Happy What I Ate Wednesday! Thought I would check in to update you guys on how my eating has changed. Last time I posted a WIAW I announced that I was doing the Slow Carb Diet. At the time it made sense to eat this way. It’s similar to Paleo (gluten, dairy and soy-free) but allows legumes, which I personally can eat without any Fibro issues. Plus it advocates one free day per week where I could eat anything.
For a while this was working. I felt great during the week and had a chance to indulge on Saturdays. After so many years of being gluten-free, I can typical handle occasional gluten exposure without having a Fibro flare.
But then I noticed something that made me pause. During the week I would lose weight. Typically I would start at 130 lbs. on Monday, go down to 126 lbs. by Friday, and then jump back up to 130 less than 24 hours later on Saturday. This yo-yo continued to happen for four weeks.
The problem was I was binging. I would stuff myself with everything that I had been avoiding during the week (ice cream, sushi, burgers, etc). Binging is more than just eating too much. Binge eating is an eating disorder. It’s like I lose control and have to eat everything as quickly as possible. And what’s worse is people who binge typically try to hide it. If you took a look at my car, you would find the collection of candy wrappers tucked away so Jake wouldn’t see.
And there was that time I ate a huge container of gelato while grocery shopping….
After about a month, I knew the Slow Carb Diet was a trigger for me and I needed to stop.
Enter IIFYM. For those who aren’t familiar, it stands for If It Fits Your Macros. This way of eating is really popular among bodybuilders (and used by some to recover from eating disorders like Brittany Dawn). The basic thought is every food can be broken down into grams of carbs, fats, and proteins. With a little math, you can calculate your daily requirement for each macronutrient and then eat anything you want as long as you stick to your daily allowance.
For those of you who are interested, I’ll do a full blog post on IIFYM. I think there is definitely an unhealthy way and a healthy way to do it. For now I’ll just say the benefits have been:
- No more binging. If I want to have a piece of chocolate or a glass of wine, I will plan out my meals to include it.
- No more anorexic under-eating. IIFYM forces me to eat enough because I’ve set caloric goals I need to hit before I go to bed.
- No more blood sugar spikes. I space out my daily goals of carbs, fats, and protein throughout the day to avoid any spikes or crashes.
I still need to watch my gluten and dairy exposure. Because no food is technically off limits with IIFYM, I still have to pay attention to how often I allow myself to indulge. But so far it’s working for me.
Meal 1: 3 egg whites/ 1 full egg with zucchini and onions
Meal 2: 1/2 cup gluten-free oats with almond milk and a scoop of nut butter
Meal 3: white rice, sausage and broccoli cooked with an egg
Meal 4: green apple
Meal 5: ground turkey and sautéed green beans