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A trip to the doctors

Posted: October 3, 2017 in Uncategorized

Tuesday October 3, 2017
Sunday was Day 1 of my Whole 30. It’s been going good, ditching sugar is so hard! I have been wanting to do a whole 30 for a while now and what better time than in the fall? If you remember a few years back I lost about 60 lbs and kept it off for a few years. Over the past couple of years the weight has slowly crept back along with a bunch of health issues. 

I have been getting regular headaches, vulvodynia pain, re-occuring yeast infections, my skin was itchy and dry, I’d itch all over if I ate any dairy at all or would break out in dry rashes on my legs and psoriasis or eczema on my hands and feet. My cycle is still fairly regular but much heavier. My stomach always felt bloated and I would have bouts of constipation followed by days where if I ate something – usually dairy related and would spend the day in the bathroom. 

My bones and joints ache quite a lot, all over.

Worst of all my moods were getting worse and worse. I was getting depressed, angry and frustrated really easily. My energy level was non-existent and it was next to impossible to find enough hours in a day to get my exercise in, I just couldn’t find the energy. My hip pain has only gotten worse with the added weight. My leg muscles are sore and extremely stiff. I have a hard time bending at the knee to do just about anything and I’m sure if I fell in the winter on ice, I would struggle like a turtle that flipped on its back to get up. 

My summer, I had a month off work and I was so tired and had no energy that I didn’t feel like doing anything. My daughter was not impressed. We did stuff but nothing too active that’s for sure.

Today I had an appointment with my doctor as a follow up. This time last year I went to see my doctor because I had lower stomach pain, heavier irregular periods and an ultrasound that was really painful. It was weird and I knew something was up. The ultrasound technician found a shadow on my uterus so they sent me for a saline ultrasound so they could see my uterus more clearly. This next ultrasound they saw either a small Polyp or a tiny fibroid. It was around 1cm but small enough they couldn’t tell what it was. 

It’s been a year and I found out that it has grown from 1cm to 1.5 cms. 

Now I have done some research and found out that polyps are caused by estrogen dominance. So my hormones are out of whack. Not suprising at all as I’m pretty certain vulvodynia is caused by a hormone imbalance as well. So, what am I going to do about it? Try to balance my hormones of course. I found this link – https://www.hormonesbalance.com/articles/avoided-hysterectomy-one-womans-story-stress-nutrition-healing-ovarian-cysts

She used nutrition/food to help balance her hormones and get rid of some ovarian cysts and polyps. I am super intrigued by this and I really think that I can do the same thing. So now I’m starting a whole 30, maybe it will turn into a whole 60 or a whole 90. My doctor is super supportive in finding out if nutrition, losing weight and balancing hormones can effectively cure the polyp or fibroid that is hanging out on my uterus. She gave me 6 months to try this out and see, if it’s getting smaller or disappears after 6 months – it’s a success and if it only gets bigger, well then I’ll resort to having it removed if needed but that’s obviously not something I want to do.

 I’ll keep you updated on things that I’m doing to balance my hormones. I might try seeing my naturopath at some point to see what she has to say. In the meantime, it’s time to do some research and see what it is that I can do that will help. I’ll continue for October doing the Whole 30 and update you on my progress again soon.

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Starting over

Posted: September 26, 2017 in Uncategorized

I wrote this last week, just posting now. I’ll have a new update soon.

It’s been a while, again. There’s a number of reason and many excuses why I haven’t been blogging lately or in the past few years but I have to say it’s nice to be back. I have lots to catch you up on and I can’t do it all in one post. 
In the past few years following a pregnancy, stress and weight gain I have come to the decision that it’s once again time to get my health back on track again. 
What this means is that in the past few years (3 or so) I have managed to gain almost all my weight I had lost previously back (50-60 lbs) My hip pain is back, my aches and pains radiate throughout my body. My muscles are tight and I feel like it’s a struggle to do simple things like bending or standing up from a sitting position. My monthly cycle has turned into a huge dread for me, they are a bit shorter but much more pain then ever before and super heavy. This is I’m sure related to my uterine polyp I developed on the top of my uterus. I went for the ultrasound yesterday for a follow up from last year. I didn’t do anything about it last year, it was very small – so small they couldn’t tell if it was a fibroid or a polyp. The ultrasound guy said, yup it’s still there. That’s all he said. So I have no clue if it’s same size or larger. But I do know estrogen is the source of these polyps and I have long thought that my hormones were out of whack. (more on this later)
My energy level is pretty much non existent and gluten, grains, dairy, sugar have all made it back into my diet. (yup, I know) I have headaches, lose my breath sometimes when I’m sleeping and when I have caffeine of any sort (dark chocolate) my chest burns – coffee causes an anxious feeling all over my body. Things aren’t getting better and I need to do something about all this now. 

I made the decision a few weeks ago things need to change now. I have committed to doing a whole 30 with some friends for the month of October and November. Will it last longer than that? Possibly. I’m seeing my doctor about the polyps in October so I’ll figure out the plan for that later. 
My goal for October is to kill my sugar cravings, lose some weight, get rid of all the grains I know I shouldn’t be eating. Eat more veggies, organic and good food, healthy fats. 
Here is what I have done so far:

I have started putting healthy meals in my freezer. I moved my apartment sized freezer from the basement to my kitchen area for easier access.
I have joined a weekly delivery where I get fresh organic fruits and veggies every Friday delivered to my home . Link – Eatingwellottawa.ca 

I will be organizing all my recipes better and start meal planning every week based on the food I get in my weekly box. 

When my energy level increases I will start increasing my activity and going to the gym on a more regular basis.

I am also going to research to find out ways to balance out my hormones to hopefully heal my polyps without having to have any surgery. This might take a while or it could take a really long time but I think it is possible. I have read about another person who was able to clear her ovarian cysts and numerous polyps by balancing her hormones. https://www.hormonesbalance.com/articles/avoided-hysterectomy-one-womans-story-stress-nutrition-healing-ovarian-cysts/

This week I’m getting more food ready for my whole 30 – fermenting, dehydrating and cooking. 
I’m going to continue to drop my carbs to the point where I’m no longer craving them and where I have my meals figured out. Reduce the amount of snack food I have available once I get my food amounts figured out for each meal so that I’m not hungry in a few hours, I’m able to last from breakfast to lunch.

My hardest meal to figure out is breakfast, I struggle because I really don’t want to eat eggs everyday. We’ll see what I can come up with for this, something that is quick and easy for a rushed morning. I’m also going to try and boost my vegetable and fat intake. 
I have a weekly subscription of meal plans that are paleo that I”ll try to use when creating my meal plans. Emeals.com – I usually just go through the list of recipes, the ones I like I email to myself so that I can save them and print them off. I then add them to my recipe binder to try. 
I’ll keep you updated as best as I can. My priority is my health, my food and getting this right so if I slack off on writing it’s because all that along with my normal day-to-day is taking up most of my time and I haven’t had a chance to sit down and write yet. 
Talk to you soon

Wow it’s been a while

Posted: January 15, 2017 in Uncategorized

I know, I know, it’s been far too long since I wrote on here and I really haven’t thought much of writing lately. The past few years have been rough and I really am not in a place where I want to be any longer with my health.

The last time I wrote, I was working at the local newspaper but was laid off from work, at the same time both parents had cancer diagnoses and were going through treatment with in a few months of each other(both have recovered since). This was during the time I was without work. Needless to say I was stressed and this is when the eating and not caring about myself started.

At this point my daughter was almost 2 years old, she will be 5 years this months. I had stuck to Paleo until then. Throughout her 2 years of life, first year was easy because I was home, the 2nd was a struggle but I managed. The past 3 years I have been struggling and slowly gaining weight.

It’s funny how we gain weight, you know you’ve gained but you don’t notice it really. Every once in a while the weight goes up a little bit more. Eventually you have gained back all the weight you have lost in the past, it has taken 3 years but I have managed to gain back all my weight.

I look at myself now and compare myself to old pictures and I don’t see it. I feel like I had more weight on me the last time, I felt bigger the last time. This time I feel like it came back all around my waist and hips. I don’t see it as much in my upper body.

In December I joined back at the gym. I was convinced I was going to get back into a routine of going to the gym and after the holidays I was going to start watching what I’m eating again.

The first week I went 4 times, the 2nd week 4 times – as it got closer and closer to Christmas and the stress started building on all the things I had to do before Christmas, I went less and less to the gym. Clearly me and stress have issues. The 3rd week I went once and the week of Christmas I didn’t go at all. Same with the week leading up to New Years.

New plan, I’m going to aim to go 2 times a week and work out. I can do that right? Start watching what I’m eating and going to the gym. I seem to aim too high, the problem with that is I’m not the same person I was 5 years ago. My life is completely different, i can’t do the same routine I used to do. It’s just not possible I have a 5 year old girl now. I have to pick her up from daycare, she’s in my care most of the time during winter months.

As for the food my plan is to slowly transition into a more paleo way of eating but not reducing my carbs as much. With the SIBO diet I had done before my carbs were next to zero and that was really hard on my system and I don’t think it was a good thing for me.

Needless to say my health issues have all returned. What amazes me is how strong I used to be when I was working out compared to now. My arms feel like the only strong part of my body right now and that’s from lifting a 5 year old. My legs are week and I have a hard time walking in the snow, my hips are sore often and some days it hurts to walk. If I take time off from work and I don’t walk all the time, when I get back to work, that first week is hard on my hips.

The first time I lost all the weight, I had a meal plan that I followed. It wasn’t paleo but it worked and it really helped me. I found that meal plan on my computer and the book that I was using back then, it was a book written by Wendy Chant. Conquer the fat loss code – The thing I don’t like about the meal plans is the amount of dairy that is in them and also they aren’t all gluten free. So I will have to go through them and revise them to take out some of the dairy and gluten and reduce the amount of egg. I’ll also revise the workout schedule I had made with the routine. I really don’t have the time to work out as much as what was in there at this point. Nor do I have the energy yet – I think I was working out 5 to 6 times a week but at that point I had already been doing it for 1 year and had lost 20 lbs. I have to keep that in mind – If I can do 2-3 times a week of workouts at this point I’ll be happy!

Two weeks into the New Year and I can say that I’m struggling but what has helped me in the past is having a meal plan and sticking to it. So my goal now is to get that meal plan done and start getting things ready for the next few weeks. Stick to the plan Tiana!!!

With my gym membership, I got a daycare membership. The problem with that is that I can only go to the gym with my daughter on certain days at certain times. If I can’t make it at that time, I won’t be able to go to the gym because I have my daughter. BUT I have equipment and zumba I can use at home to work out with AND I have access to a gym at work to make up for the time I can’t make it with Emilie to the gym. It is possible, I just have to get there. And I will but it took 3 years to get to where I am now, so maybe I should stop trying to rush it getting back to how I was before. I have to remember the last time it took me 2 years to lose the weight and get in a good routine. That’s a long time. I’m not going to get there overnight.

Symptoms that have come back, obviously my hips are sore my weight has gained but I also have tense muscles all over my body and my neck. My skin is no longer clear and it gets dry and flaky easily. My stomach isn’t always happy and out of nowhere I run to the washroom but I’m sure that has lots to do with dairy and gluten which both have crept back into my diet. My energy is really low which makes it very hard to get up and moving. I like to have excuses for everything. Like the other day I had my gym bag with me and was heading to the gym, my feet were soaked from the wet melting snow and wet boots. So I didn’t go, really? I could have just went home easily and grabbed another pair of socks but I didn’t. I went home and chopped up some ice. I could have went downstairs and did a workout but I didn’t. The motivation struggle is real. I need to change that. I feel very anxious if I don’t eat sugar, I start to shake obviously low blood sugar which makes me fear I might start heading towards diabetes. Yeast infection is rampant and a constant. I have to take diflucan treatment monthly to manage it. When I went paleo in the past that disappeared slowly. There’s other symptoms but I guess they just aren’t coming to my mind right now. Anyways with that said, we will see where this week goes and hopefully I have more successes this week and less failures.

The real problem is motivation, I have no motivation to go to the gym, none to even get out of bed in the morning and my joy for cooking is completely gone. I just don’t like it and hate having to come up with something to eat all the time. This is really going to test me I can tell you that much!

I haven’t written in a while, I’m a busy girl ya know! I am back to work now and trying to get caught up on, well, pretty much everything.

Things are going well, I’m eating pretty well lately and I plan on getting back to the gym in the New Year. I’m saving money to buy a year membership at GoodLife. If you remember a few months ago I tried a gym near where I lived and didn’t like it at all. I didn’t go very often and ended up canceling my membership. With a penalty of course but it really wasn’t worth the time, I really didn’t feel like I was getting much accomplished when I did go.

I missed going to GoodLife and was hoping since I was heading back to work earlier than expected I might be able to put away a little extra cash to get a membership for the New Year. I’ve decided I’m going to make it happen and I’m excited. I’ll aim for 2-3 days a week, probably after work. I’m done at 8pm and hoping it doesn’t screw me up too much for sleep. If I’m having a hard time going to sleep then I’ll probably try going before work. Not what I want to do because I would have to drop off my baby early to daycare and shower at the gym. Two things I don’t really want to do but we’ll see how things go.

I’m down about 10 lbs total and I’m starting to feel better after a round of antibiotics to get rid of a bacterial infection. Once I started the medication I lost a bit more weight and I feel much better, my energy is finally back!

I am confident once I start hitting the gym in the New Year I’ll be back to my pre-baby weight in no time. Which is really only about 10 lbs away!

I just ordered the book Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon and can’t wait to read this book. I’ve heard lots of great things about this book in the Paleo world and it have 100’s of 5 star reviews on Amazon. I’m also getting interested in Fermenting foods and Dehydrating foods. So I’m sure there’s info in this book about that which can help.

I’ve been trying Kombucha, which is a Fermented tea, the past couple days and my energy is up quite a bit these past few days. I’m actually kind of craving it, so it’s making me think that I might have to start making my own at home because a small bottle for $16 at the health food store is going to make me VERY broke before too long. If anyone out there in the Ottawa area is brewing Kombucha and has a scoby they can share with me, I’d be SOOO thankful! Any tips on brewing Kombucha at home? Leave me a comment, I’d love to know. Right now I have no clue!

Workouts

Posted: May 31, 2012 in Uncategorized

This next week it will be a year since I found out I was pregnant. I really can’t believe it’s already been a year.
At this point last year I was feeling the best I have ever felt. Lots of energy, no major health issues, no pain, no headaches. I was down to 155 lbs and was sleeping great. Now I have gained 10 lbs, I’m sore all over, tired all the time( having a 4 month old doesn’t help with that) and I’m not eating the best as I once was. Even adding gluten once in a while, which is awful..
No more! I want to feel good again, have energy again! When I do sleep I want quality sleep. I’ve been trying but the thing that was lacking was a routine. If I am not exercising, I’m not eating right and when I am not eating right I don’t want to exercise.. I feel like I failed and get bummed.. The biggest problem is while I have a way to build muscle I have no cardio at home and no room for cardio equipment.. My old gym is no longer close to me since moving..soo
Today I went and got a gym membership. It’s a smaller gym near where I live and they let you bring the baby in for workouts.. Bonus! So now I have no excuses.. Though I’m good at finding them.. I’m going to aim for 3 workouts a week. I think that is reasonable and doable. The food changes as usual I will do slowly while I am getting into a routine.. I don’t have tons of changes to make, just better snacking and healthier meals.. Again easily doable. Let’s see how long it takes me to get back to feeling good at 155 lbs or less..

Easier said then done

Posted: May 29, 2012 in Uncategorized

I have to say that this whole eating what I’m suppose to is much easier said then done. I haven’t had time to do a food menu for the week and find myself not making meals when I should be. I’m not prepared and it’s causing me to not do well. I know what I have to do to get on track, problem is I’m off work right now and the only time I have been successful is when I’m at work. I prepare meals everyday, bring them to work and that leaves me with no opportunity to eat whatever I want at home. I have no options other then what I bring.. I do well and I have no problems. Try doing that when you are at home busy with a little baby and don’t always get to eat when you want to. I am going to make this work, I just have to figure out how. I’ll keep you updated as I have time

 

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