So that's two weeks sick, and I am going to the doctor this week if I am not improving. I haven't blogged because what good are a bunch of posts saying "yeah I am still sick, don't feel like blogging"? But I will update what I can and hope for something better next week.
What I weighed on Sept 1: 226
What I weighed a couple days later, still 100% AIP, but sick: 229
What I weigh now: I dunno, no idea. Scared of the scale.
What I ate the first week being sick:
bacon, ground beef, AIP sausage, fish, chicken thighs
beets, greens, sweet potatoes, other veggies (I stopped writing things down a few days into being ill)
strawberries, blackberries, peaches, other fruits (ditto)
avocado, olive oil, olives, coconut milk
decaf black tea, honey, beef broth
I did make myself a pot of chicken soup from chicken thighs, onions, garlic, celery, and carrots and ate that most days.
Exercise that first week:
Before I was sick I went swimming once (20 min) and walked to school once (1.25 miles). Nothing since then.
What I ate the next week being sick:
I started falling apart. Headaches, fatigue, frustration. Felt too tired to cook, but I did try. Made some roast and cooked some veggies. Thawed some AIP "chili" and had that. But also lost my motivation and ate some white rice. I was at that point still trying to think of the best "non AIP" thing to add if I was going to go off plan... and I knew I was. After 7 solid weeks of 100% AIP, I felt like I was losing it and could not eat one more cup of chicken soup or plate of vegetables. I ate a lot of white rice. I had to go out and run errands and stopped and got a latte, which I have not had coffee, milk, or sweeteners in 2 months so it did not go over so well. I knew what I was doing, but I felt like I had no energy or motivation left to fight it. That turned into a bowl of ice cream, and on another day a sandwich and fries. And a bowl of potato soup.
You have no idea how crappy you can feel until you are not only sick but also go diving headfirst off AIP like that. Holy cow. My daughter looked at me yesterday and asked, "Why is your face so red?" Yep, that redness that I had before came right back. My face broke out and looks just awful. I have congestion and a headache and keep falling asleep in the daytime but waking up in the nighttime. My joints ache. I know part of that is just being sick, but I also know that eating that junk made me feel even worse. I don't need to go into the why's. I think anyone who's ever eaten something because they *wanted it* even though they knew it wasn't good for them gets this. No excuses, but I've got to clean up my eating and get back to AIP. I know I'd feel so much better.
No, nothing I ate tasted that good. In fact, sometimes I would have really just liked a big bowl of steamed butternut squash instead of something off plan. But it seemed like some kind of Mount Everest to cut up and peel and cook a butternut squash when I was so exhausted and sick. When I feel better, I am going to process a bunch of squash and other vegetables and freeze them, so next time all I have to do is get in the freezer and nuke some good food. I had a few things ready in the freezer but not enough. I need to do some batch cooking so I have a freezer FULL of good, healthy things to eat when I am sick or busy.
Well enough, I am so tired and feel awful. That's my update, my crash and burn after 7 weeks of AIP. Here's hoping for a better week.