Eggs, tomatoes, green
chilis & ground turkey w/
roasted root veggies to
replace my oatmeal!
I've tried many different "balances" of eating, from low-carb, good carbs, to just a balance of "clean" eating. Nothing seems to change. My thyroid numbers stay the same, yet I'm still symptomatic. It's quiet disheartening in general, but even more so coming into training season again.
So I'm trying a new approach. Something called Paleo. Read about it here at Robb Wolf | The Paleo Solution. Or here Paleo Diet Lifestyle. I tend more towards Robb Wolf's site -- I just like the research he does behind his answers. It's pretty big in the Crossfit world too.
Why am I trying something new? Because everything I've done before is not getting results and I don't want to be dubbed crazy! I'm tired of sticking with the same thing because everyone says that's what I should be doing.
|Broccoli, baby carrots|
Shrimp, 1/2 Sweet Potato
green beans & some avocado
I know portion control (not an issue with my altered guts anyway). I know what to eat, what not to eat. I know HOW to eat, I know good choices from bad choices. Clearly my issues are hormonal, and since I can't fight hormones with medication and win, or change my genetics. I have to find a way to work with my body and not fight it.
The diet focuses on lean proteins, carbs from fruits and veggies, healthy fats such as nuts, seeds, avocado, olive oil, and coconut oil. I will remove the foods that fight my health issues (grains, legumes, and dairy) while increasing vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.
My Chiro has been suggesting this approach for a long time... she's a big advocate of living this way. And truly, when I'm on point with my diet, I'm not terribly far off from some of the fundamentals. I'm just going to take things a step further. Hubs s along with me for the ride, but is going to continue doing some of the things he knows works for him.
|Grilled Chicken w/mashed|
Avocado, Spinch w/a few
baby carrots and 1/2 apple.
One of the biggest changes I've had to make was eliminating Dairy. Dairy is great for growing kiddos, but the key is "growing". Adults aren't growing any more; we're already grown! Dairy promotes insulin response. Since I used to be a full blown Type 2 Diabetic, who knows if I'm having trouble with Insulin? My numbers look good on blood draws, but that's just a snapshot of what's going on in the body at that particular moment not my body's response to intake of higher glycemic indexed foods. I've given up all dairy and cheese, except for half-n-half (for my coffee). If I'm going to have any Dairy, cream is the least processed and is a better choice than milk. Maybe one day I can let it go, but not today. :)
So here's hoping that this new approach will make my body happy.