SugarFree Protocol – Julie

Julie will be joining us on October 15, 2018 – but please take a moment to read her story and welcome her.

Julie’s Introduction:

Hello everyone! I’m twenty-nine, 5’ 1” and weigh 130. After reviewing the results of my metabolic blood tests I learned that I have mild hypothyroidism, moderately high leptin and insulin levels, and low ferritin. I also have the symptoms of Metabolic Syndrome XX. I’m always tired, and feel like I can never get enough sleep. Even though I get nine hours most nights my brain feels like a fog-filled sieve on a good day.

It’s clear that I have an unhealthy relationship with food because I view mealtimes more like damage control rather than something delicious or nutritious to look forward to. I’m anxious when I choose foods to eat at the shops. Even worse, I have no idea how to cook or eat properly – as shown by my repetitive, convenience-filled food log.

I have failed to get slim since I was fourteen, and the unintended side effects of my constant yo-yo dieting now show in my test results and daily life. I recently married, so I starved myself and exercised hours a day in order to look good in a dress, but as soon as I tried to go back to eating a ‘normal’ 1200 calories all the fat came back, with some extra for good measure! I feel terrible eating low calories, and restricting myself to certain food groups (while completely eliminating others) in a fruitless attempt to stop the almost constant gain.

I’ve known for a while that the Calories In, Calories Out theory didn’t work but it wasn’t until I found SugarFree’s Protocol that I realised the true depth of the issue. I am very excited to start, and to work with her to get my health back on track, learn how to cook nutritious, healthy meals I can actually enjoy, and to one day become a mum who can teach my children how to be healthy, too.

Maintenance Round 1, Week 1, Day 1 – 10/15

Weight: 130 pounds

Measurements:
Bust: 40.1”
Waist: 37.7”
Hips: 39.7”

Ketostix: negative

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 99
1-hr PP: 81
2-hr PP: 94

I was intimidated by the mountain of food on my plate this first day, since I have been virtually starving myself for some time. I could barely see the plate, there were so many veggies on it! I wasn’t able to finish my entire meal and am feeling stuffed, which is an uncomfortable, almost nauseating sensation. I haven’t eaten this much in a long time.

However, I really enjoyed the potato fries I sliced using my new Braun hand blender/processor, before sautéing them in duck fat – though I have so much more to learn about cooking – or rather not over-cooking. My 2-hour PP increased 13 points so I will continue to monitor my blood sugar until it starts to drop.

Not a bad first day.

Maintenance Round 1, Week 1, Day 2 – 10/16

Weight: 130 = no change

Ketostix: negative

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 84.6
1-hr PP: 90
2-hr PP: 88.2

Better blood sugars today. 🙂 I struggled to finish all my food again, and also felt self-conscious heating it all up and walking through the office to eat at my desk. I haven’t felt that way before but now that I’m weighing myself again I feel less confident about my body. I know the scale is not an accurate measure of actual slimness or health – the measuring tape is a better gauge – but it’s still feels awful to see a number I dread on it.

Maintenance Round 1, Week 1, Day 3 – 10/17

Weight: 128.7 = down 1.3 pounds

Ketostix: trace

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 82.8
1-hr PP: 86.4
2-hr PP: 84.6

I lost over a pound, and enjoyed my meal today (so did my PP’s)! I haven’t eaten a pork chop in years due to horrible memories of dry, chewy pork when I was growing up, but the recipe/method SugarFree gave me made it tender and juicy. I couldn’t quite finish my meal again, but SugarFree has assured me that I will get there in time. My stomach has shrunk from years of semi-starvation, and though it will expand again it will take weeks, not days.

Maintenance Round 1, Week 1, Day 4 – 10/18

Weight: 128.7 = no change

Ketostix: small

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 82.8
1-hr PP: 86.4
2-hr PP: 84.6

I loved my meal. Who knew you could cook salmon so well in the microwave? My PP’s have improved a lot from a few weeks ago. I feel content and look forward to upping my cooking game with my new cookbook that I plan to read every morning.

Maintenance Round 1, Week 1, Day 5 – 10/19

Weight: 128 = down .7 pound

Ketostix: moderate

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 88.2
1-hr PP: 82.8
2-hr PP: 88.2

I was quite hungry this morning so I ate my meal early and just devoured the lamb chops in a delicious sauce that SugarFree taught me to make. I wanted to lick the plate! I have a bland palette due to non-cooking, and rarely using any spices, so that will need educating. However, I purchased lots of new spices and cooking equipment that my kitchen was seriously lacking. Basic items (like potato peelers and chopping boards) that I’ll use to make my first ever liver recipe tomorrow.

Maintenance Round 1, Week 1, Day 6 – 10/20

Weight: 126.9 = down 1.1 pounds

Ketostix: moderate

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 88.2
1-hr PP: 82.8
2-hr PP: 95.3

I had a stressful morning assembling a shed in our back garden, which was very time consuming and took us all day. I tasted liver for the first time and really liked it. Visually it’s unappealing, but its taste and texture is like paté, which I love. I’d love to learn to make paté, especially as Christmas is coming, and it would even make a nice gift.

Maintenance Round 1, Week 1, Day 7 – 10/21

Weight: 126.7 = down .2 pound

Ketostix: large

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 86.4
1-hr PP: 86.4
2-hr PP: 93.6

I visited my parents today, which was really lovely. We sat in the sunshine and chatted all day. SugarFree tweaked my menus to make them more me-friendly and I managed to finish my whole meal for the first time, which feels really positive!

Maintenance Round 1, Week 2, Day 1 – 10/22

Weight: 126.9 = up .2 pound

Measurements:
Bust: 39.7″ = down .4″
Waist: 37.7” = no change
Hips: 39.7” = no change
Other areas: = down .5″

Ketostix: moderate

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 91.8
1-hr PP: 99
2-hr PP: 100.8

It’s the end of week one and I have lost three pounds! I haven’t done any exercise aside from daily strolls and I’ve eaten more calories each day than I have in a long time, so I am very pleased with that. I’ve lost close to an inch of fat, which isn’t bad, but I look forward to seeing more. Cooked a much tenderer rib eye, which was delicious.

Maintenance Round 1, Week 2, Day 2 – 10/23

Weight: 126.9 = no change

Ketostix: moderate

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 77.4
1-hr PP: 100.8
2-hr PP: 109

Yesterday’s scratchy throat, fatigue and slightly elevated PP’s indicate that I am fighting something off, so today I ate PIM – Protocol Illness Menu. I feel more tired than usual, but I’ve taken the precautions that hopefully will help me avoid coming down with something.

Maintenance Round 1, Week 2, Day 3 – 10/24

Weight: 126.5 = down .4 pound

Ketostix: moderate

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 84.6
1-hr PP: 122.4
2-hr PP: 113.4

I feel back to normal today. Hubby and I got out for a 35 minute walk in the sunshine after eating.

Maintenance Round 1, Week 2, Day 4 – 10/25

Weight: 125.9 = down .6 pound

Ketostix: large

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 82.8
1-hr PP: 92.6
2-hr PP: 103.4

Busy day at work, rushing around most of the time. Eating PIM menu again today, which I enjoyed.

Maintenance Round 1, Week 2, Day 5 – 10/26

Weight: 125.4 = down .5 pound

Ketostix: large

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 82.8
1-hr PP: 82.8
2-hr PP: 108

I wasn’t able to finish my meal because I felt bloated. The little heating lunch box does an amazing job of keeping my food warm. I saw the doctor this morning for the digestive problems I’ve been having. Hopefully the test results will shed some light on them. On a positive note, my winter jacket is slightly looser, but I have a little way to go yet until it feels truly comfortable.

Maintenance Round 1, Week 2, Day 6 – 10/27

Weight: 125.2 = down .2 pound

Ketostix: large

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 82.8
1-hr PP: 93
2-hr PP: 104

My meal was tasty though it’s still taking me a lot of time to make everything. SugarFree says the more I cook, the faster I’ll get. Putting all the ingredients into little mis en place bowls before cooking is really helpful.

Maintenance Round 1, Week 2, Day 7 – 10/28

Weight: 125 = down .2 pound

Ketostix: moderate

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 84.6
1-hr PP: 91.8
2-hr PP: 102.6

An important part of becoming a good cook is learning how to use spices, and use them properly. They are now stored correctly in the fridge instead of in a drawer as I used to do, which will keep them fresher longer, and am going to include them in my meals going forward. I spent the morning sorting my food log and learning about spices – so much information filling my brain! My previous constant hunger while denying myself food is finally abating and rarely bothers me.

Maintenance Round 1, Week 3, Day 1 – 10/29

Weight: 125.2 = up .2 pound

Measurements:
Bust: 39.3″ = down .4″
Waist: 37.2” = down .5″
Hips: 39.3” = down .4″
Other areas: = down 1.1″

Ketostix: moderate

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 86.4
1-hr PP: 117
2-hr PP: 111

Wow – I lost 2.5 inches of fat in week two of Protocol – while eating tons of fat and calories! Why did I starve myself for so long? To help with stress in my life I’m going to start meditating ten minutes each morning and evening. I loved my very first (simplified) chicken cacciatore with pasta and was able to eat everything on my plate. I’ve been afraid to eat pasta for years!

Maintenance Round 1, Week 3, Day 2 – 10/30

Weight: 125.4 = up .2 pound

Ketostix: trace

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 90
1-hr PP: 102.6
2-hr PP: 97.2

Having a “I feel fat” day – where all my clothes feel too small and I dislike the mirror. On a better note, my meal was delicious (amazing how using spices instead of just salt upgrades the taste of food!) and I was able to eat the entire thing, no problem.

Maintenance Round 1, Week 3, Day 3 – 10/31

Weight: 125.6 = up .2 pound

Ketostix: trace

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 90
1-hr PP: 99
2-hr PP: 100.8

Enjoyed my meal again, and ate the whole thing in short order!

Maintenance Round 1, Week 3, Day 3 – 10/31

Weight: 125.6 = up .2 pound

Ketostix: trace

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 90
1-hr PP: 99
2-hr PP: 100.8

Another yummy meal. Learning to cook is fun!

Maintenance Round 1, Week 3, Day 4 – 11/1

Weight: 125.8 = up .2 pound

Ketostix: trace

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 88.2
1-hr PP: 104.4
2-hr PP: 109.8

My meal was tasty but I was really full towards the end. And my blood sugars either had a problem with it, or something else is going on. Got out for a quick stroll in the sunshine.

Maintenance Round 1, Week 3, Day 5 – 11/2

Weight: 126.1 = up .3 pound

Ketostix: trace

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 93.6
1-hr PP: 99
2-hr PP: 102.6

I dreamed I was eating chocolate cookies the size of a dinner plate, and had a persistent craving for something sweet today. My usual full feeling at the end of my meal went away after I finished, and I could have eaten more. Waking up is getting much easier and because I sleep through the night now fidget less.

Maintenance Round 1, Week 3, Day 6 – 11/3

Weight: 126.7 = up .6 pound

Ketostix: trace

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 84.6
1-hr PP: 95.4
2-hr PP: 91.8

I bought meat from my local butcher instead of at the supermarket, which was a new experience for me. Their strip steak was absolutely delicious!

Maintenance Round 1, Week 3, Day 7 – 11/4

Weight: 126.1 = down .6 pound

Ketostix: trace

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 88.2
1-hr PP: 109.8
2-hr PP: 118.9

I visited my parents and had a family lunch with my Grandmother, which was fun. I cooked for myself, though, and everyone was surprised to see me eat calves liver – especially my older sister who was very curious.

Maintenance Round 1, Week 4, Day 1 – 11/5

Weight: 126.3 = up .2 pound

Measurements:
Bust: 39.3″ = no change
Waist: 37.2” = no change
Hips: 39.3” = no change
Other areas: = down .6″

Ketostix: moderate

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 95
1-hr PP: 108
2-hr PP: 113.4

End of week three! My weight (and PPs) have slowly crept up this week, but the tape measure says that none of the gain is fat. Normally I’d cut my calories to counteract the scale, now I know that doesn’t work at all.

Protocol, Round 1, Week 1, Day 2 – 11/6

Weight: 126.5 = up .2 pound

Ketostix: trace

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 95.4
1-hr PP: 93.6
2-hr PP: 111.6

Meal:
– 11 oz chicken thigh
– 225 g chard
– 140 green beans
– 60 g pasta
– 100 g mushrooms
– 15 g butter
– 10 g duck fat

Fitday Stats:
Calories: 789
Fat: 48.3 grams (55%)
Protein: 52.8 grams (27%)
Carbs: 35.7 grams (18%)

Starting Phase 1 of Protocol this week, which is the reverse of normal order, but was necessary to get me out of starvation mode.

Protocol, Round 1, Week 1, Day 3 – 11/7

Weight: 126.1 = down .4 pound

Ketostix: trace

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 84.6
1-hr PP: 95.4
2-hr PP: 99

Meal:
— 240 g lamb chop
— 225 g spinach
— 300 g zucchini
— 55 g beans
— 10 g Butter, Kerrygold
— 5 g duck fat

Fitday stats:
Calories: 813.1
Fat: 52.3 grams (58%)
Protein: 55.5 grams (27%)
Carbs: 30.1 grams (15%)

I loved my meal today – it was so delicious! My new spices are wonderful; they can turn something as tasteless as plain white beans into something really yummy. I can’t believe I ignored (and didn’t even own) them for so long.

Protocol, Round 1, Week 1, Day 4 – 11/8

Weight: 125.2 = down .9 pound

Ketostix: small

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 90
1-hr PP: 93.6
2-hr PP: 93.6

Meal:
— 250 g sardines
— 225 g broccoli
— 200 g collards
— 120 g tomatoes
— 10 g Butter, Kerrygold
— 10 g duck fat

Fitday stats:
Calories: 805.4
Fat: 49.8 grams (56%)
Protein: 59.4 grams (29%)
Carbs: 29.9 grams (15%)

Work is very busy at the moment. I’m feeling tired today, too.

Protocol, Round 1, Week 1, Day 5 – 11/9

Weight: 125 = down .2 pound

Ketostix: medium

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 84.6
1-hr PP: 93.6
2-hr PP: 102.6

Meal: PIM

Feeling better thanks to the PIM, though I’m still tired.

Protocol, Round 1, Week 1, Day 6 – 11/10

Weight: 125.4 = up .4 pound

Ketostix: medium

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 88.2
1-hr PP: 104.4
2-hr PP: 104.4

Meal: PIM

Worked on our house as it was blowing a gale outside. Tidied and organised the upstairs bedroom so we can finally clear and finish painting the kitchen.

Protocol, Round 1, Week 1, Day 6 – 11/11

Weight: 125.4 = no change

Ketostix: medium

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 91.8
1-hr PP: 95.4
2-hr PP: 97.2

Meal:
— 210 g salmon
— 225 g spinach
— 60 g white potato
— 15 g sour cream
— 20 g Butter, Kerrygold
— 10 g duck fat

Fitday stats:
Calories: 741.3
Fat: 52.5 grams (64%)
Protein: 49.7 grams (27%)
Carbs: 18.1 grams (10%)

Spent a lovely day with my in-laws.

Protocol, Round 1, Week 2, Day 1 – 11/12

Weight: 125.4 = no change

Measurements:
Bust: 39.1″ = down .2″
Waist: 37.2” = no change
Hips: 39.1” = down .2″
Other areas: = down .4″

Ketostix: medium

Blood Glucose:
Fasting: 95.4
1-hr PP: 118.8
2-hr PP: 102.6

Meal: PIM

Start of Week Six! It’s starting to look like I have IBS-D, and at my doctor’s appointment tomorrow I will insist that I get a referral to a gastrologist so I can get a proper diagnosis. Although the idea is depressing, it does run in the family – both my mother and sister have it – so there is probably a genetic component.

One day at a time, I tell myself, so I shall have a nice long bath this evening to help cheer me up and alleviate increased stress at work, which is also an IBS trigger.

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