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.
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.
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