This past week has been a busy one. I only got to the gym once and took a walk a few times but dropped the ball on weight training and biking. Will pick it back up this week. I still stuck to AIP 100% (more than two weeks now) and am feeling really good! I am not counting calories, just focusing on eating the correct foods. I am keeping an elimination diet notebook where I write down what foods I eat each day (just specific foods, but not amounts) and how I feel, any symptoms, and my exercise and weight. This way I can see any improvements and also it will help me detect any problems when adding in new foods. I have noticed that while on AIP, my skin has cleared quite a bit, my plantar fasciitis is fading even more, I have more energy, and I sleep better. It's hard to know, though, if these things are due to the diet (which is very anti-inflammatory) or the Synthroid, which I started within a couple weeks of starting AIP. One interesting fact I have read is that low thyroid hormones cause tendon injuries to heal more slowly. I have less tendinitis pain now than I have in a long time. Diet? Synthroid? Not sure, but very happy about how I'm feeling.
Stuff I eat on a regular basis:
grass fed beef, pastured uncured bacon, pastured pork sausage with AIP-compliant spices, salmon, chicken
cooked greens, onions, all kinds of squash, sweet potato, carrots, pumpkin, broccoli, fermented vegetables
cantaloupe, peaches, berries, bananas
whole fat coconut milk and coconut cream with no guar gum added
avocado, olive oil, avocado oil, olives
I do change up the produce a bit, but those are most of the foods I eat every day.
This week I lost TWO pounds, down to 235 today. I can hardly believe it. I am not eating that much differently, amount-wise, than I was when I was gaining weight a few months ago. I feel like I am even more indulgent within the AIP guidelines: adding coconut cream and honey to my tea, roasting my vegetables in olive oil, eating as much as I want of these foods (not to feeling stuffed, but until I am full). I really believe the Synthroid is responsible for this speed-up in weight loss; I just feel so much more 'normal', too: better moods, improved sleep and energy, just.. good. I am so thankful that what I am doing is getting results... not just in weight loss, but more importantly, in my health and happiness.
Monday Babble and Dhammapada
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