Saturday, August 29, 2009
I have been through a lot of changes since my last blog update. I am happy to report that my health is much better, and I am feeling a little stronger each day. Due to all the health issues I have been struggling with, I have completely changed my lifestyle. I was having gallbladder issues, and also was diagnosed with Psoriatic Arthritis, and was really going downhill. I was so sick from the gallbladder attacks, and nothing seemed to help... then on top of that the joint pain and inflammation from the arthritis just really put me on the sidelines for quite a while. I have been doing lots of research on inflammation and gallbladder issues, and decided to completely change my diet. This may sound radical to some, and practical to others, but it is really working for me. I have given up any and all meat, including chicken and fish, dairy, eggs, basically, if it comes from an animal, I no longer eat it. I also gave up caffeine, alcohol, butter or oil of any kind, and various other things. Within 6 weeks of eating this way, I have lost 11 pounds, and feel better than I have in several months. I am up to walking for an hour, hills and all, and sometimes go for a second walk in the evening. I am practicing yoga again, riding my bike, and feel like I have my old self back.. (actually, I feel much better than my old self!). Oh yeah, in case you are wondering what DO I eat? Quinoa, brown rice, bulgur, barley, etc.. (whole grains), and veggies, veggies, veggies (organic and local) right now mostly out of my own garden, and fruit. (and yes, I am getting enough protein mom ;-). I am completely satisfied, and don't miss any of the stuff I used to eat. I am doing this solely for my health and well-being, and it somehow makes it much easier than just being on a "diet". I have had enough of those to last a lifetime, and was really discouraged by the up and down numbers on the scale, and feeling like a failure. I used to think I was trying to lose weight for my health, but until something happened to me, I really didn't "get it". I know that I may have another flare up of arthritis in the future, but I am doing everything in my power to get as healthy as possible, and want to hold off on taking any dangerous drugs for as long as I am able.
Thank you, all my dear SparkFriends, for supporting me. I so appreciate all your get well wishes! I am sorry for not being around very much these past several months, but I am going to be checking in more often from now on :-)