Thursday, October 24, 2013

diet, weight loss and infertility

Back in January of 2012 I weighed almost 160lbs. For my 5 foot 7 inch body that was too much.  I was unhappy with how I looked, how I felt and combined with my inability to get pregnant made me miserable.  My weight loss journey began with weight watchers. You can read more here

I was committed to get down to 130lbs.  I followed the points plus weight watchers plan and within 3 months I was down to about 135lbs. A month later I hit the goal weight!  I could not believe how much better I felt. Following the points plus program really helped overhaul my diet.  I ate way more fruits and veggies, I ate far less carbs and more appropriate portions of meat.  It was by far the best way for me to get my eating habits under control. 

What I liked best about weight watchers is that it wasn't about depriving yourself, it was about moderation.  I can now eat smaller portions of not-so-good-for-you foods, I have a few bites and I am satisfied. 

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This after photo above was taken this past summer. Since then my weight has stayed steady between 126-128lbs.  A weight I never thought I would be at.  I share my actual weight, not to focus on the number, but to see how much different I look and how much healthier and happier I am.  Let's face it, as much as we say "who cares about the scale", sometimes it matters.  I do not weight myself every day, but sometimes the scales helps keep  me on track.  Just seeing it in the morning reminds me to make good choices.  

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As part of really getting my body, hormones and weight under control in 2013 {also because I turned 30 this year and wanted to start a new decade feeling my best!} I began focusing on clean eating instead of doing the points+ system.  I felt it was time I really start focusing on putting the best nutrients into my body since I finally had portion control under control.  In a few weeks time I really started to see a difference in my body.  This after photo above was taken in late summer and I can see how much different my body looks from the after photo at the top.  

I also began following recipes from Gwyneth Paltrow's book, It's All Good, thanks to Andrea, aka @gwynethmademedoit.  As soon as I opened the book I was hooked.  I read a paragraph where she talks about soy. It basically talked about how the presence of phtyoestrogens can mimic estrogen, bind to estrogen receptors and disrupt hormonal balance.  This made so much sense to me, a few months prior to getting her book I switched from soy milk to almond milk and I noticed a change in my body and hormone levels.  {I have a medical diagnosis for infertility, so I am in no way saying it was caused by the soy milk. I started drinking soy milk a few years ago when I realized I could no longer do milk. I have had infertility issues for many more years than that.} Reading that paragraph pretty much  had me hooked.  

In addition to the clean eating I was really focused on cutting back on my gluten in-take.  Not because I wanted to try the latest fad like so many people assumed, but because I knew my body doesn't process it well. I cut it out for a few weeks and then one night had a beer and 2 slices of pizza with Scott, about 2 hours later I felt like death, same thing a few weeks later. It was now obvious that gluten should be done in moderation for me. I also felt really good when i focused on eating less gluten.  

My final big change thus far is juicing.  Not a crazy juicing cleanse, just straight up juicing a few times a week for breakfast or a mid-afternoon pick me up to get me through until dinner.  Again, my body loves it and I feel good, see a pattern here? I am doing things my body likes and it in turn it is making me feel great.  You really need to know your body. I know I could not do a paleo diet, too much meat for me. There are days where I have no desire to eat meat and thus I get my protein for the day in other ways. 

This is all still a work in progress, some days I splurge on things like cheese, or some carbs, but all in moderation.  I am really working on giving my body the best food and nutrients I can in hopes that it will help with some of my infertility issues.  And if it doesn't? It is still a win because I am in the best shape of my life and have never felt better. 


Four Flights said...

Oh Jen, I appreciate your post so much, and pray that whatever the answer is, be it a healthier diet or adoption or whatever, you have a baby in your arms soon enough. XO

blm said...

thanks so much for sharing this! i have only really discovered the theories on the diet/infertility connection. i've eaten so much healthier over the past 2 years and like how i feel. i'm hoping that focusing even more on putting the best stuff into my body helps everything function at its best.

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