Did ok the last 2 days. Not spectacular, but better than in the past. The weather has been gorgeous, which helps. Motivates me, gets me out of the chair, lots of walks, etc. Still struggling with extreme sugar cravings, especially at night, so I decided to combat it for now with a little natural sugar. I bought a bunch of red and green grapes and am trying to make those my “Go To” grab whenever the sugar cravings hit. Yes, its still sugar. No, its not ideal. However, it does seem to be helping as it kept me away from the chocolate.
I am “practicing” for my big allergy diet. I was diagnosed with a lovely mouthful of a disease called “Eosinophilic Esophagitis” ( can’t remember if I wrote about this, but don’t have time to go back and look …), which in layman’s terms means that my esophagus is allergic to something I am eating and causing all kinds of other issues. Not life threatening, but could cause much bigger issues down the road if I don’t learn what the root allergy is and begin to avoid that in my diet.
I am not lucky enough that a generic skin test would give answer to this question. Nope. I have to do the whole allergy protocol diet for 2 months, then go for another endoscope to see if removing those foods made a difference. THEN, I can slowly put them back in to determine which I react to.
The diet is pretty strict. No wheat, egg, dairy, soy, nuts or seafood of any kind. Wheat, soy and seafood really don’t bother me too much. I avoid the first 2 anyway and fish I do love, but eat rarely as I hate preparing it, so easy to take out. Eggs, dairy and nuts, however, are a very different story.
I have to start this lovely diet in earnest on March 20th, so I have been avoiding to the best of my ability all of the foods on the list in preparation for it. We have our annual St. Paddy’s Day party here on March 19th, and I am certain I will succumb then. Soda bread, scones, Guinness brownies, butter, cheese … it’s any kind of a dieters nightmare scenario. I just figure I will probably cheat a little, but intend to mostly stick with the boiled bacon, cabbage, colcannon, roasted carrots and parsnips … all the other goodies that are not forbidden. Maybe not “weight-loss friendly” … but at least not potentially deadly to the old esophagus.
The good news is … this diet is pretty much protein and vegetable and maybe a little fruit. Nothing processed, everything designed and created by God. If nothing else, it will be a spectacular kick off to getting 100% back on track. At least, that is how I am choosing to look at it.
So, today is another day to put one foot in front of the other, try to stay on track and get started on losing the poundage. I work out with Coach today at the boxing gym, boxing for cardio and kettlebell for strength. I agreed to compete in this summer’s Bells on the Beach kettlebell competition again … it sure would be nice to be 50 lbs slimmer by then!
Off we go then, into the day.