Earlier this summer a friend of mine and I had decided that we were going to start climbing (hiking) some of the gorgeous mountains in our state of New Hampshire. Why not? We have tons of trails and you can’t beat the view.
We all know that we need to incorporate more vegetables into our diets.
I discovered something this weekend that is going to change my and my family’s lives.
Okay, I can hear you from here. What the heck is a spiralizer?
It’s a non-electric kitchen gadget that makes “spaghetti” out of vegetables. The one I got is called Vegetti Pro and despite the little red square on the box touting “As seen on TV” I decided to give it a try. It was on sale at a local outlet kitchen story for about $19 (marked down from about $24) – I figured how could I not try it, right? Continue reading “Monday – spiralizer anyone?”→
This presidential selfie project that my daughters are doing is great fun. It’s exciting and we’ve gotten to listen to many different points of view. We’ve all been having the world’s most fantastic summer going around and seeing all these candidates (16 so far.)
I wouldn’t change a thing.
Actually, if I’m going to be honest there is one thing I’d change.
Because we’re driving so much to get to the candidate events, we’ve been eating out often at restaurants, and as anyone who’s tried to keep to an anti-inflammatory diet knows, it’s very difficult to keep to the dietary guidelines when ordering your food. Continue reading “Monday – Alcohol, pain, and weigh-in”→
Last week when I went to see the nutritionist, she started me on a lot of supplements and on a Paleo-like diet (no sugar, grains, dairy.) She also wants me to drink a ton of alkaline water (I’ll get into that later.)
I did exactly what she asked me to do … and then all of my symptoms seemed to flare. The muscle twitches got stronger and the nerve numbness and shooting pain seemed to pop up all over the place. The lid under my eye is trying to communicate in Morse Code with its twitches.
If you are familiar with Lyme disease this is what some people call a “herx” reaction and it’s something that you typically see when you start antibiotics.
In a nutshell this is what’s happening – when you have a systemic infection those little bacteria are all over your system. They have multiplied and multiplied until they have grown enough in numbers to cause havoc in your body. Think of those bacteria as little balloons filled with toxins.
I have a very sensitive stomach and due to the mac and cheese (made with 3 types of cheeses and evaporated milk) the stuffed clams, and the bread with topping I think I overdosed on carbs and dairy.
I also served a salad but I think it was too little too late. My stomach did not like what I fed it and it let me know at about 2:30 this morning.
I’ve been tested and although I don’t have celiac disease, but have been told I am gluten-sensitive and seem to be more so since I was diagnosed with Lyme disease. I’ve always been lactose intolerant (my stomach bloats so much that zipping my pants is uncomfortable.) And yet I still eat cheese (granted not a lot, but some) because I like the flavor and I *live* for crusty bread.
Going forward I’m going to have to pay attention to the amounts of carbs in each meal. Carbs in themselves are not necessarily bad, but when an entire meal is centered around carbs (one of my kids even wanted to know if we were also going to have chips with that dinner) then you’ve got a problem. Continue reading “Monday – bloat, Sloppy Joes and weigh-in”→
This past weekend was a tough one with regard to eating a healthy diet. Our town had its annual Rib fest, which for us is a high holy holiday. Of course I was going to go and of course I was going to have some ribs. I mean there’s being healthy and then there’s just being stupid.
What we typically do as a family (7 of us went) is purchase 3 full rib racks and then compare them – sweet? Fatty? Spicy? Enough sauce? But a funny thing happened on way to the fest, (actually it happened while I was sitting down and eating) I had one of each rib type and I was done.
Perhaps it was guilt at eating the meat, perhaps I truly was full, but I kept looking at the ribs and thinking to myself that I really should have more than 3, I mean this rib fest is only once a year, but then I couldn’t force myself to pick up another one even if I wanted to. I was full.
So I stopped eating ribs.
Even still, that night and the next day, my stomach hurt and I had the foulest gas – even I couldn’t stand it. A word of advice, after not eating meat for a few months, your first return back to it probably shouldn’t be fatty ribs.
With the ribs also came Father’s day which translates to a weekend of drinking beer and grilling (while I didn’t eat meat, I did end up eating a lot of cheese.) I went with it, I shouldn’t have. As much as I like drinking a nice cold beer, it doesn’t like me. When I drink beer and eat cheese I get bloated and gassy – a clear indication that my body does not appreciate what I’m doing to it.
This morning I’m still bloated and gassy. I feel gross. I want my body back.
The holiday weekend is over, so it’s back to my vegetarian, vegan, fish on Sunday, and scrambled eggs once or twice a week diet and believe me, I’m going to not stray from this diet for some time (never say never, remember I’m human). It’s too uncomfortable for this body when I don’t feed it the right food.
A body that is rebelling against the food you put into it is a body that is not healing. Too much energy is going toward digesting the food (and drink) and moving it out, while not enough energy is going toward healing.
And this weekend I noticed that some numbing symptoms in my arm and leg are coming back – and that’s got my attention. I do not want to go back to that horrible Lyme place where I once was.
Our next holiday is the Fourth of July and while we typically have a cookout, you can bet that I’m going to be a little more careful about what I eat because in the end, there’s being healthy and there’s just being stupid.
A note on weight – many people with chronic illnesses carry extra weight. Some of that weight is because we can’t exercise – I remember one time being thirsty while sitting on the couch and asking myself if I was thirsty enough to warrant the pain of getting up and walking to the kitchen to get a glass of water.
Some of the weight is because of inflammation. Think about it, when you twist an ankle, your body know what to do to protect you. It sends fluid to the tissue (swelling) as a way to brace the area. It’s kind of like an internal cast. As you get better, the swelling goes down.
When you have a chronic illness you have chronic assault on your body. Your body is constantly fighting the illness (in my case, the Lyme bacteria and co-infections) which results in swelling all over your body.
And then some of the weight is because we are not eating healthy food. Sometimes we feel sorry for ourselves (I’ll just have a small piece of chocolate) and sometimes we do it to fit in (rib fest.) On Friday morning, I weighed 2 pounds less than I did on Monday morning. Is it the food or is it the inflammation from the food?
It’s tough, but the more we can reduce our weight (and inflammation) the healthier we will be and the more energy we free up for healing.
So while this is not a weight-loss journey, weight is a factor. Having said that, I’m going to report my delta (difference) on a weekly (Monday) basis. The starting weight is the one I had when I began this blog – (triathlon weekend) and really began paying attention to how I eat, drink, exercise and think. You don’t need to know my initial weight (on one does.) I’ll just show the ongoing changes (good and bad.) I have a killer “before” picture that someday, if I’m brave enough, I’ll share with everyone.
Lost – 1.6 pounds
Total – 1.6 pounds
FYI – rounding up to 2 pounds, I’ll be dropping off 2 pounds of food to our local food pantry this week. My loss is their gain.
Carry on and today, think about what you are putting in your mouth – is it going to help your body heal or is it going to hurt you?
Wendy Thomas is an award winning journalist, columnist, and blogger who believes that taking challenges in life will always lead to goodness. She is the mother of 6 funny and creative kids and it is her goal to teach them through stories and lessons.
Wendy’s current project involves writing about her family’s experiences with chickens (yes, chickens). (www.simplethrift.wordpress.com) She writes about her chickens for GRIT, Backyard Poultry, Chicken Community, and Mother Earth News.