Around a month ago, I began working with a nutritionist- Claire Hargreaves at Nutrikind Nutrition. It was something I had been considering for some time, as I felt I needed a little guidance and advice with my diet.
My main aims of working with a nutritionist were:
- Weight loss– I’ve recently gained back almost half of the 6 stone (80lbs) I lost and the scales just seem to keep going up and up.
- Gut health– I suffer from IBS symptoms particularly bloating and have struggled to pinpoint what is causing this.
- Hormonal balance– I’m coming off my long-term contraceptive Depo Provera and know that it will take a while for my hormones to settle down, I wanted to support my body with the best nutrition while I’m going through this transition.
- Optimum nutrition– After getting my stress fracture diagnosis, I wanted to ensure I’m getting all the nutrients my body needs to heal and repair.
- Sports nutrition– I wanted advice on fuelling up for training and racing without gaining weight.
- Switched to gluten-free oats and bread to try and find out if gluten is the cause of my bloating.
- Switched from sugar-free squash to lime/lemon squeezed into water.
- Moved around the timings of my meals and snacks so that I am eating around 1-2 hours before exercise. I must admit I still struggle to eat before 7am swimming!
- Cut down on high-GI foods. As much as I love my Nakd Bars, the dried fruit can cause blood sugar levels to spike.
- Introduced a range of supplements to support digestion and absorption of nutrients, as well as vitamins/minerals for overall health.
- Stopped having grains with my evening meal, I now just have protein and vegetables.
- Started having nut butter with my breakfast to ensure I have protein with every meal and snack.
- Increased the amount I’m eating, as my calories were slightly low for the amount of activity I do.
Claire has asked me to cut out grains and dairy completely for the next phase of my nutrition plan, so I will be substituting my breakfast porridge for eggs or a protein shake. I guess the way I am eating is similar to the paleo diet. I’ve never really been one to jump on the bandwagon of diets which involve cutting out certain food types, but with the guidance of a nutritionist I’m willing to try it. I’m desperate to sort out my health problems and right now this seems like the only option.
I’ll relax my eating plan on Christmas Day and Boxing Day as it will be too difficult to stay within the guidelines when I’m eating with family. Plus I want to enjoy a few festive treats! After this I will endeavor to stick my nutrition plan.
I’m looking for inspiration for dairy-free, grain-free, gluten-free, sugar-free recipes, so if you have any books or websites please leave me a comment.