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The Gluten-Free Dairy-Free Legume-Free Sugar-Free Thing I’m Doing

So…good news and bad news.

Good news: I’ve lost 30 lbs since the beginning of the year!

Bad news: I’m on a super restricted eating plan and I don’t know if I’m ever coming off.

So you know Paleo and Whole 30, right? (If you don’t, check out this post here about the last time I lost 30 lbs.) I always get good results when I go on those restricted diets but then once I come off there’s an inevitable re-gain of at least some of the weight. To put it plainly, once the carbs find you, you tend to puff back up.

Well, it turns out that I might be a perma-Paleo eater and I’m not sure how I feel about it. This all started a few weeks ago when I was researching new treatments for Hashimoto’s disease. I’ve been taking a thyroid supplement for Hashimoto’s for the last ten years but lately it feels like it’s not really working because I was having a lot of fatigue, joint pain, and other problems. The non-pill treatment that kept coming up was to adopt a non-inflammatory diet, which means no gluten, dairy, legumes, nightshades, or sugar.

Say what? What does that leave to eat?

Chopped chicken burger with olives, salsa, and spinach

Sliced cocktail cucumbers with Trader Joe’s Everything Bagel seasoning

Scrambled eggs and guacamole

Steak, sweet potato hash, fried eggs

Tofu and stir-fry veggie mix

Kale with lemon avocado dressing and chicken apple sausage

It leaves meat and fruit and vegetables and that’s what I’ve been eating. I’m not actually supposed to be eating soy or eggs either but I couldn’t handle dropping those two so I’m keeping them and seeing if dropping everything else works. I have a doctor appointment this week to talk over my progress so we’ll see what she says, but I have to admit that I feel good, I’m sleeping a little better, my anxiety has gone down, and I’ve almost lost a Calvin in weight. That’s hard to argue with.

I can’t imagine never eating nachos again but I also can’t imagine living forever with fatigue, joint pain, etc. for cheese sauce. Sigh. Adulthood is tricky. Keep you posted…

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