Today is the last day of the last week of elimination, and the the last day of the first week of strict paleo. No seeds, nuts, or refined sugar this week. This has been very difficult, as almonds had previously been a staple of my diet. It’s also very difficult to find red meat that doesn’t have sugar in it. Bacon was extremely difficult and I had to switch to turkey bacon. Even then, it was hard to find turkey bacon without sugar.
One of my co-workers did suggest ordering sugar free bacon online. I may do that. It will be at least a couple of weeks before I can reintroduce refined sugars, and the jury’s still out on whether or not I’ll react to them. I was feeling a bit meat deprived a couple of days ago and saw some salami at the grocery that has turbinado sugar in it. I didn’t know what that was and had to look it up. It is raw sugar and is partially refined.
I had an argument with myself in the middle of the grocery store about whether or not partially refined sugar counted. I was never certain on raw sugar when I started this. In the end, I decided I had better not eat it. The whole point of this is to find out what I’m reacting to, not to find ways around a diet. If refined sugar is a trigger, I can only be sure of that by eliminating all sugar.
At weigh in this morning, I am now down to 239.6 pounds. That is a total weight loss of 16.6 pounds since the beginning of this year (8 weeks)! I can definitely feel the difference. You can see comparison photos on my Weight Loss Tracking page.
To reward myself, I decided to buy a new CD. My birthday is a few days away, so I had to be sure I didn’t buy anything that I already had on my wishlist. It occurred to me that Paul Spaeth has an album out that I don’t have, so I ordered that. My mental health could use some attention and music has always been one of my relaxers. So, I’m treating myself to Redemption. It is a bit less expensive on Amazon, but I like to buy directly from artists whenever I can.
Next week is another strict paleo week and then I will be reintroducing seeds to my diet to see how I do with those. I have to say, this elimination diet has been one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do in terms of will power and patience. If nothing else, I am proud of myself for not giving up.