Thursday, September 12, 2013
That's what I keep telling myself. So I'm off Medifast for good, as well as all processed soy. Why you may ask? Because at the young age of 55, being post-menopausal, I've started bleeding. A week after restarting Medifast I started cramping and bleeding and while I am all for regaining youth, this was NOT what I had in mind! Medifast was contacted and the nutritionist I spoke with said that the soy has estrogens that "sometimes cause problems but everything should be ok when your body adjusts." So after a 3 week wait to see my GYN doc, she told me the bad news - I have uterine hyperplasia. Basically the wall of my uterus is twice the thickness it should be. There is, I recently discovered, a connection between this condition and the use of processed soy, like that used in not only Medifast products but also multiple other things that are supposed to be good for you (like protein bars and many high protein, low fat or low sugar things that we all eat). I don't blame Medifast - I should have been better educated about what I put in my mouth. Lesson learned.
After a pretty uncomfortable endometrial biopsy, I'm now waiting for the results. Will it be cancer of the uterus or benign and "just an overgrowth of the uterine lining"? I'm praying and asking all faithful members for their prayer, that the results are benign and a lesson has been learned about what NOT to eat when you are concerned about your health. And while reading labels and learning about what all the components in processed foods is a tedious task at best, it is a necessary evil that in a time when we all seek the fast food convenience of boxed or packaged foods, they are not the healthiest things we can consume and in fact they are usually very un-health-ful.
I've started reading "Wheat Belly" and while I personally am not convinced that all grains are bad for me, I've gained a new appreciation for the impact of food and big business marketing techniques on my health. As a nurse of 30+ years, I always knew that marketing was a big part of our downward trend in health markers but I wanted to allow for capitalism and blame individuals for not taking responsibility for self. I now know better. It's a mutually responsible relationship. We must accept responsibility for our health.