Primal Journal (Katooshie)
WELCOME TO KATOOSHIE'S ADVENTURES ON PRIMAL ISLAND
How I Got Here:
- I'm a 52 year old married woman with 3 grown children. I enjoyed robust health and was very lean, slim and athletic for most of my life.
- Received a tick bite I got while hiking in New York in 1994. This resulted in a bullseye rash and years of flu like symptoms and fatigue.
- Hysterectomy in 2009 due to a large benign fibroid tumour in my uterus.
- Eyes began to burn and sting, and my eyesight started to fail a few months after surgery.
What's Wrong With Me?
- uveitis, iritis, macular edema (inflammation) in both eyes
- numbness and tingling in my toes and fingers
- tinnitus in both ears
- pain in my stomach, bloating nausea, gas and heartburn
- heart palpitations
- joint and muscle pains all over my body
- lost sense of smell
- 25 lbs overweight
What The Doctors Say:
My doctors suspected multiple sclerosis, but tests came back negative. Then they thought Lyme Disease could be the underlying cause of my problems, but they are not certain since Lyme tests came back negative.
I've had: blood tests, urine tests, EEGs, Xrays, MRI, 3 Lyme Tests (negative) and been examined by several different doctors and specialists.
What Doctors Have Done:
Antibiotics including several months on doxycycline, painkillers, anti-inflammatories including several months on Olmesartan, and even anti-depressants (since they can't diagnose and fix me, I am obviously an anxious, depressed hypochondriac)
What Doctors Are Doing:
- Prescribed prednisone drops and injections of prednisone into both eyes from time to time.
- Cataract surgery in 2013 restored my vision which was destroyed by all the prednisone.
What This Has Done To Me:
- Was legally blind for several months before cataract surgery.
- Forced to give up my job as a fashion stylist.
- Unable to leave the house without supervision. Lost my ability to read, watch TV, or do most of my daily activities.
- Forced to give up most of my athletic activities such as hiking, skiing and biking.
forced to quit working as a fashion stylist, a job which I enjoyed very much.
- Gained 50 pounds due to inactivity and eating "comfort foods"
How I'm Fighting Back:
- Discovered "Grain Brain" by Dr. David Perlmutter, and "Wheat Belly" by Dr. William Davis.
- Began to change my diet and systematically remove inflammation foods such as grains and dairy, lowered carbs and increased healthy fats.
- Resumed exercise at a gym including walking, "sprints" and weight training.
- Found the paleo diet and this community.
Results So Far:
- My eyes have fewer flare ups of inflammation, but my vision is still blurry in my left eye. (Scheduled for more eye surgery to remove "membrane" that is supposedly causing this blurring.)
- Have lost 15 pounds.
- Feel better, and have more energy, but still get dizzy when leaving the house, and have seemingly random aches and pains throughout my body.
AGE: 52 years
STARTING WEIGHT: 178lbs
- Restore my vision and body to full health by eating my own Primal diet and engage in Primal Island activities.
- Lose weight and get into the best shape of my life, renew my fitness, health, and beauty. Why not?
- Learn more about the Primal Lifestyle by reading "The Primal Blueprint" and articles on this website and blog
- Get to know others on this forum for mutual support, encouragement, and sharing information
- Maintain this journal to chart my progress and, hopefully, record and amazing success story!
What Do I Plan To Do?
- Have faith, believe, and trust that God directs my steps, and He will ultimately work all things together for my good.
- Be cheerful in spite of difficulties and be grateful for this opportunity to learn, grow, and develop patience.
- Diet: Fish, seafood, beef, poultry, pork, eggs, non starchy vegetables and greens, coconut milk, herbs, spices, salt, garlic, onions, lemons, berries in season, stevia, oils (coconut, olive, grass fed butter), coffee, and drink purified water. Eat organic foods as much as possible.
- Supplements: Kelp, Magnesium, Multi Vitamin/Mineral, Fish Oil, Probiotics, and extra Vitamin C.
- Exercise daily: walk, jog, sprint, and lift weights.
- Get lots of sleep. Go to bed early and wake up naturally whenever possible.
- Get sunlight every day, natural sunlight as much as possible, and use my Happy Light or tanning bed in the depths of winter.
- Keep my life and home clean and organized to reduce stress.
- Play: Art journal, blog, pinterest, garden, photography, movies, TV, hike, obstacle course.
- Relax: Use Bjorn, my Swedish massage chair every day.
- Avoid trauma, toxins, and bad relationships.
- Can a paleo/ketogenic diet cure autoimmunity disorders? This is my own person experiment to find out if it can! Let the great adventure begin! Stay tuned...
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What Are You Thankful For?
An Encouraging Word:
- Supplements: Kelp, Magnesium, Vitamin/Mineral, extra Vitamin C, Cold liver oil, Probiotics
- Move slowly:
- Sprints: (Heart Rate 135 - 150 bpm)
Pleasures & Play:
Weekly Weigh In:
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DATE: Thursday 13 Nov 2014
NOTE: Regaining my health is my top priority, and weight loss is a secondary goal. I have been experimenting with different levels of wheat/grain free, dairy free, low carb, paleo, and ketogenic type diets since August 2014. Although my autoimmune problems continue, I have lost weight. In August 2014, my weight was 179 pounds. My weight is now down to 166 lbs. I have lost a significant bulk of belly fat!
- Breakfast: coffee with coconut milk and coconut oil, 1 hard boiled egg
- Lunch: Monkey Milkshake (coconut milk, coconut oil, vanilla, 2 egg yolks, nutmeg, stevia, ice...whizzed up in the Vitamix)
- Dinner: Beef Marrow Bone Soup
- Snacks: 1 small avocado, 2 almond flour cookies
Supplements: Kelp, Potassium, Zinc, Vit C, Cod Liver Oil, Magnesium, Probiotics
Move Slow: Treadmill - 30 minutes walk with easy hills
Lift Heavy Things: No weights today
Run Really Fast: Not today
Play: Watched some hockey with hubby, started watching Grey's Anatomy, season 1. Great show!
Get Lots Of Sleep: Had trouble getting to sleep last night. Woke up about 5am...went back to sleep until 9:30 am
Get Sunlight: Used my full spectrum "happy light". it's a nice sunny day out, but the sun sets at about 3pm here.
Use Your Mind: Blogged and worked on my pinterest boards. FUN!
Avoid Trauma and Poisons: Changed my household and body soap to Dr. Bronner's pure castile. Bought water purifier system.
Goals: Ordered "The Primal Blueprint" from the library. Reading through the definitive guides on this website.
- Still feeling happy, exited and optimistic about this lifestyle change. I know this is the right thing to do.
- FLARE UP in left eye: Burning pain like my eye has soap in it, plus very fuzzy, blurry vision. So annoying!
- Feeling very tired.
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DATE: Friday 14 November 2014
- Breakfast: Coffee with cream almond cookie with grass fed butter
- Lunch: Monkey Milkshake (coconut milk, vanilla, maple syrup, egg protein, nutmeg, ice)
- Dinner: Chicken Bone broth, 1 scrambled egg with 1/2 avocado
- Snacks: A cup of chicken bone broth and an almond flour cookie
Supplements: Kelp, Magnesium, Vitamin C, potassium, zinc, cold liver oil, probiotics
Sleep: GREAT sleep last night. Went to bed early. Had wonderful rambling dreams. Woke up naturally.
Sunlight: GORGEOUS sunny day here on the island, but it's super COLD outside. Use Happy Light!
Organize: Clean bathroom, dishes, laundry, make bone broth soup.
Cardio: Step Aerobics while watching Sex & The City - 36 minutes - 366 calories
Weights: Used 1 lb hand weights while doing step aerobics
Play, Have Fun, Relax: Worked on art journal, blogged, played with pinterest, watch tv.
Progress: Still having eye flare ups.
New Goals: Ordered test kit from 23andMe to test my DNA.
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DATE: Friday 15 Nov 2014
Sleep: Excellent long dreamy sleep! Went to bed early and woke up naturally.
Sunlight: SUNSHINE today! Will try to get out for some rays. Plan to sign up for tanning for the long dark days to come.
Supplements: Kelp, Magnesium, Vitamin C, Potassium, Zinc, Cold liver oil, Probiotics
- Breakfast: Half caf coffee with heavy cream and coconut oil
- Lunch: SKipped
- Dinner: Beef Bone Marrow Soup, spare ribs
- Snacks: Almond FLour Cookies
Organize: the usual hut chores: DIshes, laundry, bathrooms...etc
Exercize: As my left foot seems to be in some serious, mysterious pain there will be NO exercise today.
Problems: My left foot started to ache terribly last night. This morning it's so sore I can't put any weight on my heel and have to walk on my tip toes. One just has to wonder: WTF???
Comments: Ordered books from Amazon: "The Primal Blueprint", "Eat Fat, Lose Fat" and "Primal Body, Primal Mind"
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DATE: Sunday 16 November 2014
Sleep: Most excellent sleep with long rambling dreams that included Gwen Stefani administering a music test!
Sunlight: VERY sunny day, but still slightly cold. Spent some time visiting with my Happy Light. It made me rather happy.
Supplements: Kelp, Magnesium, Vitamin C, Probiotics
- Breakfast: Coffee, cream, coconut oil
- Lunch: Monkey Milkshake (coconut milk, coconut oil, raw egg yolks, maple syrup, vanilla, nutmeg (tastes like rich delicious eggnog)
- Dinner: Bone Broth and veggie soup. So delish!
- Snacks: A bit more Monkey Milkshake
Organize: Didn't do much around the hut or camp.
- Cardio: Stationary cycle - 30 minutes
- Weights: Full body weight circuit
Play: Fiddled with my blog and pinterest boards.
Progress: OH JOY! Weighed in at the gym and have lost TWO pounds. Finally broke my weight loss plateau.
- My left foot is not quite back to normal. Still can't put my heel down on the floor, so I am walking a lop sided tip toe thingie.
- Left eye continues to flare and have blurry vision. Phuk.
DATE: Monday 17 November 20
Early Morning Island News: Good morning, world. I feel happy to see the sunshine and ready to start this new day!
Sleep: Excellent in general. Woke up while it was still dark, but managed to get back to sleep. Had more rambling dreams this time nightmares, probably due to watching an episode of "Grey's Anatomy" which involved a train wreck. Took magnesium supplements before bed which usually results in strange dreams.
Sunlight: GLORIOUS sunshine and rather...warm outdoors! Had 40 minute sunbath.
Supplements: Kelp, Magnesium, Vitamin C, Potassium, Zinc, Cold liver oil, Probiotics
- Breakfast: Coffee with cream and coconut oil.
- Lunch: Monkey Milk: 1 can coconut milk, 2 raw egg yolks, 1 tbsp maple syrup, vanilla, nutmeg
- Dinner: Scallops fried in butter served with tomatoe, mushroom, and zucchini "spaghetti"
Organize: The usual hut and camp maintenance: Make bed, clean bathrooms, dishes, laundry, vacuum, dust...and for variety I will venture out of camp today to shop for paleo type nourishments at Costco.
Exercise: None today! Day off to rest and recover from yesterday's jungle exertions.
- Move Slowly:
Progress: Bought excellent multi vitamin and mineral supplements so I don't have to take all different pills now
Weekly Weigh In: 166 pounds! (lost 2)
Problems: My left foot STILL hurts, albeit it seems to be improving. Will give it til Wednesday before I venture off the island to visit local physician.
Goals: sign up for some indoor tanning to get me through these winter days.
Evening Island Update:
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Loving your journal and positive attitude.
Have you considered your foot problem could be plantar fasciitis? I had it a number of years ago, came on very suddenly after playing squash. It's a bit like tennis elbow but in the heel. I got some inserts for my sports shoes made to measure and it did the trick straight away...
Love your positive attitude! I’ll be following your journal on a regular basis. Hope the foot is better and primal helps with your eyesight problems. Do they think your hysterectomy contributed to the symptoms you developed or was a result of the tick bite?
Your eye situation sounds extremely challenging. Do you live anywhere near a medical teaching hospital? I work for a medical school dept and my faculty are all scientists doing various basic med research, many of them vision research. Research here is done in close collaboration with the Ohphthalmology Dept at the medical center where we have a very diverse eye population of patients. It may be good to try and see someone at a medical center such as this if there are any in your area.
MuffinTheMoose: Thanks for your idea about my foot problem. It may well be plantar fasciitis as you suggest. The day before, I was doing step aerobis, and the pain came on very suddenly just like yours. The good news is, it seems to slowly be getting better!