Today my post is about persistence and patience. I had an epiphany last night whilst spending 2 hours in the kitchen, making up time that I didn't have in the kitchen on Sunday because I was having fun. Not a problem, I love being in the kitchen! But back to the epiphany: I've talked to several people who are wanting to try this life changing way of eating, but I keep hearing things like:
"Well, I'm not about to give up coffee."
"I can't give up my wine."
"Give up chocolate? You must be nuts!"
And the list goes on.
Here's what I want to say to you: in for a penny, in for a pound. If you're not familiar with this particular phraseology it means: if you're going to do it a little bit, do it all the way. And I mean this from the bottom of my heart: I've had amazing results both health and weight loss wise, but I cannot tell you what will happen if you choose to not eliminate everything for the minimum period of 6-8 weeks. Is it a sacrifice? God yes, it is. Is it permanent? Probably not.
The key here is to eliminate all foods known to cause trouble for people with autoimmune disorders. I know most of you don't have Hashimoto's but don't lose sight of the fact that while I started my change with a Hashimoto's protocol, I have now switched to an autoimmune protocol - very, very different. I understand how much it seems like it will suck to eliminate eggs, coffee, soy, cocoa, etc. but I am here to testify that once you start feeling better and the weight starts to come off (if that be your goal, arrrrrrr matey) YOU WON'T MISS THEM ANYMORE!
Plus-plus-plus, you get to add them back in after a sensible period of time to see what does and doesn't bother you. This is very important! I found out that black pepper corn and grass fed ghee bother me. I would never have known that had I not done the elimination and introduction stuff. Even though I initially screwed it up, I have it down now and I can tell when a food is not working with my body. Would you rather go through life with pain and weight that you can't lose, thinking that certain items have never bothered you when they stealthily have, or would you rather find out definitively and feel better? That's the choice.
I'm not trying to be a downer, I'm trying to encourage you to go all in, and dedicate yourself to your health, and be patient with your body while it works on healing itself. This I can promise you; you may miss coffee for a couple of months, or eggs or what-have-you, but you won't miss the pain in your gut, joints, extremities - whatever it is that troubles you - at all. Pinkie swear.
So eliminate all of the things, stick to it, then add items back in sensibly.
P.S. This is not a diet. Get that out of your head. This is a lifestyle change that you will need to stick to if you want to stay healthy.
Okay, end lecture.
Weight: 146.6 - I broke the 147 mark at last!
Energy level: Great
BM: Not as of 8:08 AM
Other Gastro: Nothing to report; thus far no reaction to almond butter
Mental clarity: Great
Exercise: Short dog walk, will do intervals at lunch even if I have to do them alone. Yesterday was a walking day as I had worked out hard over the weekend and was pretty sore from sitting on airplanes all day Sunday.
Other: Happy that I haven't had a reaction to the almond butter!