I think I've discovered something very interesting about myself in the past week. I've not lost weight in so long and it was fairly discouraging. I'm still trying hard....eating properly and working out. But nothing. I kept gaining and losing the same 5 to 7 pounds over and over.... for months! That's enough to drive anyone crazy!
I began looking into a diet designed to heal my metabolism. The idea was that I could eat whole foods in a certain combination that would slowly heal my sluggish metabolism.
I dropped my bad coffee habit....A pot of coffee a day is caffeine overload, friends! That also took away the Sweet n Low as well. I am so super proud to say that I am officially a week without my beloved coffee! That has been my toughest thing to give up. I'm actually doing a lot better without it!
Last week I started eating according to my meal plan. First day....lost two pounds. Second day....another two pounds. Third day....one pound. Fourth day....half a pound. Fifth day....another pound. And that brings me to the big news:
I broke my almost 5 month long plateau!
As I watched the weight come back off in amazement, I realized a couple of things....
- I removed all dairy from my diet during the trial period.
- I removed all caffeine.
- I removed all artificial sweeteners.
I don't know exactly what triggered it, but I have this feeling that I may have a dairy sensitivity.
I read that some food allergies and sensitivities don't automatically show. When I imagine a food allergy, I think of the extreme allergic reactions some people have to nuts. I kept reading and discovered that some allergies have slower reactions. A dairy allergy or sensitivity can cause inflammation of the intestines and can cause a weight gain up to thirty pounds in a year's time. The allergy slowly causes bad bacteria in our intestines and there comes a point when you must heal it with probiotics.
So that's where I'm at so far....
I feel so much more energetic! No caffeine crashes for sure. Looking back, I never really noticed that I had them until I didn't have them. I feel a lot less weighed down and icky. And I have this renewed drive to see exactly what my body can do!
Wanna know a secret? I'm only .2 pounds away from being in my normal weight range. I will officially be out of the overweight category soon!