Hi, I have been following Dr McDougalls plan for two weeks now and this morning I weighed and measured myself.
Not only have I have lost 8lbs but also 2" off my bust and hips and an amazing 4.5 inches off my waist! An added bonus is I feel much better than I have been feeling and the pain in my hands ( gout) is almost completely gone!
I really feel like I've found the right way of eating for me. So I've decided to start a journal here of my progress and my recovery from obesity. I am not following the weight loss plan, just eating as much as I want of the foods allowed.
Here's a bit of background to introduce myself...
I am 50 yrs old and although I've had ups and downs with my weight all my life, about three years ago I reached my highest weight of 226lbs after a long period of illness.
I also have celiacs disease, hashimotos thyroiditis, asthma, a back injury and unfortunately last year I developed gout ( even thought I don't eat red meat or drink alcohol). And just to top it off I've been in peri-menopause for several years.
So, after my weight hit an all time high I was diagnosed with high cholesterol ( heart disease, high cholesterol and Alzheimers run in my family). My dr is great and he agreed to give me six weeks to try and get my cholesterol down with diet before starting on statins.
I went online and found dr furhmans Eat to Live plan, followed it to the letter and reduced my cholesterol from 7.4, down to 4.2. I also lost 20lbs. My dr was thrilled and told me to keep on with what I was doing.
Since that time I have stayed away from red meat, but gradually I started eating more junk food. I can't tolerate green smoothies or large amounts of high fibre veggies (due to the celiacs) so I found it hard to keep up the quantities. I added back in milk and cheese and olive oil and I didn't feel well.
Last year I was diagnosed with gout - most painful thing ever!. I was frustrated as I don't eat red meat or drink alcohol, I couldn't exercise any more and knew I had to lose weight. And believe my, in the past I've tried just about everything out there. My biggest fear is getting Alzheimers, I cared for my mum and i have worked in dementia wards. My gp tells me whats good for my heart is good for my brain and too work on heart health.
So three weeks ago, feeling bloated, sick sore and sorry for myself after an accidental 'glutening' episode. I found this site, got the books, watched all the You Tube videos and decided to try it - I was skeptical I admit - but I feel satisfied and full after meals now. I love this type of food and I find it very easy to eat this way.
Most days I have a rice meal and some blueberries for breakfast, a vegetable and bean casserole or soup for lunch and dinner with rice or potatos. In summer I'll eat salads (I'm an Aussie - we had snow here last week!)
I know thats a long intro, but I've very grateful to all who've posted here, it's been a wealth of good information. I look forward to sharing the journey back to good health with you and learning from you all.