The Plan – Day 17

It is really difficult to avoid eating a new (untested) food!  I don’t mean my willpower is failing – it’s just difficult to eat out and to eat at other people’s homes when there are so few things you can consume.  Yesterday I tried to have a friendly foods day again, but again was unsuccessful.  I accidentally consumed some red pepper flakes in a salad.  Peppers of any kind are nightshades – a known problem for me.  I have a patch of eczema that becomes inflamed whenever I eat them, so I’m pretty sure it’s a real intolerance.  As soon as I tasted that spice I knew I had ruined my day of friendly foods.

Weight today:

  • Yesterday’s weight: 193.8
  • Today’s weight: 194.0
  • Difference: +0.2 lbs.

So we’ll try again today.  I’ll be back to work so things will be more routine.

Fasting blood sugar was 95 again today.  Two days in a row in the 90s hasn’t happened since May of last year (2015).  If it happens again tomorrow it will 3 days in a row – which hasn’t happened in years.  I’m not sure what to attribute this to…the antifungals? The probiotics I’ve been taking since I started the antifungals?  The low-inflammatory diet?  It’s definitely not the low carb because I’ve been doing that for months now and it was actually trending up before I started the Plan and the yeast medication.  Weird.

The Plan – Day 16

My plan was to do a friendly foods day yesterday, but then I drank a large iced coffee – no cream or sugar, just coffee.  I’m not sure why I thought that would be a good idea.  I was at a chocolate festival watching people make sculptures out of chocolate, and I guess it just seemed harmless in comparison.  Results:

  • Yesterday’s weight: 193.6
  • Today’s weight: 193.8
  • Difference: +0.2 lbs.

So I have not successfully determined that The Plan is actually doing what it says it is and is not just my interpretation of normal and random weight fluctuations.  I’ll try again today.

On coffee, from The Plan:

A cup of coffee in the morning can be very emotionally satisfying.  I do find, however, that any coffee not drunk as morning coffee can show up as weight gain, so it’s best for The Plan’s purposes to stick to a cup just in the morning.  Avoid decaf if you can and go for darker-roast coffee, like French Roast, which has less acid.

The coffee I had was about 20 oz with ice and was around noon (so not first thing in the morning).

So the plan today is to have a real friendly-foods day, not a fake one like yesterday.

Fasting blood sugar this morning was 94 – that’s the lowest it’s been in 6 months…and before that another 6 months.  Still constipated and considering stopping the Nystatin because I don’t think it’s worth it.  Interestingly, I was listening to Dave Asprey’s podcast with Sid Baker – a doctor who has spent his life treating children with autism – and Baker was talking about constipation that can result from yeast die off (around hour 1:05:00).  He says taking activated charcoal can provide relief from this die off. I’m pretty sure that activated charcoal would not be reactive for the purposes of The Plan, so maybe I’ll try that today.

The Plan – Day 15

Had a friendly-foods day yesterday, but I did add back in my vitamin supplements.  I wanted to eliminate everything potentially reactive so I stopped taking them when I started The Plan, and it’s now been a couple weeks without them.  So yesterday I added back in my multivitamin, biotin, vitamin D, and Primal Defense probiotics.  I also added back in the hormone supplements that I was taking last year that brought my libido back temporarily – DHEA, Pregnenolone, and Licorice Root. I was already taking my prescription medications: Hydrchlorothiazide, Methyldopa, and Nystatin, as well as Prescript Assist probiotic and magnesium glycinate.

The results:  Looks like I got away with it.

  • Yesterday’s weight: 194.2
  • Today’s weight: 193.6
  • Difference: -0.6 lbs.

So that’s good.

I think I’m going to do a couple of friendly-foods days to make sure I am actually controlling the scale with my diet.  It would be a shame if I was eliminating foods based on random fluctuations of the scale.  If The Plan is actually working, there will be a loss on the scale for the next two days.  This is going to be hard, because I’m actually going to a chocolate festival today.  I’ll be strong.

The Plan – Day 14

Added sauerkraut yesterday.  I was really hoping.

  • Yesterday’s weight: 193.8
  • Today’s weight: 194.2
  • Difference: +0.4 lbs.

This one bothers me.  I find myself in a state of denial over this, willing to discredit The Plan in order to make this not true.  I really wanted this one to be ok!

Ok, I’m over it.

So no sauerkraut.  Maybe I’ll try it again at some point.  For now, back to a friendly foods day.  Hell, maybe I’ll have a friendly foods weekend and lose a little more weight before trying anything else.

The Plan – Day 13

Had a “friendly foods” day yesterday.  Weights today:

  • Yesterday’s weight: 194.4
  • Today’s weight: 193.8
  • Difference: -0.6 lbs.

Awesome….recovered from the reactivity of eating several novel foods at once.

As I said yesterday I had jicama (for the first time, actually).  If you’ve never had it, it’s a must-try.  It’s got the texture of a crunchy apply, but only a very mild flavor – perfect for dipping into hummus or guacamole or something.  Unfortunately, I learned yesterday that – like apples – jicama brings up symptoms of depression for me.  Irritability, crying, disorganization, guilt…had all of that yesterday morning. Apples do the same thing to me because of the high fiber content.  So what did I learn besides that I can’t have jicama anymore?  I learned that my depression is not caused by yeast.  This is the first food I’ve eaten that triggers my depression since my yeast-kill phase…and it was as strong and obnoxious as ever.  The diflucan/nystatin might be helping in some way – but they’re not going to help me eliminate depression.  I think there’s a good chance I just won’t be able to eat fiberous or starchy foods.  This is less of a crisis though, now that my weight and blood sugar are responding favorably to The Plan.

I got some more well-aged (i.e. lower histamine) sauerkraut from my local farm – I think I’m going to test that today for reactivity.  I’d like to be eating it every day again to continue working on my gut health.

The Plan – Day 12

Well, yesterday was a waste on The Plan.  Weights today:

  • Yesterday’s weight: 194.2
  • Today’s weight: 194.4
  • Difference: +0.2 lbs.

So I reacted to something yesterday.  I went to my pot-luck work luncheon and brought my own food to eat, but the circumstances were just too awkward for me to take it out – I felt social pressure to eat the shared food everyone else was eating.  There weren’t many friendly foods available so I ate things I thought might be safe: blueberries, jicama, hummus, and sweet potato.  One or more of those didn’t work for me (see gain on the scale, above), so now they’re all suspect and will have to be tested again at some point.  For now I’ll just consider it a wasted day and we’ll get back on track today with a Friendly Foods day.

Disappointing, but this sort of event is rare – usually I can do better controlling what I eat.

Blood sugar 99 again this morning though!  That’s pretty cool.  I think a graph is in order.

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Yeast Free Day 30 / The Plan Day 11

I am finishing my course of Diflucan, prescribed for yeast a month ago, and will today be starting Nystatin for the next month.  I’m not sure if it’s making a difference for me.  Intuition tells me it is, but I have no actual evidence for that.  After this 30 day yeast-free period I can loosen up a little on the diet and try to introduce a little more variety.

Yesterday was a Friendly Foods day on my modified version of The Plan, by Lyn-Genet Recitas.  I had to take a day to recover from attempting to introduce eggs, which was not successful.  Here’s today’s weight:

  • Yesterday’s weight: 195.1
  • Today’s weight: 194.2
  • Difference: -1.1 lbs.

So I’ve again lost the 0.9 pounds gained when eating eggs, and I’m below baseline – I’d call that recovered.  Today I have to attend a lunch party at work, which is really challenging during an elimination diet. I might just have to bring my own lunch and just deal with the awkwardness.  I’m bringing oranges and grapes to share for the pot luck but oranges are 70% reactive (according to The Plan) and grapes didn’t make the list one way or another.  The Potential Reactivity of Foods list in the book is very useful, but not very comprehensive.

I’ll test something today – not sure what yet though.

Fasting blood sugar was 100 today.  Still constipated from taking Diflucan, so I hope that rights itself now that I’m done with it.  Still having hot flashes.  Still no sex drive.  Mood good.

 

Yeast Free Day 29 / The Plan Day 10

Yesterday I added eggs to my diet.  The results:

  • Yesterday’s weight: 194.4
  • Today’s weight: 195.1
  • Difference: +0.9 lbs.

Well that’s a shame.  What am I going to do with all that homemade mayonnaise I just made?  Eggs are off the menu.

The current standings:

  • Friendly foods: chicken, beef, unrefined coconut oil, butter, cooked vegetables (kale, carrots, onions, garlic, celery), fresh mozzarella cheese, dandelion tea, raw mixed greens, lemon juice
  • Reactive foods: ham, avocado, eggs

I didn’t realize it but I’ve been feeling much better over the past week – mood better, anxiety less, thinking clearly.  Yesterday I was having a hard time concentrating and my mood wasn’t as good – much more negative thinking.  Also, about 3-4 hours after breakfast (eggs) I had abdominal cramping and diarrhea, which is very usual for me.  And – my hunger was higher.  I needed to eat more to get through the day yesterday than in the days leading up to it.  Food intolerance symptoms.

So at this point I’ve determined that the things I was eating most days – ham, avocado, and eggs – are reactive for me and causing inflammation and weight gain.  How awesome it is to know that!

I’ll be having a friendly-foods day today to re-stabilize.

Another observation – My fasting blood sugar has been coming down over the past week.  Two weeks ago it was in the 130s and sometimes 140s  Now it’s under 110 – today it was 99.  I’ve been taking no supplements that would effect blood sugar – just prescription medications (diflucan for yeast and meds for hypertension). I stopped taking Metformin over a month ago.

Yeast Free Day 28 / The Plan Day 9

Yesterday I added butter to my diet.  The results:

  • Yesterday’s weight: 194.9
  • Today’s weight: 194.4
  • Difference: -0.5 lbs.

Apparently butter is non-reactive and can be added to the friendly foods list. Very happy about this one.  LCHF is easier with various forms of F.

I’m dying to try eggs because I’ve been missing them over the last week and they’re a dense source of nutrition, but they’re higher up on the likely-to-be-reactive scale.  I’m going to do it anyway.

Yeast Free Day 27 / The Plan Day 8

Yesterday was a “Friendly Foods” day – I ate nothing that wasn’t already determined to be non-reactive.  Weight this morning:

  • Yesterday’s weight: 195.1
  • Today’s weight: 194.9
  • Difference: -0.2 lbs.

As I’ve mentioned here before, the author of The Plan says you should see a loss of 1/2 pound per day if your previous day’s diet was non-reactive (assuming you have weight to lose).  I’m not sure what to make of my 0.2 lb loss today – I ate nothing outside of my friendly foods list, as far as I can tell.  Maybe I should just be happy there was a loss at all and continue on.  Or, I could analyze it to death.  I choose the latter.

Possible scenarios here:

  1.  The Plan is bunk.  It’s a known phenomenon that people lose weight when you restrict their food options, and mine have been very restricted lately.  (The fact that this is #1 suggests to me I don’t exactly trust this process yet.)
  2. The Plan is not bunk but the author is incorrect to generalize that everyone will have the same result every day until they reach their “set point”.  Water weight associated with higher stress hormones has now been lost, so weight loss will slow down.
  3. Something about sodium/water balance.  I guess…but I doubt it, for reasons mentioned in previous posts.
  4. Maybe I accidentally ate something reactive.  I did have some beef that was prepared by the supermarket.  That may have included paprika, cayenne, or other reactive spices.  It didn’t taste like it had a lot of spice on it, but you never know.

I guess that’s it.  I won’t know which of these is true, but I’ll continue to cook my own food to the extent that is possible, to control for rogue spices.

Today I’ll be introducing butter.  I really need another friendly fat to cook vegetables.