I Have Been Pooned
No I am not being rude.
On Friday I had my first appointment with the metabolism specialist.
His name is Dr. Poon. Link HERE
He specializes in weight problems for folks who are diabetic, have heart disease in their family, and have multiple ailments or diseases.
I happen to fall into that category. Besides having a brain injury that has basically stopped my body from doing any action.
Last year my Pain Specialist told me the end-game plan of my pain program would be to start Dr. Poon's program.
I was excited! I really didn't know why I couldn't start right then.
Dr. Lisa told me that if I tried to lose weight while I was recovering from the brain injury, and while my body vital statistics were unstable, I would not lose weight.
This answered a lot of questions. I had been going to the gym for a year, with a personal trainer, and when I started having the headaches, I could not lose any more weight. My body stopped. I would work out for the few weeks before the onset of the medical issue and all I would get was tired. I wasn't hungry, I was just tired.
So, the good news is that over the past two months, all my vital statistics have normalized. I am still tired, but I get little bursts of energy that I never had.
So, now is the perfect time to visit Dr. Poon.
Dr. Poon is in the city of Richmond Hill, which is a short bus ride from the North of Toronto. He is a Physician that specializes in Metabolism food programs tailored to each person's metabolism issues. He is covered by OHIP, but you have to qualify for the program to be able to get in.
He put me on a body mass reader. Which is like a weigh scale with conduction pads where your feet go. He measured the % of body fat, the weight, the amount of water, and I think the amount of salt in my system. His assistant also measured my neck. (Ohh the place that never lies)
He told me that I am holding 26lbs of water! EEEEWWwww!
So for the next two weeks we are workin on the water.
Here is what I can eat:
Lean meat: beef, chicken, pork, fish, shelfish, lamb, and egg white
all fat and skin removed before cooking.
Veggies: Green leafy vegetables, broccoli, cauliflower, cucumber, mushrooms, tomatoe, peppers, celary, etc.
I cannot have: any grain, starch, or fruit, plus no vegetables from below the ground.
ABSOLUTELY NO SALT
ABSOLUTLEY NO SUGAR
I can have small amounts of olive and canola oil
I can season my food with herbs and pepper
There is the restriction to the amount I can eat. But after I am finished I must wait two hours before eating anything else.
This morning a made an egg white omelette's with mushrooms and broccoli.
Ok so I am off to a good start.
I hope I can keep it up.
I have no problem with the restrictions because through my life, my auto-immune disease imposed many restrictions to my diet. I think for me, this will be more of my subconscious doing it to please the Dr. Yeah so maybe this is a good trait to have, this people pleasing. Especially if it works!
I packed on 30lbs in my last year driving the truck, and because I am over 40, it just isn't coming off like in the old days.
By no means is 30 lbs all I have to lose. But it will certainly change my body shape from round to hour glass again.
I am hoping that by July, I will no longer have the shape of a pumpkin.
Saturday, May 05, 2007
I Have Been Pooned