I hate weight!!! It’s a number that our society uses to define people. You’re either too skinny or too fat, anorexic or obese. There is no happy medium & that makes me feel very sorry for the coming generations of young ladies who have to grow up with these standards. I wish I could have grown up during the Marilyn Monroe generation where a thicker woman was the beauty instead of the too skinny, anorexic model being the role model for women. Granted, right now I look more like the current generation than Marilyn Monroe’s
but I’m working on it.
Approximately 5 years before my diagnosis of UC. Definitely can’t see my collar bone & I’ve got some good chub to my cheeks! Little did hubby know he would have to uphold “in sickness & in health” so soon.
Approximately 3 mos after my diagnosis in 2012. I look like the Texas wind could carry me away or a walker off the Walking Dead. At that time, I could barely pick Jaxson up & had to buy new pants that wouldn’t fall off.
UC suffers such as myself tend to have weight problems. I have a hard time right now putting weight back on that I lost during my year long flair last year. My comfortable weight is between 140 & 150 depending on if I’m exercising or not. I need about 10lbs to get back to my happy weight.
My past eating habits are counter productive to gaining weight. After Jaxson was born, I had a hard time losing the weight because I thought it should just disappear since I was breastfeeding (I did not have UC yet). Nope, not in the slightest. So instead of doing some crazy, off the wall diet, I started halving my serving sizes or just having a serving size instead of going crazy. Example, if I had a sandwich & chips I would have a slice of bread because a slice is a serving size, not two slices. I would have a serving size of meat & cheese but I might add a little more than a serving size of mayonnaise. When it came to the chips, I would count out a designated serving size instead of loading the whole other side of my plate down with chips or I just cut them out all together & had cucumber slices or carrots. This helped a lot in my weight loss goals but now that I need to gain weight, I need to stop this type of eating habit. If I want to gain weight back, I have to put serving sizes out of my mind.
I also love me some fruits & veggies, raw or cooked. I gave the autoimmune Paleo diet a short go to help heal my gut but it didn’t last long because I didn’t put in the prep time. Part of the AIP Paleo is fruits & veggies but even for me, consuming so many fruits & veggies got old fast! Also, I’m trying to put weight on so it didn’t help in that area because it’s not protein packed, just healthy. I’m still looking for more of a lifestyle change than a diet and so the search continues. Right now I’m looking into alkaline foods & their benefits. It sounds promising but time will tell if it will help & I can stick with it.