Eliminating Grains and Sugar
Thursday, February 26, 2015
I just updated my SparkPage. As I finished it occurred to me that it has turned into a blog. So I am posting it as a blog. Here it is:
I'm a vegetarian working towards becoming vegan. I have been overweight since childhood.
I was preparing for weight loss surgery years ago and dropped out after I became pregnant. Since then I have had two more kids. I look at my kids and I am scared. I do not want them to struggle with food like I do.
My oldest keeps asking to go to the beach. I am over 300 pounds. You will NOT be getting me into a swim suit! I do not own anything that could worn to the beach. My clothes are predominately black/dark. Whenever I get light colored pants my husband complains they make me look fatter and I should not go out in them. I would be miserable at the beach. Yet I do not want my weight to be a negative in her childhood. She should be able to go to the beach with her family.
I am starting to have a hard time moving. My knee clicks with every single step. My feet are starting to swell daily. I did a very low intensity 1 mile Walk Away the Pounds video for 3 or 4 days in a row. My knee started to hurt so bad I couldn't do it anymore. It was weeks before I stopped having pain.
I don't want to die or end up an invalid. I called the weight loss surgery program I was previously enrolled in and they are putting me back in the program. So I am starting again.
I recently discovered the Pound of Cure program. I really liked it. I especially liked that it was compatible with a lot of my Happy Herbivore recipes.
However, the Metabolic Reset was just too big a change for me. I could never last a week on it. During the few days I did make it I experienced significant weight loss which suggests it would work well for me.
So I have decided my biggest problems are grains and sugars/sweeteners. I am starting an experiment where I do not follow the entire Metabolic Reset. Instead I just eliminate grains and sugar/sweetener from my diet for 2 weeks. I am not going through my cupboards so their may be hidden sugar somewhere. But, I won't ADD it to my food. I will also stay away from high sugar foods like jam, syrup, etc.
I recently finished a behavior modification class for people preparing for weight loss surgery. One day we were talking about life after surgery and how we felt about not being able to eat certain foods anymore.
I not occurs to me that even though I have not had surgery yet, I can't eat grains and sugar/sweetener now. No, they don't make me dump so technically I could eat them. However, not everyone who has surgery dumps so surgery does not guarantee an inability to eat a certain food.
I can't eat these foods because even if I plan carefully so they "fit" into my nutritional goals things always go awry. It may be in a day or two or it could take months. But, eventually I find myself spending way to much time looking forward to my "treat".
Next, I eat less of other foods so I can "afford" to have a larger "treat" while staying in my nutritional goals. Then I end up sabotaging a great day by ending it with way too much of my treat. This leads to days/weeks/months/years of eating badly. So I can't eat these foods--surgery or not.
Thus begins my 2 weeks. Wish me luck!