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    I started primal over 2 years ago, looking for answers to low energy, low mood, IBS, and overweight. I've tried basic primal, and then variations including Robb Wolf's autoimmune paleo, low carb, very low carb, ketosis, GAPS, FODMAPS, intermittent fasting, increasing coconut oil, and the Perfect Health Diet. I've gained some measure of control over the IBS, and lost about 10kgs - which leaves me, 30 months later, with mood and energy issues, IBS, and still at least 20kg over-fat. Hmmmmm .

    This morning I finally went to an integrated medical practitioner. These folk are rare as hen's teeth in NZ, and it's been a 4 month wait to get in. He took a very long history, and prior to my appointment he had done some bloods and urine testing. He also uses applied kinesiology. Oh my fucking god. He pulled together all the little random things that have plagued me since I was a kid - even to the point where he was predicting my answers to his more detailed questions (like spots in front of my eyes, and waking with anxiety at night). I FINALLY feel like I have a plan .

    We talked about my adventures with primal, and the various things I've done that have helped. His perspective on that was that most things will help, but without a focus on healing the underlying factors then things will flare up again.

    Findings:
    • absolute grain intolerance, including buckwheat. Rice is OK
    • leaky gut
    • candida

    He thinks the grain intolerance is a lifelong issue that has led to the leaky gut - and therefore it has been a factor in my health from childhood. He ties it in to the candida, but also to thyroid and adrenal problems, high rT3, excess eostrogen (which led to endometriosis, for which I had a total hysterectomy 10 years ago), exercise intolerance r/t muscle pain and exhaustion, and the appearance of malnutrition.

    He drew a picture that started with the ingestion of grains, moved to the development of leaky gut, and then had all these arrows that progressed through various stages and mostly ended up pointing to a box that said 'fat storage'.

    I was diagnosed years ago with lactose intolerance (using the Roman scale - nothing more scientific than that), but this Dr reckons that I will find that once the gut starts to heal then I don't have that at all.

    Right - I'm feeling validated and very hopeful, but I retain a small amount of healthy scepticism . Hence my new journal. This is my third one here! I want to track my progress.

    The plan has several phases. The first one is to start supporting the gut to absorb protein so my cells actually get the nutrients I so carefully eat, while reducing inflammation and eliminating the candida. My diet is looking like a very clean primal diet with no fruit - that's something I'm familiar with, even though I've let the 80% move more to about 60% lately. So here it is:
    • primal diet, no fruit or 'cheat' sweeteners like maple syrup or stevia
    • protein shake daily: rice and pea proteins and MCTs
    • trace minerals: zinc, potassium, selenium
    • parex: antifungal, antiparasitic, antimicrobial
    • omega 3: 4g/day
    • digestive enzymes: amylase, protease, lipase, tilactase, cellulase, bromelains


    I go back in 10 days to see if there has been enough progress to add a thyroid support supplement - apparently there's no point doing it now as it wouldn't be absorbed. Then I'm back towards the end of August for another workup.

    Currently I'm bloated in the gut, taking neurophen most days for pain, low mood, low energy, giving in to sugar cravings on a daily basis, dry lips, and puffy in the fingers, feet and face. Watch this space
    Last edited by Jac; 08-03-2013, 06:43 PM.
    Started Feb 18 2011

    Tried basic primal and almost everything else in pursuit of IBS control, mood stability, and weight loss.

    Journalling here

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    Hi Jac! welcome back!! why is my cat on your avatar lol i'm pleased you are getting some answers and have a plan. there's no one like that down here so i am jealous. i just have to guess what to do next. hopefully you will start to feel better soon.

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    • #3
      Happy see you back, Jac. I've been wondering how you were doing.

      Your new practitioner sounds like a huge find. The plan sounds solid, hopefully you will finally find resolution of your health issues.

      I'll be back!
      My musings

      The old stuff

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      • #4
        Haha - you have a huge fluffy monster at your place too?? He's a ragdoll - I love him to bits!

        I don't know how long this guy has been around - he was very entertained by the idea that I found him on google, lol. I'm trying to work up the courage to try that protein shake for lunch - I'm too scared to add it to milk, can't have fruit juice, so it'll have to be water. Potential for gagging is high
        Started Feb 18 2011

        Tried basic primal and almost everything else in pursuit of IBS control, mood stability, and weight loss.

        Journalling here

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Greensprout View Post
          Happy see you back, Jac. I've been wondering how you were doing.

          Your new practitioner sounds like a huge find. The plan sounds solid, hopefully you will finally find resolution of your health issues.

          I'll be back!
          Hi GS - thanks for noticing that I'd gone!!
          Started Feb 18 2011

          Tried basic primal and almost everything else in pursuit of IBS control, mood stability, and weight loss.

          Journalling here

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          • #6
            Haha - you have a huge fluffy monster at your place too?? He's a ragdoll - I love him to bits!
            ours is a siamese ragdoll cross. she is awesome. she looks like a birman and has that basil brush fluffy tail. her mum was a blue pointed siamese and her dad a blue mitted ragdoll. she used to have the most unreal kittens but i got her neutered so as she could go range outdoors. there were way too many unsuitable boyfriends out there otherwise and her suitable boyfriend mysteriously disappeared.

            2 funny you found that man via google lol hold your nose while you drink the shake. it should work!

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            • #7
              Nice to see you back, Jac. I used to follow your previous journal. Good luck with your new journey! Sounds like a great plan.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by marthat View Post
                Nice to see you back, Jac. I used to follow your previous journal. Good luck with your new journey! Sounds like a great plan.
                it's great to be back! Still have tat envy when I see your avatar . . .
                Started Feb 18 2011

                Tried basic primal and almost everything else in pursuit of IBS control, mood stability, and weight loss.

                Journalling here

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                • #9
                  Welcome back, Jac. So glad you have found such good support, here's hoping you can get the shake down and it's absorbed brilliantly. All the best on your journey to health.
                  Annie Ups the Ante
                  http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread117711.html

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                  • #10
                    Fast post, as I'm heading for home (busy day!). I have more test results in, showing moderate adrenal fatigue and ileo caecal valve problems - I haven't looked that one up yet. They're both to be tackled once the leaky gut is on the mend.

                    The shake was like vaguely vanilla flavoured water topped up with sand . It's palatable, but awful at the same time. 24 hours in, now - I'll do a better post tomorrow!!
                    Started Feb 18 2011

                    Tried basic primal and almost everything else in pursuit of IBS control, mood stability, and weight loss.

                    Journalling here

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                    • #11
                      9am, the start of a hopefully productive but slow paced day . I have no appointments, no deadlines, and an interesting 'to-do' list to wade through.

                      I woke to a fairly robust detox headache, which has pretty much vanished after taking the supplements. The anti-candida pills are pretty rank - they have no coating on them, stink to high heaven, and taste awful. Hopefully the candida finds them as objectionable as I do . The protein shake is loaded with vitamins and minerals, and I think that's what's helping me to feel better. It has something like 500% of the RDA for all the B vitamins, and there are a couple of items in there that have values of over 1000% of the RDA (can't remember what they are). More is better, right?? Lol.

                      I don't have a stomach ache . I'm sort of waiting for it to hit, since that's been my body's standard response to supplements for years. But I'm also doing some deep breathing and relaxation to try and avoid creating the response from my head!

                      I've had lots of productive coughing, especially after I eat. Sounds gross, but obviously I had more mucous than I knew - it was just not moving.

                      Sleep has been OK - no insomnia, but interrupted by night sweats for the last couple of weeks. No trouble falling asleep again after I cool/dry off.

                      I had vege soup and hardboiled eggs yesterday for lunch, and pork chops with mostly green veges stir fried in coconut oil for dinner. No hunger, and only a tiny pang of desire when Tony finished up our block of dark chocolate. I've told him I don't mind at all if he eats fruit, chocolate etc, but please don't offer me any. His guilt actually makes things worse - I don't get triggered at all if the food isn't on offer, but the effort of continually saying no to 'treats' is exhausting and makes me really irritable. Well, OK, it turns me into a shitty old bag - but he still does it! Luckily most of the worst offenders aren't in the house, and once this current stock has been consumed, there'll be even fewer chances to torment me.

                      There are too many starchy veges in my soup, but lunch today will finish it off. I'm having a bit of trouble wrapping my head around the hugeness of the anti-candida diet. I keep reaching for things like tamari, and then realising that they're off programme. I think I just need to focus on meats and lots of veges, with coconut oil, butter, and herbs. I'm keeping a small amount of kumara or potato and pumpkin - they're on my 'eat with caution' list, but the emotional benefit of eating them outweighs the depression effect of doing vlc.

                      One great thing about this doc is that once the large first consultation fee is paid, he's actually available for support. He sent another email last night explaining a bit more about the adrenal fatigue - he said that although my score came up 'moderate', most people with that score would also have a chronic fatigue diagnosis, and that he thinks if I had carried on much longer I'd have hit the wall completely and become properly ill. I think my paleo adventures have staved that off to a large extent. If I was still eating SAD, I'd have been a wreck by now. He's endorsing the paleo diet because of the level of protein and absence of grains. It's a bit troubling to me that the areas I've strayed from paleo have been to include bread and pastry - the very things that are the absolute worst for me.

                      There's a really good naturopathic nutritionist here, Dr Libby Weaver, who recommends a self-test about grains. She says to go off them for about 3 weeks, then plan to eat something grainy that you really love. If you have a problem with grains, you'll get happy and relaxed when you make the plan, and it'll last until an hour or so after they're eaten. It's the 'opioid effect' and it's just like a drug. I did this about a week ago, and felt sooooo good .

                      OK, that's enough of a ramble - I'm going to make a peppermint tea and settle down to cross some things off that list!
                      Started Feb 18 2011

                      Tried basic primal and almost everything else in pursuit of IBS control, mood stability, and weight loss.

                      Journalling here

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                      • #12
                        Haha, instead of working I had the chance to come home - so I had a sleep and a bath. Lovely way to spend a Friday after a fairly intense week.

                        Today I woke up feeling great - have done housework etc, and am just feeling the start of a stomach ache. I haven't used pain relief at all this week, and it's important to try and avoid it if I can. The sun is out, so I'm heading for the garden .
                        Started Feb 18 2011

                        Tried basic primal and almost everything else in pursuit of IBS control, mood stability, and weight loss.

                        Journalling here

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                        • #13
                          I wanna find Dr like yours! I'm jealous. Wish I had one that was more geared towards nutrients for healing rather than the pharmaceuticals.

                          Good luck to ya, Jac!


                          Emily
                          "Adapt and Overcome"

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Emofedom View Post
                            I wanna find Dr like yours! I'm jealous.
                            Lol, Emily - it took me years to find him, a four month wait to get in to see him, and a small mortgage for the first consultation

                            I tried all I could to reduce the stomach pain - gardened, walked, rested, laughed . . . in the end I went and bought some buscopan, which is a muscle relaxant that targets smooth muscles including those in the gastrointestinal tract. It's had some effect, and I'm about to take more. When I get this particular kind of pain, it goes with almost zero intestinal motility - it's all about spasms. So, no gas or anything else has passed since Friday. I'm puffed up like a damn blowfish . Still, it's nothing out of the ordinary for me. If it doesn't sort itself out by Wednesday (a week of eating clean and taking the supplements) I'll email the doc and see what he wants me to do. Ordinarily I'd have a day of eating white rice with coconut cream - provides bulk and soothes the muscles to get everything moving again. I can't do that on the anti-candida diet though.\

                            Today is day 5. I've been really thirsty, sleeping well and for about 10 hours, and not having too many problems with the sugar and wheat detox. Just random thoughts - yesterday I was actually grieving about not being able to eat mince pies any more. I don't even LIKE pies . Sometimes I think my brain has its own little planet . . .

                            I'm really not sure about the candida. He didn't do any tests, just said that with the results of the leaky gut and my sugar cravings, then candida is almost inevitable. I don't have the symptoms, though - the ones I do have (like brain fog and cravings) are easily attributed to the adrenal and thyroid underfunctioning. Anyway, I'm still following the protocol to see if things improve.
                            Started Feb 18 2011

                            Tried basic primal and almost everything else in pursuit of IBS control, mood stability, and weight loss.

                            Journalling here

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                            • #15
                              Hiya, Jac.

                              I wondered where you had wandered off to. Welcome back.

                              What is the rationale behind pea/rice protein for the shakes? IIRC, you have quite the array of food sensitivities. What about eggs?

                              Have you seen that thread about the all egg diet by EggGirl? It is very interesting. She knows it's a "hack" but she is getting out of a very SAD way of eating and doing battle with binging problems very nicely.

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