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Showing posts with label Elimination Diet. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Elimination Diet. Show all posts

Tuesday, December 8, 2020

Sugar inflammation and low glycemic foods

 I've been reading more and more about how sugar affects the body, and how low-glycemic foods, like the foods on the program I'm following, benefit the body and reduce inflammation. I really feel like this was the missing piece on my path to being healthy. 

I spent nearly the past two years trying to sort out what foods bothered me. I was following a pretty strict elimination diet, basically ovo-pesco vegetarian eating gluten free, dairy free, peanut free, mostly soy free, plus avoiding a bunch of random stuff (artificial sweeteners, canola oil, apples, beer, most wine, mushrooms, black beans, yeast, celery, and probably some other stuff I forgot about). I spent over a year carefully adding things back into my diet and noting my body’s reaction. At the same time, I gained 20ish pounds, and my weight would fluctuate 10 lbs at any time (sometimes even within a day or two 🤯). I gave my gut time to heal while I was following the elimination diet and figuring out what I could and couldn't eat, but I was still having random flare ups of bloating and other gut problems. 

When I started this program, something clicked in my body. The low glycemic foods seemed to be the key. I could suddenly tolerate - in limited quantities - foods I had been avoiding because they made me bloated (gluten in particular), AND the bloating and inflammation was going away, which resulted in my clothes fitting better and the not-unwelcome effect of weight loss (which has resulted in basically a new wardrobe).

I am now eating a low-glycemic, healthy, well balanced diet full of all the vitamins, minerals, and nutrients my body needs. I am building healthy habits, like eating every 2.5-3 hours to maintain my blood sugar levels, and reducing the number of empty carbohydrates and added sugars I eat to help stabilize the sugar levels in my body. 

I am so happy I started this program, and I'd be happy to share it with anyone who can relate to what I've been through. 

P.S. Recommendations are for adult women to have no more than 25g of added sugar each day. Men can have up to 36g of added sugar. 

One 12 oz can of soda has 39g of sugar. Coffee drinks aren't better.






Wednesday, November 4, 2020

Elimination diet to Optavia 5&1

A few have asked, so here’s a follow up to my previous post. I was ovo-pesco vegetarian eating gluten free, dairy free, peanut free, mostly soy free, plus avoiding a bunch of random stuff (artificial sweeteners, canola oil, apples, beer, most wine, mushrooms, black beans, yeast, celery, and probably some other stuff I forgot about). I spent over a year carefully adding things back into my diet and noting my body’s reaction. At the same time, I gained 20ish pounds, and my weight would fluctuate 10 lbs at any time (sometimes even within a day or two). I decided to keep up with the food process and not worry about the weight, because my gut needed time to heal. I finally felt like my stomach was mostly good a few months ago, and still waited until this past month to really address the weight. It could have been any number of reasons, but my body was still holding onto that weight. 

Something else has changed-in the past 23 days, since October 12, I’ve lost 19.2 pounds.  I can see the difference in my face too - can you? I’m sleeping incredibly well, full of energy, never hungry and not battling cravings.

Now I’m eating six times a day - 8, 10:30, 1, 3:30, 6, and 8:30. Five of those meals are super easy and convenient, and one meal is slightly more intensive that involves a protein (I still stick to mostly seafood) and vegetables. That one meal is larger than most meals I normally ate, but it’s low glycemic and balanced, and altogether throughout the day I’m getting all the complete nutrition and vitamins I need. The low glycemic has been the biggest factor so far I think, because I have been eating a lot of the foods I had been avoiding (and occasionally trying to reintroduce and failing over the past 18 months), WITHOUT ISSUE.  

I’m normally not the person sharing personal stuff online but I know a lot of my friends have been dealing with similar issues. We’ve commiserated and shared recipes and tips and tricks. Somehow since starting this nutrition plan, not only am I eating foods I thought I would have to avoid for the rest of my life, my body also decided it didn’t need to hold onto the weight anymore.  I’m eating all day long, drinking water, losing weight, and feeling (and sleeping) so much better than I have in over two years. My body is not rejecting the foods that I had been seriously avoiding. I’m so glad I have found something that works for me. I’m grateful I have friends on this journey with me, and I am ready to share and coach others who have had similar issues and experiences, or just want to feel healthier and hopefully experience the added benefit of losing some weight and sleeping better.




Average weight loss on the Optimal Weight 5&1 Plan is 12 pounds. Clients are in weight loss, on average, for 12 weeks.