Had a really good productive day. Doc visit was good, he is very impressed with my results so far. But I still have an arrhythmia so only the mildest possible exercise and no pushing myself. In a couple of weeks we will do some allergy testing (food, herbs, meds, environmental exposure) to see if that's a factor behind the fatigue.
B - 3oz smoked whitefish, 1/2 avocado, coffee with cream
S - 1T coconut manna
L - Applegate Farms chicken & apple sausage, 1oz mozzarella
D- 6oz grassfed beef 1/2c tomato sauce
8+c water with sea salt and stevia
I'm thinking about getting the new PB journal. Of course this is a journal too, I just think it would be cool to use and track my progress in that form - we'll see.
Sounds like some useful testing. Have you checked out [URL="http://www.drmyhill.co.uk"]Dr. Myhill's website[/URL]? Lot of good info there for CFS sufferers. (Sorry, I can't remember if you said you had CFS or not.)
Hi Judg, thanks for the info on Dr. Myhill - interesting site, I will definitely spend more time there. I was diagnosed by an internist as having CFS in 1999 but gradually recovered 80% of my health over the next 5 years. Since what I experienced then was similar to now, my guess is that it's all related. I don't have the constant infections (bronchial, bladder) now that I did then, but then I had no cardiac symptoms and those were what brought me to the doctor more recently. Ah well, I care less about the name than I care about answers that work!
B - 1c whole fat yogurt with 2T almond meal, coffee with cream
L - 1/2 Applegate Farms chicken & apple sausage, 1/2 oz mozzarella, 1/4 avocado
S - 5 felafel chips with cream cheese, 1T cashew butter
D - 1 egg, 3oz organic pork sausage
Was a strange work day, I couldn't really take a break to fix something properly. Then tonight I had no idea what I wanted so I had breakfast for dinner (minus the coffee). Anyway it's all still working for me.
Made a food mistake today that I won't repeat. Being summer, I really miss ice cream, so I tried something called Arctic Zero. Low calorie, low carb, but has mannitol in it and 1/2 of a serving gave me very upset insides. Ugh. Plus the flavor wasn't very good. Oh well, it was an experiment.
B - 1 egg, 2oz pork sausage, coffee with cream
S - cappucino
L - Applegate Farms chicken & apple sausage, 1 oz mozzarella, falafel chips
S - no-good ice cream substitute
D - 1c whole fat yogurt which was all I could stomach after the failed experiment.
8+c water with sea salt & stevia
Worked most of today, am looking forward to a short workweek with the holiday. Cat2 is adorable but keeps trying to help me type so if I ever post something like alfdgpignadfbg you'll know why.
Make blender treats to replace ice cream. Start with frozen fruit chunks, add cream (if you want it to be creamy), sweeten with stevia or some unrefined sugar. A frozen banana smoothie with cocoa powder added, made so thick you need a spoon to eat it, is a wonderful substitute for ice cream and feels like a full-fledged indulgence. Or you can be really virtuous and use berries and almond milk. ;) That's more like sherbet than ice cream, but the satisfaction factor is still nice and high.
The other day I used frozen watermelon chunks, one fresh Bosc pear, and coconut milk with a bit of stevia. It was great. I love feeling virtuous and spoiled at the same time.
I'm impressed that you were able to recover so well from CFS in the past. Very few people manage that. I hope to become one of those very few people.
Judg, thanks for the suggestions. Yesterday I made a smoothie with 1/2c each frozen blueberries and unsweetened coconut milk, plus 1T heavy cream and a little stevia. It scratched the ice cream itch pretty well! Perhaps eventually I will just get an ice cream maker to make my own with stevia.
I haven't felt like logging food the past few days but have stayed primal. Except today at a get-together with friends I ate one hot dog with the bun and some trifle that had ladyfingers and sugar, along with tons of fresh berries and some whipped cream. It was delicious and I don't regret it a bit!
It was a really great day. I finally had the energy to tackle a big project at home - moving around things in the living room to make better use of the space. It took me 4 hours because I'd work for 15 minutes, then take a break for 30, but I got it done and am very pleased with the results. Now I have to order the journal before the special ends.
Hope everyone in the US had a nice Fourth!
Been too busy to post which is good. My energy level is definitely improving and heart rate has been around 80bpm for the past two days instead of +100 which is great. I am going to start taking walks this weekend. My next goal is to have no wild heart and BP response to the Raglands test.
I am really getting into fixing up my house. I finally feel like owning the space - we'd only lived here a few months before DH began his final slide towards death, so I was fulltime caregiving and then fulltime grieving and recovering from that for the next 12 months, then dealing with my own health issues. I am beginning to feel more normal for the first time in ages - really nice.
I try reading some of the more contentious threads here but I am no expert and I don't want to debate the subject. The way I am doing PB is working well so far. I did order the new journal and am looking forward to using it, right now my data on what I'm doing is a little scattered. My hope is that it will make it easier to spot what works for me.
Highlight of the day - avocados 10 for $10 at the store tonight.
Plans for the weekend - spend time with friends, go check out the new organic foods co-op, work some, finish phase 1 of the house project, and laze around with the cats. Oh yeah, and take walks.
Feeling normal, what a blessed luxury! So happy for you.
Wow, been days since I've posted. Super-busy couple of days, we had a big software conversion over the weekend and I worked about half the time. My energy level is definitely improving, went out for a walk tonight for the first time in two months. Cardiac symptoms are 98% gone - YAY! The only oddity is that sometimes my BP drops to 100/60-ish which does not feel good. Taking some sea salt normalizes it. No BP spikes, no palpitations, no tachycardia, no angina. With NO meds involved. WIN.
I've been taking melatonin for sleep for the past 10 days and tried doubling the amount a few days ago. Boy, have I been sleeping! 8 hours+, usually wake up once for a pee break but I go right back to sleep. Getting restful sleep = priceless.
Oddly, the weight loss which had been so steady for 2 months has stopped dead at the same time my energy picked up. Not sure why but I am not freaking out about it. I'm thinking about doing the Whole 30 thing in a couple of weeks, just to shake it up a bit. This WOE is now totally normal and comfortable. Next big step - regularly lifting some heavy (for me) objects.
Hi Wren. I have enjoyed reading your journal. It seems like you are doing well. Sorry to hear about your cat, it is always sad when we lose a furry family member.
Judg, thanks for sharing the paleotrack site. I like it, although it probably does not like my cheating ways!