Needing to change things up
I haven’t been sleeping well lately thanks to a combo of Hashi’s and my period (good times!) and it’s provided me with a lot to think about. Lately I’ve been thinking about my health, what changes I should consider making, and when the last time I felt really healthy was.
And seriously, that was years ago. Like 6 years ago at this point is when I felt healthy and amazing.
My last appointment with a doctor that didn’t go so well (you can read about that here) did make an impression on me and did cause me to think about my diet and lifestyle and what the hell am I even doing.
I’ve been Paleo for probably 3 years at this point. Starting off as mostly paleo with the occasional rice or corn in the mix. Then moving to pretty much full paleo a few years later. I felt like I was eating well and getting things back on track health-wise but was I really?
I still have Hashimoto’s, I feel like trash, and I’m not losing any weight. I’m gaining weight. Is that because of the Hashimoto’s or is that because maybe while a solid diet, Paleo isn’t really right for me?
When I felt my best, I was a distance runner and I ate animal protein (that includes fish) about three times a week. I wasn’t a vegetarian by any means but produce and veggies ruled my diet.
(I used to be a runner, and I miss it so much)
I lost the extra weight that I had been carrying around for years, I didn’t have any joint issues, my period and PMS symptoms went away for the most part, and if I’m remembering correctly, I did have plenty of energy (Possible rose colored glasses here, I’ll have to check the archives).
Thankfully I was blogging almost daily about that weight-loss journey (over at Food Embrace) and I can revisit my posts and see what I was eating.
I will say that I did end up too skinny. At the time I didn’t think anything of it, but looking at pictures I realize that it was too much. I hit my goal weight and went into “maintenance mode” but my body naturally dropped a few more pounds and hovered around that weight for years.
It wasn’t until I decreased my running a bit and increased protein intake (nothing crazy, a bit more chicken, an egg on my salad) that I immediately gained weight again. I was still not overweight but I jumped up 15 pounds pretty quickly.
When we moved to Colorado, I was drinking more beer and not running but I was also eating a lot more protein. That’s when everything started to go downhill for me. I gained a large amount of weight in a very short time, started seeing health problems, and started seeing digestive issues.
What if my body just can’t process that much protein? Everything I’ve read so far about Hashimoto’s says to go Paleo or AIP. I’ve done that with no results.
What if Paleo just doesn’t work for me?
I have an appointment with a new doctor next week and I’m going to go over all of this with her and get her input.
Does this mean I’m going to go crazy and start eating all the bagels? Not really, gluten has always made me feel a little gross and bloaty so I’ve always kept that to a minimum. A burger with an actual bun on occasion? A breakfast burrito? Yes.
My plan is to start adding in things I miss like oats and rice and go from there. Also beans and corn products and see how that works.
I need to do something because what I was doing isn’t working. I need a change because I refuse to let Hashimoto’s win and I refuse to be this weight for the rest of my life. There’s a solution out there for me, I just need to work towards finding it. But right now, being “Paleo” is getting put on hold. I’m still going to focus on real whole foods but that’s going to include grains.