Yesterday I had my one month check in with my Naturopath. I LOVE her, by the way.
I had some good and bad news.
The bad news is something that I’ve already discovered through the first part of my reintroduction of foods after my cleansing diet. I’m sensitive to dairy.
The first food that I reintroduced was milk for 2 days. No reaction.
Then yoghurt for 2 days. 1 pimple on day 1 and 1 pimple on day 2.
Then cheese for 1 day. 1 more pimple.
Evidently I have a small tolerance level for dairy before my body reacts. I’ve decided I’m going to try as best as I can to stay away from dairy foods and Dr. Natasha agreed that this is a good idea.
Damn. I heart cheese.
My next reintroduction was gluten containing grains which I added back into my diet on Monday and Tuesday. I didn’t have any reaction, but as I write this I found another pimple is starting to surface on my face. Hmmm…
But on to the good news: I’m more fit than I think!
I had a bioimpedence analysis (BIA) done. The doctor attached electrodes to my right hand and right foot which ran an electric current through my tissues and fluid to determine my body composition. Apparently this method is more accurate than my home foot-to-foot BIA scale because when the current sent up one leg, across the belly, and down the other it’s basically measuring body composition in the belly and thighs — my fattiest areas. Not pretty.
When she printed out the results she said, “Wow! This looks good.” That’s always a relief.
I learned that my body fat percentage is actually 25% which is normal, and my muscle mass is 40% which is high. I also learned about the phase angle which measures cellular health, a factor that helps determine longevity. Apparently my phase angle is quite high (7.3, if I remember correctly), meaning I have a LOT of healthy cells! She told me that taking Omega 3’s can help to improve this number cell membrane health.
The whole outcome of my appointment with her was that she placed me on a diet for 6 weeks that is specific to my caloric needs (based on my BMR of 1541 and my activity level) which she simplified by giving me specific numbers of servings of each food group to eat per day. In 6 weeks I go back to see if my BIA results improved.
Don’t for get to stay tuned tomorrow for my giveaway post 🙂