Day One of Absolutely & Totally Gluten Free
I am plugging away on my work with the nutritionist. My reason for going was to get my diet/eating under control so that I could lose some weight and thus decrease my blood pressure (which is just a smidge high). I currently take a tiny dose of hydrochlorothiazide to help regulate my blood pressure and it would likely not take much weight loss to drop my BP and then I will be able to stop the med. That’s my goal anyway.
Since I was seeing a nutritionist, I also brought up stomach issues I have had for years. And so, at the moment, the bulk of the work with the Nutritionist has been trouble shooting my stomach issues. And over the course of the past two and a half months, we have kind of gotten to the point where we have figured out that I am gluten intolerant. (I was tested several years ago for Celiac disease, but it was negative.) And so, I have decreased and decreased my gluten intake, and only when I have significantly eliminated gluten for several days does my stomach feel better.
Yesterday, she recommended I cut out gluten completely. I am pretty close to that already…but I will have some work to do and some close food label reading to get the rest of the way. Honestly, I am glad I am working with the nutritionist as this process is tricky and she has a ton of knowledge about it.
The other big topic we are tackling is emotional eating. It is not fun. I have so much shame tied up with my eating habits/emotional eating that it is just ugly to talk about it. But…I am getting better at it. It is embarrassing and uncomfortable, but I am doing it.
We have also been talking about my mood and how my mood impacts my eating habits (really, it’s just an off shoot of the emotional eating topic.) Yesterday, I wondered out loud why the past couple of weeks, I have been able to keep my dietary changes pretty much on track (with a few blips here and there) when I have had two horrible weeks in terms of my mental health. And…she had the answer! (I am starting to like this woman a lot! She is pretty sharp.) She hypothesized that my eating habits were something that I had control over…and so even though other things were not going well…I could have control over that one part of my life. Her idea makes complete sense to me…Like so much so, that I can’t believe it didn’t occur to me!
Something else the nutritionist has encourage with me is self-care. Ways to soothe/calm myself that are not eating, as well as integrating regular exercise into my days. (Which I had kind of gotten really lax about.) It reminded me of a book I made several years ago to track different aspects of self-care in my life…and so I resurrected the book and have been filling it out. I don’t have pictures of it for today, but I will take some later to share tomorrow.
But speaking of pictures…..Not that I spoil my dogs….okay…yes, I totally do! But here they are in their matching 4 legged jammies! (They have 4 legged jammies, 2 legged jammies and coat style jammies.)
Ah heck…since you now know that I spoil them rotten…Here’s a pic of the jammie pile when I pulled it out to organize it for the fall.
Please…don’t judge me too much! I am fully aware I have a jammie addiction! 🙂