Still not "tracking" anything - but I am being mindful of how much I'm eating. I'm pretty much eating only twice a day. A late breakfast, an ounce or so of almonds after work, then dinner - always a meat and veggie variation. Tonight I had a treat of vanilla ice cream.
Monday I see the doc. She will draw blood and said she wants me to do a saliva cortisol test. Hum...... When they test for adrenal insufficiency at my office they do a very complicated test early in the morning that involves several blood draws. I'm wondering what this saliva test is all about. Course, she would be testing for adrenal fatigue - not full blown insufficiency. If they don't find low Thyroid, low Vitamin b-12, and maybe even low D I will be very suprised. I know there is something out of whack. I should be losing weight with the number of calories I've been eating, and with my activity level - but, nothing is changing. I haven't lost more than 2 pounds in the past 3 months. I suspect thyroid because my skin is aweful - and my nails are brittle. My hair is feeling like straw. And my energy just isn't where it should be. I've read that some people need to treated even if they have low-normal thyroid levels - not in the abnormally low - just on the low side. If mine come back that way I'm going to ask to be treated. I should do some research on the benefits of Armour Thyroid as opposed to a generic pharmaceutical such as Levoxyl. I started taking Kelp, and I thought it was helping for a day or 2 - I even saw a drop on the scale, for about 2 days, then it was right back up where it was before the Kelp. frustration!!!! Well, I do trust my doc - so I will just have to wait and see what comes of the tests. I did spend about 15 years in some pretty consistant levels of emotional stress! 3 years with the EX trying to make it work - then 2 years post divorce - then 10 years dealing with step daughters who didn't want to share daddy's love and attention. Since they moved out 6 months ago I've had the most stress free years of my adult life! Heck - maybe of my entire life! :) it can only get better from here! :)
OMG, I so wish I didn't work fulltime sometimes! I would LOVE to be able to vacuum my whole house! lol My kids have toys scattered EVERYWHERE and it never fails - I'll pick them up, put them away, and 10 minutes later it looks like Toys R Us blew up again. I'd LOVE to go for a 5 mile bike ride, but sadly i don't have a bike yet... Gotta find the fundage... And I'd LOVE to do some gardening. I really truly would. I fantasize sometimes about having a farm where I plant my own vegetables, raise my own grassfed beef and lamb and primal pork (how do you feed pork?? lol). Of course, that would NEVER work with a fulltime job.
I long for the life where all your work was done to sustain your family and life, not to produce something for someone else's riches... (But I work for the Army, so I work for the soldiers who maintain our freedoms, so no one makes millions off of me, in essence, so it's not so bad).
Maybe when I retire I'll be able to live that life. Until then, I'll continue to fantasize. :)
I hope today is as great of a day for you as yesterday was!
Thanks, Jenn ---- and thanks for supporting our troups! I find myself extremely blessed to be able to work only part time. We own a boat repair business, and my husband works VERY hard and very wise to support us. He's the best boat guy in the West! Working part time is not only a blessing for me, but also a necessity. With fibromyalgia, and mild Chronic Fatigue I can't do more than about 12-15 hours a week and still be able to keep up with home duties, and I also do the bookkeeping for the boatshop - so thats another 4-6 hours a week. Years ago I worked full-time so I know exactly how you feel. Housework got done as time and energy permitted - for a short time I had a cleaning lady come in twice a month - that was like living the HIGH life! We have a rather large yard - 1/3 of an acre - so LOTS of grass to mow and weeds to keep at bay. I do LOVE my life though. I certainly have NO complaints!
I don't know what the day holds....... errands, groceries, and work this afternoon. Hoping hubby doesn't have to work late again tonight.
I'm going to TRY to not have the dark chocolate and almonds in the house and see if that will help my weight loss at all. High fat and all...... Primal eating is wonderful, but losing weight still comes down to limiting calories and adding more fat calories with "pleasure" foods doesn't make a whole lot of sense. I'm still wondering if I need to do that "leptin reset" thing. But man - it seems like a lot of planning and discipline. And right now I don't want to be even thinking about food. I eat when my tummy growls. Not when the clock says its time to eat.
Its raining again today so I guess I won't be going on a bike ride today. Thats a bummer. I do enjoy being out on my bike. Man I'm tired of this gloomy weather. When is spring coming to Oregon? We have rodies and azaleas blooming, the tree's are leafing out, the tulips and daffodiles have come and gone....... and yet - the ski is still grey and gloomy and keeps making the world WET! GRRRR! and its COLD! we have run out of pellets for the pellet stove - so I finally broke down and turned on the furnace. I'm going to scream when the gas bill comes - but I can't stand being in a 65 degree house. BURR! This will at least take the chill off.
Its not looking promising to get the boat in the water this weekend either. We still have some work to do on it, and get it cleaned up. I was hoping to spend the weekend at the lake - but maybe not. It does have a full camper top, so its not impossible, and we do have a heater for it. Just sounds cold and icky right now. So much of life in Oregon is dictated by what the weather is doing. Maybe retiring someplace warm is a really good idea! I could be a snow bird pretty easily! Summer in Oregon, winter in Arizona. The best of both worlds! Now - to figure out how to make that happen....... lets see, I have about 14 years to figure it out. :)
LOL! My grandparents lived in an RV. Winter in Arizona, summer in Canada as a paymaster for road crews. They could live wherever the road was. Plus a military pension...
Yup, just because primal allows fat doesn't mean we can eat unlimited quantities of it. Hope the blood tests show you where the issues are for you.
Thanks, Judg - ME TOO! I know I'm doing things right - with the exception of needing to move more. There must be something out of whack inside me.
How are you doing?
Low on sleep today, so dragging a bit. But not too bad considering. :)
Do try to get some more walking in. Even if it isn't an hour a day (I'm not up for that either) it still makes a big difference for the weight loss, and your overall well-being. Maybe you could recruit your hubby to invite you on walks. That's what mine does when he's home. Last year I was very low, so I really needed the extra nudge.
Okay - the IBS is getting worse again! When I first starting primal eating it got remarkably better! I would have maybe one attack a week. Now, I'm back to being sick daily. Time to start the process of elimination. I've already decided to stop the almonds and dark chocolate. So -- I'm gonna go 2 weeks without those things and see if it makes a difference. I don't have my gall bladder anymore so maybe - just maybe - the added fat is more than my system can handle. This morning I ate 6 ounces of ground beef - very low fat, and grass fed ----------- 10 minutes after the last bite I'm in the bathroom moaning in pain and feeling like a freight train is working its way through my small intestines. What gives????? Its mostly in the morning - and rarely before I eat. As soon as I eat something in the morning I'm doubled over in pain and running for bathroom. Two days ago it was salmon for breakfast and I had the same results. Yesterday a beef patty, and the same results. Its a good thing I don't have to be to work until some time between noon and one oclock. I'd be in big trouble. Speaking of......... its 11:45 and I still haven't showered........ better get my buns in motion. I think the attack is pretty much over - although there is usually and ancore after about 15 minutes. Sheeesh! I could live on diarrhea pills.........
Umm, the meat can't get to your intestine in 10 minutes.
Eating triggers a gastro-intestinal reflex. In plain language, it makes you want to poo. So eating breakfast kickstarts your bowels, but it's what's in them at that time, yesterday's food, that is the issue, not breakfast. If your bowels are irritated, any breakfast at all is going to make them unhappy.
Have you had your blood iron checked? That has helped me a lot, but my levels were very low. Iron is constipating. If you have low iron levels, supplements could make all the difference. Too much iron is toxic though, so don't self-diagnose this one. I really don't think it's possible to overdose with dietary sources of iron, so making sure you're eating iron-rich might help.
Dairy is also something to avoid when diarrhea is an issue, at least if the cause is bacterial. The bacteria thrive on the nutrients in dairy. I'm not at all sure if that is the case with IBS, mind you. I can't remember if you're eating dairy, but if you are, you could try eliminating it for a while and see if the situation improves.
Those are two possible fixes, depending on the source of the problem. There's a big difference between a question of mineral deficiency and a bacterial overload. And your problem might be from something else altogether; I'm far from a medical or nutritional expert.
I am inclined to agree with Judg. Every time my kid gets sick (vomiting or diarrhea) I am instructed to avoid milk.
I am also inclined to agree with the idea that it's the food from the day before, but why would it lie dormant until you eat breakfast...
Have you tried NOT eating meat at breakfast? Maybe just eggs? See if that makes a difference? And eat your meat later in the day...
I'm starting the leptin reset. It's not much different from what I've been doing. Eating within a half hour of waking will be difficult for me b/c I get out of bed at the very last second and zip through the shower and then scramble out the door each morning with two kids in tow, so that likely won't happen... but, technically, I don't feel fully awake until 11... can i eat then? lol
I hope you find out what's causing the IBS flares. is it IBS or Crohn's? Is there a difference?
I could be wrong on this, but I think IBS is a problem of the intestine itself, not the food that's in it. But the looser the stools, the worse it feels. So it's generally a good idea to avoid anything with laxative qualities.
Tomi, I'm guessing the initial improvement was due to the fact that you were eating a more constipating diet, and your intestines were thanking you. Maybe they're used to it now... But I am just guessing. I'll try to research this a bit when I have time. Today is visit grandchildren day though, so not happening right away.