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  • N=Val. Experiments in healing...

    You know how they say the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results? Yeah, well...just cuz I am starting yet another journal doesn't mean I am insane!!

    Now that we have that cleared up.

    Me: 46, female, life long southern girl. Inflicted w'/ all the modern diseases: Type II Big D, Fibro, High BP, and Hypothyroidism along with a life history of depression, cuz who wouldn't be depressed w/ all that shit screwing around with you? Or maybe the depression is the cause? Actually I think the cause is modern life. Yes there are good things about it. I personally love hot running water and a/c. Particularly in Florida. But us humans have an amazing ability to take a good thing and turn it into something deadly.

    This is my journal on healing from the 21st century while still trying to live in it. After about 10 months of clean eating last year with about 6 of those grain free I hit the dreaded holidays. At first it was just a small piece of fudge, maybe some corn chips. By Christmas I was eating everything bad for me except gluten because I knew what would happen if I did that. Come Jan 1, 2013, the world hadn't ended so I had to get back on track except oops...I couldn't find the track. Damn it, I was lost in the SAD jungle. I finally found the path that got me out of the Diet Coke addiction (one more time), but then got lost again. I briefly went down the Eat Moar Fat path which made perfect sense but the bushes all closed around me and wouldn't let me continue. The last few days I have been stuck in the quicksand of depression and fibro and doing exactly what you are not supposed to do when stuck in quicksand which is struggle (or eat potato chips and pecan pralines). I grabbed hold of a branch called PHD with the thought that the higher carbs could help and here I am.

    Day 1: Home from work again. Went to the store and got Magnesium Malate and D3. Went for a short walk. Whined on the Eat More Fat page and got some wonderful encouragement. (http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread77549.html) Started this journal because all the previous paths had closed and I needed a way to hack myself out of the quicksand and dead ends.
    Other tools used: MFP: My Fitness Pal. I am the same user name if anyone wants to add me. I am going to continue posting menus.

    I now have two maps to follow. MFP and MDA journals and forums. I will keep you all up to date on my progress!
    You know all those things you wanted to do: You should go do them.

    Age 48
    height 5'3
    SW 215 lbs
    CW 180 lbs (whole foods/primal eating)
    LW 172 lbs
    GW 125ish lbs

  • #2
    N=Val. Great title. Love it. I look forward to seeing your changes and how they affect your health. There are so many people in the world who need to know what path to take to cure their autoimmune illnesses. I'm glad you're paving one for yourself.
    Primal since March 5, 2012
    SW: 221 | CW: 204 | LPW: 166 | UGW: 140 (80 lbs loss)



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    • #3
      Nice journal. I follow the "I am crazy and so am I" route as well. I throw mine as to be stubborn. If you don't already have me added on MFP, I'm on their under Georgette76.
      Georgette

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      • #4
        Originally posted by jenn26point2 View Post
        N=Val. Great title. Love it. I look forward to seeing your changes and how they affect your health. There are so many people in the world who need to know what path to take to cure their autoimmune illnesses. I'm glad you're paving one for yourself.
        Originally posted by geostump View Post
        Nice journal. I follow the "I am crazy and so am I" route as well. I throw mine as to be stubborn. If you don't already have me added on MFP, I'm on their under Georgette76.
        Thanks both! I am feeling stronger just by doing something and having a plan. Georgette I will add you. We can do this!
        You know all those things you wanted to do: You should go do them.

        Age 48
        height 5'3
        SW 215 lbs
        CW 180 lbs (whole foods/primal eating)
        LW 172 lbs
        GW 125ish lbs

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        • #5
          Good Luck! We're with you no matter what path you follow.
          Primal since 9/24/2010
          "Our greatest foes, and whom we must chiefly combat, are within." Miguel de Cervantes

          Created by MyFitnessPal.com - Free Weight Loss Tools
          MFP username: MDAPebbles67

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          • #6
            Thanks Pebbles!! I have been a bit self absorbed but I have noticed your accomplishments and you are rockin' it. I love that you were able to get past your binge attack the other night. Don't quit!

            Originally posted by Pebbles67 View Post
            Good Luck! We're with you no matter what path you follow.
            You know all those things you wanted to do: You should go do them.

            Age 48
            height 5'3
            SW 215 lbs
            CW 180 lbs (whole foods/primal eating)
            LW 172 lbs
            GW 125ish lbs

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            • #7
              Hey, I saw something today on the interwebz about 5-htp helping with fibro pain as it increases the body's production of serotonin (but is side effect free as an amino acid found in food (derivative of tryptophan)) and that it also helps with insomnia. Not sure if you have the insomnia part of fibro, but it might help with your pain. The one caveat though is that you cannot take it with antidepressants. May be something you'd be interested in looking into? Just thought I'd throw it out there.
              Primal since March 5, 2012
              SW: 221 | CW: 204 | LPW: 166 | UGW: 140 (80 lbs loss)



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              • #8
                I've been wanting to try 5 htp also - but not for the fibro bennies. Isn't it supposed to help with hormonal issues? I was hoping for a boost in whatever will help my libido Stupid menopause! I tried it years ago when my fibro was pretty bad - didn't really notice any difference - but my system was so messed up back then it probably couldn't do its thing cuz I was so inflamed! After vacation I'm going to get some and give it a try - that and vitex.
                1. Love ME no matter what noises are screaming at me, or who is trying to tear me down.
                2. Eat to heal
                3. Move to live
                4. Embrace today
                5. Live with intention
                6. Respect my body
                7. Cultivate joy
                8. Find my passion
                9. Meditate on peace in my soul

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                • #9
                  Vitex helps with hormones. 5-htp is a serotonin booster (basically, a natural anti-depressant).
                  Primal since March 5, 2012
                  SW: 221 | CW: 204 | LPW: 166 | UGW: 140 (80 lbs loss)



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                  • #10
                    I'm new to arthritis myself so am trying to learn as much as I can about it. It was troubling to find out that I've had it since I was a kid. Between dad's MS and my family history between my mother and my oldest sis, it seems like I am destined for it.
                    Georgette

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by jenn26point2 View Post
                      Hey, I saw something today on the interwebz about 5-htp helping with fibro pain as it increases the body's production of serotonin (but is side effect free as an amino acid found in food (derivative of tryptophan)) and that it also helps with insomnia. Not sure if you have the insomnia part of fibro, but it might help with your pain. The one caveat though is that you cannot take it with antidepressants. May be something you'd be interested in looking into? Just thought I'd throw it out there.
                      I take anti depressants I really want off of them however so maybe this is an option in the future. I am scared to change anything right now.

                      Originally posted by geostump View Post
                      I'm new to arthritis myself so am trying to learn as much as I can about it. It was troubling to find out that I've had it since I was a kid. Between dad's MS and my family history between my mother and my oldest sis, it seems like I am destined for it.
                      Does primal eating help w/ the arthritis? I understand there are trigger foods/behaviors just like other stuff. I am sorry! That is hard.

                      Tomi, do you take HRT? I had a hysterectomy just over 6 years ago and have been taking the HRT. I quit taking it in the fall but have started again to see if that will help w/ all the issues I have been having.
                      You know all those things you wanted to do: You should go do them.

                      Age 48
                      height 5'3
                      SW 215 lbs
                      CW 180 lbs (whole foods/primal eating)
                      LW 172 lbs
                      GW 125ish lbs

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by valmason01 View Post
                        Does primal eating help w/ the arthritis? I understand there are trigger foods/behaviors just like other stuff. I am sorry! That is hard.
                        I'd have to say it does. I don't really seem to have much pain from it except when it rains. I have found that sweets(sweet chocolate) can make it worse for me. I've been in pain on and off since Sunday after eating a bit. And that was within a few hours of eating it.
                        Georgette

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                        • #13
                          Day 2: Jumped back into the jungle today. All the monkeys were reasonably sweet though one did tell me "I want you to go away." This was when I was insisting the jungle toys be returned to their proper place. The upside to this is he is ASD and his language skills and ability to express himself have dramatically improved lately.

                          Still foraging a higher carb path. I put my macros in MFP last night. Calories 1315. Carbs 70. Fat 83 and Protein 76. Not sure what the percentages are there but I think protein should be down. I am trying not to stress too much over it until I feel stronger. Trying to avoid the scale too. The damn thing just yells at me. Weigh yourself! Weigh yourself!! Your self worth is all dependent on this number! AHHHHHHH!!!

                          Overall, today was just better though. I left the house, I went to work and was a functioning human being. Considering the last few days that was a pretty big accomplishment.
                          You know all those things you wanted to do: You should go do them.

                          Age 48
                          height 5'3
                          SW 215 lbs
                          CW 180 lbs (whole foods/primal eating)
                          LW 172 lbs
                          GW 125ish lbs

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by geostump View Post
                            I'd have to say it does. I don't really seem to have much pain from it except when it rains. I have found that sweets(sweet chocolate) can make it worse for me. I've been in pain on and off since Sunday after eating a bit. And that was within a few hours of eating it.
                            Thats what happens to me when I eat grains/sugars. My fibro wakes up and I get that deep annoying pain in my legs and arms. That alone is good enough reason to stay pretty clean - nope I'm not 100% but I try.
                            1. Love ME no matter what noises are screaming at me, or who is trying to tear me down.
                            2. Eat to heal
                            3. Move to live
                            4. Embrace today
                            5. Live with intention
                            6. Respect my body
                            7. Cultivate joy
                            8. Find my passion
                            9. Meditate on peace in my soul

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                            • #15
                              Val - with fibro, sometimes just getting out of bed is an accomplishment! Glad you're feeling better. Stay strong - and stay on course! I can control my fibro completely by contolling my diet and by staying active.

                              As for the HRT question - nope I haven't tried and really don't want to go there. My menopausal symptoms are really very mild. I don't have mood swings at all - never have. The hot flashes have reduced to night sweats only. My libido is really the only thing that is causing me grief! I want it back! I feel like a part of me died! I used to have a very healthy libido - now, I have none!

                              I've "borrowed" some romance novels from my daughters stash to read while we're on vacation. Hopefully I will be in the "mood" for hubby's sake. Maybe the reading plus some rum will do the trick. But the rum will also have negative effects on my weight loss attempts so I'm planning to go VERY light on that.
                              1. Love ME no matter what noises are screaming at me, or who is trying to tear me down.
                              2. Eat to heal
                              3. Move to live
                              4. Embrace today
                              5. Live with intention
                              6. Respect my body
                              7. Cultivate joy
                              8. Find my passion
                              9. Meditate on peace in my soul

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