Did you miss me? I sure missed you! Last Saturday, our computer caught some virus resulting in the blue screen of death. $80 and 4 days later, it's back up and running. Hooray!
Forgot that the CD drive is broken! How am I supposed to re-load all my programs without it? Including the printer driver! Yikes. Must ask hubby if he thinks he can fix it when he gets home tonight.
The computer crashed.... and so did I. Fell off the wagon so hard I bruised my behind. I did a dollar store candy run yesterday and within 2 hours ate: 2 chocolate bars, a bag of candy popcorn, a small bag of chocolate covered pretzels and 12 brandy chocolates.
And if that wasn't bad enough, I also had 4 pieces of toast with margarine & brown sugar.
By paying close attention over the last 1.5 years, I've learned just how much what I eat impacts my health and how I feel emotionally & physically. Twice now, I've followed a high protien diet for over a month, followed by a month of eating within the SP recommended ranges.
high protien diet (approx 140g per day)
- don't think about food between meals
- rarely feel hungry
- easy to resist late night grazing
- lose weight average of 2-4lbs/month
- mentally even keel
- hubby happier with menu
- feel "heavy" in my body
- problems with my fibroids to the extent that it impacts every facet of my life
SP recommended ranges
- think about food all day long
- I like the menu better with more grains/carbs
- hubby less happy with the menu
- uncontrolled evening grazing on high carb snacks
- weight maintenance or gain... mostly due to crazy evening snacking
- more mood swings
- feel more "light" in my body
- fibroid problems are vastly reduced and become minor inconvienence
So here's the rub: Eating a higher protien diet works better for me on pretty much every level except that it triggers very heavy non-stop bleeding from the fibroids. I stop the bleeding by switching to a lower protien, higher carb diet... but my carb cravings very quickly get out of control, sabatoging my healthy eating plan & weight loss.
In researching diet changes to make with fibroids, I learned that a lot of the problem is caused by the hormone levels in beef and dairy products. Chickens, pigs & goats are not given growth hormones, so they are better choices. Soy, while good for women with hot flashes, does not help women with fibroids.
So my new plan is to try to eat at the top end of SP's recommended protien range and the bottom ends for carbs & fat. I'm going to substitute cow dairy for goat dairy (milk, cheese, yogurt) and avoid all beef. Hopefully by avoiding hormone-heavy protiens, I can have the benefits of a higher protien diet without the fibroid problems.
Well, I'm off to walk my impatient DeeOhGee. She's more than ready for her walk, but I had a lot of computer stuff to catch up on first this morning.