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Week 1 of the Elimination Diet


OK I have decided to share with you my journey in the search to healing my body. 6 months ago I was really sick. I was in so much all over pain that I needed pain medicine to function for my family. I hated it and tried not to take it because I did not want to turn into a narcotics statistic but then my family suffered. My joints hurt so badly that I was having a hard time getting around. Then my body just started hurting all over. I went to the Dr to have blood work done and everything came back normal. He sent me to a rheumatolorgist and even though I had inflammation he couldn’t place it so he just gave me the umbrella diagnosis of Fibromyalgia and sent me home with a medication that I should just take. I read the side effects and was not OK with it.

I had the Mirena IUD placed 4 months post partum because of abnormal bleeding, which ended up only making the bleeding worse, and the Dr still kept talking me out of having it removed again and my symptoms had been getting worse since then so I decided that I was ready to heal my body. Not cover up symptoms. Clearly my abnormal bleeding was a clue that things were not in balance and I needed to have the Mirena removed to know really what was going on. I scheduled an appointment to have it removed and the PA that was removing it for me tried to talk me out of it again and told me that there was no way that it could be the Mirena that was causing me any of my symptoms. A week later My joint pain was almost gone and I had started running again.

I made an appointment with a holistic Dr to help me get rid of some symptoms I had had for years now which included brain fog, dry brittle nails and hair, dry skin, hard time focusing, sugar and processed food cravings,  poor quality of sleep, seasonal allergies, my cycle was short why my periods where long and heavy and excess weight. This lead to blood tests that tested both my genetics for how I process vitamins, blood count, state of my nutrition and so on. I learned that I have genetics that make it hard for me to process B vitamins and folates so I need to be sure to supplement those and that I was low on CoQ10 and Omega 3s. Just starting to take these suppliments changed so much for me. I was functioning again. I quit hurting. My skin got a little better. But I wanted to tackle the rest of my skin issues, the rest of my brain fog, my short attention span, my sugar cravings that were still going strong and my weight.

I was seen by another holistic Dr and she told me that it was probably my gut that was wreaking havoc on my system. So she prescribed an elimination diet with supplements and antifungals. Warning me that I was likely to feel much worse on the diet before I got better so to wait until after the holidays to do it. She believes I have something called Leaky Gut Syndrome. So pieces of my food are actually penetrating my bowl and leaking into my bloodstream causing inflammation and all my issues. The 4 week plan will hopefully help my gut heal and then I can slowly introduce some of these foods again.

An Elimination diet means that I would not be eating eggs, wheat, corn, Soy, sugar, shellfish, beef, pork, alcohol or coffee (when she said this I told her she went too far LOL). She did hand me a long list of things I could eat. Including rice and oats so that was something.

I decided that Jan 1st was a good a day as any to start and it gave me time to wean myself off of coffee and switch to green tea which I could have. The Dr had sent me a meal plan and a grocery list and like the ADD person that I am I waited until the first day of the diet to fill my prescriptions and go grocery shopping. That trip to the grocery store was a $300 trip. A lot of the items I will be able to use a gain nest week because it is a 4 week plan so this weeks trip will be less expensive. I ended up going to 3 pharmacies to fill my prescriptions because the anti fungal that I needed at those places had simple syrup added to them which I couldn’t have. I’m on day 7 now and still haven’t gotten that yet because of pharmacy transfers and other issues but hopefully Monday will be a better day.

I have cooked sooooo much this week and it was all new to me recipes. Most of them were very good and we had fish 2 times this week which was nice. I haven’t been good enough at cooking fish and that is the reason for my Omega 3 efficiency.

Day one I felt good and was doing fine. My older kids were still at their grandparents so I was still getting to sleep in with the 1 year old. Day 2 wasn’t that bad either, the kids came home that day and I went for a run that night. Day 3 I hurt all over and the brain fog hit me to the max. I was always full because the meal plan leaves no availability to go hungry but I was dragging. Day 4 I was dragging even more. Day 5 I was still in a funk but still sticking to it but missing coffee and Day 6 was hard. It was Family night which means pizza and a movie on the couch with the kids. Husband, being the good husband he is, brought home the pizza and handed it to me while he changed out of his work clothes so that I could pass the pizza out to the troops. That was the first time I really wanted to break the diet. Handling and smelling the pepperoni pizza. I didn’t want to cook so I ate leftover beans and rice and made my self a bad smoothie. Day 7 and I am a little bit peppier. Good husband let me sleep in since I was up and down all night with the one year old and have been all week getting around 4 hours of sleep on average a night. This does not help me heal but it is the way things are at the moment.

I’ve been doing my research and apparently the trifecta of getting rid of sugar, gluten and dairy + antifungals (the one I have) and probiotics is causing a storm in my gut flora and the nutrients I am getting from my food.  So my Dr was spot on about things feeling much worse before they get better. I’m just hoping that by the middle of next week I will start to get the ability to think back. I seriously could just stare at a wall and I wouldn’t get bored because I just can’t think at the moment. Writing this post was hard. But I know I am doing this for a reason and hope that since the antifungals have done their job and I no longer crave sweets all the time that I will be able to keep it up after I quit this diet. I will be incorporating some of these meals into our normal meal plan because the fish we had was really good and so was some of the chicken. The smoothies have not been good at all.

I am also happy to announce that 12 lbs have been shed since we purchased this house. 2 during this week. If I lose 2 lbs a week for the next 3 weeks I will be very happy and this will have been worth it. I’m more than tired of my gut and my double chin. If I could just stop being so tired all the time that would help too.

If you read this all the way through then thank you for reading. Have you done the whole 30 or an elimination diet? Is it something that you need to do but have been putting off? Tell me about how it went. Did you have withdraws? Anybody have any recipes they want to share with me?

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Bullet Journal Winner

We have a winner! Sara who said that until  now she has been keeping track with sticky notes and her phone which wasn’t working that well for her with 3 young children. Hopefully this will help.

Remember there is no wrong way to use a bullet journal and you can modify it to your needs.

Here are a few pages I added to my bullet journal this last month.

How do you use your planner/bullet journal?

A great way to track how many eggs I am getting from my hens and yes I know exactly who played which egg.
Loosing the baby weight has not been easy but I’m hoping some prizes will help keep me motivated. 
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Fur Kids

Elvis enjoying the warmth of the couch

About 3 years ago we had 3 inside kitties. Two males and a female. Elvis was the oldest and my husband got him 2 years before we met. Well, 3 years ago one of these cats started peeing in all of my shoes (I lost over 400 dollars worth of shoes) and on furniture and bags and jackets. We never saw who did this but it was getting very expensive having the cats in the house. So my husband builds a cat hut to keep on the back porch and our back yard is fenced in with 6 feet high privacy fence. Out the 3 fur balls went. Diago was the middle cat and he seemed to be so happy to be an outside cat. Nala, the youngest and the female, I had rescued from my back yard when her feral mother left her there to starve to death, she was fine with being an outside cat too. Elvis, on the other hand, was old and took the ousting hard and we all missed him after he went out. He would sit for hours and stare at us through the back door window. Mostly just staying on the back porch. After watching the cats outside we found out that Diago was the urinator! He was spraying everything even though he is neutered. I’m guessing that when it was done they had left a small piece of the gonad causing him to have the urge still. Elvis was doing fine outside for the longest time but in the last year he has been getting thinner and thinner and watching him wither away has been hard on me. I finally had enough and told my husband that Elvis was turning into an inside/outside cat. That he will get to come in during the day and be outside at night and when ever he wanted to be outside. I took  him to the vet to have him checked out. I didn’t want him to have worms and fleas in the house. He got dewormed and some Revolution flea treatment. The poor cat had lost a third of his weight since the last time we had taken him in. Then since he wouldn’t eat anything but wet food I went a head and scheduled a tooth cleaning. When they did this cleaning they had to extract a molar. Poor cat. I felt for him. He has been inside the past 2 days and I´m on a mission to fatten him up. He gets wet food in the morning, at lunch and then for dinner. He is enjoying all of the gentle attention he is getting from the big boys and the warm couches to nap on. I´m so glad I took him to the vet last weekend. He is truly an old friend that I have missed having in my home. He is my knitting, writing, studying buddy and hearing his purr in the house again is comforting and soothing.

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On Being Thankful

Since this is the month of Thanksgiving I am going to give thanks each Thursday.

M proud of his hand turkey

I´m so thankful for these amazing boys that I have given birth to. I´m extremely thankful for them being healthy and happy. Each day I try to look at them and realize what a miracle they really are even if they are fighting and being naughty. Even when I´ve had one of those days where there is pee all over the bathroom floor and the walls have become art pieces.

I´m thankful for a husband that is healthy and the best dad that I could have hoped for my children. He is such a great provider and the love of my life. Doesn´t hurt that he is my best friend as well.

I´m thankful for my parents that have been there for me through thick and thin. My mother has been present at all 3 of my births and such a great labor coach.

I´m thankful for all my siblings and the support that each one of them has given me at one time or another through out my life.

I´m am thankful for this healthy body of mine. I look at each stretch mark, flabby skin, and wrinkle as my story of how I  have lived life. Each scar as a testament to living life to it´s fullest and not with fear. That I have  really had 3 beautiful children, spent fun days on the beach with friends, climbed over barbed wire fences and been at wild parties in my time.

What are you thankful for?

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It’s working!

My move my butt chalenge is working. In a little over a week I have lost 2 pounds. That keeps me right on track for my 5 pounds a month goal. I’m so excited. I didn’t change my diet at all. I’m still eating what ever I want ( did make some lasting changes of habit the last time I lost weight). All I am doing is making sure I have some sort of exercise once a day. Normally I run on the treadmill but yesterday I gardened and got some (20) pavers for my veggie garden and I raked up pine needles for a plant I had to transplant from one location to another. Some days when the weather is really nice I take DS out for a walk and we walk for atleast 1.17 miles. I want to have walked/ran over 450 miles this year. I’m keeping track with a google doc that I plug in my distance and I also use google maps to see how many miles I walk.

My in-laws were here this weekend and it was great! My MIL cleaned my kitchen for me and my FIL brought the tiller to till my veggie garden and my flowerbeds. Then on top of that they let me and DH go out shopping, just the two of us. It was amazing.

I also went to a Oklahoma Counseling Assosiation thing on Friday and it was really great. I got to listen to Corry, the guy that has written most of the books we user for our masters degree, lectur and it was very inspirational.