Did you miss Week 3? Catch up HERE…
Week 4… I’m still going! I’m a bit late with my update but better late than never!
2nd Nutritionist Appointment
My 2nd nutritionist appointment was last week. It was just a quick weigh-in and I got a new meal plan. They confirmed that I was indeed down 2 more lbs since before Hawaii. Yay! The meal plan is pretty much the same, but I got some great new recipes to try and so far they’ve been wonderful! Dinners are my favorite meals by far because I’m eating dishes like Chicken Ginger Soup, Sweet Pepper Chicken Stir Fry, Chicken Cacciatore, and more! My family loves it too and I just make them a little gluten-free pasta or rice on the side when it needs a bit more for them.
No Sugar. No Grains.
This week has been my 2nd full week of no sugar and no grains. It’s not easy but I’m learning that I’m stronger than I thought. What’s most exciting is that I can feel my body leveling out. I’m not nearly as hungry anymore. In fact sometimes I forget to have my snacks because I’m busy and am just not hungry. I don’t get that shaky feeling anymore that I have to eat now. When I used to eat a meal, especially one high in protein and veggies, I would find I felt hungry soon afterwards. Grains were the only thing that would help me feel full, but my body is definitely changing in that way. It’s changing chemically so that protein & complex veggie carbs do fill me up like they should.
Candida Cleanse Side Effects
This has also been my 2nd full week of my Candida Cleanse. I’m happy to say that I feel pretty good. I was expecting possible flu-like symptoms as the candida began to die off but so far so good. All I’m feeling is a bit more fatigued in the afternoons and sweet cravings. I was told about these possible side effects so I was ready for them. It could have been much worse so I’m thankful that this is all I’m dealing with. At my appointment last week, I was told the Candida die off and symptoms could go on for about a month. I was not happy to hear that but it’s all worth the end result!
Thanksgiving was great and I was so proud of myself for how well I did. Together with my sister, we cooked up a healthy homemade Thanksgiving (or as healthy as possible) with lots of sides made from real foods and healthy ingredients. Our entire meal was actually gluten and wheat-free too! My sisterÂ and my daughter also eat wheat-free so it was a perfect dinner for our family. We had roasted turkey, mashed sweet potatoes, mashed gold potatoes, roasted butternut squash with brussels sprouts, gluten-free free stuffing, and even gluten-free pumpkin pie with organic whipped cream! I tried to keep the majority of my plate to the turkey and veggies sides, but still allowed myself to enjoy this one-day holiday. By the time dessert came around, I was so full already that I could only have a few bites. I was pleasantly surprised to see how little it took to really fill me up and how overly sweet dessert tasted when I hadn’t had any sugar in quite awhile. All in all, I’m glad I let myself enjoy Thanksgiving, but I was ready to skip the leftovers the next day and get back into my meal plan!
A Couple of Challenges
There have been a couple of hurdles that I’ve had to overcome this week. One has been water consumption. Did you knowÂ you should drink HALF of your body weight in water each day? If you drink less than that, it’s very likely that you are quite dehydrated, as most of the population is. I didn’t know our bodies required that much water. I’ve always been a water-only drinker, but I definitely have had to work to increase my intake this week. I purchased this 40 oz Contigo Autospout Ashland Water Bottle
to help me get plenty of water down without having to constantly refill my water bottle. Luckily I love water so I don’t mind drinking it constantly, but it’s been a challenge with the cooler weather. I find myself getting cold easily and the cold water doesn’t help that!
My 2nd challenge this week has been giving up coffee. For anyone that knows me, I love my coffee… I mean really love it. It’s the first thing I go to each morning and really can’t have a complete thought until half my cup is down. To tell you the truth, I knew caffeine was a no-no, but I just couldn’t give it up the first week. Caffeine raises your blood sugar which is why caffeine needs to be avoided when you’re working to even out your blood sugar. I decided this week to give it a go. It was awful, I’m not gonna lie. It’s the hardest thing I’ve gone through in this whole process. The first day, I felt so foggy most of the morning and came down with an terrible headache about 10am. Each day, the headache came back but was less and less each day. After about 4 days, the headache finally stopped coming on each morning. I started drinking some caffeine free herbal tea each morning to give myself something sort of similar to my coffee each morning. I even put a little half & half in it to make it look like my coffee! I’m now about 6 days into it now without coffee and am doing ok. I really miss my morning coffee, but I’m learning to enjoy tea too. Â I’ve actually really been enjoying my herbal chai tea each day. In the mornings I have a cup of Numi Organic Rooibos Chai Herbal Tea because it’s mellower and in the afternoons I enjoy Good Earth Organic Sweet & Spicy Caffeine Free Herbal Tea
because it’s actually got a bit of sweetness to it that is nice for something new.
I did a quick weigh in this morning at home to see how the week had gone. 2 more lbs GONE! That brings me to a total of 17 lbs since the beginning of October.
Stay tuned next week for my next appointment and see some samples of what I’m eating each day.
Do you want to continue to follow my journey as I discover how to live with food sensitivities, see how I will adapt to this new lifestyle and how my weight loss journey goes? I hope you will! Follow my posts HERE! Stay tuned as I continue my â€œJourney to a New Meâ€ series!
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