I know yesterday was Friday and I’d usually recap my food/exercise for the day, but I’m saving that for Monday’s weekend roundup. See you Monday morning for those results. BUT onto other matters.
In 2016 I gained 10 more pounds. The hives were getting worse, but I had a REALLY stressful job at the time and the doctor explained that was the reason why. Without testing of course.
In 2017 I gained 5 more on top of that. I felt I was eating around the 1300 calorie a day range but nothing was happening. I exercised too. I went for a physical in July and had everything test. Thyroid was fine, and everything was normal. My doctor talked to me about the effects antibiotics have on your system and that one round of antibiotics can affect gut health for up to 7 years. SEVEN YEARS. Strep alone, I was on 7 antibiotics in 2 months. That’s already 49 years of potential gut issues. Not to mention the other antibiotics I’ve been on before that. She said that changes in gut health can cause autoimmune diseases or intolerances/allergies that you didn’t have before. She asked to do an allergy panel to see what may be causing the hives and weight gain. My insurance is ridiculous and I couldn’t afford it, so instead she asked that I do an elimination diet: preferably Whole 30.
Whole 30 is a diet that removes any and all inflammatory foods and sugars for 30 days. It rests the gut enough so that after 30 days, you reintroduce each food group one at a time to see what affects you have from it. It was really tough but I stuck it out so I wouldn’t have to pay for an allergy panel. Incentive at it’s best! At the end of my 30 days I was 10 pounds lighter, something I had been unable to lose for awhile. The swelling in my legs were gone, the hives were gone, and I felt my taste buds were enhanced without all the sugar added into things. I introduced milk products and found I was lactose intolerant to milk and yogurt but not cheese. I was lactose intolerant as a child so this made sense. There are lactase pills anyways, so no issue there. However, the big finding was that when I introduced gluten, I got hives for 3 days following. The hives were the culprit for sure.
Living gluten free is not entirely easy. Especially road trips where fast food is ALWAYS containing gluten. It’s hard for holiday functions, work parties, get togethers and just nights when you really craving mozzarella sticks (a vice of mine). If I must indulge, I now get hives within 20 min of eating. Chris has said he’s amazed at watching my hives pop up. I try not to eat too much gluten, but when I do cave I just suck up the itchiness I will endure. However, most weeks I live a gluten free lifestyle. Luckily lots of good products and recipes are out there since more allergies are popping up. Antibiotics the problem too maybe? While I did lose the 10 pounds on Whole 30, I have been unable to lose more. Another reason for this blog, to post my calorie intake and exercise habits and really evaluate where the problem is in my diet to cause the plateau. Hopefully something changes but it definitely is nice to not have hives every night!
Post some comments. I wanna know….
Do you have any food allergies? What happens if you eat that?
What’s your go to diet?
Do you have any tattoos?