Tuesday, May 10, 2011
It's been three or so days since I lost a pound, and I've not gained it back (I ate A LOT yesterday!). I decided to blog about it, cause it's a sweet victory, my breakthrough pound!
I think my thyroid's happy again (*caresses sweet thyroid like a purring kitty engine*).
It's been since March since I lost anything, and before THAT, since October. It has been demoralizing on some level (I shove that down!), but I've tried to stay optimistic and hopeful that continuing on plant (ha ha, I'll leave that typo) to eat and sleep well, that'd it'd work. But really, you have to respect the Armour thyroid pills as they are obviously the trick. :P
Just wait. I get tested on Friday. Maybe I'm wrong - lol.
I'm so happy and encouraged.
Thursday, May 05, 2011
I'm broke, but not broken? Yikes, this is getting expensive.
I am tested out, and cannot imagine what else I need. The minute I sent my 23andme DNA sample on April 19th, I noticed it went on sale from $199 to $99. *argh* They just added an Alzheimer's study, and I can add it on for another $69 or $82 I can't remember (Alzheimer's??? lol). There's a questionnaire I'm to complete while waiting 6-8 wks for my results. I'm not going to trip my hand and tell them anything just yet. LOL. The questions on the first page were interesting, and when I do complete it, I'll share them. They rec'd it on the 23rd, so I expect results mid-June-ish.
The new Cyrex Labs Intestinal Permeability blood lab ($195) was done on Monday, May 2nd. You have to pay online (my ND/MD's receptionist did it for me) through Cyrex, then set up an appt w/Cyrex's contracted lab, print out the lab request, complete the paperwork and take it with you to the blood draw. My primary MD never responded to my email info he'd requested, so I went back to my ND. My primary said he was open to it as long as I paid, but he seems too busy to get into a new test? I dunno. He seemed hesitant about new tests. I'm just glad I did it, and look forward to what the results will be. Or not - ha - we'll see.
I mailed the Metametrix GI Complete stool sample yesterday - $395. I ate a bunch of avocados the day before, so expect a high fat result on one of the tests. I ate sugar a couple of days before, in the form of peanut butter cookies (lectins and aflatoxins oh my!) I made to mail to DH. Sugar is addictive, did you know that? ha I kept wanting more, more and MORE! Thank goodness I ate them all up so as not to be tempted anymore. :P I hope I burned off those calories working in the yard. I have been busy from waking up til going to bed. I'm exhausted right now, but in a good way. It feels GOOD to be productive (my thyroid's getting better - will retest for that on May 13 in prep for cardiologist follow-up May 25)!
Per their instructions I didnt' take digestive enzymes, antacids, or aspirin. I didn't take any supplements for a good five days or so, including probiotics. I've read taking probiotics can alter your results. I've also read you should do multiple tests because of parasite habits. I don't think I can afford that right now. I did take my Armour thyroid medication.
Turn-around time for results is about two weeks, so I hope for an appt w/ND by Fri, May 20 or the week after. It tests for so many things that it's best you read their site for what that includes. bit.ly/lvAXt1 I appreciate the service, and hope I have no disease from fecal-oral contamination, that's all I gotta say about THAT!
Time for me to paint the fence and bits of house. I can't afford a painter.
Happy Cinco de Mayo!
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
...our home and native land.
Unfortunately, this native land is my gut. When I had my Genova food allergy testing last year, it suggested that I had low candida symptoms. Naturopathic MD said to disregard, that everyone does (? I think she inferred as much?). But you know me, I kept it in the back of my mind.
You know you have an addiction to a food if you don't want to give it up. I have not wanted to give up fruit for a couple of years now. I am desperate to move on, and will now try. After my next meal - LOL. I love mangos. *sigh* - HIGH sugar fruit! I love bananas. I love berries. I don't love apples. You can have 'em. I love watermelon.
DH is in town, so we're going out tonight for our . I got my nails done which makes me feel good; the new shellac nail paint that lasts up to 3 wks (it's likey toxic - boo). The nail technician has fibro, too, and psoriatic arthritis. When I asked her what she was doing, she went on about how grateful she was for Lyrica. She can stand again. She asked me what I'm doing, and she got an earful of diet recommendations and gut/bacteria talk. By the end of the appt. she pretty much said she wasn't gonna be told what to eat, that she LOVES her diet Dr. Pepper. She's a "trained" nurse. In essense, she didn't believe me! It always fascinates me, people and their unhealthy skepticism. Drugs affect your gut terrain/bacteria balance. But, I'm not wrapped up in her life. I can't sway my own family, sooo.... oh well. Maybe when the Lyrica stops working she'll remember something about diet. I left her with the 7 Foods to Avoid for Fibro link.
And now I must face my own addiction to fruit sugar. I don't want to give them up. I think if I look at it as a temporary situation, it'll be easier (cause it WILL be temporary darn it). I have to also forego balsamic vinegar (LOVE LOVE it), and vinegars in general (maybe not apple cider vinegar I've read). No fermented foods on candida diets. I'll post more about it when I actually start. I don't want to change my diet until after testing.
I am in the process of getting Cyrex Labs' Intestinal Permeability Test kit to compare to my previous Genova urine lactulose-mannitol tests, and looking into getting a Metametrix stool test kit for candida ( bit.ly/metametrixstool ).
Articles to ponder re: candida (I do not advocate for any Rx on these sites if there are some. I haven't tried anything yet, so cannot do so):
candida and celiac: nyti.ms/afD5Hb
celiac disease fibromyalgia candida hashimoto's: bit.ly/fcJxwV
Denver Naturopathic: bit.ly/igMY2S
candida fibromyalgia: bit.ly/e3HqE5
good candida article: bit.ly/eJOWyv
healing naturally by bee: bit.ly/fRaJDU (oh look, gluten-free is on the candida diet - it wasn't when I started gf diet and used to share this link!)
bee's yahoo group: health.groups.yahoo.com/group
article re: failsafe diet (on my SP page), or anti-chemical diet instead of anti-candida: autoimmunethyroid.wordpress.c
My thyroid has had me in the dumpidty dumps, so I've not been very communicative. I am slowly coming out of it. I joggled the other day a heart-pounding 12 min mile for I don't know how long, about 15 mins. on the treadmill. I remember when I was felt so proud of bettering my time from an 18 min mile to a 17. I can joggle a bit at a 13-14 min mile on the road. The treadmill is easier.
I also started some upper body weight lifting. I felt great for two days, then bam, the soreness set in from both the run and weights. It seems to linger longer because of the fibro, but it didn't hit as soon this time. I'm unsure that's progress at this point, just making note of it.
I must go kiss on my man while I have him to kiss. Don't take your loved ones for granted.
Kisses to you all, too, because I don't take you for granted, either.
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