Monday, June 17, 2013
It has been a year and I did not fair well nutritionally. I lost my enthusiasm somewhere and utterly gave up. I'm not really sure what happened. I got overwhelmed with preparing food for everyone. I was trying to please and motivate others in addition to myself and was becoming very discouraged when my family would "cheat" and not seem dedicated to the plan, at which I was working for hard. I think I just threw in the towel.
A year later I gained back most of my original loss. I felt terrible physically and emotionally and really needed a fresh start. In early February I decided to eliminate the anti-depressant I had been taking for nine years. I had started it after my dad's suicide and I thought it helped some but I didn't really notice a big difference. I did however begin to believe I may be experiencing side effects that were not worth any help they were offering me. After tapering off under the supervision of my doctor I noticed an improvement in the side effects without worsening depression. Ninety days later I felt quite a bit better, enough so that I felt I had the emotional stamina to re-visit my weight and diet. I had weight loss success on the South Beach Diet but I always felt something was a bit off for me.
I month or so ago I had gone a few weeks without my beloved Diet Pepsi and really didn't mind. But my mood got low and I thought maybe my old friend would cheer me up so I bought some and drank it daily for about a week. My mood got lower and lower to the point I was concerned. Then out of the blue I began coming across articles about the dangers of artificial sweeteners and their likely affect on mood as well as weight gain. I stopped immediately and daily noticed an improvement until my system felt flushed clean.
In connection to the articles warning of the artificial sweeteners I discovered Dr. Joseph Mercola and started studying his theory on Nutritional Typing and eating according to your personal type for improved health. Dr. Mercola's nutritional concepts resonated with me and I decided to try implementing the major points in hopes of improved health and fitness.
Dr. Mercola's website offers free nutritional type testing and then advises how to eat accordingly. I am a Mixed Type which means I need a lot more protein with my carbs (veggies) and I was eating too much fruit by itself without enough protein and good fats. Getting started was a lot easier for me than my last program and essentially I was able to shop and start eating right away.
A week of the plan and I was ready to start exercising so I restarted my gym membership and I am really feeling quite good now. The one thing I am doing that feels a little radical to me is I am attempting to be gluten free for sixty days to see if I have any kind of gluten sensitivity. So far this has been really easy, but it has only been two weeks so we will see. The idea is that after the sixty days I can try adding them back in to see if I notice a dramatic onset of symptoms. So far my cravings have been very minimal, likely due to the increased protein and low insulin levels. I've also been experimenting with making fermented vegetables and have had some good success with that.
After only a few weeks I really do feel remarkably better. I am not counting calories with this plan. I am just focusing on eating the right combinations of the recommended foods and getting a lot of structured exercise. So far I've actually lost a few pounds but I have agreed with myself to not make that the big focus right now, but rather eating for health and strength. I would be very excited to get back under 200 pounds, I have to admit that.
I know this is a lot for one day but I want a record of where I have been and what I am up to now. I have hope again.