Saturday, December 18, 2010
Quickly want to save the links for the old Cavemen series about gluten (posted them a long time ago in the CD and GF team, but I don't want to hunt for it when I want a laugh).
If you have or know someone with gluten issues, you might laugh, too. Let me know if you think it's funny. I gotta be in the mood, but I just giggle.
Part 1: bit.ly/8tjFLB
Part 2: bit.ly/rockvote2
Part 3: bit.ly/rockvote3
"It's water. It's gluten-free!" ROFL, or:
Andy: "So let me get this straight ... the first step is peace between nations, and the second step is peace between man and animals ..."
Politician: "NO NO NO! THe FIRST step is purging our bodies of gluten. Only then is peace between nations possible."
Andy: "Of course!"
Politician: "What did you eat for breakfast?"
Andy: "OMG, we had pancakes!"
Politician: "You need to be irrigated, and quickly!"
"Ugh. I have been feeling bloated ..."
There are silly nuances throughout.
I sent my intestinal permeability/leaky gut test in on Thursday. I got the results from my latest neuro test. Later.
Wednesday, December 08, 2010
Mini-vent. I was supposed to write about avocados because they're on my mind lately, but I just have to write about French green beans. I went to a friend's home for dinner (their visiting FIL was celiac, and if you're cooking for one celiac, might as well invite the neighbor!) and she turned me on to the recipe: on a cookie sheet, spread the green beans, top with balsamic vinegar, olive oil, sea salt, & broil til crispy.
Well, I don't add the oil (until AFTER they're heated) because I don't want oxidized oils if I can help it, and I don't bake them til their crispy (what's left?), but I love them. I eat them lightly steamed and raw this way also. I find green beans difficult to process; they sometimes 'sit' in my gullet. I need to chew more probably? I want to write about that, too. Chewing. Anyway, add to my "Favorite Foods at the Moment List": (avocado, cilantro, garlic, onion, olives, pomegranates, pumpkin) BALSAMIC VINEGAR.
Today I found an online list of legumes, of which I'm not eating for the paleo diet. I don't know what I was thinking ("green is good" - that's what!) ... green beans are legumes! Guess I don't have a huge history eating green beans, and my rediscovery is short-lived (since October). I don't "die" for them, but it was a fun love-affair while it lasted.
(I think I'll try this recipe with broccoli ... )
I got the leaky gut kit in the mail (Merry Christmas).
Friday, December 03, 2010
Number crunching going on here. Here're latest labs and older labs for comparison. See? You CAN change your cholesterol numbers w/diet - can't say I've overdone the exercise. They "sa-ay" you can raise your HDL with exercise, but honestly, I think it's diet with me. DH has a heck of a time raising his HDL despite his heavy workouts and jogging; now he's into crossfit stuff, so will relate to him this info to see what happens. He has been on fish oil for years, but cheap pills from the drug store because of cost. I asked him to try Nordic Naturals omega oil and up his olive oil, so we'll see. Come to think of it, I've been taking fish oil for years, too. Since May, I did up my dose to 3tsp/day and did not miss many doses. I CAN say that I incorporated about 20-30g of olive oil/day (a tsp is 5g) and I also eat about 5-12 olives daily, whereas I never did before, or it was hit or miss. I'm really not freaky worried about my cholesterol numbers, BUT I am trying to raise my HDL for some kind of psychological insurance. To feel in control of my health maybe.
I've been taking 500mg niacin (NOT non-flush, which didn't work either, btw) for a long while with no appreciable improvement in HDL. I will, under functional doc's supervision, start taking 1000mg or 2-500mg at the same time, not a divided dose, to see what happens.
I don't/won't drink alcohol to raise HDL (I think the people who study this like their wine too much, so their studies are slanted - lol - honestly, there are awful consequences to alcohol in other regards, for me potentially blood sugar and bone loss issues: bit.ly/fPbNvd ).
I walk daily with no appreciable difference in HDL, even when I was way more active at the gym I saw no difference. When I mention this to doctors they always say the same thing, "Well, it's familial or genetic." Hmmm. Not so sure.
I have lost about 25 lbs since May. Ya think that helps, and if so, how?
I'm pretty conscientious about fiber intake from fruits/veg; you know me, NOT "w-holy" grains (phooey). I checked my nutrition tracker and can say I usually get from 10-50g of fiber daily LOL - that's quite a difference. (I mustn't have tracked the whole day on the low ones!). I try for at LEAST 25g. Raspberries and avocados are my friends. (More on avocados in another blog entry.) I try to use flax meal on my salads with the olive oil. I'd say I'm taking in about 10g a day. Sometimes instead I'll use flax/hemp/chia seed from Matilda's Kitchen (check amazon), too.
I don't eat trans-fats except whatever naturally occurs (and it's there, who knew?). I don't eat much saturated fat anymore, except for eggs (1-4 daily) and whatever meat I may have (meaning not the dairy yogurt or cheese I used to love to eat).
Anyway, for posterity and the family:
May 16, 2010 (heart attack)/ Sep 29, 2010/ Nov 24, 2010
Total Cholesterol (less than 200 desirable): 206../191../182
Triglycerides (less than 150 desirable): 74../62../34
HDL (over 60 desirable, but I've read women want at least over 50): 49../45../57 woohoo! I thought it would never go up ...
LDL calculated (under 100 desirable): 142../134../118
TC/HDL (2.5-4.5 desirable): 2.8../4.24../3.2
And per Dr. Ben Kim's recent cholesterol article bit.ly/gFhJhS :
HDL/TC (over 25% desirable): 24%../24%../31%
Tri/HDL (under 2.0 desirable): 1.51../1.38../.60
hsCRP not checked in May, can't find exact date, but last time it was down from 6 to 2.64. Nov 24th lab it went back up to 3.7. :( Gotta figure that one out. You want under 3, preferably 1. Maybe my omega 3 to omega 6 ratios are off now that I've upped my olive oil ... I'm creating more inflammation???
My hematology labs are back to normal, so no nose cancer or anything.
Iron: 70 (will update exactly when copies arrive in mail)
I have updated neurotransmitter test results, and did some cursory urine heavy metals testing through a new nutritionist (sharp guy - he likes Paleo diet w/out my saying a word about it; though he did look at my foods list). ;) I'll post those later.
I baked a bit for Thanksgiving (pumpkin anything is a favorite) -- gained four pounds easily. Didn't track and enjoyed myself. Didn't enjoy the weight gain; however, I have lost the four and plan to lose more in December. I've been fiddle-farting around "staycationing" w/DH.
Well, I almost deleted this page and want to get it posted before I push the wrong button again. :P
Monday, October 25, 2010
Support Weimaraner Rescues
(I'm gonna have to get those Weimaraner puppies rescued ... ha ha)
Phew. What a busy month, week and weekend for me. DH was home, we drove to Vegas to visit the folks, met Wisewife (such a pip!), et al, picked up the folks' dog and drove home. I hope to give mom some rest, but Daddy Alzheimers remembers the love and companionship for his dog and wonders where he is. :( He barely took him walking anymore because of his arthritis pain. It's Ground Hog Day with Daddy-o. :( DH started answering the repeated questions differently and obtusely to humor himself. I was in the other room giggling. Once home, the dog kept me up a few nights as we adjusted to each other's tempo, but he's fitting in well. Jen, the other dog is indifferent, and "Musti" pronounced "Moostee" (means "Blackie" in Finnish) takes his cues from her. He's her 1 yr younger pup, but he looks older because he lived in Sin City and lived a life of vices - he LOVES bingo and slots w/dad - lol. Really though, mom smokes, so he got 10 yrs of second-hand smoke and inexpensive dog food under his collar. See pic in my shared photos. He's VERY arthritic. I've found i can walk him only 1/2 mile or he seizes up all day. He's got a "cherry" coming out of his eye so Dd won't pet him. :P I got him bathed, shots, and on the 29th he'll get the cherry and moley things removed. Good ole boy follows me everywhere and is quite vocal when he wants in or something. Funny dog.
It was pansy planting time, so I planted six flats and a coupla mums (last year's are coming up straggly but it's still nice to see color). We 'need' color here; it makes me miss living in Virginia's blazing countrysides. The brown and tan leaves are falling faster than I can rake them up.
I'm not used to this much action: set up friend's garage sale Friday into the wee hours (I can't handle those hours anymore, esp that I know I gain weight when I don't sleep), and Saturday up early for the sale. Saturday night a nice work dinner awards function w/neighbors (I showered twice - anyone who knows me, knows I don't like to shower - lol - THAT tired me out! lol).
Sunday was the 5K and I got the "memo" wrong and got there two hours early when I was SO ready at 69*. I got to know some of the volunteers. This gal is from VA, so we chatted it up - she jogs A LOT: she's going to run in a 24 hour run ... never heard of that. One person, 24 hours of continual running - she's a MACHINE! :) She also has her degree in nutrition, so I picked her brain and got her email so I could pick it some more. My new buddy is her dog, though ;). Back to clean up the garage sale.
The race was at 2pm and by then it was 74* but it seemed like 85*. (How DOES one make a "degree" sign so I don't have to improvise?!) I gave my water to a sidelined dog owner for his dog who seemed to be needing it worse than me.
1st race: 48:10 (May 2010)
2nd race: 47:14 (Sep 2010)
This race: 44:29! (Last place) ;0)
I was expecting around 46mins like last time, but when I saw the 44 I hoofed it so it wasn't more than 45. I got some black eyes on that one. I need a new "brezzeerr" maybe? My fibro legs (quads) are payin' today.
OH! I'm so excited! I saved a too-small jacket for six or seven years cause I loved it and IT FITS ME NOW! Thank you ONEDERLAND!
199 lbs. sz 18 jacket (it's probably a 'true' 18, and the 16s in my closet are updated w/'vanity' sizing)
It felt so good to finally dust it off!
My house is a WRECK, but I had to rest today. Trying to catch up my logs, read, but my mind's in bed.
I'm apparently fighting either cancer or a virus according to my labs (lymphocytes, granulocytes, WBC..). Let us hope it's the latter (these labs were done the end of September, so it's not the tired feeling I have today, btw, if I was fighting a virus it wasn't so bad that I even realized it).
Knowing this, could this look like skin cancer? Am I a nervous Nelly? I don't know why my nose'd peel, as I wasn't sunning myself any more than this summer. Okay, so I'm a weee bit paranoid. My neighbor had it and is always warning me ...
HONK! This SNOZZ was lotioned for the evening so it doesn't look as bad.
Total Cholesterol (TC): 191 (down)
Triglycercides: 62 (down)
HDL: 45 (up!)
LDL: 134 (down)
Now I know in Low-Carb Land (and elsewhere), cholesterol isn't just about these numbers, but about ratios. My TC/HDL ratio is 4.24 (range is 2.5-4.5). I'm not worried about it, and darn it if the doc didn't check my hsCRP like I wanted. Next time I guess. The point is, that I feel better, tiredness notwithstanding. I believe it's about inflammation, and taking out dairy and increasing olives/olive oil and alternating bottles of fish and omega-3 oils is why.
Last Vitamin D test I was 90, now I'm 60 because I lowered my intake from 10,000iu to 5,000iu. Gonna raise it again for the winter to 10,000iu, maybe alternate some days with 5,000iu.
Dd has been watching my progress and more noticeable to her, the attention I'm getting for losing weight. She made herself an appt w/a doctor to get herself her ADD drugs cause she remembers it helped her lose weight (she's not hungry). I am not a fan. She knows this, but she's 21. Since she's young for her age, I was just kinda proud she made a bold move and found herself a doctor to do this. The doctor wrote the script no problem (drug pusher). Dd did not fill the script in 30 days - ha! She's shy to phone the doc for new script (okay by me!) She also made herself an appt. w/a nutritionist ("eat 500 calories/meal, exercise more"). She said, "Mom, I could get that info from YOU!" lol Guess who signed up for SP?!!! I'm not allowed to see her page - lol. I'm so PROUD. If you're reading Dd, I'm trying to not use so many exclamation points. ;0)
I checked into a cross-fit gym, but I'm not sure I'm ready. Anyway, just wanted to document for my family readers. Not in the mood for much more.
A Ghost Runner
Friday, September 17, 2010
Today I weighed in at 206! That's close to 205! Which is close to 200, and to One-derland! ;0)
Thoughts at this point:
1. I am eating about 95% en pointe considering the challenges of my restrictions for my autoimmune conditions, ie an anti-inflammatory diet:
the PALEO side of me: gluten/grains, dairy, soy, legumes
the FIBRO side of me: gluten/yeast, dairy, nightshades (potatoes, tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, goji berries(!), MSG, nitrates & food additives/colors, caffeine, incl teas, colas, chocolate, cocoa, coffee/decaf, sugars: fructose (I read this to mean HFCS and other "altered" sugars, ie aspartame, splenda, etc), and simple carbs
the Carrie A. Nation in me: alcohol (I don't hatchet saloons though) ;0)
I also don't eat corn (since May). It may marble cow fat, but not mine? ;0)
and now, trying lower fruit fructose which is my current hurdle and it's hard!
It has been a learning curve for sure. It's hard to not eat the same things repeatedly; whether healthy for me or not, I tend to not rotate my foods and do eat what is convenient (a lot of salads). It gets boring. However, it WORKS. I swear, if it weren't for garlic, onions, lemons and ACV I would be REALLY bored. I'm probably allergic to them because I like them. ha ha Gosh, that's how I feel! I should eat more asparagus, so that's a new goal: to have it once a week.
2. I don't know if I didn't prep the blood glucose monitor or what, but my morning fasting blood glucose has been in the 70s and low 80s (is it real or a mistake?!). I ate a nectarine before bed the other night and for sure know that I have hypoglycemia now: I checked bg a while after, and it was down 65. :( Next a.m. bg was up to 85. Just mentioning. Balancing blood sugar: another hurdle when you like fruit: I know better than to eat fruit alone, but I was hungry and didn't feel like a can of sardines. Sugar wins every time! ;0).
One thing I've tried to change is to exercise (walk the dog) before I eat a meal. I learned that one from Gillian McKeith, BBC's 'You Are What You Eat' host/nutritionist. She likes beans, and at some point I want to incorporate hummus into my diet for a change, but not until I think my gut is healed. "Hmmm, hummus." (say that like Homer Simpson says "Hmmm, doughnuts."). ;0) Unless a Paleo friend wants to talk me out of it. I'm open, I'll listen.
I took a two year hiatus from weight loss having gotten emotional about parental health, and my comfort food was dairy. Since giving up daily full-fat yogurt dairy and coffee half & half/cream, I'm back to losing again. Regardless of my experience, here are my facts thus far. Measurement changes:
Aug 06, Mar 07, Sep 10
Hips: 60, 56, 51 - down 9 inches
Waist: 54, 46, 45 - down 9 inches (I've got an abdominal hernia I've put off dealing with. If I didn't have it, I just KNOW my waist would be 22") LOL
Neck: 15-3/4, 14.5, 13-3/4 - down 2 inches
Clothing size: 24/26 to 16/18 depending on manufacturer (I really need some toning!)
Weight lost: 66 lbs
Speaking of toning, I'm getting concerned about all my leftover skin/fat wrinkles. I'm feeling very shar-pei-ish. :P Even my knees are drooping?! *sheesh* I'm telling ya young uns - do it now while your skin is young. It's time to return to the gym again.
He's still cute with all those wrinkles, just like me.
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