Many of you may know that I have been struggling with my weight for the past two years. It seems to be a constant battle that I can’t win, but I am determined to keep on trying! Back in February I wrote a post titled “Confessions of a Compulsive Eating Food Addict”, which allows you to get inside my head a bit, regarding my thoughts of food. While I do enjoy some tasty foods, and I have a love of eating out, I don’t think those are my only problems. I think there may be many factors and I would like to get to the bottom of them.
In the past 9 months, I have been to my primary care physician several times to see if she would test me for allergies such as a gluten intolerance, dairy, etc., and to check my hormone levels, because something seems to be off. Nearly two years ago, I was in and out of the ER with severe abdomin pain, which we never fully found the cause of. You would think that would lead someone to possibly consider testing for allergies or a gluten intolerance. My doctor continues to brush it off and say that none of those things would have anything to do with my weight. Partially because of my age (so she says), and partially because of ignorance. Doesn’t it just make sense to you that if you have some type of intolerance, it could cause your stomach to be inflamed, therefore causing weight gain? Now I already know I have stress in my life, which my doctor thinks is the number one cause of my weight gain, but I think there is more going on. I have tried diet after diet, and exercise, to no avail. Those things have always worked for me in the past. I’m not one of those people who is always sittin’ on their butt, watching tv, eating donuts, and wondering why I’m fat. I know how to work and I’ve done it many times before.
So, what did I decide to do? I have a friend who is a personal trainer and who is also very into nutrition. She has taken me under her wing and is determined to help me live a healthier, happier life. She decided to have me go off of the 7 high inflammatory foods for 2 weeks. This will not only likely result in weight loss, but it should help me feel tons better as well. I have Hypothyroidism and likely Hashimoto’s disease, and I guess gluten has very similar properties to the thyroid. This can result in Hypothyroidism symptoms even when on medication. It isn’t doing good things for my body! I decided to research this online a bit and found that it truly is recommended that people with thyroid problems eliminate gluten from their diets. That is the first thing I am getting rid of, but let me share with you the 7 high inflammatory foods; all of which I have officially eliminated from my diet (for now anyway).
If you experience leaky gut, gut aches, fatigue, etc., it probably couldn’t hurt to try cutting back, or going off of these high inflammatory foods. At least give it a try and see if it works! Of course, it’s always wise to consult your medical practitioner before doing anything extreme.
Because these high inflammatory foods are found in almost everything (or so it seems), I decided to do some shopping in the health food aisle at my grocery store, and picked up some foods that I think I can eat. Looking at labels is super important, and I think I’ve come up with a few things that will help me not feel so deprived! The goal is to lose 5 pounds in the two weeks that I do this elimination diet. I’ll keep you posted on how it goes and what foods really are worth purchasing.
So far it is a big yes on the Food Should Taste Good Sweet Potato Chips (YUM), Udi’s Gluten Free Vanilla Granola, and the Erewhon Rice Cereal with Almond Milk.