This post is aimed mainly for my fellow lupus patients but can also help those who want to have a healthier life and go down to their desired/ideal weight.
Last December I weighed something above 64kgs or 140+lbs, then came January, I was able to hit 140lbs and go down to 136 last week. This is after I removed chocolates, ice cream, cakes, chips, and sodas.
Then! I shifted the bulk of my diet to vegetables and I lost 2 kgs in 1 week!
Dear fellow lupus patients,
For a long time, I thought I was eating a more or less clean diet too. But a “clean diet” little did I know, requires so much more, and is defined more strictly than what I used to think it meant.
Here’s what I mean:
Breakfast Before: Fruit, cucumber, whey protein, Anlene (calcium-rich powedered milk)
Breakfast Now: 2 Fruits, 1 Cucumber, Anlene
Lunch Before: 1/3cup Rice, fist-size serving of fish/pork/chicken/beef, fist-size serving of vegetables
Lunch Now: 2 cups of vegetables (or as much as I can eat) + 1 Small Matchbox (2″x 2″) serving of fish/pork/chicken
Snacks before: 1 Fruit, 2/3 cup coffee, bread/biscuits
Snacks now: 1-2 Fruit/s, 2/3cup coffee
After workout: 1 scoop whey protein
Dinner Before: Same as lunch
Dinner Now: 1.5 cups of vegetables (or as much as I can eat) + 1 small matchbox (2″ x 2″) serving of fish/pork/chicken
As you can see, much of the serving I got from rice and the calorie rich animal product, I replaced with vegetables (either cooked or raw). You can eat plenty of vegetables–and I eat until I’m full–and you won’t gain weight because they are calorie dense and fiber rich. I’ve learned to grab a fruit (yes, even if it’s a sweet fruit) over anything else during snacks. We go to the market minimum twice a week to replenish our fruits and vegetables these days.
The side effects I’ve noticed so far are:
- The lupus meds aren’t coming back, there are no joint pains or light sensitivity, or any other kind of lupus symptoms coming back.
- No infections, no UTI.
- I’ve lost 2kgs in 1 week.
- I am never hungry because I eat until I’m full.
However, it is also important to note, that if you’re feeling better and the joint pains aren’t there, I highly urge you to start walking and exercising. A combination of a healthy diet and physical activity will define your wellness in the long run. Also, it will get you out of the dumps because endorphin will give you a happiness boost.
This new diet fuels 6000+ steps, 150+squats, 50+stairs repeat, and a 30-minute circuit DAILY. Really. No reason not to workout.