Carb Sensitive and Accepting it!

Saturday, February 12, 2011

This past week I was lethargic, dragging my feet and completely not myself. As it turns out I was suffering from a flaming UTI and once I began a course of anti-biotics things began to turn around. Since I stuck close to home and didn't spend much time exercising I had lots of time to reflect on my weight loss journey.

I took charge of my health again and had a wonderfully productive discussion with my doctor toward the end of the week. We decided a full blood work up was due, going beyond the basics. Results are due early this week... Baring anything unusual, we both expect the results to confirm what I already know. My thyroid will be stabilized, menopause is charging through my door, I am still not properly absorbing calcium and my Vitamin D levels are still low. Most importantly this time though is to confirm my insulin resistance and extreme sensitivity to carbs.

Over the past several months I have made great strides - exercise on average 50 minutes daily, log between 10-15,000 daily steps, eat a relatively "clean" diet and don't lose weight! emoticon The one major change is to accept the carbohydrate sensitivity fully and reduce my intake dramatically. It is the one thing I have not done thus far. Typically I consume around 150 carbs daily, trying to balance each carb with a protein. The fact is though, for me, it is still way too high.

This week my goal is to begin reducing my carbs with a goal of reaching 30 per day and then beginning to reintroduce some carbs one at a time to determine which ones affect me the most adversely. My hope is to find my optimal carb intake where I get the nutrients I need and can finally begin to lose weight. My guess is that number will be around 60 carbs a day. We'll see!

This will take careful planning and I must stay focused and determined. I need to time my calcium intake with my thyroid meds as well as find variety in my diet given that I eat very little red meat and poultry (it is very hard getting kosher meat here in Boise) and I don't eat shellfish or pork products. Thank goodness for fish!

Wish me luck and thanks for all the support and encouragement from my spark family. You guys always get me through these hurdles! Any suggestions for making it through this challenging stage are always welcomed with open arms! LOL!!!

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  • REJ7777
    From what I've read, the problem might come more from grains than from fruits and vegetables. It's so important to eat our green vegetables so that our body can have the nutrients it needs! I hope that you find the balance that's just right for your body. And congratulations on continuing to Spark even though you haven't been losing weight! Good practice for maintenance when you get to goal! emoticon
    3637 days ago

    Comment edited on: 5/4/2011 6:35:23 AM
  • MISSLISA1973
    I'm so glad to hear you are working closely with your doctor to make sure you are doing what your body needs. Many people just give up and never think about what the root cause of their problems may be, but you are really taking the bull by the horns and gaining control of your life. Way to go, you! emoticon
    3718 days ago
  • BECKY2129
    I have cut most starches out of my diet and it has made a huge difference. I still watch my other carbs, but I consider carbs from things like fruit and yogurt okay.

    I have a friend with thyroid issues who has found that if she doesn't consume gluten she doesn't even need to take her thyroid medicine. It's something to look into.
    3718 days ago
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