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Losing the diet and making a lifestyle change

Thursday, April 3, 2014


If you've been following me on Pinterest at all lately, than you've seen lots of different healthy recipes ending up on your news feed. Sorry Deal with it.  I've struggled with my weight and how I feel in general for several years. I've gone gluten-free for a while, and then cheated my way back to eating whatever I wanted. I've been unhappy with how I feel and how I look and it got to the point where I was sick of seeing everyone else post on all these social media sites about how they're loosing weight and how much weight they've lost, while I'm still sitting here unhappy. I don't want to feel like I'm dieting, but instead that I am making changes to my lifestyle that can stick.

I was diagnosed with Hashimoto's Disease about four years ago. This is a condition where your immune system attacks your thyroid gland, which is part of your endocrine system. This gland is not just a random thing by your Adam's apple, it actually produces hormones that coordinate many of your body's activities. This disease makes you feel tired and fatigued, have an increase sensitivity to cold, muscle aches, pain and stiffness in your joins, a puffy face, and several other symptoms. When my naturopath diagnosed me with this, her suggestion for treatment was to adopt a gluten-free diet. I did this for a while and honestly felt really great and even lost some weight, but I slowly let myself eat more and more gluten.

In the past, I've eliminated certain foods or specific types of foods, but that just seems to make me crave those even more! So after seeing a few posts a friend of mine had made about some diet changes her and her husband were making and how well it was working for them, I decided it was time to give it a try! For the past month, Dan and I have been working together to do more meal planning, be more active, and really watch what we are putting in our bodies. Many of the recipes we've made and that I've pinned are paleo. I've developed a love for spaghetti squash, which I had never even tried until about a month ago. We've been finding all new ways to make the same meals we love, but in a much healthier way. Whether it's using cauliflower instead of rice, almond flour instead of white flour, or spaghetti squash instead of pasta, the meals that have been coming out of our kitchen are delicious and guilt free!

The first few weeks have been a trial period, and we've had some days where we fell off the wagon, but so far we are each down about 5 pounds, by just making some simple substitutions in our diet. We've eliminated gluten and are really trying to add in more fruits and vegetables. I'm so happy with how I feel overall and that I'm starting to see a change. I'm hoping that with the addition of the 1800 minute challenge, that I'll really see a difference in how I look.

I'm looking forward to sharing some of the recipes we've tried and loved with all of you! So far we've found quite a few keepers including Chicken Fried Rice (Cauliflower), Spaghetti Squash Carbonara, and Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies. So be sure to check out my pinterest and check back here for some really tasty guilt free recipes to help you make some little changes towards a healthier you!

7 comments :

  1. Good for y'all! :) I'd love to see your Spaghetti Squash recipes... I always want to pick one up at the farmers market but I'm never sure what to do with it...

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  2. Right there with you girl! I have Crohn's Disease so understand what it feels like to always feel tired and just overall blah and unhappy with appearance...the days I had to go on steroids my face was like a balloon. It's so hard for us gals self esteem...you're brave for sharing this with all of us! I, too, have been slowly adopting a GF diet but I will be the first to tell you I am NOT a die hard gluten free person. There are just so many yummy foods WITH gluten haha...but I try to be gluten conscious + really need to focus on trying harder! Following you on Pinterest now + right there with ya girlfriend! Xx.

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  3. You've got this girl! I'm heading over to stalk your healthy recipes on Pinterest!

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  4. I was just diagnosed with hashimotos! I started on armour this week and have officially given up gluten and sugar again! I feel you 100%!

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  5. I’ve never heard of hashimotos disease before. Thanks for raising awareness and keep working hard. You will get there. The process is always the hardest. Once you find your groove you’ll realize your strength. xo <3

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  6. I love how honest you are with sharing the struggle. I've always had the same problem - healthy for awhile, and the slowly drifting back to my old ways. It's such a tough thing to deal with, and I think it's hard for some people to understand unless they're in the same boat. My weight has always fluctuated since I was little, and it's hard to have to admit it and change your lifestyle. I joined Weight Watchers a couple months ago, and I use the online plan. I love how you have room to eat things you may want to "splurge" on, but it's really taught me to control my portions and try healthier options. Honestly, I haven't worked out a ton, but I've lost weight and I feel like it's really helped me change my lifestyle. It's always an option! Whatever you choose, you're going to do great!!! :)))

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  7. I think you look great girl!! If you want to lose some extra pounds go for it but make sure your doing it for you <3

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