Thursday, August 08, 2013
Ok so my last blog detailed some stomach and digestive issues I've been dealing with. It's been off and on for more than a year now. I also have low iron and B12, insulin resistance from the PCOS, and anxiety.
Someone did comment last time that anxiety or stress could be contributing to my problems. Well I'm wondering now if it's all from the anxiety. I actually do have generalized anxiety disorder, social anxiety disorder, and now that I think about it, over the past year or so, especially the last couple months, I have been having more panic attacks. I've made an appointment with my GP but I don't know what he's going to do about it. I really don't want to take any drugs, and I've just now started seeing a therapist. I don't think I'll be able to afford to go for very long, but I'm going to do whatever I can in the time I have.
I saw a nutritionist yesterday, a follow up to get a meal and supplement plan designed to help my stomach issues. I had a mild panic attack after I left because it's just one more thing for me to try to help my stomach that's going to fail. I hadn't even started yet so how can I know it won't work? I haven't been sleeping well at all, and half the time when I do I have nightmares. The nutritionist did give me some supplements to help with the anxiety too so hopefully everything will work out, and start to improve soon.
Monday, February 18, 2013
so I posted a blog not too long ago announcing that I'm back, again lol. So I haven't done too much work since then to really get going again. Today, Family Day here in Ontario ^_^ I used my day off to make some plans. I purchased a new game for my Xbox. Your Shape, a game that uses the kinect sensor for anyone who is not familiar with it. I have a gym membership but I find it too intimidating to go to the gym at my current weight (340 lbs) and either work out alone or do a class, and unfortunately I don't have someone to go with me. I'm keeping the gym membership for now and hope to be confident enough to go soon ^_^ for now though, I'll make an effort to work out at home.
I always use my cell phone to keep track of appointments and work and stuff. I put my exercise time in there 3 days a week for 30 mins for now. I'll work up to 5 days a week and then maybe increase the time as well but we'll see how things go lol. The point is that I entered it in as part of my schedule with a reminder so that it's not just something I plan to do those days and if it doesn't fit in then oh well lol. It's part of my schedule and it's something that needs to be done.
I also recently purchased some protein powder. I'm horrible for eating breakfast out. I find it difficult to get up in the morning and make something to eat. So I'm going to make fruit smoothies with a protein powder, I know protein is very important, so that I can have my breakfast on the way to work but not get something from a drive-thru. This will also help me get my fruit and veggie servings which I'm horrible at getting lol.
I will also be trying to pack my lunch most days of the week, again I eat out far too often lol. Right now it doesn't matter if my lunch is healthy or not, I'm just trying to get in to the habit of taking it. After a few weeks and it's more of a habit then I'll work on the content of my lunches. Dinners I'll just keep eating whatever for now, again that's going to be something I work on later. I'm trying to do this slowly step by step so it becomes a lifetime habit to do these things.
So right now, I'm working on exercising 3x a week at home for 30 mins, having fruit smoothies for breakfast and taking lunch to work instead of eating out. That's it for now. I figure in 3-4 weeks, then I'll see how I'm doing and work on new goals ^_^
Each week I'll try to blog about how I did in meeting those goals.
so for today ^_^ I did very well, I worked out, as I set mon, wed and fri for my workout days, and, though I have today off work for a stat holiday, I did have my first fruit smoothie for breakfast today. and of course as everything is closed for the holiday, I have no choice but to eat home lol.
Wednesday, November 07, 2012
So I saw my naturopath again last night. He wanted a urine sample again but, again, I wasn't able to provide one lol. He gave me one of the containers so next time I can do it anytime that day and bring it with me.
This time he gave me a couple more things to take. So I already had these pills to support my liver function from before, called Livton Complex, that I take 4 times a day. I also have Meriva-SR I take 2 times per day as an anti-inflammatory, also for my liver. He now wants me to take Vitamin D every day 2000iu, being in Canada and me not spending much time outdoors anyway I agree with this lol. He also gave me a homeopathic medicine that was apparently chosen specifically for me and to treat everything lol.
I did some reading on homeopathic medicine and its quite interesting. I'm not sure if I believe it'll be effective given what I learned but I'm going to try it anyway ^_^ Sometimes things work and we just don't understand why lol. Anyway he gave me Calcium Carbonicum and I looked it up and it listed a number of things that its used for and certain physical/personality traits. I find it kind of weird but very interesting lol. Anyway, almost all of the things it listed actually did match me ^_^ and it comes in these little granules, looks like little white balls, and I'm supposed to take 3 of them twice a day. I'm also not supposed to touch them with my hands so they dispense into the lid by twisting it and then I just drop them in my mouth and let them dissolve.
Now this particular remedy was chosen given all my specific symptoms. One of the things he used to choose it is my anxiety. I am a very shy and self conscious person and I get anxious in a lot of social situations. One of the things I mentioned to him once is that, even though his office is like a block away, I will probably never walk there. When asked why I told him because when walking down a busy street I always feel like people are watching me, from their cars and such. One thing mentioned for this remedy was a tendency to avoid drawing others attention. the naturopath said this particular anxiety of mine was a bit unusual, but when I talked to my mom last night she said she feels the same way.
He also asked me a lot about my fears and anxieties during the visit. It was surprisingly easy to talk to him lol. Easy for me lol, though still very difficult given the subject. I'm not good at sharing emotional stuff lol. Though it was difficult for me, I still told him probably more about it than I have anyone else, ever. He said the homeopathic remedy should help with the anxiety too, though if its not the right remedy for me it could exacerbate the problem lol. I should know within a week he said.
So, all in all I think the naturopath visits are going well. I really think he's going to be able to help me get feeling better and get healthier. Way more help so far than my GP provided. All my GP did was say lose weight and offer me powerful antacids lol. I'm really moving away from any kind of prescription or OTC drugs. I'm gonna have to ask him about alternative allergy therapies come spring time.
Oh I almost forgot, he also gave me a sample of this magnesium supplement. He said magnesium could help me sleep better. It's a blueberry flavored liquid. It's a bit thick, almost like drinkable yogurt, and it feels a bit chalky but it's not too horrible and the taste is not bad at all, and as I only have to drink 1 tbsp of it a day I would be cool with taking it if it works. So I guess if it works he'll want me to take that as well lol.
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