Today is the last day of the second week of strict paleo. With strict paleo, I am allowed meat, most vegetables, most fruit, salt, honey, and agave. I’ve been eating mostly chicken for my meat. This is because it is so difficult to find red meat that doesn’t contain sugar. I’ve had primarily broccoli, cauliflower, and carrots for my vegetables, with the occasional asparagus, Brussels sprouts, zucchini, yellow squash, and sweet potato. My fruits have been mostly strawberries, blueberries, kiwi, bananas, oranges, and mango, with the occasional apples, blackberries, raspberries, pineapple, and papaya.
I have tried to take in about 4 oz. of meat, 2-3 cups of vegetables, and 1 cup of fruit per day, but some days I was a little light on the vegetables and heavy on the fruit. One day, I definitely had more meat. It turned out not to be too difficult. I just really had to be mindful of checking for sugar and things that are derived from seeds. I have to say, doing the elimination the way that I planned it out really did prepare me well for strict paleo.
At weigh in this morning, I am down to 236.4 pounds. That is a total weight loss of nearly 20 pounds! Last year, I lost about 25 pounds in the entire year, so I’m definitely doing better this year. My goal is to be below 200 pounds by the end of this year. I think that is achievable. I may even be very close to my overall goal weight by then. For my height, age, and gender, I am supposed to be between 120 and 140 pounds. My overall goal is to be within that range.
I rewarded myself a little early this week because that was the only time my reward was available. I decided to book a Vibrational Sound Therapy session and I did that yesterday. I had never done it before and had no real idea as to what it would do, but I’ve always responded to music, so I thought this could be good for me. It was! It relaxed me and very quickly, which, as a person with anxiety, isn’t easy. I could feel the vibrations affecting my body, loosening my muscles. When I left the session, I felt lighter, well rested, and less anxious. Even my plantar fasciitis felt better.
Tomorrow begins reintroduction, and while this elimination diet has been good for me, I am excited for reintroduction. This is in part because I want to learn exactly which foods are triggering the HS, but also because I really miss almonds, cheese, eggs, and rice and would like to be able to eat them again. I had a dream about eating rice last night and, in my dream, I panicked because I knew I shouldn’t be eating it and I had ruined my diet. Rice is still a long way off, it seems. Tomorrow, I reintroduce seeds, which includes coffee and chocolate. That will be very nice, as it will allow me to have some salad dressings again.