So I did all the things we discussed in my last post. I stopped eating grains and soy and started eating meat. I more or less switched to “paleo” style dieting, dropping 90% of the dairy I ate and nearly all starchy foods. I load up instead on happy meats and fresh veggies. But I continue to eat indulgently when out at social events. I still have a little alcohol & sugar in my diet, probably 20%-30% of what I had before. I swapped out my granola and yogurt breakfast for a healthy smoothie that I formulated using some fairly complicated pseudo-science I won’t get into here. Basically, I took a sharp left toward healthier eating without actually going to any extremes.
I felt better right away. I started having more and steadier energy throughout the day. I became far less drowsy and irritable. My mood stabilized and lifted. And I immediately lost ten pounds.
My doctor did a happy dance and said I could stop tracking my diet on my iPhone. My psychiatrist was pleasantly surprised and said we could discuss backing off some of the meds I take since the diet was going so well.
All in all, I’d say this has been a smashing success.
I still have ALL THE FEELS about it. What does it mean to be a success? I achieved everything I set out to do, so that looks like an all around win. I have this nagging feeling that losing weight is a problem, or feeling good about losing weight is a problem…but my doctor is really happy about it, and she was the one with the health concern.
And the numbers on the scale aside, I FEEL great. I absolutely do not miss my old style of eating at all. I’m eager to take up running again now that the weather is warmer, and feel like I have the energy for climbing and biking and running in a way I haven’t for a few years. I’m really looking forward to ramping up the exercise in my life as a next step.
To be continued!