Today I am testing pork. I got a really good deal on pork chops and I used half for a test. My husband grilled as it is beautiful out here in the south! Hopefully it goes well because they were really tasty!
I have been on this plan for 41 days and I have lost 15 pounds! The last few days I have been decreasing by .2 instead of .5 or more. Maybe I’m reaching my set point. I also got very eager to try recipes on pinterest recently which made me scale back on the veggies because I spent so much time on the main courses. I am trying this week to make better salads and be sure to eat multiple sides in a meal. That is the part that is hardest to stick to. I don’t naturally make a side AND a salad in one meal because I’m only cooking for one other person.
It’s hard to find grain-free breakfasts that aren’t just meat piled onto more meat and fruit. I’m keeping my eyes out for that. Cutting out grain though hasn’t been that hard. I only miss it when it’s offered to me and I have to say no. If I don’t see it then I don’t even miss it. I feel so much better on this diet. I can tell my mastocytosis has improved too! It has faded a lot although it is still there. This has been a very good change in my life.
We went to a Super Bowl party on Sunday night. I ate gluten free pepperoni pizza, tortilla chips and buffalo chicken dip. Everything was delicious, but I paid so dearly for it. Part of the problem I think was overeating. I am very used to eating what my body actually needs to sustain itself so eating more was a huge issue for my body to deal with. I also had gluten. Apparently, certain brands of ranch has gluten in it. So do communion crackers and delicious shortbread cookies.
The list of foods and their effects could go on forever, but in the morning what was certain was that I had heartburn for the first time in a very long time and also that I had gained a pound and a half. I ate friendly foods the next day and still gained half a pound. Today, I had a headache. It could be sinuses, dehydration as I didn’t space out my liquids well or it could have been a detox headache. I guess only time will tell. One thing is for certain though–this is a sustainable diet. Even my husband who mostly just eats dinner with me and drinks half his body weight in water wanted to be more in tune with what he is eating. He has realized that even though pizza is one of his favorite foods, tomatoes don’t agree. He wants to avoid red sauce pizza much more now that he has experienced his own “Food hangover.”
On a cheeri-er note, I took a picture of dinner which was a stir fry and chicken.
I made extra chicken and then turned it into a Chicken and Avocado salad for tomorrow’s lunch. I left out the mayo because I don’t like it and haven’t tested it. I only used one portion of chicken so I used 1.5 avocados and I added a jalapeño pepper just because.