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Day 35

Monday, February 06, 2012

I weighed myself yesterday - 144. I'd like to lose 10 pounds. I've definitely been overeating lately in the evening (coconut milk ice cream made with dates and cocoa powder), but not binging though, so that's progress. I haven't gained weight recently, but not losing either, which I want to do. And my energy levels have been pretty low.

I had a consultation with an RD who's connected with the Whole9 folks. She gave me some great input on my eating and I think it's going to help. Now I have to get used to it.

I had been eating part of a sweet potato with breakfast and she said that it was setting me up with sugar cravings for the day. And I was eating fruit with lunch and dinner and she said if I want fruit then I need to have it as part of a snack with fat and protein. So, I can still do my banana "soft serve" after dinner with the magic shell if I want, but I have to eat some protein with it. She also said I can do one or two treat meals a week. Since I'm doing this for the Hashimoto's, it has to be within my allowed foods, but once I'm past that it can be whatever I choose. And no more coffee. :(


Day 26

Monday, January 30, 2012

I'm on day 26 (had to count) and may extend it to 90 days. I'm still having really inconsistent energy levels and brain fog, so I decided to cut out coffee. Today's my last day. I'm quite sad. I ordered some Choffy (roasted cocoa beans you brew like coffee), so hopefully it's a decent substitute. I'm still using cocoa powder, but will cut that out if I don't see improvement in a couple of weeks. I'm adjusting and it's not bad at all, just can't eat out, which we don't really do anyways.

My exercise is kind of secondary to all of this. I try to walk three hours a week and do about an hour of strength training. If I'm tired I try to rest instead of push through it. That's tough for me, but I figure my cortisol and adrenaline levels are probably out of whack due to the way I've been treating myself for the past several years. Healing first.


Autoimmune Elimination Diet

Monday, January 09, 2012

Well, it looks like I have the beginning of an autoimmune disease. I asked to be tested for Hashimoto's (attacks your thyroid) and my antibody level came back slightly high. My doctor called it a weak positive (isn't a positive, a positive?), so they're not going to do anything about it. However, it all makes sense now - my food sensitivities (causes leaky gut and the leaky gut may cause the autoimmune disease), why I gain weight so quickly when I eat the foods, my anxiety even.

From what I've read, what I need to do to hopefully heal my body is to go on a diet free of inflammatory foods. It's not that much different than the Whole30, but eliminates eggs, nuts, and nightshades.

I'm really glad it's not all in my head, I was starting to think I was crazy. And I'm glad that now I know what I need to do next. There's some hope that I may not have to eat that way permanently, but it's also hard to accept.

I'm on day five of the elimination diet and feeling great. Days two and three were horrible. I ended up with a headache so severe I threw up. I ended up increasing my coffee intake (had cut from two cups to one) and will start decreasing that again in a week or so. I think it was just too much withdrawal at once.

My sleep's already improved and I didn't wake up with neck and shoulder pain like I have been. My sinuses are clearer than they've been the past couple of months and no brain fog. So, pretty happy with my results already. I just hope that my intestine's healing. I need to start eating some fermented foods to increase my gut flora.

The one bad thing is that I've been having shooting pains in my abdomen/intestines, not sure what that's all about, but I'm hopeful that it'll go away soon.

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7HUMMINGBIRD 12/30/2012 2:02PM

  Hi, I have a autoimmune inflammatory disease. It started with ulcerative colitis three years ago and was finally able to put that in control with the wonderful doctor I have. I currently take 4 tablets of Lialda once a day and so far so good. But then 1 year ago my joints started becoming inflamed. I cried all the time, I couldn't do much of anything I was in so much pain. I am now on methotrexate feeling better but weight gain is tough. Would you be willing to share your elimination diet with me and where I can get the information for it? I wish you better health in the new year and hope we can continue to talk.

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PGRIEVE2 9/15/2012 2:59PM

  How is the Hashimotos? I went years with pain, infertility, etc. and finally got diagnosed and found a group on facebook. The symptons are all the same, joint pain, neck and shoulders, terrible sleep, panic attacks. I am so glad I found out. Now i have just joined Spark People and working on building a better diet and will go gluten and hopefuly dairy free. It's hard but I've been told it's an amazing transformation.

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Feeling lost

Friday, November 04, 2011

I regained 4-5 pounds after stopping the Whole30. My clothes are tight and I'm uncomfortable. I went back on it at the beginning of this week (and my clothes are already loosening back up), but I'm questioning whether or not I really want to stay grain and legume-free long-term (don't really miss much else). I definitely went overboard on the sweets once it was over and I know that sugar (not counting fruit) is not good for me and I really have to limit it. However, I don't see how having oatmeal or gluten-free pancakes once or twice a week is going to harm me.

I started all of this trying to feel better, to have more energy, to get rid of the afternoon slump, mood swings, and anxiety. I feel like they might have improved, but not fully. I just feel like I may have gone too far down the rabbit hole. I'm lost in a sea of information and opinion. I don't know which way to go. Do I try to stick with the Whole30 and see if another 30 days really helps more? Or do I start challenging foods and try to just stay sugar-free? The Whole30 thing isn't something you're supposed to stick to strictly for life, but it's supposed to be a reset and starting point for a Paleo-type diet. I'm not sure that's what I want. And I have no idea how to decide. I feel so lost.

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VADAVICTORIA 1/5/2012 7:25PM

    Hope you find your way again... you've done it before so pull strength from that experience. :) Cheering you on Cataratah - rah rah rah!

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SPUNKYREDHEAD84 11/17/2011 11:11PM

    Have you considered speaking to an MD, Naturopath or Nutritionist?? I am currently doing a Candida-cleanse and was told by the Herbalist I have been seeing that I need to do the Candida-diet for 3 months, and even after that that I should ease my way back into eating foods on the "No" list.

Anyways I know exactly how you feel with the immense amount of info out there and know that you are not alone and we are all standing behind you, supporting you in your journey towards health!


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JENNGIVLER 11/5/2011 9:17AM

    I'm so sorry you're feeling lost... I totally relate.

My philosophy is ALWAYS - find what works for you. It's all about trial and error... I consider myself 95% Paleo. When I go "off diet" I don't feel guilty or bad about it... I just know what works for me - and having certain things at certain times is absolutely fine for me.

In my experimentation over the last 2 years, I've also gone vegetarian, vegan, raw vegan, and Clean. It's been quite a journey, but I've definitely found what works for me. Don't be shy about what works for you - you gotta enjoy life after all ;)

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I have no idea what is up with my body

Friday, July 29, 2011

I have no idea what's going on with my body, but I'm getting pretty frustrated. Three weeks ago I weighed in at 133.5. Today I'm at 138.5. I've been overeating, but not by that much. I figured two pounds maybe, but FIVE pounds? My clothes are fitting pretty much the same though, maybe slightly tighter, but not five pounds worth, so I just don't really get it.

Either way, I took it as a sign that I need to start tracking my food again, so I've been doing that. I also decided that I want 125 to be my goal. I'm comfortable around 130, but I want to give myself some room for weight fluctuations where I can still be comfortable. 125 gives me that.

Also, my cycle is all screwed up. They're usually 28-30 days. My last one was 54 days. Now I'm at 40 days and have no idea when AF will start. I do wonder if I'm PMSing though and that's why I'm up (I always gain before). I just don't know. I hate not knowing.

I'm pretty sure I'm reacting to something in my diet. I'm almost positive it's the cocoa powder I've been having every night (I mix it with coconut oil and a bit of splenda and pour it over my banana soft serve - magic shell). I have a pretty strong emotional reaction to the thought of removing it, so it's almost certain that it's a culprit. Plus, I've been sleeping really horribly. I've been telling myself I'm going to cut it out to see how I feel, but then I don't. It HAS to go. I'm going to cut it out today. I just have to get through the first week or so and then I'll be fine not having it.

I wonder if I'll ever get this all figured out. I've been off a lot of foods for so long that I don't even miss them anymore. It's pretty normal to me the way I eat now. Hopefully there will be a day when I don't miss chocolate anymore either. Or that I can heal enough to eventually add everything back in (except for the sugar, it's gone for good).


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