Monday, March 15, 2010

Week 265 - 3lb loss and a visit to the Nutritionist

3lb loss!

In the past 5 years I think I've only twice ever lost 3lbs in one week, so this was a bit of a surprise.

But I have been on track and then some, this week.

Last Thursday I went to see a Nutritionist who, after looking through the detailed questionnaire I'd filled out and testing me on her machine, told me I most likely had a couple of mild food intolerances and too much yeast in my system which affects my digestion and ability to absorb the right nutrients, thus either causing, or contributing to my CFS.

The upshot of this is it has been recommended I cut out sugars, yeast and fungi from my diet - this includes fruit juice, dried fruits and many fresh fruits too, as they are all high in sugar content - and take pro-biotics and Chromium supplements to allow my body to recover. She didn't think I had full blown Candida, but felt I was leaning that way so should look to address it.

I don't appear to have a wheat intolerance, but can't have bread because of the yeast. And it turns out the fungi thing means I can't have Quorn either, which is a bit of a bugger as we lead a largely vegetarian diet and Quorn usually features once or twice a week.

It seems mostly I'll be following a GL diet, which Maggie had been looking at anyway.

Am I certain this is all correct and not bullshit? No. You don't need a medical degree to call yourself a nutritionist, and the vega machine she used to test me for my reactions to different food stuffs hasn't had full clinical trials.

However, I'm prepared to give it a go. It looks a few stages more advanced than Crystal Therapy, and I'm not being recommended to do anything unhealthy or life threatening. If it turns out to be complete bollocks, then at least I won't have lost anything.

What this has meant is I now daren't snack on anything I shouldn't. It's no longer just a case of extra calories delaying or preventing weight loss, but the wrong things can feed the yeast growth. And if I'm to give this a shot then I've got to do it properly, otherwise I'll never know.

I've not given up my 2 coffees a day yet, but I fear it's only a matter of time...

Starting Weight: 19st 9lb - 275lbs
Current Weight: 13st 1.4lb - 183.4lbs
Body fat: 25.5%
Total Weight Loss: 91.6lbs


Weighting Around said...

You are doing amazingly well. A 3 pound loss... I applaud you. Good luck with your new plan. I'll be checking back to see how you are doing.

Kim Ayres said...

Well we'll find out next week if it was just a freak weigh-in or whether it's stuck :)

fatmammycat said...

Woot! A superb week Kim, bounced clean over the 90 pound mark. Bravo, you are an absolute inspiration.

Morgen said...

I've played with the yeast issue myself. I can say that it is not bollocks - it really has some merit. I've been diagnosed by the mainstream medical field with at least 3 yeast or fungi infections in the last couple of years. Give it a go, and keep me posted.

I'm proud of you for your amazing progress! You give me inspiration to keep on it myself.

Kim Ayres said...

FMC - another pound and a half and I'll be back under the 13st mark. Hopefully this isn't just a blip :)

Morgan - if you look at the title of this post, you'll see it begins, week 265. I began blogging weekly here on week 34. I can't see myself stopping anytime soon - so as things develop (or not) it will get blogged about :)

SeaShore said...

3 pounds! Well done and then some. Seems to me ditching sugar can't be a bad thing whether or not there's anything to this or not. Sometimes (well, frequently really) sugar rules me, and it's not cool.

BryGuy said...

3 I plan to see a nutritionist (again) at some point in the future. I think you have the right attitude when it comes to his/her advice. In the end your body will let you know if you're on the right track.

You're probably right about the coffee.... which is one of the few common vices which I've never partaken in. I've never even had a sip.

Kim Ayres said...

Seashore - unfortunately, sugar is not just empty calories, it creates highs and drops, as well as feeding any yeast problems. And with the CFS it's something I should be careful of anyway

BryGuy - you're better off avoiding the coffee. You might end up liking it too much...