This week I am down one pound to 239. It feels GREAT to be out of the 240's and into the 230's again, and at the same time feels horrible to be in the 230's and not the 2-teens where I was able to maintain for a long time in 2012 and 2013. Not to mention how I feel about not being under 200. But hey, I am getting there, slowly but surely, and my body seems to be cooperating with a pound a week whether I am trying hard or not so much.
This week I tracked calories on two days and was around 1200 on those days. The other days I ate more and did not measure or track. I am finding it hard to give my focus over to *both* AIP and tracking. It is so much easier to do one or the other. So on several days I just ate AIP plus my reintroductions (spices, cocoa, dairy, eggs, corn) but didn't track calories. I am still 100% free of gluten, grains aside from corn, nuts, seeds, beans, nightshades, and soy. I don't have any plans to add those things back this week. The only thing I am missing much is tomatoes (a nightshade) so I may try to add those back sometime.
Exercise this week consisted of some walks with kids and dogs and a lot of lifestyle activity. I did not do the strength training I had planned even though I set everything up and got my routine listed out. I will work on it this week. It's not hard... it's easy and not even time consuming but I am just resistant to starting that up again for some reason. I'll get over it and make myself do it. Aside from walking, we spent time working on the yard, cutting up fallen branches, raking up the last of the leaves that are still drifting into my yard from a neighbor's tree that drops leaves all winter, pulling the beginnings of weeds, etc. I really love doing yard work so this is the easiest way for me to keep moving! I also did some spring cleaning and had a wonderful "week off" (spring break) without so much running around, driving places, and being busy. It was great to relax this week!
I think... okay I know... I have gone overboard with the dairy. I feel like I can't stop with the dairy. I mean, it's not like a binge thing where you ate a piece of cheese and it turns into eating a whole block (like I used to do years ago). It's like... I crave it. When I get hungry it is the first food I want to turn to. This week I have been making green tea lattes every day (matcha, honey, local milk, ice) and I just love them! I crave them. I also started eating more cheese, and that's what I turn to when I want a snack. Yep, when I get hungry mid day or at bedtime, or when I can't think of what to have for lunch, I grab a few slices of cheese and eat that. Sure, it has good protein, but it is replacing vegetables and healthier things I should be eating. And I think I feel more sluggish on it.
I did a little research online and found a couple of articles explaining how dairy is actually addictive because the casein found in milk (and highly concentrated in cheese) acts on the brain like morphine.
Here's an interesting piece of this article: "When you drink a glass of milk or eat a slice of cheese, stomach acid and intestinal bacteria snip the casein molecular chains into casomorphins of various lengths. One of them, a short string made up of just five amino acids, has about one-tenth the pain-killing potency of morphine....It appears that the opiates from mother’s milk produce a calming effect on the infant and, in fact, may be responsible for a good measure of the mother-infant bond. ...Like heroin or codeine, casomorphins slow intestinal movements and have a decided antidiarrheal effect. The opiate effect may be why adults often find that cheese can be constipating, just as opiate painkillers are."
You can read here and decide for yourself:
Goal for this week: be more moderate with the dairy. I think cutting cheese back to a food I enjoy outside the home or in rare home recipes would be best. I am also reading up on the dairy/thyroid connection and after my appointment with my endocrinologist I will decide whether I need to eliminate it again completely for health.
We're enjoying a family Easter and the kids (my daughter and her friend) have dyed eggs and are looking forward to our yearly hunt in the back yard. We'll attend a special service at church tomorrow and then come home and have a dinner of ham, mashed sweet potatoes, fresh asparagus, and salad. I'm making a coconut cream pie from one of my AIP cookbooks and hope everyone likes it!
Happy Easter and happy spring to all of you!