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All or Nothing at All

Thursday, April 18, 2013

When I was in high school (in the sixties) , the prevailing wisdom for dieting was all or nothing. Well, it was really hardly anything or nothing. Unless you ate hardly anything, you could expect to lose nothing.

When I was a senior, I went to a doctor for a check up. He said I was overweight, put me on a low calorie diet (600 calories a day) and prescribed diet pills. Hard boiled eggs, zwieback, and sliced tomatoes which alternated with tomato juice was the prescribed diet for all meals and snacks. I did lose weight. I thought I was going crazy because the pills made me think I had spiders crawling all over my back. When I couldn't down another meal of zwieback, I gained back all I lost and more.
Note: When reading back over some comments, it did my heart good to see others have difficulty with all those abbreviations!! So, think about I "gained back all I lost and more" as you read the next bit.
Everyone here probably knows that G-BALAM syndrome! My thinking was lost to low calorie dieting and the G-BALAM syndrome, over and over. Grapefruit diet. Cabbage soup diet. Lost my gall bladder after a protein shake diet.

Even in 2006, I still hadn't learned my lesson. Everyone at work was using a packaged nutrient low calorie diet with great success. Yep, I started it, lost 65 pounds.

This time, it resulted in a cancer diagnosis, 2007 then 2008 again. The chemotherapy for that one went on for four years. Yes, I gained weight again. I felt it was my job to keep eating, keep up my nutrition to give my body a chance to heal. I can hear you laughing. I had no clue at that point what nutrition was. I knew the donuts I'd stop for on the way home from the infusion room wouldn't help anything. And as I gained weight due to my vices and the steroids I received every week, the doctors weren't concerned. They were glad I was still alive. So was I.

After I stopped chemo, at my highest weight yet, I decided I was going to learn and do everything I could to be healthy. Yes, I wanted to lose weight, but it was a small part of the health issue. I had a lot of little chronic things that I thought I was going to have to live with: migraines, neuropathy, balance issues, tinnitus, extreme fatigue, mild depression. And working with a chiropractor, my oncologist, and my primary, and my own exercise program, we have fixed all those issues. migraines fatigue, tinnitus and depression are gone. Neuropathy stays away as long as I exercise in deep water at the pool morning and night. That might seem rather extreme- the all or nothing attitude popping back up again, right? Well, I look at it like this. Take aspirin or a more extreme drug for the neuropathy every 4 hours or exercise in deep water morning and night. To me, it's a no-brainer. Especially when the aspirin is a risk factor for tinnitus. And I hate tinnitus. It interferes with playing the harp!!

Because of the resources here, I FINALLY understand the importance of giving my body enough nutrient dense calories to support my health and activity.

I finally understand that food manufacturers and restaurants don't have my best health in their best interest. My health is my responsibility. Decisions about what to eat, where to eat, how much to eat, how to prepare food, even how to grow my food must be made wisely.

I am delighted at my varied diet. Yesterday I had 14 fresh fruits and vegetables, and the greens I used in my smoothie came out of my garden. My calorie intake ranges between 1350 - 1700. It could be higher due to my activity level, but the thyroid medicine is still not regulated.

Am I healthier?

I have lost 53.5 pounds since August 2012. I haven't been hungry a day. My cholesterol is down to 202. My blood pressure is running 120/65. My glucose blood work is perfect. I have the energy to walk a 20 minute mile morning and evening. I workout in deep water at least 45 minutes morning and evening. I will go for my PET Scan Tuesday to be sure the cancer beasties haven't returned a third time. But I am confident I have done everything in my power to rob them of any blood supply by eating a good supply of anti-angiogenic foods. And the weight loss can't hurt either!!

I'm afraid I have switched from a hardly anything mentality to an All or Nothing mentality. All of my decisions must be healthy or nothing happens for the good in this old body.

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  • JO88BAKO
    I kinda fall into the all or nothing category. We live in Iowa during the summer. I just wish it would warm up. Have you put a garden in yet?
    1799 days ago
    You have really made a bumpy trip over the years and maintained your sense of humor...the most important item to recovery. As they say..."Don't take life so serious, it's not permanent". Wouldn't life be more pleasant if we recognised and adhered to reason that we gather over the years. Healthy foods and intake really go a long ways towards feeling good.
    1800 days ago
    emoticon emoticon Thank you very much for sharing your experiences, BRAVELUT. It's always very inspiring reading what you have to tell.
    CHRISTINASP mentions that she read your book. What book? I would like to know more about it.
    1800 days ago
  • L*I*T*A*
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    1800 days ago
    When that was coined there were no artificial anything and no true processed foods. The wheat was milled but no bleach, not bromated and all the good bran was left in.
    When I was in school, I was homeless and poor. I got free meals BUT I had to CLEAN my plate because the school gave you food you will eat it. Oh my I would sit there crying and ready to burst.
    I was the fat kid but my Gran with whom I lived said I ate like a bird. When you are five years old and vulnerable you do what the grown ups tell you to do.
    Now I am doing it right for myself. Eat IF I am hungry not by the clock.
    I enjoy your wisdom BRAVELUTE Hugs Pat in Maine. emoticon emoticon
    1800 days ago
    You are doing so much good for your body, mind, and spirit! Keep it up. You are showing us that we can all finally learn even if we spend years doing the wrong thing first. And that time that you spend in the pool is wonderful. emoticon
    1800 days ago
    I am also wondering what G-BALAM syndrome is.
    1800 days ago
    Definitely, a 'like' blog!
    Wise words.
    BTW, I'm not familiar with G-BALAM syndrome. What is it?
    1800 days ago
    1800 days ago
    I think it's great you've found what will work for you and I hope you'll continue to stay healthy. emoticon
    1800 days ago
    I read your book, but your story never ceases to amaze me.
    1801 days ago
    emoticon I hope all goes well at the PET scan x
    1801 days ago
    Bravo at your amazing transformation and all you have overcome.
    My husband has cancer right now and I gained the weight! Am in a better place now and am starting to care for myself again. Really happy for you!
    What is anti-angiogenic? Might be good for him??
    1801 days ago
    Hi! Your name and blog popped up in my e-mail....I think because I mentioned a plateau somewhere. (almost freaks me out a little!!!) Anyway, I saw your SP page and read a blog or two. Wow! U are on an amazing roll having overcome sooooo many hardships and lifes "curves" So good for you...and Thank you for the excellent reminder that it can be the little things in a day that are so very important and that trying to be healthy trumps weight loss :)
    NSV's are what life is about! Keep it up! Im working on my plate looking healthier at every meal but mine are nooooooo where near the thing of beauty your plates are! Very impressive!
    If you don't mind I'm going to add you as a friend....stop by my page n say hi! if the mood strikes you anyway. I'm just an ordinary jane compared to all this but I love meeting people like you who can bring something positive to the universe!
    1801 days ago
  • ANRU7695
    Definitely "liked" this blog.... Way to go for the changes you have made, and keep up the good work!
    1801 days ago
    You are awesome! You have made changes that have improved your quality of life, which is wonderful.
    1801 days ago
    Wow! You are such an inspiration! I remember all of those diets (and tried most of them too!) They all resulted in eventual weight gain! You are doing so great! You have taken back control of your health! I am on my way to doing the same thing! Way to go!
    1801 days ago
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