Monday, April 12, 2010
JUSTJO66 is virtual walking on Route 66 and I caught a blog she posted. I don't know Jo, but I was inspired to take a look at a bit of history after reading her blog. ( www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_pu
The humidity has not hit us yet. It's amazing and beautiful, so I took this as an opportunity to take a few mile ride/walk along Route 66. Here ya go Jo :):
Pops66.com This was a big deal when it opened. I had the dog or I'd have gone in. If you need a choice of 500 flavors of soda, this is your place. Unique architecture. The large bottle glows neon at night. You can take a tour here: www.oklavision.tv/#/route66
The Round Barn ... so it won't blow down in a tornado. So far, so good.
Hillbillees Bed & Breakfast. Lots of history I don't know :P.
"Hi! SP Dots was here!"
Lay's has radar for addicts and is following me???
There's lots of this here.
I ate lunch at this closed diner's picnic bench. Thanks. :)
John's Garage grounds.
He's a creative mechanic (this is his Chevy Malibu rebuild), and runs marathons (30+, next one he's guiding a blind person - aw), does Zumba, pilates & yoga all while in grips of RA pain. You never know who you're gonna meet who'll keep you inspired. I try to tell him about grains and pains, but he's skeptical. Hasn't seen a doctor since 1986. He says everything is about your circulation, so keep moving. I said, "I'm working on it!" :)
Today's weight: 224.4 (down 1)
Calories yesterday: 821 (yikes - got up late, went to bed early. Not hungry til about 4 am!)
Walking mins: 36
Sunday, April 11, 2010
Haven't I blogged about Julia Ross before? Well, it bears repeating.
This is one of those books where when I read something that applies to my own life, something that no doctor has ever explained or helped me with, that I have to take a deep breath and pause. I put down the book because it's too powerful. It has to sink in all this information. Why isn't this talked about more? Why are antidepressants doled out so easily by doctors instead of amino acids and diet revision? Why have I lived a lifetime not knowing this? It drives me crazy ... 'cept this crazy goil ain't gonna reach for the dairy! Nor the refined carbs. Nor the suga, suga.
A lifetime of this is enough. I'm so grateful to understand what I do and to be embarking on a whole new world of possibilities. I have to keep that in focus on my ride. My future. DH had a friend who told him once, "Two big sins are not getting a pension, or not enjoying the one you get." I know I'm only 49, but like Dd growing up, it'll be here before I know it. Since the first half of my life wasn't plummy, by gawd I'm trying to make the second half peachy! Watching my parents not enjoy their retirement age is SAD and flippin' depressing.
*insert great bible verse here* anybody? lol, you know my memory for bible stuff.
Have you heard of Sean Croxton "Underground Wellness"? Besides being highly motivational and awesome (cause I agree with his philosophies based on my own life experiences and reading), he talks about Julia's work/book: bit.ly/ugdietcure . You can watch more Julia Ross videos from that link.
Fibromyalgia legs update: I've been taking two Travacor pills a night since April 7. No headaches, better sleep, but still I feel like I'm awake, if that makes sense. I'm still "thinking." Last night was a bad night for sleep cause I kept having to pee, the dog even wanted to pee and that's unusual. I went to sleep at 11:30p, awakened three times at least to p, let the dog out around 3:30a, and back to sorta sleep til about 10:30a. Granted, yesterday I ate well (salads, protein, fruit), and walked a lot. Put it all together and voila. The serotonin is kicking in because my legs ... while not that "perfect" feeling I had when I initially slammed my brain with Travacor and got the headaches, they are bettterrr in that they're not aching the same way. They still feel heavy and bloated with water, like when you rub a water balloon. But better. I sometimes feel some ham and quad tendons individually like piano wires. . . sore, but bearable. I think it's serotonin related but I don't know how.
I haven't mentioned but my heart palpitations were about nonexistent. But last night my heart was all jumbly. ??
I'm going to try to do what MorticiaAdams (thanks Tish) does and recount my day:
Mins walking: 103 (this keeps me outta the kitchen, too)
Sweaty Betty Lost: 3.6 pounds and now is 225.4
Edit to add activated links from PWVEGAS: bit.ly/19eLy3 , bit.ly/aBjpaI , bit.ly/adKpXf
Saturday, April 10, 2010
Evard Munch's 'The Scream' courtesy of Wikipedia
Not to be a drama , but I'm in a twist about not having yogurt, coffee dairy and cheese in my life. I'm only on my third day. Yesterday I looked at the coffee cup and thought about the canned milk in the fridge. I thought all day yesterday about the unopened Oikos plain yogurt just sitting there needing my attention. I had to take a dose of my own medicine and remember how I was when I quit gluten. Take a big breath, relax already. Retraining thought patterns takes a bit longer, so be patient with myself.
There's a hole in my life and I'm trying to fill it now. Because I'm trying to help Dd navigate a gluten-free world, I've purchased all sorts of gluten-free substitute foods (bread, cookies, breadsticks and because she had her 21st birthday, gf cake & icing). I ate a bit of all of it and that's totally not like me. I took off my weight ticker cause I was gaining and losing the same dang three pounds for a year or more. SP friends were congratulating me on the same pound lost! Well, prior to bday groceries, what I haven't mentioned is that I've finally lost weight.
March 5 - 234.5, April 5 - 225.6 and on a roll.
Bday sabotage April 7 - 227, then 228, 229.4 and whoa, let's stop there.
Between birthday food crap (since thrown in the garbage by Dd of all people - good for her!), and not knowing what to eat to sub for dairy ... I ate her gf substitute foods. I can't help but think about the news piece stating fat friends help keep you fat! SO TWOO! It's okay, though, because this also taught HER the value of my old cupboards (which she'd complain were too bare), the value of real food. She's not a fruit eater, go figure (probably why her triglycerides were 39).
Yesterday, when I wanted my cup of decaf w/half and half, I got a cup of decaf organic tea instead. It really doesn't cut it at this point though. Yesterday, instead of reaching for a yogurt, I ate a mango instead. And another mango, and then a couple of kiwis. I really wanted a banana, but I'm outta bananas .. and I just wasn't satisfied. lol But I did it! I got through another dairy free day. Phew.
My leaky gut thanks me. That's all. I would really like some with my whine.
Thursday, April 08, 2010
Luucy, I'm ho-ome ! Here's my 'medicine' cabinet:
Well, to me they're supplements to my whole foods diet. This morning on The Today Show Matt Lauer and Dr. Nancy Synderman referred to the supplement INOSITOL as a 'drug' when speaking about new research indicating inositol can turn off lung cancer wanna-be genes. What a crack up. today.msnbc.msn.com/id/261848
Hmm, it's not on Medline's list of "I" drugs: www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/druginfo
(FWIW, if you don't know me, I, via my doctors, monitor most of these vitamin levels except for the d-ribose, L-carnitine (in the fridge), CoQ10, and milk thistle. I also don't take Natural Calm magnesium anymore because it was found in testing by Consumerlabs.com to have some lead contamination. Natural Calm has not resubmitted samples for testing.)
I'm also hearing a lot of tv diet gurus extoling the virtues of my favorite subject "whole grains" and then mentioning no, not "whole wheat," but gluten-free QUINOA! HA HA HA! Dont' they know that's a fad? :P *sarcasm*
Speaking of drugs, what about food, ie sugars, wheat and dairy that can be drug-like in many unsuspecting people.
The addictive nature of foods and what they can do to your brain neurotransmitters: bit.ly/JimmyJuliaRoss
Inositol good for people w/OCD and anxiety (including people who smoke?): www.alternativementalhealth.com/arti
"Inositol Treatment of "OCD"
"Inositol, one of the B vitamins, has been found effective in treating Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. Inositol is used in biochemical processes that effect serotonin receptors.
A double-blind study reported in the American Journal of Psychiatry, 1996 [153(9):1219-21] was done on 13 patients. They were given 18 grams of inositol per day (2 tsp in juice 3 times daily). At 3 weeks there were no significant effects. At 6 weeks inositol significantly reduced "OCD" scores compared with placebo. It was as effective as some drugs." (wait, I thought inositol was a drug?" :P)
Feed your brain book (awesome brilliant, where has this been all my life?): bit.ly/9jTC0w
FINALLY. I hereby declare today as Dairy Free Day One (except butta? I don't eat much?) for me (working on repairing my leaky gut). I'm sick of thinking about it. JUST DO IT!!!! I had my morning decaf coffee black this morning. Here I come green tea . Easier to do in spring anyway :).
Sunday, April 04, 2010
Even the villi itself can be leaky.
The results of my long awaited* leaky gut test: My ratio: 9.8.
Ref. range is 2.3 - 12.2 U/g.
“Result within Ref Range, but outside One Standard Deviation (1 S.D. is a stat interval representing 68% of the reference population. Values between 1 and 2 S.D. are not necessarily abnormal. Results are dependent on renal function (mine’s fine). (There’s a graph of a lil hill. The middle of the “hill” is ref. range. My analyte is on the right or downward slope of the range, so “outside 1 S.D.”)
“The lactulose/mannitol ratio is elevated. Although lactulose and mannitol recoveries are both within the ref. range, an elevated ratio is indicative of “leaky gut”, an increased permeability to large molecules between the intestinal epithelial cells. These particles increase the load on the body’s detox system, and may stimulate immune reactivity. Elevations in the lactulose/mannitol ratio have been found in clinical conditions accompanied by enteropathy. These include, IBD, enteric GI infections (viral and bacterial), cow’s milk allergy, celiac disease, NSAID enteropathy and pancreatic insufficiency.”
Rx? Doc says I could still be healing from celiac or have undiagnosed food allergies. I'm to continue with l-glutamine, zinc, fish oil and probiotic supplements, and also include 1g of biotin daily. We’re doing ALCAT testing next to check for food allergies (test sent March 31st). I'd read something about aloe, but forgot to ask. Next visit I'll ask to check my HCL and do I need enzymes.
Per womentowomen.com: “A leaky gut not only can lead to disruptive symptoms, it has also been connected to other sorts of medical issues, including diabetes, chronic fatigue syndrome, and heart failure, and may even contribute to certain kinds of depression and psychiatric disorders.”
“Digestive symptoms like gas and bloating can be signs of leaky gut, but many other possible symptoms may be difficult to trace back to the scene of the crime — the intestine — because they don’t seem related to digestion. Women might never imagine that joint and muscle pain, cognition problems, unexplained fevers, poor coordination, and even shortness of breath could be signs and symptoms of leaky gut syndrome. And if there is any type of chronic inflammation, I always look to the digestive system for the source of the problem.”
* because I wrote a note that I’d spilled a bit of urine in the toilet, so it wasn’t ALL "totally" collected, my test was diverted to customer care. They called me to question my note, to verify the amount of urine collected (a lot cause I drank two cups of water/hour) and thus my lab was put in the back of the line.
Note to other testers: pee over a bucket or into a larger container than provided to prevent overpeeing?! Collect every drop for accuracy and efficiency.
Update on fibro legs: well, I've been up to taking a full capsule of Travacor since March 6th without the headache side effect. That's great, but my legs aren't responding by feeling "normal." Booo. Late to take the capsule (before 10p), I decided that 11:30p was too late, so didn't take it on April 1st. I felt blue all day on the 2nd. WoW, that surprised me; I won't do it again! I'm going to take it up a notch and take more than one capsule, so will start titrating up my dose tonight until leg pain dissolves. It's got to be possible without headaches, right? Let's hope.
Other diet thoughts: I'm grateful to have learned what I've learned about low-carb diets because the people there taught me about pancreas health. I'm sure I could learn more, but low-carbing was difficult for me. I could never do the induction phase as I felt too bad/slow/tired. My cholesterol went up. When I did more raw, my cholesterol was mid 150s (LDL was still higher than I wanted but I only did that diet very well for about 2 weeks), and last test mine was 230s I think. I'd have to reread my own blog. Now I know 230s in low-carb world isn't horrible, that the ratio is more important. My ratio 'was' better than say before I was diagnosed celiac and I was in the 230s, that's for sure. BUT, I can't get over how much better and alive I felt eating more veggies and fruit. Fruit raises your triglycerides. I've added back in potatoes for the potassium. As long as my tri's are under the reference range, I'm okay with that, because I FEEL better. Maybe not all Atkins' dieters have low serotonin to begin with like me. Right now I 'need' some carbs for serotonin production.
Bottom line for me is that I'm going back to keeping a clean and healthy liver, so I'm changing up my fats from too much whole fat dairy & nuts/seeds to EFAs, some olives/oil, flax and whatever's in the meat I manage to eat. I kinda think it's funny so many people out there are trying to lessen their meat or go veg/an/etarian and I'm 'trying' to get more meat. I learn about stuff, put it back on the shelf, and go on to learning about something else, but I have to go back to the liver. A clean liver helps detox the body. If the liver's healthy, then it can handle the meat proteins and fats. Old carb daily totals were always 100ish (THEN minus fiber). Now I'm up to avg 150g carb/day (THEN minus fiber). The fiber helps keep down cholesterol.
I've got bad sleep hygiene and am working on changing my habits/circadian rhythm. I know my neurotransmitters have something to do with it, but have been changing my diet a bit (less yogurt, nuts, seeds ie glutamates). I tend to go to bed late and wake up late, most times with a pee break half-way through. The early bird gets the worm and I ain't got none.
Happy Easter. A bit o'spring has sprung.
funny easter bunny pics: www.sketchybunnies.com/
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