Well, I wanted to document an update on my "fixing me" mission. Since I wrote my last post about this, I have not been back to the naturopathic doc. Not because I didn't like her, but moreso because she decided to no longer take insurance for office visits. I just couldn't justify the $100 a pop out of pocket costs ON TOP OF the supplement costs when I wasn't feeling overwhelmingly better. Don't get me wrong, I would recommend her or them to you... in a heartbeat. You find out a lot about yourself.
What I have done since posting:
- I began eating very high protein, very low carb (DO NOT READ "no" CARB...just LOW.)
- I lost 16 pounds.
- I have had only ONE headache since August.
- I exercise 4-5 days per week...consistently.
- My skin, while not perfect, is FAR clearer than it's been in YEARS!
I'm still working on all of this, but I stumbled onto the fact that my body cannot, apparently, digest carbohydrates like it used to. I am so, so sad. But, I also got over it. :D I also somewhat stumbled onto the fact that soy makes my body angry - in the form of ovarian cysts. :P I'm not saying they're the cause...but they certainly have some impact on triggering one. I'm sure of it.
The carbs that I do allow myself these days are from natural, unprocessed sources. Nuts. Cream. Honey. That kind of thing.
My typical food for a day looks something like this:
Breakfast: 3 eggs. (Yes 3.) I fry them in a pan with some olive oil (or not, depending on the pan) and add salt/pepper. Sometimes I put some cheese on them. Or, if not eggs, I'll have a Kind bar...holy delicious! Oh, and coffee with almond milk + stevia. Lots of coffee. Sometimes, I'll put whipped cream in my coffee - Reddi Whip. YUM!
Lunch: Salad of romaine + spinach with grilled chicken, feta, egg (sometimes), olive oil, and S&P.
Dinner: (2) Turkey burger patties with cheese.
Snacks: Raw almonds (Or I roast them myself. If you've ever looked at the ingredients of already roasted ones, there's a bunch of crap I don't want - namely, vegetable oil.) I also sometimes snack on a spoonful of peanut butter. Or, I just squirt some of that yummy aforementioned whipped cream on a spoon and shovel it in. :)
What I really try to do is eat the carbs early in the day. I shoot for before 2pm, but sometimes its a little a later. I also guzzle the water.
Alcohol is very, very rare. And, when I do, it's a glass of red wine.
I certainly am not saying this is the answer for everyone. But, it's working for me. I feel better. MUCH, MUCH better. And, I'm losing weight. My skin has cleared up considerably. I'm not exhausted constantly. I still don't like mornings, but I'm not death-warmed-over before 10 am.
Yay! I hope that I can give an update in another 3 months and tell you that I have another 15 lbs gone and have met my goal. I'm halfway there! I can. do. it! :)