If you know anything about me, you know I’m highly analytical and I look for multiple options most times to find the best option. Thus came the Macros counting adventure that ended last night with a final decision. I worked with three different organizations to get numbers as well as speaking to my naturopath who specializes in Dietetics and using food as medicine.
I’ve been plateaued in my weight loss and have even gained a smidge of weight since November 2017. I spent six months losing weight after switching to the Candida diet, a specific diet used to kill off candida antibodies in the system (if you’ve ever had oral thrush, you have high candida antibodies!) and it worked great…until November when it came to a grinding halt. I tried a few other things like fasting and changing up the diet and being super restrictive, but as soon as I stopped a few days later I had absolutely no change.
So in comes Macros. I’ve heard a lot of about it in the past and hadn’t really thought much about it but, upon doing more research, realized that maybe I should start tracking my food more often and weighing can make all the difference from overeating. I reached out to my gym because I knew a lot of people were tracking macros and seeing a lot of results- they overwhelmingly suggested I speak to a member of the gym who started a business helping people with their macros. I figured why not? so I purchased an introductory meeting and consultation in which he could give me my macros. I explained all my health issues, and got numbers back that were much higher than I thought they’d be. I spoke to another company, Macros, Inc., where I went through a calculator and then had the numbers tweaked based on PCOS and insulin resistance and the numbers seemed more manageable, if still a bit high.
Big things to realize is that I have PCOS with insulin resistance so I have to be on a low carb diet naturally in order to avoid blood sugar spikes. I’ve not done extensive research into how carbs ACTUALLY affect my body, but I have done enough research into my own blood sugar and how it reacts when I’ve had too many carbs.
My entire conversation with the man from the gym was via email and it felt like he wasn’t paying attention to what I was saying and he wasn’t acknowledging my health concerns; rather I felt like he was trying to push me into a specific plan that worked for him, which would have only given me more poundage to deal with. I told him that, with insulin resistance, carbohydrates do not process properly for me and instead they spike my blood sugar and make weight stick. Unfortunately the numbers didn’t change. I am not a CrossFit Athlete– I CrossFit for two hours per week and then go to hot yoga 2-3 times per week. I do not compete in competitions; I have a desk job and I work out an hour a day… This shouldn’t warrant 236 grams of carbs it was recommended I consume.
I next went to If It Fits Your Macros and their PCOS-specific calculator and I filled out the information. I got my macros via email, and the numbers were still decently high, but they were pretty darn close to what Macros, Inc. gave me. I decided to stick with the Macros, Inc. number.
Macros, Inc. is a wonderful organization that gave me the more reasonable numbers and I joined their facebook community to learn, experience and involve myself in the whole process. Everyone is like-minded and super helpful. I felt better about doing 140 grams of carbs, though the scale still wasn’t budging after about two weeks. I legit vacillated one pound back and forth every single day. I’m going to continue with this group and going to continue learning, just with a different set of numbers.
Last night I had a bi-annual meeting with my naturopath. I dreaded seeing her because I knew I hadn’t lost any weight, despite the other great things that have happened: My oral thrush is lower, my hormones are balancing out, and my stress levels are lower.
My adrenal gland is back in fatigue mode- I’m so asleep at 6 a.m. after 8 hours of sleep that I’m drooling on my pillows and I’m dreaming through my alarm, though the sound of my alarm is in my dream. She changed up my adrenal supplement plan and it should last longer than six months. No biggie there.
Now…onto the food stuffs. We talked about how my body has become used to the Candida Diet and is happy on the diet but I’m not done losing weight- I don’t FEEL done. She understood completely. I then told her about the macros train I’d been riding on. I told her the lowest carb numbers, given to me by Macros Inc. 140g.
“That’s way too high.”
So she gave me new numbers and a new low-carb diet plan. This is the most restrictive diet I’ve ever been on. My spreadsheet came to an end with one last set of macros.
This new diet is super low carb and paying attention to the NET carbs; if I had something with lots of fiber, it’s essentially a free item because the fiber will cancel out the carbs.
I just bought a ton of sweet potato chips, sweet potatoes, squash and quinoa for lunches and snacks throughout the week. So those need to go bye-bye. I am finishing up the veggie noodles in the freezer because they’re made out of lentils, which were good before, but not for now.
We are taking the weekend to burn through all the food in the house that doesn’t meet the new requirements of the diet and we’ll be starting the new plan on Monday. I’m spending the next few days coming up with meal plans, we’ve purchased bento boxes from Amazon and I am going to the Farmers Market in Waukesha to do some purchases as well.
In an effort to avoid insanity, we are still planning on some cheat-ish meals; but they’ll be built into the macros for the day. Restrictive carbs means I’m going to have to get very creative with my food options every day, especially since I’m getting pretty bored with chicken. I’ll be doing my best to incorporate more grass fed beef and pork products and I’ll bring in as many vegetables as I can without getting super sick of them. I also picked up some dressings that are very low in carbohydrates, and I can have cheeses and dairy products to my hearts content because they’re going to be big in protein and fat for me. I’m feeling slightly more optimistic as I think it through; and I think about the foods we’ve created in the past and how easy they were to put together.
This is not forever- I just have to keep reminding myself of this. My initial goal is to get back into the 100s, because then changes are happening inside and outside of my body. So that means I have 26 or so pounds to go to get to that goal.