Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Frustration. Hormones. Changes.

Hormones. They are complicated little buggers.
They are what make us work, you know the important stuff like breathing...growing...metabolizing the food we eat...etc.
These chemical messengers are essential to good health, bottom line. This is something we've known for a long time.

Hold up...--->Let me intervene with some side stories real fast, so you know where I'm at.

1. I am constantly reading new published journals, articles, books, and whatever else I can get my hands on to stay current and knowledgeable in my field. Science is always evolving and changing and it's important to be able to sort the truth from the garbage...and might I add a LOT of what is published is garbage. Lately, I have been reading Jillian Michael's book, "Master Your Metabolism." This is where the root of this post is coming from. Although I am not %100 sold on every word that is in there. I think that there is a lot of truth to what she is saying. It has made me think, that is for certain.

2. (Gear up. This "side note" is more of a novel than a note.) ;)
One of the main reasons I read a LOT about nutrition and weight training is for my own personal benefit. Selfish confession, I know. For the past two years I would say I've logged a minimum of 10-15 hours a week in the gym working out. I could tell you EXACTLY what I've eaten for the past three years. I take that back, I could SHOW you. You think I'm joking? I'll send you my Fitday Login and you can check it out. I haven't had sugar in two years with the exception of a few free day holidays, and I don't eat fast food. Ever.
Why am I telling you this?
NOT to brag, I can promise you that. I'm telling you this because I am frustrated. I work all day telling people how to eat, move, and sleep and for them, it works. I watch pounds fall off of people who tell me they, "didn't eat as good as they could have." I have always considered myself some anomaly. The exception. The one who just got the unlucky metabolism that didn't seem to take to the old "calories in calories out" rule. The one that was just going to have to keep eating perfectly and working out like a maniac just to maintain and stay at a mediocre place.
Well, a paragraph in this book caught my eye.

After speaking about her vigorous routine of working out, eating perfectly, and drinking lots of diet coke to keep her energy up Jillian says, "God forbid I should fall of the wagon for a few days. (Speaking of breaking her perfect routine.) I'd instantly gain five pounds, which would then drive me back to the grueling routine. After all the effort I'd put into learning about diet and nutrition, I just couldn't figure out why all my working out and freaky eating habits weren't doing the trick. I really thought I'd been royally screwed in the genetics department--That my metabolism just sucked and I would never be able to have it as easy as some of my friends." (Master Your Metabolism, pg 22)

It just sounded FAR too familiar to me. Let it be known that I am not a huge Jillian Michaels follower. Sometimes I think her training methods are a little out there. I am not really into the whole yelling at my clients thing. BUT, A. let's be honest she gets the job done. She knows her stuff. and B. I do think that she has hit some VERY correct principles in her book. My mom and I have been talking about hormone balance for the past year or so, and my interest was definitely peaked when I saw that someone had written about it. I also love the fact that she is very much in line with another book I ADORE, called, "The Culprit and the Cure." If you haven't read it. Do it. It will change your eating habits in such a good way.


Ok, back to hormones.
So, based on what I've been reading about how the foods we eat affect our bodies and the way we store fat, I am going to make some changes in my diet.
This is kind of a trial run here folks, right before your very eyes. Scary, huh? This could fail miserably, but if it works it could help immensely. Not just me, but you too.

Changes are as follows:
1. No more diet soda. (Wow. It hurts almost to type that.)
2. Only eating soy 1-2 times a week.
3. No artificial sweeteners.
4. No calorie counting. I can tell you right now this will be the hardest one for me, and I might slip up here every now and then. It's like mental math to me now. I do it without noticing.
5. No eating after 9:00.
6. Enjoy LOTS and LOTS of fresh fruits and veggies. (I already do this, but I have to give myself one that I KNOW I'll be real good at, right?)

K. So here goes. I might not be perfect, but I want to see how these changes effect me. I know I didn't go into explanation as to why I'm making each of the changes I am, due to the lengthiness of this post already. If you'd like me too, let me know, I'd be more than happy to give some more explanation.


Jackie said...

I would like to know why. Too much estrogen is soy?

Good luck girl! You can do it!

Nichole said...

I here you 100% Our bodies are such tricky creatures. I am ony 3 months into this bio identical hormone testing and I haven't seen huge changes but I am feeling better. Eating right and making sure your body is balanced is what is all about! Just like the old saying you are what you eat!!

Dink said...

If you haven't already I would have a full work up of all your hormones, insulin resitance and a full thyroid panel. I started gaining weight about 3 years ago and I hadn't changed my eating habits so I figured it was due to less exercise. Hypothyroidism runs in my family so my mom told me to go and get checked. Sure enough it I was way high in my T3 & T4 levels. I was also diagnosed with PCOS recently with my hormones out of wack. Since being treated for both of these I dropped 10 pounds in a month without increasing my exercise, actually decreasing it drastically, and changing my eating slightly. During this time when I had gained all the weight trying to take it off I tracked my calories, trained and ran 2 marathons and a triathlon and cut way back on my sugar intake with no results in the scale or inches. Sorry for the long response but I always like to pass on what I have learned.

Millar said...

I love this post! I'm glad there's some info out there because I think hormones play a big role...especially post pregnancy. I'm going to check out that book you mentioned. (The non-Jillian michaels one.)

Also, I made your sweet potato fries for our 4th of July bbq and they were a hit so kudos!

Heats said...

What the heck are you and B going to drink??? No diet? No calorie counting? Good luck though, sounds like you are right on track. Don't worry, we have lots of non-diet stuff at our house if you ever need any!