Saturday, April 4, 2015

Weigh In and Dairy Addiction

Since tomorrow's Easter and once again I'll be busy and not wanting to write up a post, I'm weighing in today. I thought about skipping it, but I did commit to weighing and posting my weight once a week this year and so far have kept that promise. So here it is.

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!


Anonymous said...

Why do you only track calories when your intake is low? It would be helpful to track calories on your higher-volume days as well for your own benefit to get a sense of what exactly you're taking in. It shouldn't be thought of as punishment, it is self-awareness.

Lyn said...


well, when I track I don't know my calories will be low until the end of the day. So it's more like I tend to eat more if I am not tracking.

I like to track at least some days so I keep an eye on how many calories are in the things I usually eat. I'd just rather not track, and if I can still lose weight just focusing on *what* I eat, I am good with that.

Anonymous said...

I miss the good old days when we heard so much more about your kids, but I understand and respect your giving them privacy. I hope all is well. Do you have them all home for Easter?


Anonymous said...

Not discounting the point of the milk article at all, but the piece abut the mother/child bond being enhanced by the opiate quality of the milk cracks me up. I keep getting this opium den visual with moms suckling little babies and saying, "Ah, coooool man...ahhh...really coooool."

Sorry. The article had me until it turned mom into a pusher and I traveled into bizarre land. I'll never look at a warm bottle of milk in the same way.

I hope you have a happy Easter, Lyn, and I'll look into the dairy thing when I'm a bit more sane.


Lyn said...

Anon (Christy)~

Yes, we'll all have Easter together except for one son who's in college out of state. I only have one teen left... so hard to believe! They do grow up fast.

Anonymous said...

You need to get serious about weight loss. I'm not trying to harp or troll -- I am just worried about you!

Lyn said...


LOL, funny visual. I think the science of it is interesting. Happy Easter to you too!


do you think a pound a week is not enough? I feel pretty good that I am dropping a pound a week since Feb 1 (-9 so far). I'd love to lose faster but to me it's more important that it be permanently gone, which is what I'm hoping.

Anonymous said...

I think the science is interesting, too. And, of course, explains why we've always been told to have a warm glass of milk to relax if sleep is a problem. And may be why ice cream is so popular. Sugar adn opium--hehe--hard to beat that combination.

And how cool of God to provide something to babies that would not only nourish them , but would also soothe them. It was just this--> " may be responsible for a good measure of the mother-infant bond" that put me over the edge. Chuckle. Mom as first pusher... they say your first hit is always free. groan. sorry.

Seriously, tho. I find it interesting that only some of us are so vulnerable to the addiction aspect of these various foods. Others really can have just one slice of cheese or one glass of milk without taking a trip [pun intended] down opiate lane.

LHA said...

That information on the addictive qualities of dairy foods was very interesting. There are some people (scientists, doctors, nutritionists) who feel that cow's milk is not meant for human consumption. Human milk is what is meant for human consumption for the first years of life according to this train of thought. I find it interesting about the addiction issue because diary is one thing I can definitely do without and I feel I am certainly addicted to some other food substances. As someone else commented, isn't it odd that some foods present such problems for one person and not another? I guess the answer for all of us is that if we know we have trouble limiting the amount of any food we should be very careful about its consumption. Sometimes eating seems like such a minefield!

Congratulations on losing another pound this week, Lyn. I think that is terrific!

Joanna said...

My doctor said that I can have cheese but it always has to be eaten as an ingredient in a meal and not the meal itself. Then I started figuring out how many calories are in the cheese and I kind of cut out most cheese. I can't have my recommended number of calories in a day and also have cheese while still getting enough volume of food to eat.

Keep up the excellent progress.

Betsey C. said...

Happy Easter to you and yours, Lyn! And congrats on the slow and steady weight loss. One pound per week is perfect. Look how fast time flies! You will be down 25 lbs before you know it.

Lynne said...

Definitely have the cheese addiction. My plan is to make it a permanent condiment. I switched entirely to almond milk and my only vice now is yogurt - the preferred breakfast b/c it's so easy when you have to get out of the house. Intentional exercise is a good thing. It seems like you're a little resistant to make that happen? What's stopping you?? Worth exploring...