how i lost 30 pounds

Sounds like a spam email, doesn’t it? I just wanted to post about my health since I haven’t done an update in a while about it.

I’ve dealt with stomach problems, lack of energy, and sleeping problems. My wife deals with chronic fatigue. The only doctor that has helped her is a local nutritionist so I decided to go to him to see what he had to say about me.

So back in March I visited him and he ran a couple tests and told me that I needed to get my gut back in shape. It was overrun with Candida (too much yeast). The only way to get rid of it was to starve it out. So what does it eat (or what did I not eat)?

  • Yeast
  • Sugar
  • Carbs
  • Fermented Foods

After a month of that I wasn’t any better at all. So he ran some food allergy blood test and found out I’m having hyper-sensitive reactions to:

  • Beef
  • Wheat
  • Navy Beans
  • Malt
  • Dairy
  • Eggs
  • Barley
  • Oats
  • Rye
  • Almonds

How’s that for a list of foods you can’t eat? I’ve been able to reintroduce the yeast, sugar, carbs, and fermented foods, but I’m still off the others. Staying off beef is a pain, but not too hard. I just don’t order the steak! But it’s the wheat, dairy, and eggs that show up everywhere! What a pain.

My stomach is better. I still have some issues with sleep and energy. But because of the lack of carbs and better eating, I’ve lost at least 30 pounds.

One thing I’ve realized is there is only one way to lose weight: burn more calories than you take in. Sugars are energy and excess is stored as fat. Starve the body of sugars and it uses the fat. This was my formula. I didn’t plan to lose the weight, but I don’t mind.

I can eat a lot of good foods, that’s for sure. Patricia made a great gluten-free, casein-free Thanksgiving dinner for us (photos)! What’s frustrating is not eating some of the foods I really want – like pizza!

But hopefully next month I can reintroduce some of these foods back into my diet. The others will probably come back next summer.

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  • Bill

    Glad to hear you’re feeling better — and the weight loss doesn’t hurt, either!

  • You lost 30 pounds? I found it… Do you want it back? I’ll email it to you. Can you open a .fat file?

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  • Sally Graves

    Rob,
    Congrats on losing the weight! I stumbled across your blog because I’ve been thinking about starting a blog myself to talk about my “battle” with recently discovered food allergies, my list is long too: dairy, wheat, gluten, soy, eggs, coffee, blueberry, cranberry, and sesame seeds. Oh, yeah I had to quit drinking coffee…and I live in Seattle!!! My best advice to you would be to do a real emlimination diet, you will probably be better off not reintroducing any of your sensitive foods back into your diet. However,I’ve found that you can find substitutes; besides chocolate cake, pizza is my #1 missed food. I found this recipe today for pizza dough: http://www.thenewhomemaker.com/cookingforallergies and try http://www.flyingapron.com for your baked goodies. I can’t wait, I’m ordering a cake for my birthday next week and I swear to eat the whole thing!! Best of luck! Btw, I love your blog; as a future blogger it’s certainly something to aspire to 🙂 Take care, Sally

  • rob

    Thanks for the tips, Sally. The article was good, but the flyingapron site didn’t seem like the right thing.

    Let me know if you open a blog on this. I hate it that you can’t have coffee and live in Seattle! Ugh!