Monday, July 28, 2014

My Weight, and the Whole 30 compared to the Autoimmune Protocol Diet (Shades of Paleo)

I haven't talked much about my weight since I came back from my hiatus. Rather than obsessing about weight, I've been trying *very* hard to stay focused on sticking to the autoimmune diet/elimination plan 100%, which isn't as easy as it sounds, at least at first. I remember a couple years ago when the "in" thing was for bloggers to do the Whole 30... remember that? I guess it is still kind of popular, as it is a type of strict Paleo, and seems to help people get off their junk. So many readers suggested that I do a Whole 30 and while I sort of considered it once or twice, my primary thought was "no way... are you kidding me??" because it seemed so restrictive. However, now that I am about 2 weeks into AIP, I think the Whole 30 seems a lot easier!

What's the same:

On both Whole 30 and AIP, you can eat lots of meat and vegetables, some fruit, and healthy fats. You also must avoid refined sugar, artificial sweeteners, thickeners, MSG, alcohol, beans, soy, lentils and legumes of any kind including peanuts, grains, corn, and dairy.

What's different:

Allowed on Whole 30 but not allowed on AIP:
Eggs, nuts, tomatoes, potatoes, bell peppers, eggplant, clarified butter, ghee, peas, coffee, and lots of spices derived from peppers or seeds such as paprika, cayenne, chili powder, nutmeg, etc.

Allowed on AIP but not on Whole 30:
Small amounts of real maple syrup and honey.

Also, AIP has a list of foods they recommend adding, such as organ meats and fermented foods.

Another difference is that on the Whole 30, we're advised: "Do not try to re-create baked goods,  junk foods, or treats with “approved” ingredients." However, there are whole websites devoted to recreating such things on AIP. You can have cookies, ice cream, candy, breads, or anything else you can concoct with only AIP-legal ingredients.

I've done that... made a cookie or ice cream here and there, although truly they are so bland and so far from the real versions they are generally not worth the effort. Better to have a peach or something. And I'd gladly trade my AIP honey and faked cookies for the Whole 30's tomatoes, eggs, nuts, and coffee!

Anyway, I'm doing this specific diet as recommended by my doctor to figure out any food sensitivities I may have. I'm about halfway through, and still 100%.

Well, I did start out talking about my weight but got sidetracked by wanting to explore these things, but let me just state the facts.

January 1, 2014: 230 pounds
Lowest weight reached between January and May: 226 pounds
May 5, when I went on hiatus: 232 pounds
Highest weight between May and July: 242 pounds
Weight today: 237 pounds

Since starting AIP and Synthroid I've been losing a pound a week (without counting calories) and hope that continues.

I am not happy that I am 5 pounds higher than when I 'left' in May and 7 pounds higher than I was on January 1, but I am glad I seem to have found an answer, and am hopeful that if the trend continues I will be back in the two-teens by year's end and 164 pounds by the end of next year. That sounds pretty good to me.


LHA said...

So much interesting information here. Congratulations on following the plan 100% because that cannot be easy. I also congratulate you for losing weight although that wasn't he primary focus here. You are SO right that if you stay the course you will reach a very acceptable weight by the end of next year. That is something to look forward to and it will help keep you going. Those small, slow losses do add up! So happy for you to be doing so well.

Karen said...

This is all fascinating but seems so hard. I really admire your dedication to this and really believe you are going to see success!!! Best of luck!

JM said...

Good info! my doctor informed me that we get a whoel new batch of taste buds every 7 days!!! That means that after a few weeks, our tastes really do change. You have just a little bit of time left, and you will find new things that you like and taste good to you. A question? Did you have the food sensitivities blood test? There are several and then you just KNOW what will cause inflammation. They are expensive 200-600$! So most people do elimination. But an option, none the less. Good luck. Its not as hard as chronic pain, diabetes, etc etc, Karen!!

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

Good luck - I know it's hard but I have no doubt you can do this!

Lyn said...


I haven't had a blood test. My doctor said that they are not very accurate (I have not read up on it a lot, I admit, although I am curious) and that an elimination diet is the most accurate way to find foods I am sensitive to.

Yes, it's hard, but after the first week you just kind of get used to it. It's not too bad on an everyday basis if I keep enough produce and meat in the house. It's a lot harder when I am out doing things and see a lot of foods I can't have right now. But I am about halfway through and I am not going to mess up now! No way do I want all of this to be for nothing.

Vita said...

Good for you for finding what suits you the best. I like Whole30 and I eat according to W30 rules every day (except for the occasional use of butter) but AIP is so difficult. I once tried it for a week and I was so unhappy. No tomatoes, no onions or garlic, no peppers. These are the staple foods in my diet and I missed them a lot. Though I probably should give AIP a chance and see if it can help with my skin problems.
Anyway, good luck with your plan :)

Lyn said...

hi Vita,

Just wanted to clarify that onions and garlic *are* allowed on AIP, unless you suspect they are an issue for you personally. Most people tolerate them quite well. If you try it again, this may make it easier for you!

Vita said...

Oh, really? I must have had a terrible guide to AIP :D Suits me well for being too lazy to read The Paleo Approach. Thank you for the explanation :)

Marie said...

Congratulations on following a program that works for you. Sounds like you are well on your way to reaching your goals! I've been reading your comparison between Autoimmune Paleo and Whole 30. Maybe your goals (weight loss?) are different than some of those that choose the AIP. People who have autoimmune illnesses to the degree that they suffer with truly extreme symptoms ie:nearly bed-ridden with pain, fatigue, etc. follow AIP including no nightshades, tomatoes etc. because the scientific research has shown that eliminating those foods can bring healing. It's not so much about which food groups they would rather or rather not give up. No offense to you about anything you said, it just seemed like maybe you dont understand that. Also, the AIP information I have read discourages folks from trying to recreate gluten free goodies etc, especially for the first few months. Maybe later, people do so because the diet is quiet restrictive and as long as they are using AIP ingredients, why not. Honey and maple sugar is only recommended in very small amounts like 1/2 tsp. per day. AIP with full restrictions is recommended for 30-90 days. Then the whole idea is to start reintroducing foods, and embracing those that don't cause you problems. So the idea is not to stay forever on the most strict AIP. Create a program that works for you. Just as you have done. So I guess i am saying that the bottom line for most AIP followers is gaining back their health, and following the science that shows what is truly effective as far as overcoming autoimmune illnesses.