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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 (genetic SNPs 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.

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.

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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    GG you STINKER! SOOO good to see you, even if it's only in a 1" square SP profile pic! You didn't leave me with an address to contact you, so please contact me at my name at ya hoo, k? Unless you don't want to of course. lol Let's catch up!

    211 days ago
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    Thanks, and happy to see you are still here!! I've missed you on the other site I was on! Honestly, I never should have left. The reasons I did, I soon learned paled in comparison to to what I encountered elsewhere!!
    219 days ago
    I probably made a mistake...Gastroenteriologist is the same for me as Enterologist. Sorry for the confusion.

    I hope you are having a good day.

    The book I told you about is called

    "IBS Free At Last" Second Edition
    Change Your Carbs, Change Your Life
    with the FODMAP Elimination Diet.
    by Patsy Catsos, MS RD LD

    The book taught me how to eat veggies and fruit...I just have to eat a certain amount each day and not go over that amount. Using this plan, I have only ended up with diarrhea 2 to 3 times each year for the past 3 years! Much much better than every day like it used to be.

    I hope this helps. I got the book at In hard back it was over $200 for the First Edition...This second edition is in paperback and cost me about $18. There is very little difference in the 2 books, The second edition is much better.

    Have a really good day,

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    220 days ago

    Comment edited on: 1/16/2016 5:35:18 PM
    Hi DotsLady,
    You asked about my fructose intolerance or malabsorption problems. I got a book from Amazon that maps out the problems and how to deal with it, after my Enterologist diagnosed me. I learned that I can still eat a little fruit and some veggies as long as I don't eat too much. So I buy Cuteies Mandarines and very small bananas. I can eat some green beans and a little broccoli and cauliflower. But only a small amount. For 2 years I went on a strict vegetarian diet, which made my problems worse and I had proctos which gave me and the Drs. no clue what was wrong. I had diarrhea daily and often for a few years. My bowl turned all yellow looking...vegetarian diet is the worse thing for Fructose Intolerence.

    Anyway, the book helped and my Enterologist helped too. I will look for my book and give you the info later. Have a good day!

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    233 days ago
    Oh, lady I have MISSED YOU!!! We need to catch up!!!!! emoticon emoticon
    237 days ago
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