Hi everyone, I've spent many hours over the last 10 days reading threads, blogs, searching for info on my very long list. What a well informed and lively lot you are!
I am a 49 yo female, never really been healthy, certainly not energetic; unco and rather read a book. Well I would push myself to exercise but never enjoyed it. Have had an interest in nutrition for many years, also tried nearly every diet out there.
After the birth of my third child 25 yrs ago I had a massive post-partum bleed, 4 litres, & nearly had total organ failure. Add some chemical poisonind from working in a plant nuresery, I was diagnosed with Chronic fatigue.
The severity of it has fluctuated over the years, when I was able to afford mega vitamins and alternative treatments it was held somewhat in check.
Since then I have developed- fibromyalgia, type 2 diabetes*, migraines*, high blood pressure*, and obesity. (Rx for*)
Depression has dogged me since I was a child; 6 yrs ago I was diagnosed bipolar* after a major breakdown. (19th )
I started Atkins about 18 months ago and lost weight quite easily but was ALWAYS thinking about food & still didn't really feel much better. After losing my youngest grandson to drowning I strapped on the nosebag and ate myself to where I am now-117kg, well I have lost 8kg since August, back on Atkins.
I came accross this site 10 days ago and took it on board immediately. Have cut out all dairy, eaten chicken liver twice, bought coconut oil...even managed some wall pushups!
Like every other newbie I wish I'd found this years ago; and I am annoying people with my recommendations and quotes
Couple of Q's-
Since I have a lot of weight to lose, I've set my carb intake between 25-50g /day. I struggle most days to eat enough, oh I forgot to mention irritable bowel, can I have most of my veges cooked and still benefit?
I'm also struggling to eat enough calories; I'm tracking on CRON-O-meter and even adding in extra fat I'm pushing to get 1600. Any suggestions?
I can't afford lots of supplements ( I'm on disability) but am taking B complex and Vit C
My goal is to heal my body and mind and be the person I am meant to be.
Thankyou for this wonderful community
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