Type 1 and Type A
I tend to do things 100% or not at all, but this primal thing has been harder for me than I thought.
I've been primal for 1 year, but that year was spent interspersed with periods of time in which I ate half bars of dark chocolate while drinking half bottles of wine (or whole bars when I was particularly stressed). I also would drink gluten free beers or ciders while out with family/friends, and do the "corn chips and salsa are definitely better than cake, so I'll eat those instead" thing. At home by myself, I could be much better to myself and eat meat, eggs, cooked veggies, but could never quite give up the dairy. I started drinking coffee (blame grad school, please, not me!) and couldn't drink it without the cream. For about 4 months or so, I have had acid reflux like nobody's business. Additionally: protein in greater quantities gives me blood sugar just as high as a bagel would, so I was becoming really discouraged by the lack of control I was seeing, even though primal/paleo was supposed to be an unparalleled way to gain that control. Even when I was 100% awesome at primal, I would see out of control numbers.
So starting right after Christmas, I did a 3 week coffee/dairy/alcohol cleanse (along with diet soda purge, and I will NEVER let that one back into my life!). I felt good, lost a few pounds of bloatage, reduced my insulin usage, slept better, etc. Around week 2 this year, I started in on the coffee and cream and my blood sugars began rising again, as well as the Crohns-y feeling of trying to poop out glue (sorry for that description). This weekend I decided to have a GF beer or 3 and really felt the pain again.
So long story short, I am giving up the coffee, the dairy, and the alcohol again. For good, though! I will have wine on a special occasion, but not for a few months at least. And 'special occasion' doesn't mean "so and so is having a party!" it means "I'm getting married in September."
I essentially need to reduce overall inflammation so I can keep better control of my blood sugar. So after a week or so of cutting all that back out, I'm going to try a whole30 to get these innards in real shape. I'm also going to take my cod liver oil religiously, as well as a few additional supplements recommended in "Primal Body, Primal Mind" by Nora Gedgaudas. Will also do some bone broths and dairy-free ferments a la GAPS protocol.
I VOW to take my exercise more seriously this year. Last year I had some good runs with exercise, but none of it really lasted. This year I have already discovered hot yoga, and I've become addicted after 2 days. I am going to add sprinting days to the days that I work hours too long to get to yoga, and then 2-3 LHT days (after I let yoga help in the strength department for a little while).
I'm also getting an insulin pump, which means I can give myself teeeeny doses of insulin over a longer period of time (like for protein). Right now, everything is lining up for better control, and I plan to take advantage of that.
One last thing: I gained about 15 pounds after breaking my collarbone last September and following "faileo" out of perceived helplessness and frustration. So I need to lose that fat I put on! I am currently 142 pounds, and I am typically ~130. I do plan on gaining more strength this year, so I don't want to make a weight goal (which I hear is useless anyway), but I do want to quit being "skinny fat." I'm about 5'9"-5'10" so I'm still in a healthy weight, but I'm definitely a bit flabby right now.
So here's to some changes, right? Anyone want to give helpful advice to me? I'm an autoimmune mess, and would love some help.
Type 1 Diabetic. Controlling blood sugar through primal life.
Maintain A1c of 6.0 or lower
More dietary fat, less carbs, moderate protein
LHT and sprint as per PB fitness