Measurements 9/11/14 (and four months ago)
Waist: 28.5 in. (no change)
Abs: 33.75 in. (32.5)
Hips: 38.75 in. (37.5)
L Thigh: 23.25 in. (21.75)
R Thigh: 23 in. (21.25)
Weight: 144-lbs (138)
Comparing today’s measurements with those taken four months ago, you can see how increasing carbohydrate consumption – in the form of dairy, sugar and alcohol – is slowly adding to my weight and circumference. But that was expected and I don’t mind the numbers! What I do mind is that because I reintroduced these non-Paleo foods, the old familiar knee pain, and the neck pain that radiates down toward my left shoulder and arm, have both returned, making exercise impossible. And what could have caused these old issues to return? Inflammation thanks to food choices.
Unfortunately, when my carb intake is too low, going into ketosis causes a rash to develop (officially diagnosed with Prurigo Pigmentosa after my Dermatologist sent biopsy for a second opinion). To protect my leaky gut I opted to increase carbs, instead of taking antibiotics, because the rash always fades after doing so. My gut was in such a better place after a year of Paleo, what could it hurt to add more carbs, right? Evidently it hurts a lot, especially when those carbs are in the form of alcohol, ice cream, and nightshades – even my mood and patience are taking a hit.
The remedy I relied upon in the past to alleviate the neck, shoulder and arm pain was to visit the pain specialist, where he would naturally prescribe and later perform a series of cervical nerve blocks. But I would rather not band-aid a health consequence that I created for not putting the right fuel into my body.
My goal is to hit my second year of Paleo as strong as my One Year Anniversary, and not fudge it up! Where are you in your journey? Just starting out, going strong, or dealing with peaks and valleys like me?