Wednesday 5 March 2014

Going Sugar Free - the whys.

I have Ankylosing Spondylitis. I've had it for over 12 years and my last specialist visit was not the greatest. It's progressed a fair bit and has started to cause issues in the tendons in my ribs which are now calcifying.

The physio suggested hydrotherapy and I asked for a referral to a dietician as well as the hydro. I've been needing to get my weight under control forever a while now as it exacerbates the inflammation.

I am going to write down why I want to do this. Why I am going to aim to be sugar free for a month which will be followed by gluten free...

  • I want to be able to be more actively involved with Monkey. I want to be able to rough and tumble. I want to be able to throw a ball decently (currently not allowed to rotate my torso too much) and I want to be able to carry him.
  • I want to have more energy. I'm always tired. The levels of fatigue change but they're still constant. I want to not have to grin and bear it through the day.
  • I want to be in less pain. I want to be able to move/walk/play/have sex without fear of pain the next day.
  • I want to lose weight but without "being on a diet" - I'm mindful of the messages I don't want to pass on to Monkey.
  • I want to have more control over my life and eating habits.
  • I want to be healthier.
  • I want to be more active and try new things. - I need to be less tired to do this.
I'm pretty sure this is going to be hard and not something I'm going to enjoy doing but I know the benefits will outweigh the early negatives.

Unflattering before shot courtesy of Monkey. 

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