illness

Light Carb

I haven’t been around here much lately and there are a few reasons for that. First, (broken record time), I was sick! Yep…mid-February I got a cold that turned into strep throat, then pink eye again (thank you daycare), then another cold that turned into bronchitis and a sinus infection. On top of that I’ve been dealing with a nagging hip injury that I’m doing PT for. So I’ve been crabby and not in the best of moods. Thankfully Logan and Michael haven’t really been that sick lately. I’m finally on the mend (after yet another round of antibiotics, sigh).

Second, last time I really wrote a post about my weight loss efforts I said that I was buddying up with a friend to try and lost those 20 pounds that I’ve been battling for the last year. (I can no longer use the excuse I just had a baby!)

Sadly, I gained and lost the same 4 or so pounds since starting in the end of February. Same old story that it’s been since I had Logan. The same 5 pounds I gain and lose over and over and over again.

My friend Debby has been steadily losing weight, which is fantastic! She’s doing Weight Watchers and she swears by it. She says any time she needs to lose weight she goes back to WW and it always works. As she put it–weight loss is about food for her, not exercise. The old adage “You can’t out exercise a bad diet” is very true. Even if I don’t want to admit it!

So recently, once I was feeling better from my plague, I decided to try something different.

I cut out bread, pasta, rice, etc. I decided that I would give this a try and see if it worked.

 

 

*I’m not doing a Low Carb diet.

Not really, anyways. But I can easily cut out worthless carbs like bread. Pasta? I rarely eat pasta. The only time I ever eat pasta is in a frozen meal that I’d eat for lunch and I’ve decided to stop doing those. Even though they are quick and easy for work, they aren’t exactly healthy. So for the last month I’ve stopped buying the frozen lunches.

What carbs am I eating? 

Sweet potatoes on occasion, fruit, my plain Greek yogurt, beans and hummus. There are carbs in most foods, but I’m really trying hard to keep it to a minimum.

Typical day of food:

Breakfast: two scrambled eggs with turkey sausage or bacon, coffee with cream. 

Snack: fruit, usually an apple or whatever is in season.

Lunch: Salad with a protein and roasted veggies.

Snack: Hummus with veggies, usually carrots or cucumbers.

Dinner: Protein and veggies and salad, for example: chicken thigh, sauteed brussels sprouts with bacon, salad. 

Dessert: Depends on what we have, trying hard not to eat it every day.

The first week was kind of hard. I crashed a few times because I didn’t have enough calories for the day and had a headache and was cranky and hungry. But after that it was ok.

Here is an example of two days:

 

Right now I’m just paying attention to carbs and calories. In a few weeks I’ll focus on lowering my sugar count. It’s a gradual process.

The hardest part is taking a moment to think what can I have? Sometimes you want a quick and easy dinner and you think, hmmm how about a burrito? But then you realize the tortilla has a lot of carbs. Damn. Ok…burrito bowl salad instead!

It also takes time to prep everything. Today I had the typical breakfast:

…and then packed a lunch for work that was kind of labor-intensive. Strawberries for a morning snack; black bean hummus and cucumbers for an afternoon snack; lunch was slices of ham and roast beef rolled up with a piece of pepper jack cheese, olives and pickles. Doesn’t sound like much but it took time to put everything together! Tomorrow I’m going to roast some veggies to take to work–that also takes time!

I had one “cheat” meal last week.

Michael made lamb burgers with feta and olives in it and I had it on a bun! With a beer! The beer was amazing. Lots of carbs, yes, but worth it for one day out of the week. The next day I was back on track with low carb.

The results? I lose 2 pounds last week. I’m slightly encouraged–enough to keep trying this diet and see where it goes. But I’m also not that excited about it because like I said, I’ve been gaining and losing the same 5 pounds for a year. So until I see myself lose a few more, I’m not getting too excited yet.

It’s funny…I was talking to Michael about how much easier it was to lose weight the first time…I lost 75 pounds fairly easily. It was slow and steady and took effort and time, but I was really only counting my calories and exercising. I wasn’t TOO restrictive and still had some treats here and there. Then when I got to about where I am at now, the weight loss got REALLY hard. And once again, it’s hard. I don’t know why those last 20-25 pounds or so is the hardest to lose, but it is. It’s so frustrating!

Anyways, that’s the update for now.

QUESTION: If you’ve done a low carb diet before, what were your go-to low carb foods?

For Your Health

Since Logan started daycare in September we’ve been sick with something since then. I’m not joking! I think there’s been 2 or 3 weeks (not necessarily consistently) that I have well since then. The last time I called the advice nurse for whatever illness one of us had, she said that first year of daycare is “crushing.” Her words. Crushing. She said she went through the same thing with her kid. Fun times!

Well most recently in November and December I had bronchitis (for the second time since September) that went on over a month. My doctor finally gave me antibiotics and thankfully it cleared up pretty quickly and my cough is 99% gone. Unfortunately, the sinus infection I also had at the same time did not go away. According to my doctor, azithromycin works on bronchitis but hasn’t been clearing up sinus infections in people this winter. So I was given amoxycillin a week later. Within one day of taking it, my sinus infection was already a million times better. After not being able to smell anything or taste any food, and after having horrible congestion and throbbing sinuses, all of those symptoms were improved!!

Did I mention it was fun times in our house??

While antibiotics are good and I clearly needed them because they worked immediately on my ailments, they come with a whole bunch of side effects. You know all the side effects, I don’t need to spell it out here!

Because of those nasty side effects I’ve been doubling up on my probiotics lately.

I’ve always been into taking probiotics, even when I’m not taking antibiotics. They are really beneficial for gut health and studies show that it can help with things like IBS and Crohn’s, preventing yeast infections, and UTI’s.  Since we seem to catch everything from daycare, I started looking into whether or not probiotics could also help our immune systems to fight off the constant colds we seem to be getting.

Lately I’ve been feeling like the Trader Joe’s probiotics I was taking (that I’ve used for years) hasn’t really been doing the trick. I don’t know why. I began to look around at other brands. There is a lot out there and it’s hard making a decision on which is the “best” one.

I was contacted by a company who makes probiotics: Super Bio Probiotics and I jumped at the chance to try them.

SuperBio combines its blend of probiotics with 900 mg of Spirulina to supercharge the probiotic growth by 600%. This surpasses all other probiotics on the market providing you with improved digestion and a strengthened immune system.

In addition our SuperBio and Spirulina blend gives:

20% of your overall recommended daily nutrition

75%-100% daily value of Vitamins B1, B2, and B3

75%-100% daily value of phytoproteins, micronutrients, and antioxidants

They sent me the product to try. Michael and I both took the probiotics for about a month.

Each capsule contains 5 billion CFU of the following probiotics:

Lactobacillus rhamnosus

L. acidophilus 

L. delbreuckii

L. reuteri 

Bifidobacter longum 

B. lactis 

B. bifidus

AND 900 mg of organic Spirulina

“How is SuperBio different to yogurt? Most yogurts contain just a fraction of SuperBio’s billions of good bacteria. Also yogurt does not contain the proprietary combination of Spirulina and probiotics that can supercharge probiotic growth in the gut and is a powerful source of anti-inflammatory and liver protective compounds. Unlike yogurt, SuperBio does not contain any added sugars or fillers.” SuperBio is Vegan, vegetarian, lactose-free, and Gluten-free.

Michael said in the beginning that it seemed to help the stomach issues he has but when I checked in a month later to see what he thought, he didn’t think the probiotics made that much of a difference for him. He did not have any side effects from taking the probiotics, though.

For me, I am still on the probiotics train. Since taking the probiotics for over a month our household has had a MUCH NEEDED BREAK from sickness! Seriously, we were lucky to not get sick for over a month. I am a firm believer that taking probiotics helped our immune systems. I was glad we tried them.

If you’re interested in trying probiotics, please check out their website: Super Bio Probiotics.