Monday, September 10, 2012

Wheat Belly Challenge: Day One

Weight ~  181.8

I am not planning to weigh myself every day - once a week on Mondays.  As a rule, I never weigh myself, so that's a big step up and I don't think it's helpful or particularly motivating to step on that scale every day.  But for the record, this is more than I've ever weighed, and I'd be feeling pretty depressed about that number right now if it weren't the starting point for actually doing something about it.

Pain/Energy ~

My pain level is about a 6 on a 1-10 scale.  I've been riding the 8/9 range for the last couple weeks, so this is an improvement!  The weather has turned coolish and humidity is gone, and that helps.   I am having sharp pains around knees and ankles, and my shoulder is sore (I managed to dislocate it the other day and it's still recovering.  Energy feels slightly up from where it's been, though that's not saying a whole lot, honestly.   I put most of  this mild upswing on the good weather.

Meal log ~

Breakfast: 2 over easy eggs, 1/2 cup cottage cheese

We get our eggs from a local source and  they're pastured, so they are excellent... but we need to rethink the 'over easy' part.  Without toast to scoop up the yolk, our dog Sadie got the best part of that egg.  Cottage cheese and other soft cheeses are allowed in limited quantities - I prefer mine with fruit, but it was still good.   Nice high protein breakfast to start the day.  But yes... I missed the toast.

Lunch: My lunch will be leftovers from a Greek restaurant meal, minus the pita.  So it's a selection of meats (lamb gyros meat, chicken), along with a few salad fixings.   Michael has a bigger challenge - he has a business lunch to attend so needs to figure out how to navigate a wheat-heavy menu right off the bat.

(So, I had a few bits of gyros meat and chicken, along with some deli green olives.)

Dinner: Mondays have been our 'quiche night' - alas, no more pie crust, at least until we figure out a non-wheat version.  Which won't be tonight.  Instead, we have some leftover chicken from a roast chicken to finish off.  So chicken and veggie ....something.  Maybe a little brown rice - emphasis on little. And some cucumber and onion yogurt salad we made up last night on the side.  And then the carcass will be turned into broth.

(I wound up feeling really hungry late afternoon and ate a bowl of Corn Chex, and then I wasn't hungry for dinner so I skipped it.  Mid evening, I ate a sliced apple and hunk of cheese and a handful of peanuts.)

 Tonight we will figure out our full meal plan for the week - a bit of shopping may be in order.  We should get better at this as we go.

1 comment:

  1. Hello there!!

    Interested to read your posts on this. I've been through a wheat, yeast, sugar, and dairy free diet (all at the same time) before and I tell you what, it's a challenge to begin with to find replacements for things, but you get used to it and I noticed a heap of benefits I wasn't expecting... and the tiredness improved so so much. So stick with it! Here in the UK we can get Rye bread which has no added wheat or yeast and that was really a saver for me. One other thing I noticed was that I was hungry ALL the time, so it's good to have snacky supplies in. Good luck with it all, I hope it helps, and please drop me an email if you need some ideas :)