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    Right now I think it's time to start getting serious and commit myself to a more primal lifestyle.
    I'm starting this journal as a way to share my stories and as a contract for me to get in shape and get healthy.

    11 years ago I was diagnosed with chronic heart failure. I got the flu and didn't treat my body right to get over it. The bug attacked my heart muscle and nearly killed me. (I was on the list for a heart transplant for a few weeks)... I spend a month in the hospital recovering before being send home. It took me an other 6 months to recover so far that I could participate in life again.
    right now I am at the point where I can do what I want but in a slower pace. I can go to festivals, movies, disconights, work, sports but all a bit slower.
    However I'm still not well. Many days I feel like I'm 80 instead of 30. I am tired around 7pm and achy all the way. My muscles hurt, my bones feel stiff and I just don't have the energy.

    My doctors can't help me with this, so I decided to take the altenative route. I have been studying diets and other alternative treatments for a while but nothing really fits
    Many years ago I heard of the Paleo diet from a documentary on tv. I was interested but allergic to all green stuff. So I immediately ditched the idea of doing it myself. I'm a chocolate addict and a sugar junky. I can't stay of it for too long. So a diet with out sugar was unimaginable for me.

    However thanks to my lovely boyfriend I was introduced into eating veggies and fruits and a new route opened up. After some serious research and reading up on primal/paleo diet, I found this website and it gave me the motivation to do the primal thing.

    So last Sunday I started with my primal fitness regime... I played tennis on sunday. Monday I went for a walk. Tuesday I did some weight training and yesterday I went to play tennis again. Wednesday was my rest day because my muscles hurted all over.

    For the diet it's a bit more difficult to integrate it into my doctor's order. So I'm doing a 80/20 primal now. I can't eat tons of eggs and banana's nor am I allowed to eat much salt so bacon is out as well. I'm still searching for useable food. Today will be a non-primal day for most of it because the lack of food available in the stores and at home. Tomorrow we are going to the fresh market and stock up on veggies, fruits and fish. I'm also going to try and food wheat flour replacements....

    Bottom line:
    I found out a few things in these short days:
    1, My body feels more relaxed without the carbs.
    2, I don't have as much heart rythm problems with low carbs.
    3, I'm not as tired as I am with a SAD

    I'm going to try to update regularly here... and maybe show some results
    My story, My thought....

    It's all about trying to stay healthy!!!!

  • #2
    Hi, thank you for sharing your story.
    I hope you will feel way better with PB.
    Concerning your diet, what are your doctor's orders ?

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Myrtille View Post
      Concerning your diet, what are your doctor's orders ?
      Well the doctor says:
      - No more than 1,5 liter water
      - no more than 2000mg sodium a day
      - no more than 3 eggs a week
      - no more than 3 banana's a week

      As you can see it's a bit difficult to integrate this with the PB but I'm ditching the eggs rule when I'm using eggs in pancakes and other meals...
      My story, My thought....

      It's all about trying to stay healthy!!!!

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      • #4
        I totally forgot something in my first post...
        of course the numbers that count...

        Now I don't weigh my food and I don't count calories... however I'm on the scale regularly.
        I'm 1,70 m (that's about 5' 5)
        My current weight is: 77,5 Kilo...
        I could do with a loss of about 5 kilo (would be nice)...

        While my path is about getting the bad days down to a minimum I would like to do that looking good...
        My story, My thought....

        It's all about trying to stay healthy!!!!

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        • #5
          Originally posted by MarielleGO View Post
          Well the doctor says:
          - No more than 1,5 liter water
          - no more than 2000mg sodium a day
          - no more than 3 eggs a week
          - no more than 3 banana's a week

          As you can see it's a bit difficult to integrate this with the PB but I'm ditching the eggs rule when I'm using eggs in pancakes and other meals...
          Yes, three eggs a week is really few. Eggs are a "devil" food according to most people, including doctors.

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          • #6
            Weekend food hunting...

            Okay my first weekend into the Primal diet and it isn't easy to find food. I have to state that I'm really no fan of fruits and veggies. I'm afraid to try new things and that limits my choice greatly. (my own stupid fault)
            However we went to the fresh market and brought in some new things... Tonight we are going to try and make the coconut chicken curry from one of the e-books and tomorrow we are going to try and see how parsnip tastes...

            Annoyingly I got the stomach flu so eating in overall an issue at the moment. My stomach can't seem to agree with bananas. It bloats immediately and hurts like hell... I did have a large salad this afternoon, lettuce, omelet, bacon, chicken, carrots, cashew nuts all in one bowl... it's good lunch foods...

            The result I have so far with the Primal lifestyle:
            - lost 2 pounds already
            - sleeping a lot better.
            - more energy during the day
            - almost no heart rhythm issues (it's finally peaceful and quiet in that area!!!!!!)

            my exercises are going fairly well:
            - yesterday I did some weight training. (My muscles hurt like hell)
            - today was a walking/household day. Get enough movement from that.
            - Tomorrow we are going to play tennis again...
            My story, My thought....

            It's all about trying to stay healthy!!!!

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            • #7
              Okay I found out one thing that I absolutely love about going Primal. It's absolutely salt free, there are no processed foods so there is no hidden sodium in it. I lost 3 pound just fluids I was retaining... My doctor will be so happy about this...
              Friday I had an appointment with my family doctor to get my blood checked. I told her about the Primal Blueprint, she wasn't sold on it but she could see that it could work for me. Especially since I was feeling so good after just a few days...

              I still have issues with breakfast. I just don't know what to eat, especially now my body seems to reject banana's. I bought some yoghurt, I could just eat that.
              I have been thinking about IF, when I was a teenager I could do that every day but I don't think it's going to work for me as I need to eat before I take my morning meds...so I have to come up with an easy quick breakfast idea that I can do daily. And it has to be something light, I just don't see myself eating dinner left overs in the morning.

              I made coconut pancakes for lunch... apparently I didn't get the right coconuts flour but they still tasted alright. It was Primal approved food and it filled me up good... After that I took some dried Mango. I think that certifies as good food.

              Now I need to figure out what to eat for breakfast and lunch tomorrow...
              My story, My thought....

              It's all about trying to stay healthy!!!!

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              • #8
                One is the most important things to remove from our diets is wheat! The more whole it is the worse it is! So you hear people saying but i eat wholewheat and i am like that couldn't be any worse! Removing is not right for everyone - there is research out there based on blood type and genetics that indicates that the blood type O +/- is completely wheat intolerant but that A can tolerate some forms of wheat and that B can manage it in moderation provided they are eating in a balanced way!

                My personal experience over the last two years is that the removal of wheat means that i no longer bloat or feel tired. In fact on realising that i have removed all grains except for rice (which i eat once a month or so) And i am convinced that my skin is rejuvenating itself and the lines on my face have decreased as a result of removing wheat and high carbs from my diet.

                I have replaced sugar with raw honey for the last 2 years.

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                • #9
                  I think I'm starting to get the infamous carb flu. I feel shaky and dizzy even when I ate quite a bit. I had a omelet, small cubcumber, apple, a bit of yoghurt and a coconut pancake already but I'm still feeling shaky... It's a feeling I normally asociate with a lack of sugar in my body. It results in eating sweets, chocolate and everything sweet I can get my hands on.
                  It's an annoying feeling because I just don't feel strong enough to even walk to the busstop or do grocery shopping.

                  Also it doesn't help that I'm a bit stressed...
                  I have two cute kittens, they are almost 5 months, male and female. I'm now starting to worry about them being more than good friends so to say... I had hoped that I could put a trip to the vet off for another month but I'm afraid nature has other plans... I swear I love mother-nature but sometimes she can be a pain in the *ss... Also advise on this is very different which makes decisions even more difficult.... I just hope they stay little for a little while longer (gods!! it sounds like I'm talking about my kids, though I don't have any)

                  Anyway, besides the week feeling today is going well with the food things. Tonight we are having meatloaf and by lovely advise we are making meatloaf muffins so that I have things for lunch ready.

                  That's what I like about this forum. Beside the occasional jerk people are really supportive and ready to help with good answers...
                  it's great...

                  Oh well, I have to get back to work...
                  My story, My thought....

                  It's all about trying to stay healthy!!!!

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                  • #10
                    I think the advice of not more than three eggs a week is silly, did the doctor give any reason for it? Also nothing wrong with salt, your body needs it.
                    Anyway, good luck, you're on the right path, just find what works for you and remember to be patient. You may want to check out Het Paleo Perspectief | Het zoogdier mens beschouwd door de troebele lens van de evolutie, a good Dutch paleo resource with intelligent discussions.

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                    • #11
                      FlyingPig thanks for the link. It might be very useful. I never knew Paleo/Primal was so big in Holland..

                      Okay, I'm feeling very weak with hunger right now... I didn't eat enough yesterday for dinner and this morning for breakfast. Downstairs there is candy available and it keeps running through my head. I'm fighting it with everything I have, especially because I'm not having a Primal approved dinner tonight...

                      Yesterday was a good day... We made mini-meatloafs. It was brilliant I have lunch or breakfast for at least 4 days now...

                      Friday and Saturday my boyfriend will be gone so I have the kitchen to myself. I think I'm going to spend Saturday trying out new things... hopefully be then I can eat banana's again and make banana bread.
                      My story, My thought....

                      It's all about trying to stay healthy!!!!

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                      • #12
                        I'm proud of myself! I spend my free hours in the kitchen to try and figure out how all these new ingredients work. I have never tried to make banana pancakes before (that was a bit of a fail but the result tasted okay) I also made pancakes from eggs, almond flour, coconut powder and honey. that worked better but it turned out too dry because I used too much coconut.

                        I'm thinking of using coconut milk in the pancakes but I do not know if that works...

                        On the other hand I was disappointed in my muscle strength. Besides the pull-ups I tried to follow Mark's fitness plan. I couldn't hold a knee-hand plank for more than 10 seconds, I could do only 19 wall-pushups before my arms burned and squats were even worse...only 10 until my legs burned up...

                        anyway... there is work to do
                        My story, My thought....

                        It's all about trying to stay healthy!!!!

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                        • #13
                          today is a grappy day... I think it's final... I can't handle wheat (and/or Gluten).
                          Yesterday evening we had lasagna. I know it's not primal but I never agreed on doing primal 100%. The lasagna was really nice but I feel so bad today. My heart rythm issues are back and I have a severe headache... so it's final. no more gluten for me...

                          anyway, today is going to be a lazy day... my boyfriend will make egg/veggies pie tonight. He'll be eating the crust...
                          My story, My thought....

                          It's all about trying to stay healthy!!!!

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                          • #14
                            While I'm not terribly overweight I have to loose some body fat... I have a fancy scale that also measures BF and while I don't trust it to give a correct measure it gives an indication. I used it yesterday and was shocked... it says that I have 30% body fat... that is 3% more than a year ago!!!
                            Also that's 21kilo of my total weight... so if I want to get to a healthier BF of 15% I have to set a goal of weighing 67 kilo... I haven't weight that since my early teens!!!!!
                            No heavy goals right now....

                            my goals for this year:
                            - below the 75 kilo...preferably 70 kilo, that's been my target ever since I was 16...
                            - being able to walk an hour without sore feet and back....
                            - surviving my doctors new low medication schedule (he is cutting back quite drastically and while that it's a good thing it's bloody scary!!)
                            - no more days I feel 80....

                            I don't thing that's too much to ask until christmas...

                            so for food, today wasn't completely Primal, I had swedish cracker with cheese this morning, the rest of the day was fruit and egg...Dinner with be egg-pie with veggies...
                            My story, My thought....

                            It's all about trying to stay healthy!!!!

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                            • #15
                              two difficult days ahead of me... For the first time since I started Primal I'm going to be alone at home.
                              Normally this means two things. A high stress level, because I don't do well being alone in the house yet and two I binge on chocolate like crazy...
                              When I'm alone I normally buy a few big slaps of chocolate and eat them while watching movies...

                              This time I don't want to do that but for the first time since I started the diet I'm starting to crave chocolate again... and I have to do grocery shopping today!!! urgh...

                              What I am going to enjoy in this two days alone is the chance to try out new recipes without somebody interfering. The kitchen is mine for a change...

                              alright I'll update later on the food stuff... I'm off printing recipes...
                              My story, My thought....

                              It's all about trying to stay healthy!!!!

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