As you know, I’ve been on an elimination diet for my thyroid. It was very difficult at first. It got easier and pretty routine. I’m no longer officially on the diet but now it’s a lifestyle. I can’t go back to wheat and gluten and other grains or dairy. The diagnoses of Hashimoto’s Thyroidosis and Celiac took care of that forever. I am adjusting well however.
In fact, I’ve found that everyone else has more issues with it than I do. I’m always asked how I can go without bread or pasta or cheese or alcohol. Uh, actually, I’m doing pretty darned well without it.
What do we feed you? Meat, veggies, fruit. No weird spices (pre-made mixes) or breading or faux salad dressings or butter. Basically assume that if it comes in a box or a bag or pre-made in a factory with a long list of unpronouncable ingredients, I probably can’t eat it. Or I won’t. That has been the case for 30 years. I’ve ALWAYS been a label reader. I never much have eaten things with tons of flavorings or colorants, or sugar, or MSG. Nothing has changed about that.
So what have all these changes brought me you ask? Since I started the elimination — 25 pounds. That’s the side effect because I did it for my diagnoses, not for weight loss. More importantly, my cholesterol, although still needing a little work, is down 60 points. My Vitamin D count is up and finally in the normal range. My sugar A1C is normal. My glucose is normal. Drum roll please — my thyroid, which was considered extremely low functioning is now in the normal range. ALL WITHOUT MEDICATION. My IBS, a lifelong issue, isn’t really bothering me. Everyone talks about how my skin looks glowing and that my hair looks great and I have noticed that I have fingernails for the first time in my life. A friend said that although I’ve always been a fairly positive person, she sees me being even more positive lately. I’m 53 years old and in the best health of my entire life!
What people don’t realize is that I started this journey quite a while ago.
6 years ago, when I topped over 200 pounds in weight — something I NEVER thought I’d do considering how thin I always had been, I started to exercise and lose weight. I stalled about 30 pounds in but at least never gained that weight back.
Then I started working with my wonderful health coach (and now friend) Debbie, and made a lot of changes to my dietary intake. More fiber, lots more water, cut out the caffeine, cut down on dairy and sugar and sodium. I started really reading labels again like I used to.
I also was working on my overall health by exercising at Evo a few times a week and had already lost a nice bit of body fat.
So when I started the elimination diet I felt ready to do it and not so terribly overwhelmed, although at first it was hard, and the week I had to be vegan I was absolutely miserable. You try being vegan when you can’t eat any grains or “pseudo-grains”. I was hungry the entire week because there weren’t enough beans, veggies and fruit on the planet to keep be sated. Nonetheless I continued on the journey, like the little engine that could.
Here’s a picture from about 7 years ago (Yes, it’s a gone terribly wrong hair cut and dye job.)
This is a picture taken last weekend. I’m in the pink shirt.
Today I had decaf coffee for the first time in almost 5 months. Now I wait to see how my body feels. I ate bacon (good bacon from a locally sourced place without all those weird additives and nitrates) earlier this week. Thumbs up! Next week my plan is to try almonds. Then maybe some wine. But if they don’t work out, I’ll be okay.
So now I’m down over 50 pounds from 6 years ago and I’ve taken off 17-1/2% body fat as well. Here’s to hoping that the next 30-50 years of my life are so much healthier. I think they will because I don’t see me going back.