I want to start off by apologizing. It has been over a month since I have posted and for anyone looking for a new posts to come here and find none I am sorry. Life has been very busy and sadly I haven’t had the time to get online to write a post.
Now that the summer is winding down and autumn is on the horizon, things will start to slow down a little. Work has been very very busy but after September all will quiet down there. At home, I am still doing board of director stuff and again, in October that might slow down also.
One thing I want to talk about while I have the chance is diet. As many of you know, weight has been an issue with me. I have talked about my journey with weight loss and doing a diet through Weight Watchers. This past year had me so busy that I stopped going to meetings and eventually stopped the program. I had hoped that I would finally be ok and keep the weight off. Sadly, I am now back in the boat of weight gain. It is slowly coming back and like Crohn’s…it is annoying the F out of me.
Like IBD which can flare up at any time, weight gain comes when it wants. So I am back with my demons trying to figure out what to do. I am still Gluten Free and that makes my diet issues even worse. I feel so loss on what to eat and what to do. As anyone knows, when you feel loss you feel stress. Stress then causes me to eat and the vicious cycle starts. Stress also makes IBD worse and causes flares.
Overall, I am still doing well with my CD. I see my GI in just over a week and I know it will be an uneventful meeting. He will probably won’t have me return for 6 months (I hope) which means my next visit after this could be the colonoscopy time. Ugh!! I am still on LDN though so I am curious how it is affecting my insides and if it has helped in the healing processes any. I feel great so I hope there is some significant healing.
But back to the diet. I went into a very big IBD chat group on Facebook to find out what other overweight IBDers have done as far as diets. Sadly, I didn’t get the answers I was hoping for. I did get some good advice, but overall it wasn’t what I was really looking for. A big advice was to cut back on carbs, which I will try. It isn’t easy as I have realized that I have an addiction to carbs. The other big advice was to increase protein. It was recommended that for breakfast, instead of cereal to eat leftover dinner protein. Um….no. That may be fine for some people and for some foods I can maybe do that…but overall, no. When I eat breakfast, I am still half asleep and so are my taste buds. They don’t need a shock of BBQ sauce or Teriyaki in the morning.
What I am curious, and I hope some people will feel ok to open up, what do some of you with IBD do to lose weight. I know most automatically lose weight, but for those of you that are like me and still have weight issues, what do you do. What works and what doesn’t. Feel free to leave a comment or even email me. I would love help from everyone and I really could use some direction.