Talking about a Major Diet Overhaul!
Tuesday, January 29, 2019
My journey took a turn a couple years ago. I've been dealing with anxiety and depression for all of my adult life (41 years). It's been difficult, and throughout these 2 years I've been almost solely focused on my mental health. I've been through medication changes, therapy changes, and just trying my best to get to a better place. The problem is that I lost my drive to commit to a healthier lifestyle regarding food and exercise.
Food and my relationship with it is problematic. Rather than eat for nourishment, I've been eating compulsively for comfort. I have Binge eating disorder. The past 8 months my disorder has taken the wheel. Bingeing on sweets has been the major culprit in my weight gain.In May 2018 I weighed 163 points. As of 2 weeks ago I now weigh in at 188. I'm discouraged to say the least.
I have Fibromyalgia and fear of pain led to me giving up on exercise almost altogether. This past Summer I started walking again only to get Achilles tendonitis which has been very painful. I've been in physical therapy for quite some time. It's helping not only in healing my ankle, but it's gotten me a little more active. Doing the recumbent bike 15 minutes twice a week the past few few weeks and doing leg presses. It's inspired me to join the Y once my PT ends, so that I can continue getting active.
Two weeks ago, I decided to make the commitment to cut sweets (desserts...cake, pie, candy, ice cream, donuts, ect) from my diet. It's been a bit difficult. I had a couple small setbacks, but I have noticed my bingeing has reduced by A LOT!! I haven't had many cravings at all. I know many people who cut sugar out of their diets. I'm just not I can join that bandwagon.
But today, I got results of my food allergy sensitivity tests. I am so surprised. I have to cut out wheat, (I had a feeling that might come up), Rye, peanuts, almonds , cow's milk, most dairy, coconut, brewers yeast, and a couple of other things that I cannot think of off hand. SO...the results mean a complete overhaul is necessary.
I must say I feel quite overwhelmed. Okay Very overwhelmed. I love yogurt, almonds, almond milk ,cheese, wheat bread and bagels. I feel myself dizzy just trying to think of what I can eat. The good news is that I can eat veggies and fruits, fish, Chicken and other healthy things. The nurse gave me a list of foods I can eat and a few days of meal plans. I am grateful.
I'm concerned about cost. Spark People has done articles on frugality of eating healthy so it's probably time to revisit them. Knowing I am going to have to go Gluten free also makes me worry about expense. I am on disability so my income is so very limited.
This is a whole new adventure in my journey. One day at a time, one baby step at a time and with God's help I can do this!