It’s been 10 days since I last lost any fraction of a pound, and honestly I don’t feel any different since starting Diflucan 20 days ago. I’ll continue to eat yeast free/sugar free/flavor free per doctor’s instructions for the sake of experimentation, but I’m not all that optimistic anymore that yeast alone is causing my problems.
I have noticed that when I eat certain things the scale is up the next day which made me dig out my copy of The Plan by Lyn-Genet Recitas. Her hypothesis is that each person’s individual biochemistry determines which foods do and don’t work for them, and until you determine which ones those are you’re in a constant struggle against inflammation and weight gain. She says this accelerates later in life (after age 35 in a much more pronounced way) because as we age our body produces fewer enzymes so digestion becomes impaired.
My own history supports this actually. Last year I was using antimicrobials and following a diet largely comprised of animal products and vegetables, and I was cruising along losing lots of weight for a couple of months between March and April – In fact I lost 15 pounds in about 6 weeks time. Then I added the Bionic Fibers recommended to me by the practitioner I was working with at the time. I became depressed and weight loss stopped. Even when I stopped the fibers and went back to the previous diet and supplement regimen I was unable to lose any more weight. I think inflammation was still too high. It wasn’t the diet holding the reigns, or even the supplements – but the inflammation. Interesting, right? Over the next several months I regained the weight.
The Plan addresses this pattern by helping you identify which foods are inflammatory for YOU (or in this case for ME). It starts with a 3 day “detox” eating only foods that are very unlikely to be reactive. I find the idea behind the book to be pretty brilliant but I’m not sure about some of the details of it. For example, during the first few days she recommends flax granola – a very high fiber food. If I eat a lot of fiber I become tired and depressed. Maybe I’m unusual that way. So I’m creating my own path here, and starting with foods that I’m pretty sure are non-reactive for me, personally.
Starting The Plan principles today.