Week 2 Elim. Diet in review

I think meals are getting too monotonous because after 3 weeks I’m starting to crave things I see and smell, which I previously had some kind of inner strength to get past. Maybe it’s the fact that I had to stretch this out another week beyond what I had mentally planed …

About one more week to go! I’m craving sparkling and sweet alcohol, in a can none the less, and things like kielbasa and eggs and bacon. Bread also..

I stopped drinking the green smoothies in the morning and I have definitely felt better the last few days. More energy and more positivity.
I am also slowly getting used to my new eye glasses so I have been having Less headaches at night and feeling better in general. I cut out the raw greens after I read an article about their effect on the thyroid. I had heard it before but wasn’t sure if it applied to me, being sans-thyroid and all. Sure enough, cutting them out is providing more sustained energy. Although they were filling and probably nutritious, they may have been doing more harm than good with my T4 conversion!

The meal plan this week included things like black bean burgers wrapped in a large lettuce leaf, modified recipe from the Pioneer Woman with a flax egg, although I kept the hot sauce in – they really need it! Lots of sides of baked sweet potato fries. Lots of roasted cauliflower, broccoli and kale. Spaghetti squash made a fabulous appearance. Brown rice was a supplementary grain and either turkey meatballs, white fish, or salmon were in most dishes . Lunches have been leftovers from dinner and I have cut down on the nuts and dried fruit this week. I have been consuming twice as much green tea however! Celebrating with a burrito bowl tonight – yes it’s from chipotle ๐Ÿ˜‰

Weight is being maintained from the 5lbs I lost during the raw portion although I haven’t made an effort to exercise yet.

Next week I plan to try and do a white pizza with gluten free dough and dairy free cheese, probably with broccoli. Stirfy with chicken or turkey sausage. A butternut squash, steamed kale and quinoa salad sounds like a good idea as does some vegetable soup!

Valentine’s Day calls for a giant meal of all the seafood we can consume ๐Ÿ™‚

Trying to stay motivated and creative here in the home stretch.

How do those of you who do this diet permanently keep things fresh? – and I mean both the recipes and the vegetables!

Water, Water, Everywhere

Drinking enough water to remain hydrated is something every doctor and fitness source will tell you is one of the best things you can do for yourself. Many of the bodily processes require water to do their job well and dehydration has some nasty side effects. Drinking enough water will stop the body from holding onto so much water weight and you could actually lose weight by getting on track. Yet, even with all these important facts, it is so incredibly hard to get enough in my regular day, or it wasn’t enough of a priority to allow it to happen. There has been one other time I made a significant effort to drink enough water and what I learned was that when hydrated, I make frequent trips to the bathroom. So this becomes another deterrent for making the leap personally.

But if I’m really going to get healthy and turn this thing around, this has to be the first step

So here we go.

Women should drink about 88 ounces while men should get 128 ounces a day according to Jillian Michaels.ย She also mentions the need to drink an additional 12 ounces of water for every 30 minutes of exercise a day.

Also, caffeinated drinks like tea, coffee, and soda can actually dehydrate you, so I plan to reduce the consumption of these if I can.Herbal teas are great because you can get some additional nutrients through them, but water is best. Another interesting thing is lemon water, which aids in digestion, can liven up water if it becomes boring.

So my daily plan to get enough water in, but not too much so I can’t make it all the way home from my commute without stopping for a bathroom break, is as follows:

Morning:

16 ounces of hot water with lemon to sip on my morning commute

Throughout the Day:

23 ounces at my desk before lunch
23 ounces for lunch and after

Throughout the evening:
16 ounces for a dinner
16 ounces for after dinner, to have during the night, and for my morning meds

So this is about 94 ounces, and it’s over the average recommendation. I will increase this when I start my regular fitness plan.

I should also mention that the key way I like to currently drink my water is trough Starbucks tumblers, hence the very specific ounces listed above. I have a larger 23 ounce clear tumbler that lives on my desk and I can bring to meetings and a smaller 16 ounce one at home that I use with dinner and when generally hanging out at home. I find using these cups and specifically their straws helps me drink a lot more water, much more quickly! The only con with the straws is that you could also be sucking a lot of air into your digestive system by constantly using them, but this is not a real problem for me right now. Nalgene bottles are another great way to track your ounces as they are listed on the side of the bottle and you can take it wherever you go.

I’m not big on flavored water other than the lemon so I can’t comment on that but I think it can be a good option for others! Think cucumber mint water or those flavored MiO squeeze bottles in grocery stores.

My expectations: I think getting enough water will improve the quality of my skin, reduce headaches (no dehydration), stop me from overeating as I will be quite full from water all day, and hopefully some other wonderful things.

I’ll update after a few weeks to comment on any other improvements or issues.

Do you drink enough water each day?
What would it take to get you hydrated?

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