Hola. Merci. Hello. My name is Leeann, and I've been on every diet imaginable. It's true--low calorie, low fat, low carb, "eat whatever fits into 1500 calories," Atkins, South Beach, Ornish, Dukan, and, my personal favorite, the "eat whatever you want, because you deserve it" diet. I've pretty much spent my entire life on some kind of a diet. Seriously.
In 2006 I started the Atkins diet and lost 71 pounds. Unfortunately I gained it back after returning to semi-normal eating habits. Press repeat two or three times here. Since then, I've learned a lot about why lower carbohydrate, non-grain diets work for me. After considering weight loss surgery in early 2011, I met with a holistic nutritionist who looked at my eating habits and confirmed something I think I knew deep down inside: my eating wasn't out of control, my body was. "Cut the wheat and ditch the sugar," she said. Thus, the blog was born.
For me, staying on track means finding creative ways to indulge sensibly and healthily. I have a serious affinity for baking and cooking. For years, I fought off the urge to make cupcakes and cakes out of fear that I'd eat them all (which I usually would. Well, maybe not all-- but too many, and it was not healthy at all). Instead I decided to embrace my hobby and dive nose-first into the exciting and awesome world of sugar, gluten and wheat free baking. It's taken me years to grasp the concept of alternative baking. It's truly a science experiment, as understanding the qualities of each ingredient is an adventure. Sometimes it works. Sometimes it doesn't. The more time I spend in the kitchen, however, the more often the results are great.
I have been 95% wheat free (still working on 100%) and nearly completely refined sugar free since November of 2012. My weight fluctuates up and down, and I'm still far from my end goal, but I keep trucking on as I know that going low carb and grain free makes me feel about a gazillion times better.
In May 2013, I was diagnosed with Hashimoto's Thyroiditis and metabolic syndrome. My doctor estimated my basal metabolic rate to be about 700 calories per day due to hormone insufficiencies and damage to my metabolism. I'm currently undergoing treatment for the thyroid issue, which will hopefully get my metabolism back to a better state.
I also have Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS), which throws another monkey wrench into the mix. It's very difficult for me to lose weight, but I gain it very, very quickly-- especially when I fill up on carbs like wheat products.
In other news, I'm the mother of one daughter and married to my amazing husband. We have a 100 lb. Newfie-mix named Annie (but we usually call her Boof, Boofuh or Boobs).