Fibromyalgia and Fat - Tomi's story
[FONT=Comic Sans MS]March 28, 2012
Hi - My name is Tomi, and I live in the beautiful Pacific NW. I'm 51, female, married with one grown son. I started my primal journey on October 25, 2011. I was looking for 2 things - a way to treat my fibromyalgia without drugs, and a way to lose weight. I started at 215 pounds - I'm 5'3", so thats a bit on the chunko-fat side of things. I had always been able to maintain my weight at about 140 with a SAD, until 2001 when my life took a major turn. First I went through a painful divorce, then I developed fibromyalgia, and everything changed. I started gaining weight at the rate of about 2 pounds a month. It didn't take long to gain up to 215, and I stayed there for about 7 years. Then I went on one of those soy based meal replacement programs and I lost 50 pounds - went off of it and promptly gained it all back again. UGH!
Anyway - that leads me to now and the Primal Lifestyle. I've been visiting MDA regularly, mostly daily - and have made a few posts here and there - but I think it might be time for me to do my own journal - if not only for my own benefit of tracking my journey, then perhaps what I'm experiencing can help someone else on their way. Especially others with fibromyalgia. If I can do anything at all I want to spread the word that eating this way will greatly improve your quality of life! Even if its not fibromyalgia, I believe eating primal has the potential of healing almost anything that is related to inflamation.
For the past 5 months I've been trying to adhere to a balance of the micronutrients with 20% carbs, 30% protein and 50% fat. Someplace in the beginning of my journey I read that this should be a good balance - and so I tried. But, in those 5 months I only lost 10 pounds. However - my fibromyalgia symptoms have nearly disappeared! I'm more active than I've been in 10 years! I walk or bike on a regular basis and my husband and I are starting to hike on the weekends. I love eating this way and will never go back to the SAD. Thats not to say that I haven't had my cheat here and there. When we vacation I will endulge and eat cookies or ice cream, but that is rare. I also have alcohol too often and am cutting that out.
A couple days ago I ran across a post by Pebbles67 (I hope thats right) and she said she has been very successful with a 100-100-100 gram balance. Since my 20-30-50 % wasn't working I thought I'd try it out. I'm only on day 2 of the trial, but I like it so far. The difference is I'm doing a 3x80 appoach. I've stopped having my beloved bacon and eggs breakfast and switched to yogurt and fruit instead. That free's up a LOT of fat for the rest of the day! I've always struggled to get in enough protein and keep the fat in check - and I do believe this will work! :)
Please feel free to leave a post - we're all in this together! I'll be posting my progress every couple weeks. If there is anyone out there who wants to talk with me about the fibromyalgia side of life I'd love to have the opportunity to do that!
Have a great day! Spring is coming! Get out there and enjoy it!