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Experiencing Technical Difficulties & Tweaking my Nutrition Plan

Thursday, November 17, 2011

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!

emoticon 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.

emoticon 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. emoticon 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.

emoticon emoticon emoticon 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

emoticon emoticon emoticon 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.
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    What!? Somehow, I guess I got bumped off the subscription list to your blogs! Well, here I am! emoticon
    2372 days ago
    Thanks for all the info on your contrasts in eating plans. I also like to go high protien as have less issues with hunger. I wish you well on the adjusted plan! emoticon
    2374 days ago
    Hope the new plan is just right for you! emoticon
    2374 days ago
  • PCOH051610
    Miss you? Of course we did! I thought about you several times (always when out with my dogs and nowhere near a computer!) and feel bad now that I didn't get in touch to see if all was well.

    All that aside though, I am glad the reason you were absent was only due to computer issues. I love how you research stuff for us - and I love how you have analyzed the role your diet affects your life. When I read it, it all made sense to me too. When I up my protein I feel much better and the weight does come off. I didn't realize all that about the hormones though. Thank you for pointing it out.
    2374 days ago
    That is interesting... I have a fibroid as well so I have a very heavy period. I also am happier, fuller between meals and do better staying away from sugary stuff when I am on a higher protein diet. I don't go CRAZY with it though..I still eat carbs, just try to limit them. All or nothing never seems to work, does it? Have you tried taking some birth control pills to limit the blood flow from the fibroid? I used to be on BC pills but I never found one that worked well with me hormonally...I had some crazy mood swings on one, felt like I was on a mood stabilizer with another (never HAPPY or SAD just BLAH), so I don't even try with that anymore. My husband and I use condoms so he can just deal with it or deal with the angry, crazy me...so he prefers to use the condoms than see me acting nuts.
    2375 days ago
    Sorry about the computer crash! Don't forget to add in some iron rich foods. This sounds like a good food plan, can't wait to hear if you feel better!
    2376 days ago
    That is really interesting. Definalty for for thought!
    2376 days ago
    Sorry about the computer crash. I shudder to think about it happening to mine.

    Good luck with the new eating plans! I hope it brings the anticipated results!
    2376 days ago
    HOpe that works better for you. I know how rotten it is with those fibroids so don't want that flaring up again.
    HUGS and know you will figure it all out glad you are back! I too haven't been as busy here, as been busy walking dog, knitting scarf, sewing dog coats... not too bad on the eating but am craving choc. last 2 days. so far havent had any and haven't eaten a lot of otther stuff to stop the craving.
    You will do just fine and be right back on track.
    2376 days ago
  • JLITT62
    I was just wondering where the heck you went! Sorry about your computer woes - been there, done that, unfortunately. Such a pain.

    Really interesting about the effects of your diet on your health. I guess it's about finding the right balance between protein & carbs for YOU. Oddly enough, I find eating higher carb for my HM training really fills me up.
    2376 days ago
    You are very in tune with your body!!!! I hope this new plan is the "best of both worlds"!!!!!
    2376 days ago

    Comment edited on: 11/17/2011 5:11:51 PM
    Sounds like you are back on track. Listen to your body and find a happy medium!
    2376 days ago
    I DID miss you! I should have told you, but I was doing my two-job-jaunt and didn't! emoticon back, and I'm so glad you got your computer problem under control! I had my chocolate at the inlaws last weekend, and golly-gee, I am sure paying for it now! Back to cracking the whip for us, huh? emoticon

    Have a great Thursday, and scratch D-O-G for me! emoticon
    2376 days ago
  • UNICORN212
    You may be able to download the drivers you need from the internet. Try Google and enter "driver for (printer name and model)" and see what you get.

    Let us know how the diet tweaks work!
    2376 days ago
    you can do this sweetie!
    2376 days ago
    I'm glad you have your computer back! Mine caught a worm last week, lol. Dairy is also very inflammatory, I've cut it pretty much 95% from my diet as it triggers my psoriasis. Just saw the documents Forks over Knives that also talks about the dairy industry and how it's not as good for us as marketed.
    2376 days ago
    I think your plan sounds excellent. I'm doing well if I can meet the minimum Spark guideline for protein, but I also believe that I lose better and feel more satisfied if I have more protein. The hormone thing is interesting. Good luck!
    2376 days ago
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