The Plan – Day 17

It is really difficult to avoid eating a new (untested) food!  I don’t mean my willpower is failing – it’s just difficult to eat out and to eat at other people’s homes when there are so few things you can consume.  Yesterday I tried to have a friendly foods day again, but again was unsuccessful.  I accidentally consumed some red pepper flakes in a salad.  Peppers of any kind are nightshades – a known problem for me.  I have a patch of eczema that becomes inflamed whenever I eat them, so I’m pretty sure it’s a real intolerance.  As soon as I tasted that spice I knew I had ruined my day of friendly foods.

Weight today:

  • Yesterday’s weight: 193.8
  • Today’s weight: 194.0
  • Difference: +0.2 lbs.

So we’ll try again today.  I’ll be back to work so things will be more routine.

Fasting blood sugar was 95 again today.  Two days in a row in the 90s hasn’t happened since May of last year (2015).  If it happens again tomorrow it will 3 days in a row – which hasn’t happened in years.  I’m not sure what to attribute this to…the antifungals? The probiotics I’ve been taking since I started the antifungals?  The low-inflammatory diet?  It’s definitely not the low carb because I’ve been doing that for months now and it was actually trending up before I started the Plan and the yeast medication.  Weird.

The Plan – Day 16

My plan was to do a friendly foods day yesterday, but then I drank a large iced coffee – no cream or sugar, just coffee.  I’m not sure why I thought that would be a good idea.  I was at a chocolate festival watching people make sculptures out of chocolate, and I guess it just seemed harmless in comparison.  Results:

  • Yesterday’s weight: 193.6
  • Today’s weight: 193.8
  • Difference: +0.2 lbs.

So I have not successfully determined that The Plan is actually doing what it says it is and is not just my interpretation of normal and random weight fluctuations.  I’ll try again today.

On coffee, from The Plan:

A cup of coffee in the morning can be very emotionally satisfying.  I do find, however, that any coffee not drunk as morning coffee can show up as weight gain, so it’s best for The Plan’s purposes to stick to a cup just in the morning.  Avoid decaf if you can and go for darker-roast coffee, like French Roast, which has less acid.

The coffee I had was about 20 oz with ice and was around noon (so not first thing in the morning).

So the plan today is to have a real friendly-foods day, not a fake one like yesterday.

Fasting blood sugar this morning was 94 – that’s the lowest it’s been in 6 months…and before that another 6 months.  Still constipated and considering stopping the Nystatin because I don’t think it’s worth it.  Interestingly, I was listening to Dave Asprey’s podcast with Sid Baker – a doctor who has spent his life treating children with autism – and Baker was talking about constipation that can result from yeast die off (around hour 1:05:00).  He says taking activated charcoal can provide relief from this die off. I’m pretty sure that activated charcoal would not be reactive for the purposes of The Plan, so maybe I’ll try that today.

The Plan – Day 15

Had a friendly-foods day yesterday, but I did add back in my vitamin supplements.  I wanted to eliminate everything potentially reactive so I stopped taking them when I started The Plan, and it’s now been a couple weeks without them.  So yesterday I added back in my multivitamin, biotin, vitamin D, and Primal Defense probiotics.  I also added back in the hormone supplements that I was taking last year that brought my libido back temporarily – DHEA, Pregnenolone, and Licorice Root. I was already taking my prescription medications: Hydrchlorothiazide, Methyldopa, and Nystatin, as well as Prescript Assist probiotic and magnesium glycinate.

The results:  Looks like I got away with it.

  • Yesterday’s weight: 194.2
  • Today’s weight: 193.6
  • Difference: -0.6 lbs.

So that’s good.

I think I’m going to do a couple of friendly-foods days to make sure I am actually controlling the scale with my diet.  It would be a shame if I was eliminating foods based on random fluctuations of the scale.  If The Plan is actually working, there will be a loss on the scale for the next two days.  This is going to be hard, because I’m actually going to a chocolate festival today.  I’ll be strong.

The Plan – Day 14

Added sauerkraut yesterday.  I was really hoping.

  • Yesterday’s weight: 193.8
  • Today’s weight: 194.2
  • Difference: +0.4 lbs.

This one bothers me.  I find myself in a state of denial over this, willing to discredit The Plan in order to make this not true.  I really wanted this one to be ok!

Ok, I’m over it.

So no sauerkraut.  Maybe I’ll try it again at some point.  For now, back to a friendly foods day.  Hell, maybe I’ll have a friendly foods weekend and lose a little more weight before trying anything else.

The Plan – Day 13

Had a “friendly foods” day yesterday.  Weights today:

  • Yesterday’s weight: 194.4
  • Today’s weight: 193.8
  • Difference: -0.6 lbs.

Awesome….recovered from the reactivity of eating several novel foods at once.

As I said yesterday I had jicama (for the first time, actually).  If you’ve never had it, it’s a must-try.  It’s got the texture of a crunchy apply, but only a very mild flavor – perfect for dipping into hummus or guacamole or something.  Unfortunately, I learned yesterday that – like apples – jicama brings up symptoms of depression for me.  Irritability, crying, disorganization, guilt…had all of that yesterday morning. Apples do the same thing to me because of the high fiber content.  So what did I learn besides that I can’t have jicama anymore?  I learned that my depression is not caused by yeast.  This is the first food I’ve eaten that triggers my depression since my yeast-kill phase…and it was as strong and obnoxious as ever.  The diflucan/nystatin might be helping in some way – but they’re not going to help me eliminate depression.  I think there’s a good chance I just won’t be able to eat fiberous or starchy foods.  This is less of a crisis though, now that my weight and blood sugar are responding favorably to The Plan.

I got some more well-aged (i.e. lower histamine) sauerkraut from my local farm – I think I’m going to test that today for reactivity.  I’d like to be eating it every day again to continue working on my gut health.

The Plan – Day 12

Well, yesterday was a waste on The Plan.  Weights today:

  • Yesterday’s weight: 194.2
  • Today’s weight: 194.4
  • Difference: +0.2 lbs.

So I reacted to something yesterday.  I went to my pot-luck work luncheon and brought my own food to eat, but the circumstances were just too awkward for me to take it out – I felt social pressure to eat the shared food everyone else was eating.  There weren’t many friendly foods available so I ate things I thought might be safe: blueberries, jicama, hummus, and sweet potato.  One or more of those didn’t work for me (see gain on the scale, above), so now they’re all suspect and will have to be tested again at some point.  For now I’ll just consider it a wasted day and we’ll get back on track today with a Friendly Foods day.

Disappointing, but this sort of event is rare – usually I can do better controlling what I eat.

Blood sugar 99 again this morning though!  That’s pretty cool.  I think a graph is in order.

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Yeast Free Day 30 / The Plan Day 11

I am finishing my course of Diflucan, prescribed for yeast a month ago, and will today be starting Nystatin for the next month.  I’m not sure if it’s making a difference for me.  Intuition tells me it is, but I have no actual evidence for that.  After this 30 day yeast-free period I can loosen up a little on the diet and try to introduce a little more variety.

Yesterday was a Friendly Foods day on my modified version of The Plan, by Lyn-Genet Recitas.  I had to take a day to recover from attempting to introduce eggs, which was not successful.  Here’s today’s weight:

  • Yesterday’s weight: 195.1
  • Today’s weight: 194.2
  • Difference: -1.1 lbs.

So I’ve again lost the 0.9 pounds gained when eating eggs, and I’m below baseline – I’d call that recovered.  Today I have to attend a lunch party at work, which is really challenging during an elimination diet. I might just have to bring my own lunch and just deal with the awkwardness.  I’m bringing oranges and grapes to share for the pot luck but oranges are 70% reactive (according to The Plan) and grapes didn’t make the list one way or another.  The Potential Reactivity of Foods list in the book is very useful, but not very comprehensive.

I’ll test something today – not sure what yet though.

Fasting blood sugar was 100 today.  Still constipated from taking Diflucan, so I hope that rights itself now that I’m done with it.  Still having hot flashes.  Still no sex drive.  Mood good.