Goodbye Sugar, Hello Weight Loss
A couple of months ago I decided to go hard core on my diet and see if I could detox and heal and try to get my sad and slow thyroid working again. It involved eating only vegetables, fats and protein. No fruits, no grains of any kind, no unhealthy oils. It was the hardest week of my life.
That's right, I did it for one week. That's it. After that I began traveling and it was near impossible to maintain the strict diet on the road and by myself. Attending luncheons with colleagues doesn't really help if I refuse all the food. However, in that one week I discovered many things about myself that I would say were shocking to me. I found that I was way more into emotional eating than I realized -- how badly I wanted to eat certain foods when I was stressed and upset was so powerful, I can't even believe I did the one week! I also found that when you cut out these foods (i.e. all forms of sugar) the hormones (all different kinds, not just the female ones) go haywire. The hormones are only haywire for a couple weeks, because your body is supposed to jump start and begin burning fat like it's supposed to. But combine the hormones being haywire with the fact that you can't emotional-eat? Well it was a crazy irrational mess in my head for that one week. Apparently, I'm addicted to sugar, because I felt like I needed rehab to get through another day of the diet .
Why am I sharing this? Because I'm going to do it again. Yes! Ever since that one week? I've been losing weight! Without really trying! It's a miracle, my friends. I don't just lose weight. I have to fight for every ounce. The fact that I can moderately eat well and be losing means that something in that one week actually did jump start my fat burning potential. Any of you who are like me and have tried every diet in the book know that to be losing pounds unexpectedly and pretty much out of nowhere, is a BIG DEAL. It's a complete "alert the press" moment, and I'm not going to squander it away. As soon as I can, I'll be back to that diet (it's temporary, you heal and begin losing regularly and then you can add in berries and granny smith apples, then eventually you add in grains one at a time) and back to feeling like I need rehab for my sugar obsessed self. If I call you up in the middle of the night begging for some pineapple, just talk me down, ok?
*As always, consult your doctor before starting any new eating plan.