5 August 09
A brief introduction on why I'm posting...
I'm a 30 year old American girl living and working in Asia. I got here late 2005 and did a lot of traveling within the first 8 months and didn't take care of myself during that time. I had a habit of binging on vacation and coming back with a weight gain of about 5 pounds for every 10 days of vacation and then slowly losing it through better eating and some exercise and then doing it all over again with the next vacation. During the end of the summer in 2006, I started getting really tired. I had blood tests done and tested positive for some autoimmune things.
Years and many blood tests later, the only thing I've been told is that I MAY have chronic fatigue. Almost 4 years later, I'm still experiencing the fatigue daily and I want it so bad to go away. I've tried focusing on my diet, doing what they all say, eat lots of whole grains, only a little meat, keep the fats down, but it didn't work. I've tried eating anything I wanted, just eating less, and I lost weight about 15 lbs (and stopped my vacation binging) but still had the fatigue. Then, about 4 months ago, after some research, I found that a lot of folks with chronic fatigue had problems with wheat and dairy. In the last 4 years, I thought mood swings and irritable bowels were common for me. I took out the wheat for a month and things got better. I tried it once or twice after a month and had stomach troubles again. I started researching more and found that taking out all grains and legumes helped as well. Since that was most of my diet, it was hard at first to replace it all with protein and veggies, but it really helped. My stomach troubles were nearly gone and so were my mood swings. Then I found SCD (Specific Carbohydrate Diet) and that led me to Primal.
For those that don't know SCD, it's a program to heal digestive problems (and has recently been picked up by families with autistic children). It focuses on cutting out the complex starches (grains, legumes, etc) and eating more protein, fruits, veggies, and nuts and seeds. Sounds primal engouh, but with SCD food is introduced in stages and if your body has a negative reaction to it, you try to reintroduce it in the future when you're much healthier. I've been loosely doing SCD for the last month and have found that I'm not ready for cocoa, sesame seeds, and a few other things. It's crazy how I never knew what healthy bowels were! Now I know for sure. My body tells me when I eat the right things and definately when I eat things I shouldn't/ I'm not ready for.
About 6 years ago I tried a diet like this and felt great. So, I'm giving it a go again. I think Primal in combination with SCD will help with my health. I haven't been able to do much exercise since I got sick except for walking and yoga. I think the exercise portion of the primal lifestyle sounds doable so I'm interested to see if it makes a difference. Before I got sick I was lifting weights pretty regularly and after, I could barely do a 10lb bicept curl.
So, that's my introduction in a nutshell. I'll try to include the foods I eat, as well as how I'm feeling, and what exercises I do.
Thanks for reading and good luck to all!