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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!
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    How was the food sensitivity test performed? I ask because blood tests (where a blood draw is performed) are notoriously unreliable when it comes to true sensitivities. A better option is to do a skin prick test, and the best option is to do an elimination diet, supervised by a dietitian who specializes in food sensitivities and allergies. I speak as a mom with a kid who had a peanut allergy he eventually grew out of, and we now know also has a cashew sensitivity.

    That said, looking at your list, I personally would look into a lot of paleo recipes. You have a bit more freedom than a strict paleo diet, with no restrictions on corn or soy, but it should help you get started!

    Aldi actually has some really great gluten-free options, and depending on how sensitive you actually are (which can really only be determined by doing an elimination diet and then a food challenge), you may be able to get away with just keeping your ingredient lists to "naturally" gluten-free options, like corn tortillas, or oatmeal (if you have a food processor or good blender, you can make your own oat flour by just pulverizing old-fashioned rolled oats).

    You can also make your own nut milks in a blender (cashew milk made from whole raw cashews is a great substitute for pretty much all dairy in sauces, baking, etc.)
    824 days ago
    I have had to take breaks from healthy eating in order to focus on my mental health, too. Now that you have even more information about what is healthy and nutritious for you, you are more prepared for this part than ever before. All blessings on your self soothing practice!
    835 days ago
    Are you using the SparkPeope food tracking? I can't do it long term but every 6 months I try to track for 3 days just to get an idea. Almost always find protein to be low. Sounds like you will have to watch for low Calcium.
    Lord God, help my friend to find excitement in this new adventure and to be pleased with each small step. Amen
    835 days ago
    Wow! Anyone would be overwhelmed. Good luck and keep us posted.
    836 days ago
    I believe Greek yogurt does not have dairy in it, unless it it put in it after it is made, check labels! I'm sorry to hear of all your food allergies. When I had gastric bypass I knew my diet would be restricted, I had no idea how much!! But, to me, it is worth it. Hoping those SP articles help you with your meal plan on a budget! emoticon
    836 days ago
  • UNICORN212
    Just so you are aware, a lot of food allergy reactions are false positives. Did they do skin prick testing or blood testing? They tested me for (no kidding) 76 foods and I reacted to about a dozen. Only one is a true allergy. The others were false positives. I had to eliminate all of them for 2 weeks, then add the ones we felt were false positives back in one at a time. Coconut and Pineapple make my hands itch so I avoid them, but sesame is the real problem for me.
    837 days ago
    Hugs and prayers. Trying to do gluten free can be expensive. Veggies and chicken are good alternatives. You might think of soups to help using veggies and mitigate costs. This is definitely a journey one day at a time and a rediscovery of eating differently. I am wondering if there is a group on Spark that are gluten free and non diary group.
    837 days ago
  • MBPP50
    Those are some major changes and I know how hard it can be dealing with depression, anxiety and Fibro without turning to food for comfort. It sounds like you have made the first of many steps and I know that you can do everything you need to do to be healthy and whole. Praying for you, my friend! emoticon emoticon
    837 days ago
  • JULIE8265
    I understand the overwhelming feeling. I felt the same way when I was diagnosed with diabetes. That was 18 years ago. You just take everything one moment at a time and one choice at a time. The more times you make good choices will outweigh the times you make questionable ones. You will learn a little at a time to live with this new normal. You can do this!

    837 days ago
  • no profile photo HOTPINKCAMARO49
    Jesus said, 'With God all things are possible' (Matthew 19:26). ... It is the power of God that makes what seems impossible possible. Nothing is impossible with God (Luke 1:37). Bless you.
    837 days ago
    Try to focus on all the wonderful, healthy foods that you can have.It's going to take some hard work, but You've Got This!! Think how much better you will feel with healthy nutrients working in your body. I'll be praying for you as you make these changes. emoticon emoticon emoticon
    837 days ago
    I hope you'll post about your overhaul. Reducing sugar is something I really need to do. I agree - it's hard. I keep hoping I'll get to a point where it becomes easier - a detox reset point, possibly? Good luck.

    837 days ago
    Slow and steady
    837 days ago
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