Sunday, June 12, 2011
Stardate: Week II
Well folks itís been two full weeks since I started my own eight weeks to optimum health. Itís mostly patterned after the Andrew Weil, MDís book entitled ď8 Weeks to Optimum HealthĒ. I say mostly because he doesnít necessarily advocate going gluten free. In his book ďNatural Healing, Natural HealthĒ he suggests that if you fit the symptom profile of a gluten intolerant person, you should try it and see how you feel. Because I have several first degree relatives that are, I decided to give it a try when I was visiting my sister during week I. Iíve had a long history of irritable bowel, but as Iíve blogged about before, I attributed gas and bloating to compulsive eating. Iíve long had environmental allergies and sinus issues. Menopause disorders. Joint and muscle pain. Mild anxiety. Cravings. Compulsive eating. Fatigue, lack of energy.
Nah, that about covers itÖ
My sister said YES, YES, YES to about everything on my list, so Iím giving it a try. No wheat, rye, or barley. No other grains that have been processed in a factory that processes wheat, rye, or barley. No modified food starch, certain gums used as preservatives and so on.
Along with weaning off caffeine Ė Iím down to one cup of ďreal coffeeĒ in the morning and when it runs out, Iím done. Water, de-caf tea or coffee, and very occasional orange juice or low sodium tomato juice for me. I gave up soda pop a year ago.
I pretty much entirely gave up processed foods full of preservatives. My sodium levels have finally gone under the food trackerís recommended limit. Iím not eating or drinking artificial sweeteners. Really very minimal artificial anything.
Iím exercising 6 days a week Ė either on the treadmill, bike, or walking outdoors. Iím doing yoga type stretches at least 4 times a week. Next week work in the strength training.
Iím paying attention to my breathing each day for at least 5 minutes taking nice deep breaths in through the nose and giving nice long exhales through the mouth.
Iím standing straighter without locking my knees. Iím making my quads work when I sit instead of flopping back into chairs.
Iím heading to bed earlier.
I have fresh flowers on my dining room table.
Iím trying to spend at least 15 minutes daily sitting relaxed and thinking about my blessings.
Iím taking a vitamin B complex, 1000 mg fish oil caps, Calcium & vitamin D tablet with minerals, Vitamin C, and another vitamin D. Staggered throughout the day with meals.
Iím off my daily antihistamine and nasal steroid Ė using the netti pot when needed. Iím off Prilosec Ė the heartburn is gone. Iím weaning off the estrogen therapy. I've lost 5 lbs from eating lots of fresh fruit, vegetables, and small portions of chicken or fish. I am eating gluten free bread and gf cereal with flax. Occasional treats of SMALL amounts of real sugar stuff like a Dove dark chocolate.
In short: I feel AMAZING. I havenít had this much energy in years.
With everything Iíve done at once, it might be hard to pinpoint exactly what has helped the most especially when it comes to the gluten and I will need a doctorís advice to help me determine if I am TRULY intolerant vs. a wheat allergy vs. placebo effect from just eating healthier. It can be essential to know, but right now I have no desire to go back to eating gluten. I feel that good. Good enough to never have a cold beer on a hot day again. Good enough to never again indulge in pizza at our favorite pizza joint. Only homemade or Godfatherís gluten free for me.
The defining moment? The hubby and I live by a Marble Slab and I love their frozen yogurt so I suggested that we go tonight after supper. I was prepared to eat a jr. size of the real ice cream if the yogurt had gluten in it, but when she said BOTH the yogurt and the ice cream had gluten in it I didnít hesitate Ė I told her no thanks, none for me.
My DH is so impressed; he has agreed to start doing what I do Ė right down to the gluten free.
The most amazing part: ABSOLUTELY NO MORE CRAVING.
What can I say? I pray that I can make this a lifetime deal. So far I feel like why wouldnít I????
Live long and prosperÖ