My name is Sarah. I will be 60 this year and am finally taking my health seriously after years of being sedentary, eating wildly, etc. I was dx'd with diabetes at 28, but also at 18, was told I was borderline.
About 3 years ago, was told I have RA. The main symptoms I am having at this moment is 1 finger is twisting and is painful. For a long time, I have slept with my hand between two pillows as a cushion and I battle with water weight. I am looking for a ND.
For me, flax seed oil was helping. About a month ago, I started taking fishoil and was so shocked that I woke up to no pain.
I weigh in at 231 and would like to lose a large amount of weight. last year, I did HCG and lost down to 206 from 254. My husband became ill and ended up with a liver transplant. After that I let go of my dieting, etc. I ended gaining back all of it and then on 1/9/12, I began low carb. I was concerned about the fats and all the protein though. After going through the illness with my husband, things that affect the liver scare me, not to mention I have kidney disease.
On March 8, I began to look at vegetarian eating and this seemed very good to me. But, because of diabetes, I was not crazy about beans and legumes. I started eating a lot of salads, etc. During this time, I was feeling so much better and finally had energy. Oh yes, I even joined a gym with another friend and that has been a plus.
Then I started seeing things about smoothies and thought :"WOW! This could be great. Since I only have upper denture, I could get the blender to do the chewing for me:)"
Well, on March 20th, I bought me a great blender and have been doing mainly smoothies now. I have had some boneless skinless chicken breast and salmon. I still struggle with giving up ranch dressing and coffee. Anyway, since March 20 to 3/31, I have lost 10 pounds.
I usually go to the gym at least 3 x weekly and am getting involved with Silver Sneakers group. Eventually, I will have the courage to don a swimming suit and join in water aerobics.
I am not advocating 1 way of eating as we all have to do whatever it takes. Right now though, this is working for me.
I am mostly trying to avoid taking drugs. I may need to at some point though and I feel it would be for a reason.
I also have two special needs children still at home, ages 7 & 11. My 11 yr old has Autism and Shaken baby Syndrome and my 7 yr old has emotional problems. They are what keep me going though.
I like making friends and hopefully I will here. I am a people person.
If you are wondering about my screen name, it is because I am an advocate for those with disabilities and specialize in special education law (no degree). Pr 31:8 says ..."Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves"....
Thanks for listening...Sarah
Speak up for those that cannot speak for themselves