The answer to my concerns have always been lose weight. Duh! I’ve been working at it! Hello! I ate salads for over a year and blogged about it. I took all wheat, dairy and soy out of my diet because of allergies. I tried to exercise.
There was NO change! Gah!
I am tired of the same old answers… the medical establishments “party” line.
Someone please explain to me why I wasn’t making progress when I eat between 1200 and 2000 calories a day and exercising!
No one has an answer.
I couldn’t get any real answers at the doctor’s office.
I started to really fast and pray that I could find a solution.
A few things happened that have led me to a new-ish path.
Now, I don’t think it is realistic for me to do what he’s done. I have to cater to his every need, not to mention the needs of the other people in the house. There is now room in my day for a 2 hour walk or run or bike ride. I’m lucky to get 15 minutes on the treadmill without someone demanding something from me. I have extra people some days and a Lilli at home every day, so leaving for exercise is not always an option. I also ache in my joints and my Achilles tendon is constantly swollen (no answers on that one but rest).
However, I might be able to do the food thing a little. Still, measuring and obsessing over every little calorie doesn’t sound fun. Plus, I’m still trying to make food for several other people. Making 5 or 6 meals every meal to meet the needs and wants of every person that lives in my house also does not fit into my day.
Then I saw a friend mention “clean eating” on Facebook. I was interested, but I didn’t do anything…. Yet.
My first visit went well. (long. 2 hours of questions and answers and tests.) She tested me for lots of things, including revisiting allergies. I could only tolerate 6 allergy tests in my first visit. I “red flagged” all 6. I can now add cane sugar, corn sugar (corn syrup), non-organic eggs (my chickens are ok because we don’t give then steroids and stuff) and man-made vitamin-C to my list. Holy cow! At this rate I won’t be eating. That ought to help in weight loss. LOL.
She uses acupuncture to help the body heal from the effects of the allergens. She said that being overweight is an inflammatory disease. I am inflamed. LOL. Sounds funny. Still… makes sense. At least it’s a direction.
It will be a long process of acupuncture – maybe as long as a year – but I am hopeful it will kick start my body into doing what it needs to to release my weight.
I had my first “needle” experience and it was ok. I actually felt better. I’ve been sleeping better and my head is finally coming out of a fog.
As for food and allergies… it turns out that I am mostly reacting to all the genetic changes science has made to food over the years. I am allergic to science! I knew it! What can a person do that is allergic to the “new” wheat, and the “new” corn, etc. ? Then I remembered reading the post about clean eating.
When I got home I started researching clean eating.
Jackie goes more into the details of how things affect your hormone levels that affect your energy levels, sleep cycles, weight, health, etc.
I decided to give “clean” eating a try. I will have to visit Market of Choice more often in my shopping. I may need to have to take longer in meal planning. I will have to get my family to co-operate.
... thus this new blog obsession is born. Instead of blogging my salads for one year, I am going to blog my “clean eating recipes each day. Hopefully I will discover new ways of looking at food. Hopefully, we will all enjoy a new variety of foods and we will all feeling much better. Hopefully, our moods will be more stable (which is saying a lot in our passionate, emotional household full of teenagers and pre-teen little balls of hormonal people!).
Here I go on yet one more ride seeking health that has forever eluded me.
Follow me if you want to see how it goes.