Back in the boat
It's been a crazy couple of weeks and "primal" took a back seat to other matters. There was a lot of "end of season" work and a good friend died from cancer. I didn't fall completely off the wagon but I did develop an "I don't give a damn" attitude. My big cheats were a couple of pizzas, a bite of a cookie, and mostly potatoes. My successes were avoiding the Burger King and Taco Bell drive-thru, although I was sorely tempted a couple times, no corn chips, nor sweets, and no serious binge eating. I did cut way down on veggies and I did start shifting my food intake to the evening hours and I did start drinking more coffee.
My slip started when my IBS came back. I felt like "here we go again". At first I tried eating more veggies, then no dairy, then no eggs. But it just got worse. My physical activity dropped to nil. I started reading everything I could... again.. about IBS the other night. What a confusing mess. Basically I landed on the conclusion that it's not about fiber for me but more about a lack of good gut bacteria and a lack of exercise... and the coffee ain't helping either. So I started taking a probiotic and digestive enzymes. The effect has been immediate and miraculous. I'm pooping right again! Yay!! Already my energy is coming back too. After a couple of weeks doing things "my way" and being stressed around the clock I could feel myself sliding right back to where I came from. Everything hurt and I've wanted to sleep all the time. And I didn't even eat any bread! ... well there was pizza.
Apparently I've been storing water too. I pissed like a race horse last night despite not drinking all that much. And boy did it smell!! The most acrid ketone acetone smell I've ever smelled. I thought the toilet was backing up. I picked up some Ketostix a few weeks ago and it's kind of fascinating to see the levels go up and down based on my diet. When I first used a stix it displayed 80... after pizza... 0. Now I'm back on track with a 40 this morning AND I birthed a beautiful type #4 poo! I'm so proud. It is the most beautiful poo I've ever made. Maybe I should start posting a poo photo journal... then again maybe not. Probiotics, I love you! It's kind of ironic that I already had the probiotics and digestive enzymes in the cabinet and had tried them before with no benefit. I reckon my gut was so wrecked from SAD that nothing would have helped. Now that I'm primal the stuff seem to be the key that makes everything work. I feel like a test tube.
I did my Sunday morning weigh-in this morning and last Sunday. I did not gain a pound which is pretty surprising because I feel like I gained 20. Although I guess my daily caloric intake probably didn't really increase that much... it just shifted to less optimum foods.
I'm also very relieved to be posting to this journal again. This journal is like my life-line to the MDA life boat. Each day that I didn't post, in this last couple weeks, I literally felt like I was drifting further and further away from primal and back out into the vast desolate ocean of SAD. Thankfully I didn't have to eat any of you!
"If we’re not supposed to eat animals, how come they’re made out of meat?" - Tom Snyder, talk show host