Wow, nice to have the site back! I have to say I missed MDA quite a bit, but I'm sure it was healthy for me to take a break
Ramblings, Ravings and Rants.: Sense of me.
I owe you guys a photo for the week. I haven't touched my camera in a couple of weeks. Must get on that.
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The problems described here occured for me before I did my Whole30, not during or after! That's good, if maybe a bit strange. The structure works for me, I guess. I will definitely repeat another Whole 30 this year, even though I'm kind of doing one now. I just want to make sure I have another month where I dedicate my eating to whole and unprocessed foods without exception. It seems to help make that a habit and to make fake foods less of an option.
Doctor's appointment: The doctor confirmed that an anti-yeast diet would be best for the next 6 weeks (cry) and wants me to get a homeopathic remedy called "C Away". You guys! This is why I like this doctor! Check it out! The ingredients are a number of things that I was considering trying on their own! I am hunting down the best price including shipping and will order it ASAP. He wants me on 1 pill 2x daily for the first week and 2 pills 2x daily for the other 5 (damn which means I need two bottles). If I don't have improvements after that, he will refer me to an allergist for testing. Their preferred allergy testing facility is in Wellesley, which is not super close... So I might just try Quercetin and raw honey at that point (my seasonal allergies don't start until Summer usually so I have time). It's just too impractical for me right now (this Spring) to go back and forth from Wellesley to try and get the testing done at reasonable times without taking time off work. Not to mention he said I'd be given syringes to INJECT MYSELF. Eff that, not happening. I'd make Boyfriend do it, but that seems unfair. I had some blood drawn this morning and will know my iron level results in a few days.
Sugar-free/modified Whole30 continuation: Still sugar-free! One week completed. Some minor "cheats" that I am not counting would be a thoughtless bite of my boyfriend's refried beans on "dirty Mexican night" (Saturday night), a handful of corn chips, and a couple of slices of lime (in my water and then I ate them). All delicious and doubtful that they put me off track in any way. Oh yes and almond milk with the sample Jay Robb chocolate protein powder I got. Oh man, whoever said that might trigger my sugar cravings was right! It was delicious though, and I think I'll go with that brand if/when I get more protein powder. Probably not till March if I can help it. The budget must be abided. I think I will be able to handle it in the future, but I really wanted another later that evening and wasn't sure if I would be able to resist if I'd had a tub of it in the apartment.
Symptoms: Ye gods, the migraines. I am pretty sure they are related to my congestion as I have felt more congested since late last week. In the movies Friday night, I started getting a migraine. It was gone by the time I woke up Saturday, then I got another at a different theater when I took my bro to see The Phantom Menace 3D (which I actually enjoyed, more so for the fact that it's Star Wars than for it being any kind of quality film, because I don't really think it is) Saturday afternoon. And then all-day Sunday until the evening. And again today. I feel nauseous, which is probably going to help me not think about my lack of lunch today, but that's not a good thing. I had a random outbreak of acne on my chin, the usual place, I think that was before "dirty Mexican night" so I have no idea what that could be about. I also got a couple of canker sores inside my lower lip (labrum area), but they're not painful.
Supplements: I got a bottle of Cod Liver Oil, unflavored, It's not horrible, but not terribly pleasant either. I take my teaspoon before chugging my probiotic water & supplements. It gives me fishy burps, but I don't think it would if I mixed it into something (I just don't want to encourage oxidation otherwise I'd try mixing it in the eggs). I spent a long time in WF on Saturday looking at supplements, but I'm glad I didn't get anything considering my doctor's recommendation. Considering my occasional difficulty winding down at bedtime, I think that I need to get back on 5-HTP when I can.
Sleep: Yeah yeah, still not getting to bed early enough. Boyfriend and I discussed possibly keeping the shades cracked to let the morning light assist in waking us (mostly him) up. Today was a big fat fail because last night we both had trouble falling asleep, he did not sleep restfully, and then he wrenched his shoulder when his alarm went off and startled him.
Cholesterol results: They came back very quickly, within a week! I'm concerned though. Well fasting Glucose was good at 90.
I've been waiting for the forum to come back up so I could read about cholesterol and how bad this might actually be. My HDL is unchanged from July '11, my total is down by 7, and I didn't have the other two results from my regular doctor's office.
Budget: I overshot last week's spending because of the movies (I paid for both movies I saw over the weekend) and the fish oil ($28.99 for that small bottle!!!), but I should still be in a good range for savings as long as we don't go crazy with groceries for the rest of the month. That is dependent on whether Boyfriend has enough to pay for another week, or if the rest is on me =\ I am doing some window shopping online for the moccasins I want to get to see if I can find a better price or a cheaper, similar style. I actually found Minnetonkas, the loafer style, in TJ Maxx the other day! Very comfy, but not a style I would wear regularly. I also found a pair of Merrell Train Pure Gloves, in Chili Pepper. The box toe was HUGE and it's again not a style I think I would wear regularly. Plus they were still at least $70 and that's too much for any pair of shoes for me these days. AND it's not what I'm saving for I ALSO found a pair of flats that I really liked the look of and fit me really well (I rarely find ones that stay on my feet, no idea why), but they were Vera Wang, aka. designer, and still about $80. Boo.