Thursday, January 22, 2015

Heading Out

So by Tuesday I had again had some gluten (lasagna at a potluck) and fried food (French fries again) and said to myself as I often do, I think I need new goals.

I tell myself it's okay because I had a 2 inch square of the lasagna and the rest of what I ate was great, health-wise (salad, broccoli, squash, and fresh fruit... skipped the dessert table) and I did not go back for seconds on anything. Calorie-wise it was a fine meal. Same with the fries, although no one can delude themselves into thinking fries are healthy in any way, but having a half cup of French fries is not the end of the world, either. Part of this is my inner conflict of trying to follow my ED counselor's advice of not banning any foods but eating anything in moderation to mentally normalize food. I try to do it but there is this nagging feeling that no, eating that stuff is just not good for me.

The walking is going well and I feel so much better getting outside and just having time to walk and think and enjoy nature, walking wherever I want without being in a rush to get somewhere. This mini vacation (packing now) will be both active and relaxing: cottage on the beach, near old growth forest, with plenty of places to hike. We have a full kitchen so I'll be bringing groceries and cooking healthy meals. When I get back I'll weigh the next morning. See you then!


Anonymous said...

RE: the ED counselor's "ban nothing, eat everything but in moderation to normalize food" advice....

It seems to me that your doctor, the one who told you had Hashimoto's and gave you thyroid meds to treat it, said that even if you didn't want to work thru the AIP process, you should not eat gluten or something else (I forget what it was).

If I am remembering that correctly from your posts, does that mean that your ED counselor has assumed the responsibility of contradicting your doctor's medical advice?

Or have you not informed her of your doctor's advice when she says you should treat all food as equally acceptable for your consumption?

I'm sure she carries liability insurance tot protect her if a client is harmed as a direct result of following her advice, but she needs to know that most insurance carriers will not cover claims if the counselor has knowingly given advice that contradicts a physician's instruction to his patient. And, of course, the reverse is also true: If a client does not inform the clinician of medical instructions that contradict the clinician's advice, the counselor is not libel and will not have to pay up if the client suffers harm following that counselor's advice.

If I am remembering incorrectly and your MD did NOT tell you to avoid gluten, then a 2 inch square of the lasagna is not big deal. In fact, I'm seriously impressed that you could not only stop at that, but also not let it trigger munching on other high calorie food. I'm pretty sure I wouldn't have fared as well as you did with that.

Do have a nice vacation. It sounds lovely.


divad said...

I think you need to plan for occasions where you eat fries. If you can't live a happy life without them on occasion, you need to find a way to include them in your foodscape without feeling like you've failed. It sounds to me that if you're gut wrenching honest with yourself, you will not be happy eating the rest of your life without fries. little of them do you need to be satisfied? Is it 1/2 cup serving only when at a Fast Food place? Is it 1/2 cup every day? Those are the hard questions. But, trying not to eat them at all, if you truly want them to live happily, then you have to incorporate them within reason. Otherwise, every time you have them, you feel like you're failing, which leads to overeating, which leads to gaining weight. I have been able to replace fries successfully with green bean fries. I use whole, frozen green beans, put them on a baking stone, drizzle some olive oil, salt and Parmesan cheese and bake them 20 minutes or so at 425. YUM! But, there are questionable foods I can't live happily without, so I include them on occasion, always asking, "What is the least amount of this I need to be satisfied? Is the worth the calories on this occasion?"Sometimes it is, sometimes it isn't. I've learned this through the Diet Fix, by Dr. Yoni Freedoff, Canada's leading no surgical obesity expert. I highly recommend the book as he addresses many of the situations you describe in your posts. I LOVE that you don't give up! You have so much will power! Don't let any any french fry make you believe otherwise!

Connie C. said...

Have fun on your trip! I love getting away from it all.

You said the food you ate was fine as far as calories go. Does that mean you're tracking again? If so, way to go! I know it's tedious, but there's just no other way to know what we're eating.

Lori said...

I totally get the conflict of trying to normalize all food, but knowing that some foods are better at aiding weight loss and a healthy lifestyle. It is a difficult balance that I have not achieved.

Enjoy your trip. I look forward to a report when you return.

iluvmerengue said...

Hi, I went back, to your FB page and from there came here and found out you've been diagnosed with Hashimoto's Thyroiditis, which I have too. I left you a couple of posts that I think will interest you so I hope you will read them (my name is Raquel).

I read about the lasagna and I must tell you that I played the on and off game with gluten many times until it caught up with me. I gave myself 3 or more acute thyroiditis attacks that were no fun at all, one even sent me to the ER (where they didn't help at all). So I highly recommend that you abstain completely for at least 6 mo., but preferably a year, and after that reintroduce with caution and have sparingly and not often. I also advise that you take sublingual B12 and selenium to reduce the antibodies that attack the thyroid (which is where I failed...). Please take a look at this: AND

The longest I went completely g/f was 15 mo. between '12 & '13, then maybe a couple of months last year. For a while now I've been allowing myself to eat wheat every other day and in moderation (at first I'd binge...) because I can't afford g/f products anymore and I'm tired of complete deprivation. This has been working so far as apparently the time of rest to allows my body to "recover". Wheat also gives me a secondary symptom of aggravating my chronic nasal congestion after I've gone back to it for a bit (not right at first...), so that's my warning sign that inflammation is happening and I need to back off. Wheat affects my knees too (and so does dairy).

I once suggested carb cycling to you and I hope you'll consider it. IMHO, it's the most reasonable plan there is for those of us who know we can't live the rest of our lives feeling deprived and can't be on a low-carb diet for life. I didn't even do it as it's supposed to because when I heard of it I couldn't find any detailed info, so I just did one low-carb day followed by a moderate to high-carb day and I still lost about 2 lb./week while eating just about anything I wanted. Sadly, I hit a stall during the winter after accidentally switching to sleeping during the day and gave up. And due mainly to stress that year I gained an additional 15 lbs.

I just decided to re-start and have done 2 low carb days and tomorrow will do a normal carb day. I will weigh myself in the morning so wish me "luck".