I laid them all out on the table. I answered every question truthfully, because I knew if I withheld the truth, then I was wasting my time.
It was very cathartic.
It was with my nutritionist.
Many of you may remember that last year I was placed on a FODMAP free diet after suffering with painful bloating for years. Being on a FODMAP free diet is like being diagnosed with Irritable Bowel Syndrome. A very unsexy syndrome, but a surprisingly common one.
FODMAPS are poorly absorbed short chain carbs and it stands for Fermentable Oligo- Di- and Mono- saccharides and Polyols. Rolls off the tongue, doesn’t it?
Basically there is a large group of foods that contain these types of carbs and sugars that I need to avoid – and it’s the good stuff. Some items on the banned list include garlic, onion, mushrooms, peaches, watermelon, legumes, wheat, artificial sweeteners and sometimes caffeine.
I’ve been struggling with sticking to this diet (and sometimes failing miserably) with trying to cook for my family AND lose weight.
Since January this year, I’ve been trying to juggle my diet with being on Weight Watchers. And it worked for a little while, but trying to stick to the Weight Watchers eating plan while substituting FODMAP-friendly foods was starting to backfire. I was Watching my Weight climb instead of fall!
So I went to the nutritionist to discuss how I can look after my health, and lose weight at the same time.
Hence the confession.
As part of the consultation, I had to tell her what I ate on a daily basis!
I started the confession with “I know I’m eating really well, but I don’t know why I’m not losing weight.”
Her response was to roll her eyes and say “If I had a dollar for every time someone said that to me…”
She didn’t actually say it out loud, but I knew she was thinking it!
Then all my little secrets came tumbling out.
The daily enormous coffee, the daily can of Diet Coke (sometimes two) the daily visit to the vending machine for chocolate (unluckily for me and my willpower, Cadbury Daily Milk chocolate is OK for my tummy).
And of course she told me I was doing it all wrong and to change my ways. And surprisingly her advice was exactly what I needed! So now I am watching my portions, drinking more water (I’m constantly running off to the loo!), cutting down my Diet Cokes and coffee, and watching my calories!
It’s certainly not rocket science! But sometimes we need someone to remind us of the simple solutions to get us back on track, don’t we?