So, this journey has never been about losing weight really, although I was aware that I could stand to lose a few pounds, I certainly didn't think I was seriously over weight at 161 lbs and a size 10 (pretty average). The main goal has been lowering inflammation for me. In December, I cut out gluten. My rheumatologist recommended it, as well as eating less red meat, sugars, and processed foods (high inflammatory food). I was ready to try anything, so in addition to starting my new arthritis medications, I also cut out gluten and did my best to avoid sugar and ate very little red meat. I also started doing very gentle floor exercises and lifting light weights for about 20-30 minutes each night before bed because I felt my muscles weakening since I'd been less active due to my pain.
My starting weight was 161lb on the left and I was in pain in most of my joints, was exhausted, felt bloated in my belly, had brain fog, and little bumps on the backs of my arms..
On the right, you can see a bit of a difference. I am now 149lb and wearing a size 8. I am waaaaaay less bloated than I had been and I have so much more energy. I don't feel like I need a nap midday anymore, and I stay up later at night because I'm not exhausted like I used to be. Even the brain fog has lifted and the little bumps on my arms have improved.
The best part is that I'm not in constant pain. I do still get the occasional arthritis ache, my hand sometimes gets achy or my foot. But it passes more quickly now and for the most part, I'm able to do everything physically that I used to do.
In addition, I recently started trying out a low-lectin eating plan (Dr. Gundry's Plant Paradox) that has me cutting out more lectins (not just gluten, which is the most famous lectin). I have only been on the new low-lectin plan for 2 weeks, so I can't really say much about that yet, But I promise to keep you posted on how I feel.
Here are a few of my new fave anti-lectin foods:
Cauliflower rice, goat cheese, all types of olives, avocados, coconut milk yogurt, and pasture=raised eggs which means NOT grain-fed. I also love walnuts and macadamia nuts and am learning to use my Instapot pressure cooker to prepare beans and rice, so that I can cook out the lectins and still enjoy them. Did you know that all of the Eden brand canned beans are already pressure cooked for you? So awesome! We also made the switch to A2 milk and it's delish.