Monday, February 16, 2015
Clearing Up Some Things
I got some interesting comments and emails about my last post, so I wanted to clear up a couple of things, just so people understand what I am doing here.
First, no, I did not bake dozens and dozens of AIP treats and eat them all instead of meat and produce. I made 6 AIP apple cinnamon rolls, 6 pumpkin breakfast cookies, and 15 sweet potato creme pies. Those "pies" are an inch and a half across... not big at all. All of them are gluten free, junk free, nutritious, AIP compliant, low sugar, and after trying them they went into the freezer. My meals are made from the foods I listed after the pictures: chicken, fish, pork, beef, lots of vegetables and some fruit. For example, last night I had chicken, cauliflower, onions, and kale.
Remember that I am coming off a couple years of regain, chronic pain, losses of loved ones, and depression. The last few months over the winter (after going off AIP last fall) were tough. I didn't feel any motivation... zero... to make changes to my diet or to be active at all. It was rough. A month or so ago I started to feel like I was coming out of it and finally *wanting* to do something about my health and my emotional/physical well being. This... AIP... is my first step in coming out of a long period of difficulty and feeling better about myself, and taking care of myself.
I am doing AIP for two reasons. 1) My doctor recommended I do an elimination diet. This is just one way to accomplish that, so my #1 priority right now is to ONLY eat foods from the AIP approved list for at least 30 days. Once I have succeeded at that, I want to slowly reintroduce various foods one at a time. My doctor thinks I have some "food sensitivities" which are not the same as allergies (true allergies can cause fatal reactions) but can still cause health issues in a sensitive person. For example, some people have worsened arthritis pain from eating nightshades. By adding suspect foods back in one at a time, I should be able to isolate any foods that are a problem for me. 2) AIP is supposed to help with autoimmune diseases, from what I have read. I have Hashimoto's thyroid, an autoimmune disease. I was having symptoms related to this prior to starting medication and AIP, and want to see if eating this way helps keep those symptoms at bay and stop my body from attacking my thyroid.
You might notice that "eating like a caveman", "only eating plain whole foods", and "losing weight" are *not* in my list of goals. That's because I listed my goals above and those things I listed ARE my goals. They are linked to better health. They *may* result in weight loss, and yes my long-term goal is still to re-lose this weight. I am sure happy when I see the scale go down! But if the scale goes up, I still need to continue with AIP through the reintroductions. I know I may have to start counting calories and/or carbs in order to see consistent weight loss. But I am focused right now on *staying on AIP.* It is not an easy diet to follow, at least for me. Try it if you like, and see. It's not terribly hard for me right now because I am making darn sure I have AIP-compliant foods that I like on hand for any occasion: holidays, birthdays, company coming, potlucks, days where I just want to have a cookie with my tea. But as I said, my main priority right now is to stay on this elimination diet and get the results I need for my health. I know if I start counting calories and measuring everything NOW it would be too much for me to deal with. For my success, I have to focus on one thing at a time here, and for now that's staying 100% AIP.
When I have reintroduced a few things and it's a bit easier, I know that I may very well have to start weighing/measuring/counting calories again in order to see weight loss. And when weight loss is my focus again, I'll have to make some changes to have that happen.
As for exercise, I know moving is vital for health. I still am not terribly motivated to exercise (low energy) but am trying each week to walk my dogs a bit more often and further. I am definitely more active than I was when I had plantar fasciitis and really do love being able to go more places, do more things, clean and do yard work without pain. But I still would rather go out and work in the yard than go to the gym. We'll see where this goes over time.
I hope that clears up why I am doing this and what I hope to accomplish.
Posted by Lyn at 11:14 AM