I have been doing the 21 Day Fix since August 24th, with modifications from my doctor. I am clean eating (no chemicals), low carb, high(er) fat, high protein. In a month, I have taken off 14 of the 30 pounds I gained after my thyroid was radiated. I exercise 6 days a week (three days of cardio, three days of strength training). I have a protein shake a day (Shakeology for now, but I’m not fond of the taste, so I will probably switch back to the brand I do like), 3 meals, no snacks.
And hey, I think 14 pounds in a month is pretty darned good, don’t you?
I have been forced to look for recipes that I can modify. Before when I did low carb, I could do pumpkin, or a small bit of sweet potato, and beans. I mean, refried beans are a bariatric patient’s best friend after surgery. My endocrinologist will not allow me to have any of those things. I miss pumpkin – it was a good starch replacement.
And can I just say that I’m really sick of eggs for breakfast?
I mean, not to complain, my numbers are all excellent. I’m down 14 pounds and 11 inches. I’m getting in 10,000 steps per day. I’m healthy and fit and happy. I’m sore as all get out from working out, and not from being lethargic.
I did finally find a recipe that I could follow that was eggs for breakfast, but not actually like eating eggs. I love French Toast. Always have, always will. I found a recipe on Pinterest for toastless french toast.
Soften 2oz of cream cheese in the microwave for 20 seconds. Add to a blender with 2 eggs, a splash of vanilla, cinnamon (it calls for pumpkin pie spice, but I hate nutmeg) and blend until smooth. Then I take some frozen blueberries or strawberries (or whatever fruit I have) and put it in a microwavable bowl. I add the egg mixture to the bowl and stir in one package of Stevia. Then, you microwave it for 1.5 minutes. Flip it over, and microwave it again for another 30 seconds. The recipe says to use honey on it, but I just eat it like it is. Yummy. I usually have that with turkey bacon.
Also, veggies are getting boring. I eat a ton of salads with salsa and smashed avocado. Last week, I re-discovered sugar snap peas – they give me the crunch I’m looking for from chips, but without all the carbs and junk.
I’ve also had to increase my red meat consumption to up my iron. I have adapted the 21 Day Fix Turkey Meatball recipe to use ground sirloin. I omit the panko. Really yummy. I serve it to Mr. G with pasta sauce. I just eat them like they are, or make it into a meatloaf.
So, all this seems to be paying off. And optimal health will help keep that cancer in remission. Sad that it took me 43 years to figure that out.