I'm a little late but...
...welcome to your DIRTY THIRTIES, ZACH! Hehehe.
I've just come back from the Doctors and I think it went fairly well in some respects. Here's the story:
I went through my symptoms (which I don't even think he really listened to, he just kept saying "Hmmm") and went on to say that I spoke to a friends Dad whom is a Doctor and he suggested that I could be hypothyroid and have low testosterone.
After speaking about my issues, he took my blood pressure, weighed me, looked in my eyes, had me lie on the bed and breathe in and out as he felt my stomach. Altough I said my temp is always low, he didn't take it. We then sat down and spoke about a few things. He made suggestions that I'm depressed which I denied because my mind is optimistic and I don't let my mind slip into a slump of negativity, feeling sorry for myself or blaming other things. I said that I'm often sad because of how I feel (so body, not mind) and honestly my mind isn't the issue.
He asked how my diet is, if I smoked or consumed much alcohol. I said my diet is good, little processed foods but I eat the majority of the food groups. I don't smoke and alcohol makes me sick - haven't drunk any in 5 years.When we spoke about bloating, he specifically asked if I avoid and food groups and I just said that I don't really eat much gluten. We spoke about social issues and anxiety where he suggested I have no self confidence and that I should make friends. The confidence thing isn't true - I'm much more confident than the last time we spoke and I actually think my retail job has helped with that. (I don't understand how he concluded I lacked confidence sine I'm spilling my guts with issues here and I spoke out when I disagreed with something he said) I agree that I should get out more with people my age but mentioned that I don't have common interests with many people and that those who seem to socialise more are typically the ones whom drink in order to socialise. (he agreed but said there are other things to do. Sure, but when one feels like I do, meeting people isn't a priority and I've always preferred my own company)
I had plenty of friends at uni, but we all know those friendships end once uni ends, unless you live closely to those people. I have some friends at work, my age, and they just moan about how shit the job is and that they can't wait for the weekend to get drunk! I don't have a problem with that, and of course, at work they are bound to just talk about work stuff. If we really had things in common, we would talk about other stuff. (for instance a older woman I work with has a Son in law whom is an architect. I graduated in architecture so we had something to talk about!) I'm not the type to please people just so they will like me - hey, that's probably why I don't have any real friends. I completely know that I'm limiting myself in terms of social interaction but believe me, if I could travel, I would go to conferences, events, shows all with my interests at heart - design. (I can't afford a train ticket to London for instance. I know it looks like an excuse, but there's a point where some things really do require money. I speak to a few people online about things I'm interested in and read about those interests. It's always been a dream to actually get out and meet the people in real life. Perhaps when i sell my car I can. Having a car and studying for 3 years with a tiny income isn't easy but those are the choices I made to gain education in what I was looking to be a career. I've learned a lot from uni and don't regret it one bit. If I did it again, I would definitely stay on campus (at £5,000 a year) so that I would be people whom are doing the same things as me.
Anyway, he said that I should have a "full blood test" including thyroid, testosterone, bone marrow (?), glucose, liver and some other things I can't remember. Whilst looking at my medical history, he said "I doubt the bloods will be negative", referring to some tests I had done 3 years ago for anaemia. He said that if the bloods come back fine, there's nothing he can really do for me, other than a few drugs to relax the body and improve my mind. (probably anti-depressants and beta-blockers) He also said that I'm stressed out which is causing the bloating. Clearly he didn't listen to me when I said I work 2 days a week and the rest of my time is spend either in the woods, gardening or just moving around doing chores - hardly stressful. I know there are many types of stress, but honestly, I just think he trying to put me in a box so he can give my psychological advice, which he did. Things like going to a counselling group, therapy in order to boost my confidence (which isn't the problem here.). I said that those things don't interest me at all and I wouldn't feel any better talking to a bunch of mildly depressed people in a circle. (or something of that effect) When I mentioned ED, he asked if I have a girlfriend (I don't) and he said as a young man, I should be " having the the sexuals". (He's indian and putting it like that made me laugh inside)
So that's it. Some good, some not so good. The blood test is booked for tomorrow and I need to make another appointment to see the doc in 10 days. (I need to remember to ask for a copy of the results. Something tells me this won't sit well with the idea that I'm anxious.)
In other news, look at the size of this spaghetti squash, it's the size of a mango - 10 days ago it was barley the size of a kiwi!
EDIT: I wasn't told to fast but I will naturally fast for 15 hours anyway (appointment is 11.35). Do you think this will be ok?
Last edited by Nstocks; 07-24-2013 at 06:48 AM.
I'm a little late but...
...welcome to your DIRTY THIRTIES, ZACH! Hehehe.
A Post-Primal PrimalPat
Do not allow yourself to become wrapped up in a food 'lifestyle'. That is ego, and you are not that.
It's good that he's giving you the tests.
Are you looking for a job in your chosen field (architecture/design?) at all? Sometimes people are stressed out when they have a job that they don't want/like.
I'm pleased that he is giving me the tests, and it's quite an extensive list of tests, even if not all of them are directly to do with the thyroid.
No it's just him lol. I've just remember where I heard it. LOL (at 1:40)
Just Go with It ~ Sheep Shipper - YouTube
I looked for a job soon after graduating (almost 1 year ago with a 2:1 - 2% of a first honors degree) and having sent out a lot of CV's, the firms either wanted me to work for free (which we are not allowed to do), or they didn't have any positions. Architecture/building hasn't picked up since 2009 recession and it's extremely hard to find a job. I realised in the 3rd year of studying that I don't want to be an Architect anymore. The things we were taught have no relevance in the real world and it's all about "celebrity Architects" these days. A few friends managed to get jobs far away from home but they moan about how boring their position is and that the stress isn't worth it. For me, the idea of going back into education for another 5 years isn't appealing and the wage, stress and workload just isn't worth it anymore, unless one works for a huge firm. (like Foster + Partners). Right now though, I'm designing furniture which will hopefully be manufactured by a firm in London. It's a great company with the idea of selling designer pieces without the stupid designer mark-up but with the same quality. I'm putting a lot of hope in what I have, and I believe strongly that this will start my career in product/furniture design and get me in the door. It's not as stressful as Architecture and ideas materialise fairly quickly unlike those in the Architecture field which may take years to design to only then be dismissed because the local council don't like it.
My current retail job really doesn't bother me. I know it's not what I'm going to be doing for the rest of my life, but in some regards I feel like I've been left behind and playing catch-up. (based on other students having jobs in Architecture and going back too Uni this fall). I figure life is a journey and there's no point getting all stressed out and rushing into things just because other people are. We get one chance in life and I want to make sure I start mine with a career that I can happily do on my own for the most part - I also don't like the idea of someone telling me "your fired" whenever they like, well with little reason - I like being mostly independent so a part-time studio job/collaboration would be perfect!. If my furniture is made, I will earn royalties per sale so I'm essentially earning money 24/7 without having to do anything, or not having to trade XXhours for XXpay based on earn per hour.
Last edited by Nstocks; 07-24-2013 at 12:12 PM.
Very belated happy birthday Zach!!!
Saw this today and thought of you
"I think the basic anti-aging diet is also the best diet for prevention and treatment of diabetes, scleroderma, and the various "connective tissue diseases." This would emphasize high protein, low unsaturated fats, low iron, and high antioxidant consumption, with a moderate or low starch consumption.
In practice, this means that a major part of the diet should be milk, cheese, eggs, shellfish, fruits and coconut oil, with vitamin E and salt as the safest supplements."
- Ray Peat
Just popping in to say thank you for the recommendations for ashwaghanda and holy basil leaf oil. I've been taking them for a few weeks now very consistently and feel really, really good. I take the combo in the am and then just ashwaghanda and some valerian at night to mellow out. Still wake up at 2-3 am but not in a panicky way. I've been falling asleep much easier and have been having really vivid dreams.
A lil update
Im bored at home, bringing the kid camping tomorrow for the first time so its an early night for me. Were going to Madeline Island which im sure most have never heard of but its one of my favorite places on earth. Part of the Apostle Islands located off of Bayfield Wisconson, you have to take a ferry there (and an ice road in the winter). Once on the island its kind of like a northern Florida Key, a few bars and restaurants, lots of crazy locals and an amazing half moon beach with campsites on either end. My friends and I have been going there every year for at least 12 years now and i was there as a kid all the time because my friends dad used to be the pastor of the church. This year my friend had to skip it so im taking my kid instead.
Anyway, i have been pretty strict on my diet again lately and also my workouts. Despite drinking quite a bit (Bombay Saphire and OJ) i have managed to hit a new low weight while gaining size in my shoulders and arms. I have been experimenting with mono meals lately and going long durations with little animal products and then days of nothing but and its really interesting to see what works and what doesnt. A few things i have found out... Dole bananas are shit, even organic. I can eat an isane amount of fruit if its a mono meal or only a mixture of a few fruits but a lot of fruit + certain other fruits or dairy is a digestive nightmare. I think the fruitarians know their stuff when they say fruit digests faster then other things and to stick to mono meals for the most part. They even have a nifty chart below. Lastly, with enough sugar in the diet, anything is possible. I really do believe sugar is key to overcoming almost anything and also they are right when they say to carb the fuck up. Most people are probably severely undercarbed. I dont believe the bullshit that we can only store 1-200g at a time or whatever. I have read that its anywhere up to 500g and also that it can expand based on diet.
My diet changes daily but its mainly lots of fruit, fruit juice, sugar, 1% milk, some cheese, cocoa and gelatin powder, 2-5 eggs, sweet potatoes well cooked and meat 3-5 times a week. I might start upping the meat because it doesnt cause issues as long as fat and starch is low which suggests transit time as the culprit before. Supplementing with adaptogens, b12 and aspirin. I dont know ratios but if i had to guess, 55%Carb/35%pro/10%fat. Maybe i will put a day into nutritiondata and see how it looks.
Last edited by Zach; 08-03-2013 at 08:06 PM.
Heres a typical day. 64%carb/15%fat/26%pro
I like it. Hitting every micro, keeping PUFA under 10g, keeping iron lowish, calcium to phosphorus ratio is good. Only thing thats lacking i see is niacin and zinc could be higher.
Looks great Zach! Awesome that you are doing well. I'm thinking about diving into a very similar Peat inspired diet when I get back from my vacation next week. (I'm staying with some cousins near the beach - lots of sun and play but more SAD foods than I've had in years unfortunately. I'm trying to keep the PUFAs lowish though).
Some questions. What is the problem with Dole bananas (they make up a huge part of my fruit). Also, are you eating about 3000-3500 calories a day and losing fat? You don't use coconut oil in your diet?