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Day #1: Hashimoto’s 33 Elimination Diet

Well, it’s been a whole day without eating a banana. I won’t lie — I’m a little sad. But, I survived.

As noted last week, I am doing an elimination diet of sorts for my Hashimoto’s Disease. It’s not straight from a doctor, specialist or dietitian. It’s a system I came up with myself.

The foods on the list are all from Hashimoto’s Disease plans. I based it off a number of diet plans I read online. I then cross-referenced those lists with the elimination diet my sister and Mom are doing for their Hashimoto’s and made my own elimination diet.

One thing that annoys me about specific diet plans is the plethora of specific foods one should and shouldn’t eat. To me it makes the food lists rather overwhelming. Not to mention the grocery list — longer.

The 33 Diet is created to simplify the diet. I make a list of 33 food items and stick to those foods for 33 days. It sounds rather limiting, but when you combine it with fruits, veggies, meats, oils and seasonings — you’re also creating a list of ingredients for a number of other dishes.

My 33 Diet list is specific to my needs on this elimination diet. But, after a month I am going to swap out some foods with bananas and probably eggs to see how my body reacts to them. If they agree with me — they’ll probably stay on the list.

Going gluten and dairy free can be expensive — and by focusing on 33 food items I am narrowing down my grocery list. There’s really no need to stand in the aisles reading every label when you know exactly what’s on that list.

Plus, this challenges me to cook more — and be creative with it as well.

Sure, it will be a challenge, but I am up for it.

And, as the graph in this post says — this diet can be applied to any diet need or restriction. This is a guinea pig run for it, but I’ll for sure keep you posted as carry along the next 33 days or so.

But, I’m still alive — so that’s a good start, right?

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Whole 30 … COMPLETE!

I’m going to have to keep this brief, because today is a busy day — along with a busy weekend. My brother is getting married today so that’s taking my full focus and energy. But, today also marks my last day of the Whole 30 program — and I MUST share my results.

I LOST 17.8LBS! The most significant loss I’ve had in — well — years. And, something that I’ve been struggling to achieve the past couple of years.

I’ve been DYING not being able to step on the scale to see my progress — because I’ve felt and seen a change. I have more energy, more stamina, I feel happier, etc., etc., etc., etc. It’s been a fast 30 days to be honest with you.

Plus, it hasn’t been as tough as I thought it would be. The key is in planning out your menu, finding out what works for you and then kinda sticking to it. I’m a pretty routine person, so I ate pretty much the same thing every day. I would mix it up sometimes, but I am such a creature of habit that mixing it up pretty meant I ate eggs in the evening compared to the morning.

I am going to stick with the program — well, I should say, I am doing another 30 days starting on Monday. I am going to be doing it with my sister and Mom. They wanted to start it after the wedding, so it will be good to have some support. Now, with that said, it doesn’t mean I am going off the wagon until Monday — I am still sticking to the diet.

Well, pretty much sticking to it — no dairy or anything overly sugary (basically no candy). But, with Ragnar this weekend I am not going to be too worried about carbs or gluten. I’m bringing sweet potatoes, bananas and other fruit and veggies — but, if we stop at a sandwich place like Subway I’m not going to have a problem eating (just sans cheese, sauces or mayo).

Anyways — I want to keep the momentum going. I want to be in a good spot physically by September and my marathons, especially by October for my 50 miler. The more weight I shed and healthier I am — the better. Plus, the better prepared I will be to make 2017 a fast, fast year on the road/trails.

My assessment about Whole30 — it’s not hard. It seems extreme, but really you’re just eating whole foods. You’re eating non-processed foods. It’s really nothing too different than what our grandparents — and definitely our great-grandparents ate. It’s not simply a diet, but a reclamation project of sorts — of your health, diet and body.

I am not sure how long I will stick with the Whole30 diet — I’m taking 30 days at a time and that’s what I’ll probably end up doing. I may eventually adapt it some by adding in some of my Isagenix products I love. Especially my morning shake. But, we’ll see. I feel like I am in a good place physically, mentally and emotionally and I want to build on that.

But, the focus right now is family — and I am sure I will blog more about this next week. Hangout on my Instagram and Facebook page for wedding and Ragnar updates. I’ll post more come Monday.


BEFORE

WEIGHT: 281.2 LBS.
BODY FAT%: 25.2%
BMI: 31.4
WAIST: 45.0″
ARMS: 16″
THIGHS: 27″

AFTER

WEIGHT: 263.4 LBS.
BODY FAT%: 22.9%
BMI: 29.3
WAIST: 41.8″
ARMS: 15.25″
THIGHS: 26.25″

DIFFERENCE

WEIGHT: – 17.8 LBS.
BODY FAT%: – 2.3%
BMI: – 2.1
WAIST: – 3.2″
ARMS: – 0.75″
THIGHS: – 0.75″


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RAGNAAAAAAAAAAR! As I mentioned above I am running Ragnar this weekend — well tomorrow and Saturday. I’m pretty excited (as I always am to run Ragnar). I am in van #2 as runner 11 — so I have about 16.3 miles among my three legs. The longest being my night run of 9.7 miles. Not sure I am too excited about that one?

Anyways — I’ve packed a bunch of sweet potatoes, apples, bananas and other fruits and veggies to munch along the way. Much different than years past when my contribution was usually Swedish Fish and M&M’s. Ooooooh, M&M’s … that’s been the hardest thing to give up on Whole30, I won’t lie.

I’ll have a complete review of my race on Monday along with each leg. It should be fun — I’m running with some fun peeps. Plus, I have a megaphone I bought for the occasion. Megaphones are always fun, especially when you’re passing runners in the car.

I have a feeling I might be kicked off my team?

NAAAAAAAH.

HAPPY RUNNING! Who else is running Ragnar? When do you start? What’s your team name? What’s your longest run? What’s your favorite color? In a fight against Superman and Batman who would win?


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