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MICHELLEXXXX SparkPoints: (11,917)
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4/18/14 2:34 A

I see you say the weight came on very quickly. Have you had your thyroid tested? How are your sleep and stress levels? Any rapid weight change definitely needs to be addressed with a healthcare professional.
I encourage you to trust in God; He will do all things for those who love Him.

FIREFLY0032 SparkPoints: (0)
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4/17/14 9:42 P

I drink water all day long. I have coffee in the morning and that is my only drink that has any calories at all. I measure everything and usually eat at the top of my calorie range because I am hungry and it has been an adjustment to eating so much less.

I do understand that being healthy and being fit is a whole equation. I have been fit before I was fit enough when I was younger that I understand exactly how weak and out of shape I am now. its quite frustrating having so much weight to lose and I put it on almost over night. I am not sure if my immune system is struggling, I didn't get sick very often at all before the last couple of months maybe once a year.

KILOLOSER SparkPoints: (1,636)
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4/17/14 7:21 P

There is a lot more to the health equation than just what you are eating.

If you are finding you are getting sick more frequently it's because your immunity is lower than optimal.

One of the best ways to boost your immunity is to get fit and stay fit.

Physical exercise not only keeps your body healthy, but your mind as well - it releases endorphins which boosts your mood and improves your overall feeling of wellbeing.

Changing tact somewhat - the other thing not mentioned is fluid intake - are you drinking enough water everyday?

Headaches, "foggy" thinking and a general feeling of malaise can be caused by being dehydrated.

You don't mention what you're drinking, but not drinking enough water and drinking too much caffeine and alcohol can result in some of the symptoms you describe also...

MICHELLEXXXX SparkPoints: (11,917)
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4/17/14 6:41 P

Are you measuring to make sure you are getting enough calories daily?

RUSSELL_40 Posts: 16,826
4/17/14 2:12 P

Personally, I used to be sick a lot when I ate a high carb diet ( healthy ). Since switching to a high fat, low carb diet, I feel a lot better, and may get sick once every 2-3 years.

I am always amused when someone states that what they are following is " healthy ", but they are sick. If it is healthy, then you will get sick LESS often.

Still, before you make any changes, I would suggest that you see your doctor, and make sure it isn't just something you could cure with antibiotics.

I would then suggest that you have a complete set of bloodwork done, and re-do it in 6 months, so that you know it actually is a healthy diet, as well as count how many days you don't feel well. If you don't feel good, and you bloodwork doesn't improve, then the diet isn't healthy, even if the AMA puts their stamp of approval on it.

Get results, not a feeling that it is " healthy ". Health is measurable. Some people that are on the " healthiest diets ", are very unhealthy. Don't think a diet is healthy, just because everyone says it is. That is how our nation got to be 70% overweight. If it is healthy, you will feel good for years at a time, and be at a proper weight, with excellent bloodwork.

If I had a car with a spoiler and a racy paint job on it, and you were buying it because I told you it was fast, wouldn't you want to take it up to top speed before you accepted my opinion that it was fast? If it topped out at 96 m.p.h., you would keep searching for a car that did 160, and buy that one. The same is true with diet. You can test them all, and see which one gets you to your goal. Goals vary, and that means your diet will too. If I wanted a fast car, I might buy a Corvette. If I wanted one that was comfortable, I would buy a Jaguar. These would meet my goals, meaning that I got the results I wanted.

So you need to ask yourself.. Is the goal to follow a " healthy " diet that has you feeling sick 3 times in 2 months, or is to be actually healthy, following whatever diet gets you there? You just may find out by testing, that your " healthy " diet isn't healthy at all.

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4/17/14 8:02 A

I Have used stevia for a long time. I cant use artificial sweeteners because I get headachs from them but stevia and monkfruit dont give me headachs. I dont use monkfruit though one type is enough. I have been eating healthy for the most part for many years. recently I cut out the rest of the less healthy options and switched to organic local meats and veggies and stopped buying stuff that was super processed and contained added sugar. diet wise this has been a long slow transition that i have been working towards.

I see a doctor regularly as well as doning physical therapy. Just feeling sick like I have a cold or the flu a few days here and there and thought that maybe i wasnt alone and this was related to my body detoxing naturally from a healthy diet, but no one seems to dealing with the same stuff as me.

I appreciate all of your feedback. Thanks!

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4/16/14 2:07 P

FIREFLY0032, I noticed you mentioned that you use Stevia in your coffee. Did you use this before you started your lifestyle change? I just read something the other day how those who are sensitive to things like ragweed, daisies, chrysanthemums and other related plants tend to have an allergic reaction to Stevia that includes flu like symptoms, dizziness, nausea, numbness and muscle pain. Just a thought.

Edited by: ALIUHOHS at: 4/16/2014 (14:07)
FEDGIRL4 Posts: 2,173
4/16/14 1:31 P

Firefly, I will reiterate what others have said...please see your doc to make sure you don't have any medical issues. If you have not done in a long time, start with a basic blood panel and go from there.

To answer your question...Most times I either took the night off (not easy when you have kids, as I see in your pic) or just powered through it.

If you had been eating cr*p for a long time, yes it does take a while to get all that processed stuff out of your body. If you did not ease into it, some folks have energy problems associated with all the fiber they now eat as opposed to before (not to mention the TMI digestive problems).

EELPIE Posts: 2,700
4/16/14 12:18 P

"environmental pollutants trapped in fat cells are released back into the bloodstream when you lose weight" so yeah not making anything up.

I didn't say you made anything up at all...I simply said I never heard of that. ;)

YOGA_CHICA Posts: 168
4/16/14 12:18 P

Firefly, I tend to feel ill when I make a drastic change to my diet (for example, when I switched to vegan). It usually lasts a couple of days and then I feel much better. Maybe withdrawals from processed cr*p. Could also be toxins released, I've never heard of that myself. Good luck and congrats on they weight you've lost!

FIREFLY0032 SparkPoints: (0)
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4/16/14 11:35 A

eelpie, there was a study done by the Internationl Journal of Obesity that says "environmental pollutants trapped in fat cells are released back into the bloodstream when you lose weight" so yeah not making anything up and I have seen a DR pretty regularly for several years.

I just wanted some advice on how other people combatted this issue. if I am alone in this then I will handle it alone.

Michellexxxx my typical daily intake:
morning is fresh fruit, and yogurt or cereal like granola or other whole grain/no sugar option I use unsweetened almond milk instead of dairy milk.
I have a mid morning snact that us usually more fruti and low fat cheese. Lunch is either leftovers from dinner or a salad with spinich as the base and veggies like tomato, cucumber, red pepper and yogurt dressing. for dinner I have veggies and a lean protien like chicken breast or I will make veggie based casserole or gluten free pasta like spaghetti. I eat almost no sugar. there is some sugar in fruit and I sweeten my coffee with stevia and use organic half n half. an afternoon sncak is usualy baby carots and hummus or other veggies.
I have cut out 99 percent of the processed foods that I used to eat, and at least 80% of the sugar that I was eating. and I eat every 2-3 hours and exercize throughout the day I walk on breaks and at lunch wiile at work plus in the morning I do my cardio/strenth workouts. I drink a ton of water, sometimes I will have tea and I have coffee every morning.

MICHELLEXXXX SparkPoints: (11,917)
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4/15/14 6:56 P

Do you want to post a typical day's intake and activity for more specified feedback? How is your sleep?

4/15/14 3:57 P

It can be a lot of things - mono, flu or other medical issue. you might want to see your doctor. I hope you are on the mend quickly.

I didn't feel sick this month, changing my eating habits helped me get more energy.

4/15/14 3:49 P

When I started eating healthy, I felt bad for the first few days because I was used to high-fat, sugary foods, and I had switched to fruits and vegetables. Junk food is mildly addictive, and some people feel a little queasy after suddenly switching to a healthy diet. That doesn't last weeks though. Your cells do not store crap that is released when you go on a diet. If I were you I'd get a checkup. You shouldn't be feeling the way you are due to eating healthy.

Edited by: CALLMECARRIE at: 4/15/2014 (17:47)
EELPIE Posts: 2,700
4/15/14 2:08 P

" I have heard that you store a lot of crap in your fat cells and you body goes into shock or something as you lose weight because the crap is being released and you you have to process is out."

ummmm...I never heard of that.

You need to schedule a Dr. appt. to make sure everything is ok with you.

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4/15/14 2:05 P

I get exercise induced headaches all the time which are sometimes accompanied by vomiting, but other than that, no. My advice would be to schedule a checkup with your doctor just to rule out any blood sugar or blood pressure problems, assess whether your overworking and/or under fueling your body, and such.

FIREFLY0032 SparkPoints: (0)
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4/15/14 1:48 P

I have been at this for a couple of months now and I am not one to get sick easy. It takes a lot to knock me off my feet. however since I started eating healthier, and exercising I have been getting sick, Alot. like three times in the last 2 months. is this from my body detoxing with the weight loss? I have heard that you store a lot of crap in your fat cells and you body goes into shock or something as you lose weight because the crap is being released and you you have to process is out. has anyone experienced the headachs and the general feeling crappy with cold/flue like symptoms or am I just crazy? I eat a lot of fruits and veggies and lean meats, I have cut out most sugars and I am not on any specific 'detox' or oddball crazy diet. just counting calories and eating the healthiest foods that I can find. how did you handle it if you went through it? I do try to still work out but sometimes I just cant because my symptoms are too much that I know I need to rest. the last time I had to skip workouts for 3 days in a row (that made me sad) this time was 2. most of the time I feel good and like I am getting stronger but when the flu like symptons hit it really zaps all I have out of me.

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