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Miss Ginger w/her summer clip, and 'dawg tarred.'

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I eat, therefore I am. But only barely.

I've been on a journey to recover from gut dysbiosis. I was born with it (toxin overload and my mother's biome predisposed me to celiac disease and obesity) and I pulled the trigger with environment (I ate "SAD"). SAD made me sicker. I took antibiotics. Antibiotics made me well short-term, sicker long-term by decimating my microbiome. I'm trying to eat opposite how I grew up (food pyramid) hoping it'll help heal my gut and alleviate my fibromyalgia pain. When I don't eat I feel GREAT! I don't know why I just can't starve (*sarcasm*). Unlearning sugar. Learning about liver health and bitter food. I'm not bitter our culture leans to crap food. I have choices. I choose life despite I feel like death warmed over.

We're all different, but most all of us with health issues might well be served to figure out our own personal foods by doing an elimination diet (your gut bacteria help you digest food: your bacteria is different from mine, so you'll have different tolerances than me). I started with paleo diet and from there took out allergens and FODMAPs (specific sugars in foods, even "healthy" veg!) and so on. It's an adventure somewhat chronicled in my blog where it belongs.

I'm learning to enjoy the journey. I know if I hadn't done what I've done, I'd be worse for the wear. Detoxify or die, baby.

Member Since: 6/19/2006

Fitness Minutes: 75,027

My Goals:
I'd like to remember who I was before I was "peddlin' nowhere" with health issues, and become the healthiest I've ever been however long it takes me :). I will never give up.

My Program:
I need to learn consistency (I'm consistently inconsistent?). When I am consistent, I lose weight! Inspired by Dr. Mark Hyman, Dr. Diana Schwarzbein, Drs. Eades, & Ann Louise Gittleman + more.

Ironically I thought I was pretty healthy and that my diet was okay. (Had a lot to learn!) Realizing fatigue wasn't from being fat but from undiagnosed food intolerance was a HUGE gift. I hope my gift keeps on giving :) Pay it forward! I'm trying to not be a food cop at home, but if I learned it, everyone has to! It's my job, I'm the mom (and it's in the genes). :)

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I have one daughter and she amazes me. I've learned about life by having her in mine.

Past lives: Pretzel Girl at Bronco's games, sandwich maker @ Blimpies (all that GLUTEN-lol), AA at a univ. Married, had Dd 8yrs later. I couldn't keep up with life as we kept relocating and my energy kept deteriorating. Hobbies lost priority: I only had the energy to insideously become a serious couch potato. It's a sad and ridiculous waste of human potential: I have dreams!

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-Ralph Nader & Jack LaLanne are cool.
-I appreciate Jenny McCarthy outing gfcf diet for autism w/her Louder Than Words book.
-Fave books: nonfiction, mostly nutrition, but also history, biographies, historical fiction.
-Movies: Amelie, Moulin Rouge, Apocalypto, Gattica, Red Violin, Anne of Green Gables, foreign & Indy films
Music: Don Williams!, Pink, Prince, Peter Kater piano.

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    How are you? Hope all is well. Busy with caring for both parents. Takes lots of energy!

    My DD is physically doing fine. Shook up from the accident, but she's back to driving and getting more comfortable. It's a trauma for a young person (well, anyone really!) and she's learning to navigate thru the world of insurance. Lordy!
    71 days ago

    Comment edited on: 11/10/2016 12:50:30 PM
    I'm far from being skinny. I have enough blubber to last for a long time if food becomes scarce. My hubby says the same thing about himself. I did not dress up for Halloween. My son moved to Ohio. I still decorated for it but don't know why. Just the hubby and me now. And the 3 chinchillas. I will be glad to have the election over.
    72 days ago
    No flying for me. And no long driving trips either. I am done with that.

    I love my little fur babies. They will be needing surgery sooner than later but we put it off as they may not make it.

    I struggle with sleep sometimes. I have some really weird dreams when I remember them.

    I think about you too and wonder how you are doing. I am doing better since I cleaned up my diet some and have lost some weight.
    121 days ago

    Comment edited on: 9/21/2016 9:38:50 AM
  • v JIBBIE49
    The Motivator of the Day "for Sparks" is found by going to the top of the Tool Bar and clicking on Community, come down the list to Sparkpages and click and when that opens you will see a box over on the right that says "The Motivator of the Day" which features a new motivator each morning. You were featured there.
    I had seen on your page that you are a Done Girl, like me, so I mentioned that. DONE GIRLS ROCK.
    121 days ago
  • v CINDYTW963
    Are you back?? I miss you a lot! Thanks for the comment, it is rough! I now have my favorite resident in the hospital! Not a good time in my life!
    124 days ago

    Comment edited on: 9/18/2016 3:34:29 AM
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