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Overhauling My Diet

Carrie Rasak

Posted on May 15, 2019 17:58

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I visited a nutritionist who I'm hoping will set me on the path to some kind of weight loss and better health.

Hi, I'm Carrie and I am overweight.

Join the club, right? To be honest, around age 17 or so I started gaining weight -- 10-15 lbs here and there -- I've forever been in a cycle of packing on some weight, maintaining it for awhile, and then gaining/losing the same 10-15 lbs before packing on even more weight and starting the cycle over again. I've stabilized since having my gallbladder removed triggered a 20 lb weight loss (not eating for a whole weekend helped kick that off) but since moving to Colorado, I've gotten more active, which inspired me to look more at my diet.

I have some gnarly things that run in my family -- thyroid issues, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, fun stuff like that. My last bloodwork had some values that were higher than I'd like, so I agreed to meet with a nutritionist to try and improve via diet instead of medication. I'm not big on "woo" stuff, or alternative medicine -- some of it has worked for me in the past, but I'm not one to shirk medication if I need it. But in this case, I wanted to try on my own before requiring thyroid or cholesterol medication.

So far, what I have learned is that I eat many healthy foods, and I need to eat more of them. Also, I eat a lot of not-so-healthy foods and I need to cut those out. Much of what I'm doing now mirrors my pre-gallbladder removal diet. The hardest thing is the bread -- I am pretty sure I have bread in my blood, and eating less of it is very difficult. Especially pretzel rolls from the German bakery nearby. Those are insanely delicious. I've temporarily cut out dairy too, which is probably not a bad thing because I can't eat much of it anyway. When I add it back in it will likely be my Greek yogurt for breakfast with some cheese here and there.

I learned before that it's surprisingly easy for me to cut out the sweets, and to use dates and honey in place of refined sugar. I don't anticipate that being an issue either.

I'm going to see her for 12 weeks, with weekly check ins, so I will update my progress periodically as I find creative, healthy recipes to conform with her recommendations. I can already tell I'm in better physical shape since moving in November and I'm hoping that continues too. I just know that I've yo-yo'd with my weight for years -- here's hoping to finally put a stop to it.

Carrie Rasak

Posted on May 15, 2019 17:58

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