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    Maatje's Journal to a better health (hopefully)

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    I started researching the primal and paleo lifestyle 2 years ago when I was getting fed up with all the bad days I had.
    I have suffered from Heart failure for over a decade and I wasn't feeling any better. I had just spend another week at the hospital and it brought forth the need to get healthy but I didn't know how. I couldn't exercise all that well. I was constantly tired and with every weight I lift my muscles get cramped. After a work out I would have muscle-aches for at least 3 days.
    and then there were the heart rhythm issues. Every since I was diagnozed with heart failure I have had these heart rhythm issues that weren't dangerous but very tiring. Nothing I did made then go away and the doctors couldn't help much either.

    So after a summer of reading and researching I decided to give the Primal diet a ago, September 2013. The first four months were brilliant. Quiting wheat stopped 90% of the heart rhythm issues. I lost a handfull of pound that had always refused to come off and I felt good.
    Then came christmas, and the emotional instability that comes with the dark months of winter and more hits on my health and I all ate it away with chocolate... chocolate is primal right?

    Yeah, well I gained over 10 kilo during that period, and while I still didn't eat bread or pasta, I would eat enough carbs due to the chocolate and other snacks. just eating away my unhappiness.

    I have been ploughing along like that for the last year and a half. My health went steadily down hill, my mind got froggy and dizzy and my muscles got more and more stiff and irritated. I started to develop migraines and I was in a constant state of panick. every little trigger sended me off into some place I'd rather keep for my worst enemies.

    Two months ago I decided to start seeing a Osteopath for my muscle and the resulting back issues. We have a few around town and I picked one just because he was closest to work. I could walk from work to his practice.
    My first appointment changed a lot for me. It appeared that I picked the perfect one. This osteopath was well versed in the Paleo life-style and in this country one of the from runners of primal health.
    He immediately explained to me why the grains I was still eating every now and then were hurting me. He figured that most of my problems came from a vitamin B12 shortage and told me that only a healthy gut and good diet would solve this for the long term. For the short term he put me on high dosis of supplements for vitamin B12.

    The change was massive. for the first time in ages I could sleep through the night again. Then came the energy and the clear head. Slowly I started to feel good again and my nerves are getting better. I'm happier now.

    Yesterday I found out that I'm not yet in a shape that I can say, I'm healthy, I feel good... After a discussion with a mental health advisor I decided that is I ate good and worked hard, Sunday's would be my cheat day. Just as a gift to myself for good behavior.

    Well, that didn't turn out quite as I expected. I had raisin bread for lunch and chocolate covered cookies as a snack in the afternoon. By the time I had finished half of the cookies, I got severe heart rhythm issues, and I felt my blood pressure shooting through the roof. All my energy and clear head were wiped away and all I could do was laying on the sofa watching telly.

    This made me decided to get back in the full swing of primal health. I'm back here on the board, hopefully keeping a proper journal about my road to being happy and healthy and picking up some tips and tricks along the way.
    My story, My thought....

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

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    So a little bit more information as it stands right now. I'm a 32 years old woman from Holland.
    I'm 169cm (5.54 ft) tall and weigh 84kilo's (185.1 lb). While my main goal is to get healthy and feel better all in all it would be best if I lost at least 10 kilo's but healthy weight would mean loosing 15 kilo.

    I have a long history of medical issues due to my heart failure but all in all as long as I don't run a marathon I'm allowed to do everything I want. The issue is that my body doesn't feel like doing a lot. It needs to get in better shape first. Just like I saw in Mark's blog yesterday. I have to train to be able to play.

    Besides loosing weight, gain some stamina and ensure all my vitamins are up to proper levels, my Osteopath informed me that there is a very likely chance that I have SIBO. I have been researching how to deal with that naturally. He suggested to use Allicin for 2 months. I still have to go to the stores and find it though.
    My story, My thought....

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

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    Hej Marielle,

    Good luck with your renewed primal journey No matter how far I stray from primal eating, I always come back to it at some point
    It's nice to see someone here that lives close by (although I'm originally from Belgium I currently live in Alphen a/d Rijn).

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    Hi Marielle, enjoyed reading your blog. An osteopath helped improve my health so much at one point it was more than I had imagined possible, so good for you for seeking one out. I'm newly back after a time away from the lifestyle too, and it feels so good to be back.

    All the best!
    ~ Kim

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    Quote Originally Posted by LoraEwinaga
    Good luck with your renewed primal journey No matter how far I stray from primal eating, I always come back to it at some point
    It's nice to see someone here that lives close by (although I'm originally from Belgium I currently live in Alphen a/d Rijn).
    Thanks! How are you finding living primal in Holland? I think it's bloody expensive. The good meat is so over-priced.
    I do like Belgium though, good chocolate and good fashion. The men there are so much better dressed than here in Holland. Over the summer I fell in love with a Belgium band called Prima Nocta...

    Quote Originally Posted by canadiankim
    Hi Marielle, enjoyed reading your blog. An osteopath helped improve my health so much at one point it was more than I had imagined possible, so good for you for seeking one out. I'm newly back after a time away from the lifestyle too, and it feels so good to be back.
    That's good to hear. Going to an Osteopath here in Holland is still a little bit frowned upon. It is getting more and more common as topathletes swear by them. I'm already surprised what his advise about vit. B12 did for me. Now I'm going to have to find a way to solve this SIBO issue and see if it has the same impact.

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    so about my life.
    Like a lot of people I spend my working life behind a desk. For me it's only six hours a day but I do love to write so for down time I spend again behind a computer. Besides that I'm a little addicted to FB, pinterest and health blogs... so I could do with less time behind a screen.
    I picked up sewing and crochetting last year. I love to do that but again it's work you do seated... Though I am still finding a way to combine crochetting with working out on a stationairy bike.
    oh and I love reading, fantasy mainly...
    So all in all I sit a lot through out the day.

    About exercise and movement...
    Well, I don't like exercising all that much but I do it anyway... though not enough. I manage to go to the gym maybe once a week. At the moment it's only cardio work outs because my muscles are still recovering from years of bad treatment.
    besides that I tend to walk. I try when the weather is nice to walk home from work. It's an hour walk but with the Dutch autumn arriving here two weeks ago I haven't managed to do that often enough yet.
    I have put in a request for a standing desk just to get me off my behind and on my feet but I'm not sure it will be granted.

    Food,
    normal days I don't eat bread. Wheat is out of the question as a food source for me. Two or three times a week I have oats with lunch. Breakfast is almost always eggs, ham and mozzarella. My stomach does not enjoy fruits early in the morning, it might be a SIBO thing and I bloat up in minutes.
    Lunch is always salad, lettuce or raw spinach. Sometimes I have left overs.
    Dinner is too high on carbs in general... I am still trying to find vegetables that I like. So I do eat rice once or twice a week and I do eat potatoes.
    I only prepare my food in an oven or pan-fried. Sometimes we use a Tanjine to make stews.

    Snacks:
    Are a big issue... I haven't gotten fat and overweight due to normal meals... I am a big chocolate addict. I have no backbone when it comes to chocolate.
    A normal day is me fighting my way through boredom and cravings in the morning, especially when they have sweets or cake around at the office. In the afternoon it gets worse. I am always craving big time by the time I go home. I'll eat just about anything sweet... (just not fruit, somehow I never crave fruit). At three in the afternoon you'll find me hunting through the house for chocolate and getting very cranky if it's not there.
    So getting healthy means me overcoming the addiction... My poor man...
    My story, My thought....

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

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    Quote Originally Posted by MarielleGO View Post
    Thanks! How are you finding living primal in Holland? I think it's bloody expensive. The good meat is so over-priced.
    I think food prices in the Netherlands are very reasonable (compared to Belgium). The price difference between organic and conventional meat is bigger in Holland mainly because conventional meat (in my opinion) is ridiculously cheap. Food has never been this cheap (compared to overall average income) in the whole of history!
    I was raised eating almost exclusively organic food, so I guess I'm used to the price of good food :-) I also don't find it hard to drop other expenses like take away food and coffee. A Starbucks tea quickly costs four euro, and with that money I could easily buy a serving of meat to go with dinner Easy choice!

    We get our meat mainly directly from the farm, but I imagine that is not really an option when you live in a big city.


    RE working out: I would go easy on the cardio. When I started working out 7 years ago, my body had been out of training for a long time. If you want to make your muscles stronger without the risk of overdoing it you'd better do yoga or even pilates. pilates can be a bit intense in gym classes, but you can also take lessens in specialised studios. cardio, except HIIT has never made me feel more fit, more healthy or more empowered. After an hour on the threadmil or stationary bike I feel utterly bored and exhausted (in a bad way).

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    Quote Originally Posted by LoraEwinaga
    I think food prices in the Netherlands are very reasonable (compared to Belgium). The price difference between organic and conventional meat is bigger in Holland mainly because conventional meat (in my opinion) is ridiculously cheap. Food has never been this cheap (compared to overall average income) in the whole of history!
    So happy I'm not living in Belgium then... The prices here are already ridiculous compared to what it costs in the US. A grassfed steak here costs around 4 to 5 Euro's per serving. I don't know about you but my boss isn't paying me enough to eat that more then once every two weeks or so. Normally I stick with conventional dutch raised beef and take the better stuff when they are in discount.

    Quote Originally Posted by LoraEwinaga
    We get our meat mainly directly from the farm, but I imagine that is not really an option when you live in a big city.
    How do you manage that? I'm willing to drive around a little to get good and less expensive meat but I haven't lived long enough in the this side of the country to know where to go.
    When I have saved enough money I'm going back to my home town and start a self-sufficient farm. It's my retirement plan...

    Quote Originally Posted by LoraEwinaga
    I would go easy on the cardio. When I started working out 7 years ago, my body had been out of training for a long time. If you want to make your muscles stronger without the risk of overdoing it you'd better do yoga or even pilates.
    I don't think I do cardio as you imagine. Because of my heart failure I can't do intensive cardio for long times and HIIT is something I can only do to a certain degree. Like playing tennis, that is a HIIT work out for me. short sprints with enough rest in between.
    My cardio work out mainly consists out of slow paced work outs like biking or crossing.

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    My life with food is most of the time a nightmare. I do not enjoy eating vegetables and I have issues with many fruits. I grew up eating potatoes, bread, meat and candy. My taste buds are totally set on high carb foods.
    I love eating rice and pasta but due to the wheat pasta is a no go and rice gives me a bloat.
    Every time I eat something I have to wait and see what the reaction of my body is to the food. Sometimes it's okay, sometimes I have stomach aches for the rest of the day.

    Today is a difficult day, food wise... I woke up with stomach issues and even an omelet with ham and cheese is apparently not acceptable today...
    I hope that the salad I brought for lunch is better.

    My food log of yesterday
    Breakfast: 2 eggs, 2 slices of ham and 30 grams of Mozzarella baked in coconut oil.
    lunch: raw spinach, cucumber, carrots, cashew nuts and chicken breast salad. (using a wheat free dressing) and a small cup of milk with oats.
    Dinner: spinach-omelet and oven-baked salmon with stawberries and cream as desert.
    Snacks: at 10 in the morning a banana, an hour later an apple and a handfull of nuts and dried fruits.

    I'm eating a lot of spinach these days. Just because it is so easy to use in all kinds of dishes.
    My story, My thought....

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

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    Quote Originally Posted by MarielleGO View Post
    So happy I'm not living in Belgium then... The prices here are already ridiculous compared to what it costs in the US. A grassfed steak here costs around 4 to 5 Euro's per serving. I don't know about you but my boss isn't paying me enough to eat that more then once every two weeks or so. Normally I stick with conventional dutch raised beef and take the better stuff when they are in discount.
    How do you manage that? I'm willing to drive around a little to get good and less expensive meat but I haven't lived long enough in the this side of the country to know where to go.
    When I have saved enough money I'm going back to my home town and start a self-sufficient farm. It's my retirement plan...
    You can try to find a landwinkel (Streekproducten van Landwinkel - Kom kijken, proeven en winkelen op de boerderij.) near to where you live. not all of them sell meat but many do. I get most of my meat in Nieuweveen (Hoeve Kazan)
    My income is pretty average in Belgium (I still work there) but people in the same function in the Netherlands would make slightly more. But I can't complain. My boyfriend as a starting zzp'er makes much less. So finances are a puzzle each month. I think our total food expenses are around 80 euro's per month if we eat conventional meat, and a 100 when we eat organic meat (so 40-50 a week per person). Vegetables are always mostly organic since we have a vegetable bag each week

    A couple of times a year I order nuts and dried fruit in big quantities online (= cheaper), so that would add some more to our monthly food budget.

    My dream is to start a self-sufficient farm too, I hope however that I don't have to wait until retirement to start one

    Thanks for clarifying your style of cardio
    Last edited by LoraEwinaga; 09-24-2015 at 01:26 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LoraEwinaga
    You can try to find a landwinkel (Streekproducten van Landwinkel - Kom kijken, proeven en winkelen op de boerderij.) near to where you live. not all of them sell meat but many do. I get most of my meat in Nieuweveen (Hoeve Kazan)
    Thanks for the tips. I'll ckeck it out. I know that in Voorschoten there is this butcher who's son's run a huge farm. They use the animals from the farm to sell in the shop. Though I have no idea what it is called. It was on the news a few years ago. Never had the chance to go there.

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    Did you know, you eat when you are bored.
    I'm not sure if it is because when you are bored you notice that you are hungry sooner or if you are bored so you think you might eat and create a 'fake' hunger. Of maybe it's just a habit your body enjoys giving the right signals for.
    Anyway, on the days that I'm busy at work or at a festival in the weekend I eat way less then on normal days. Normally I start to want to eat something around 9.30 (I eat breakfast at 6.30). I usually snack on fruit then but if I have a bad day I can eat just about everything sweet. The need for eating doesn't go away on those days.
    On days I have a festival, I can eat breakfast and then not eat for the whole day. Even when I'm walking many miles and spend my time dancing and chatting. I have to remind myself to eat or I would not sleep at night due to a growling stomach.
    This eating out of boredom is also something I need to get a grip on.

    What I ate yesterday:
    Breakfast: 2 eggs, 2 slices of ham, 30 grams of mozzarella, in coconut oil
    Lunch: Lettuce, cucumber, carrots, chicken breast and cashew nuts salad
    Dinner: Meatloaf (about half of it)

    Snack: Banana, little bit of dried fruits, a small cup of vanilla yogurt with chocolate sprinkles.

    The scale part: It doesn't move...
    My story, My thought....

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

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    The weekend has passed way more quickly then should have been. The days have been busy and tiring.
    Saturday would have been a work in the garden day but we had unexpected visitors over so the working in the garden stayed to only clearing out weed in the front garden. Which my hubs did.
    In the mean time I started with a new sewing project. I'm making a medieval winter cape for a festival.

    Sunday we had a party from my brother, it was combined with a bbq. It included 4 hours of driving. The food was okay but in Holland a BBQ is always combined with Salads (full with mayo) and bread. To get a good meal that will keep you full till the next morning one has little other options then to eat the bread and salad.
    Luckily I didn't get too sick from it.

    Last night it was the night of the blood moon. I managed to see a little bit of it. I woke up shortly before five so I saw it just past it's most optimal. Watching the moon for a few minutes made me think about everything primal. Our bodies are still so primal, our initial reaction to such a natural event so wild. It is strange that you know exactly what is happening and still you are standing there watching in awe as you see the red moon.

    This whole feeling coincedes in with changes I am putting my body through. I have been on birthcontrol hormones since my 15th birthday. Recently I stopped due to medical advise. It turned out taking them for so long isn't exactly healthy. After I stopped about a month ago it was shocking to see how much influence the hormones had.
    The first two weeks it was like I went into a menopauze. I was constantly feeling hot and switching to cold every few minutes. It was a little wild.
    Now a few weeks later I'm starting learn about a whole new body with different signals. I have absolutely no idea what it should feel like or what is not normal. I'm waiting it out for a month or two longer as I still think my body is resetting.
    My story, My thought....

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

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