Sunday, August 31, 2014

My Week and Weigh In

Last week when I decided to reintroduce chocolate, I wasn't sure how that would affect the scale. I mean, this is an elimination diet; I am looking for changes when I add each thing back... changes to tell me whether or not keeping that food in my pantry is a good or a bad idea. Adding chocolate is a tricky thing. The basic ingredient I was adding back, cocoa, is very healthy and nutritious and low in calories. It's not sugary in and of itself, but who eats cocoa plain? I can't eat artificial sweeteners, not even Stevia on AIP, so unless I was making a non-sweet mole sauce, adding chocolate back meant also adding calories and *some* sugar. And sugar can definitely be inflammatory and a trigger. On AIP, "sugar" only comes in the form of fruit in moderation and raw local honey and real maple syrup in small amounts. So I knew I had to watch it with *how* I enjoy my chocolate: amounts, type, and frequency, and pay attention to my overall level of sugar per day. I did need to eat it for several days in a row (5) to be sure it had no ill effects and did not trigger me, and that went very well. I enjoyed an unsweetened cocoa beverage called Choffy, and I made a delicious AIP-compliant chocolate cake (by the way, one slice of this cake *with frosting* contains the same amount of carbs as one medium banana. I knew this amount of sugar would not, in itself, be an issue for me health- or trigger-wise, so any issues would be from the cocoa alone). Everything went very well, and now I can put cocoa on the list of foods I am free to enjoy. This week I am reintroducing seed spices (explained here). These will add almost no calories to my plan but will enhance the flavors of my food. Yesterday I tried some nutmeg in a cup of pumpkin spice "latte" (made with tea and coconut milk) and that was fine. Seed spices can be added as a group rather than one by one; I'll be trying more nutmeg, anise, cumin (which will really perk up my taco meat and chili!), and mustard. 

Weekly Summary

Things I ate:

Peach and ginger "oatmeal" made from squash:

AIP autoimmune protocol breakfast cereal

Nightshade free AIP "Magic Chili"

AIP Autoimmune Protocol chili recipe, nightshade free

Chicken, bacon and mushroom Alfredo: (with cubed yellow squash added)

AIP Autoimmune Protocol recipe

And I got my pumpkin spice fix: coconut milk, black decaf tea, canned pumpkin, maple syrup, and pumpkin pie spice (use cinnamon and ginger instead if you have not reintroduced seed spices). Blend in a blender and warm in a pan.

AIP Autoimmune Paleo Pumpkin Spice "Latte" with tea

Other foods I ate:
Bacon, liver, ground beef, chicken, ground pork
Pattypan squash, onions, beets, parsnips, carrots, garlic, spaghetti squash, sweet potato, beet greens, mushrooms, pumpkin
Cantaloupe, strawberries, bananas, grapes, apples, peaches, plums, honeydew, blackberries
Avocado, olives, coconut milk and cream, beef tallow
Black decaf tea, honey, cocoa, maple syrup, and AIP chocolate cake
Bone broth, kombucha, sauerkraut, gelatin

That's it! No junk. By the way, I think it's a good practice to sit down and list the foods you ate in a week. How long is your list? How much of it is processed? In my notebook and here, I list my proteins first, vegetables next, fruits after that, then fats, extras, and AIP bonus foods last. Makes it easy to see if I am lacking in any category (for example, I did not eat fish this week).


Biked twice (20 min each)
Swam once (30 min)
Walked daughter to school 3x (1.25 mi each)

Scale says: 226 pounds this morning. That's three pounds gone this week! Very happy with that. I feel *so* good and energetic! I am getting a lot done and it feels like my health is so much improved in the past six weeks. Here's hoping my seed spice reintroduction goes well this week.


Anonymous said...

Congratulations on the loss. That is great! Your food looks tasty too.

Kyarra Keele said...

I had no idea you could make oatmeal using squash! I can't wait to try that now. I usually make my oatmeal using chia seeds and fruit.

Congratulations on your weight loss as well! Keep it up (:

Anonymous said...

Congratulations, Lyn! I'm happy for you--for the weight loss (I know 3# in a week is HUGE for you compared to what you've seen over the past year or so. [Ha. It would be huge for me, too, but my limited losses are my own doing])for your ability to stick with the AIP diet, for your amazing variety of food despite the restrictions, and for your patient reintroduction of food.

Well done, Girlfriend, well done.


kiwords said...

I've been thinking a lot about the harsh comments you received about the chocolate cake. My initial response was to be angry on your behalf (the internet is funny, isn't it? I barely ever comment, yet I feel obliged to be offended for you), but the more I think about it, the sadder it seems. Whoever felt they needed to attack you over your food choices was clearly acting under their own fear and hurt. This world is so harsh, particularly to women, and even more so to women with weight problems. To some extent, it seems as though all of us are walking around wounded.
Nonetheless, I am so happy for you, that you seem to have found some peace and health in this area. That's even better than the weight loss.

Lyn said...


even after all these years blogging, those kind of comments still surprise me. I've read a lot of blogs, sometimes wondered why people are doing certain things or maybe thinking they could do something a different way, but I would never use harshness and judgement against them. I think we are all in the same boat, you know? And being kind to each other is always a good thing, so I try to do that. I don't take it personally; like you said, they are coming from a place of hurt and seeing my actions through the glasses of their own experiences... accurately applied to me or not. I just hope people find peace with whatever they are doing. Thank you... I am having a really good stretch right now. I pray it lasts a long, long time.

LovelyDreams said...

I hope the seed spices go well for you! Autoimmune stuff is so tricky. I hope you've found the right solution for you!!

timothy said...

so proud of you for taking it slow and easy because it's working. I did get a giggle that chocolate was the add in not because it bothers me or concerns me weight wise but because I personally hate chocolate so it was like really UGh! lolol I realize I am in the tiny minority with my dislike! glad it worked in your favor and that your (gag) enjoying it! lol good luck with the spices!

anne h said...

Good on the progress!

Janie said...

Glad that all is going well.