Monday, February 11, 2019

251 - Trying the Whole30 diet for... 30 days

After a long period of radio silence, I'm back.

251 lbs (113.8 kg)
The yo-yo weight bouncing up and down continues, only lately I've been able to bounce down a lot faster than before. It used to be true that a single "bad" day (of eating too much of the wrong thing) would take a solid six days to make up for. These days I can get back to where I was, weightwise, within just three or four days.

A new incentive is my new lady friend. My other close friends already know about this development, but it's very exciting for me. I feel like she is someone I can truly and happily spend the rest of my life with.

The other significant development is not quite so welcome. Keeping the story short, it's finally time for me to get some treatment for my varicose veins. A diagnostic ultrasound and first consultation with a vascular surgeon has been scheduled for early March. I'm expecting the outcome to be that my legs will not be tired at the end of my work shift, and that any sores on my legs will heal quicker than the ones I currently have. They've interfered with my mobility slightly.

Still, I'm looking forward to the spring and summer. Once my health issues are sorted out I'll be changing jobs for something with better hours. It'll be "hasta luego" to the chaos of a badly organized workplace and hello to a new career path in the (non-profit) voluntary sector. But I digress...

The other new news is that I'm going to give the Whole30 diet a go. Together with my beloved, Pam, we will start on Saturday, Feb 16th, and for thirty days we'll avoid all traces of dairy, grains (including all corn, rice, quinoa, wheat, etc.). No alcohol, no legumes, no soy, no processed foods, no junk food and definitely no added sugar. Instead, we'll be eating plenty of fresh vegetables, some fruit, unprocessed meats (no sugar or nitrates), seafood, eggs, nuts and seeds. (So, Monday, March 18th  will be a bacchanalian orgy of wine and cheese and dark chocolate). We've started experimenting with some recipes already (a really good sweet and sour chicken, and today's dinner was coconut battered shrimp). More details next time.

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