprived of blood. I know that sounds pretty disgusting but, I feel like cravings for food that supposidely are not good for me makes me feel like I’m giving in to a darker self. OK, I’m getting carried away, back to what I’m trying to say I Ate Half the Jar of Peanut Butter and damn it was good while I was doing it, but not after( get my analogy to the vampire). Ok, let me back up I came across a book called " Calorie Myth" and I’ve decided to ditch weight watchers because all I’ve lost is money. WW once worked for me in my 20’s and early 30’s but, not any longer since I entered into my 40’s my body isn’t responding to cutting calories and exercising more. That’s when I came across a book "The Calorie Myth, based on years of studies this book is based on, is eat nutrient dense food and your body will naturally find its healthy weight without deprivation. Follow me along in my journey to get healthy, balance hormones and manage my autoimmune disease. First step eliminate processed food.”
Paleo Plan’s Simple Coconut Milk Yogurt
Why look! Another guest blogger! This time it’s Neely Quinn, the pint-sized dynamo who runs The Paleo Plan!
Mel, Holly, and I met Neely last fall when she attended our Do It Better! Paleo Seminar in Estes Park, Colorado. Not too long ago, she reached out to me and volunteered to guest post about making a super-simple two-ingredient dairy-free yogurt in the oven. That’s right: TWO INGREDIENTS. The technique was so novel and easy that I had to take her up on her offer. Teach us, Neely!
Luckily for me — but very unfortunately for her — my friend Cat Caruso has so many food sensitivities that she has to be creative in the kitchen.
Cat’s culinary accomplishments range from the most perfect coconut macaroons ever created, to a tender delectable crock-pot lamb roast, to coconut milk ice cream, and last but not least…coconut milk yogurt.
Obviously, her food sensitivities don’t extend to coconut.
Why had I not thought of coconut milk yogurt before!? Sometimes when she tells me what she’s just whimsically whipped up, I feel really stupid for not having done it before myself.
Not only is coconut milk yogurt a fantastic idea, it’s really delicious. It’s tangy, creamy, and satisfying like yogurt should be. One thing to note is there’s pretty much no protein in it, so you’ll have to get your grams somewhere else.
No processed food!
Since being diagnosed with hashimoto I’ve had to rid my diet of all its deliciounis, yes no gluten! No, it’s not because of the new trend, it’s because for some crazy reason the gluten molecule looks just like a thyroid hormone. Which my body thinks it’s making too much of, in turn attacks my beautiful butterfly shaped organ! Really!!! I’ve now been officially gluten free, for the most part for one year and sorry to dissapoint I don’t feel any different. I love the stories I hear on the gluten free street, “Wow I feel amazing, I have energy and Iost so much weight!” With a smile, isn’t that wonderful, FU! So, since I’ve been laid up in bed I’ve decided to do my own research on how to deal with this little Japanese man living inside of me;) It began with finding a doctor who knew what the hell they were doing! My journey continues…