This week I managed to exercise 3 times - two 30 minute walks, and one 15 min T-Tapp Basic Workout routine. It's a start! Rain and a major flood event did play a part, but really there's no excuse when I can workout at home - I just prefer to go for the walk as that also provides me with fresh air, and quiet alone thinking time.
This week's recipes have all been really yummy! I feel no need to snack, and am eating large, satisfying meals. My blood sugars are stable, I'm generally sleeping better, and am not finding this hard in any way.
The only blip this week was the casserole on Tuesday night which left me wide awake all night. I put it down to my old salicylate intolerance being a factor again, but I've been giving it more thought. I'm reading Grain Brain, a very interesting book written by a neurologist about the effect of grains, carbs and sugar on the brain as well as other body systems. That, along with a comment by a friend about how tomatoes make her blood sugar levels soar (she is diabetic), and a remark in the I Quit Sugar instructions that all tomato products are high in sugar, even those without added sugar (though a raw tomato on your salad is fine), got me thinking about how the casserole made me feel, and what that might indicate. It contained tomato paste, as well as some home-canned diced tomatoes. My whole brain felt "fired up" and unable to relax. The neurologist author talks about how the wrong foods cause inflammation, including of the brain, and that blood sugar swings are a big part of that problem. So I'm beginning to suspect that it was the high (natural but concentrated) sugar content of the tomatoes, particularly the tomato paste, that caused the problem. My next experiment will be to deliberately eat some high-salicylate but sugar-free meals to see if they affect me (eg adding spices).
So, this is easily the easiest "diet" I've ever been on, and I don't feel in the slightest bit deprived. Removing gluten and sugar has caused the weight to begin to fall off. Could it really be that easy? Stay tuned!