It's mah berfday!!!!! I'm fiddy-two and feel thirty-two. That's got to be good, right? More important than any of that is that today is Doctor Jessica day!I love this woman, she came to me highly recommended by not one but two very dear friends, and I can't say enough good stuff about her. She does some things that make people think she's a witch doctor or (in old school terms) a snake oil salesman. She has helped me in the past with little things like hot flashes, inability to sleep and digestive woes. Now that I have decided to get my diet on track, I think she will really be able to help me. In fact, she already has.
What does this Dr. Jessica do, you ask? Allow me to explain. She is a holistic practitioner, a homeopathic nutritionist. She is a diviner of human bodies. I'm not really sure how to explain to you exactly what she does, but if you can find one RUN to them. Do not walk. But, as with any kind of doctor or whatever, you have to be willing to change based on what she tells you. If not, you won't get better.
I went to see her on my lunch break today and told her about my quest. She was very pleased and offered to let me borrow a book from her, Hashimoto's Thyroiditis: Lifestyle Interventions for Finding and Treating the Root Cause by Izabella Wents, Pharm. D. I've looked at/through a few books about the disorder but they were all very technical or were trying to sell a diet plan or some lab tests. Anyhow, I don't if this one is any better, but I will read it. She says it's great and also said that the list of foods to avoid will probably be very similar to my NEVER EVER list.
I ran the supplement thing by her and let her know that I'd stopped taking those with soybean oil, soy byproducts, milk products, etc. She said GOOD! And gave me some vitamin D drops to try, sold me some B12 with no garbage added, and recommended a couple of other items that I picked up. One of them is to help with my blood sugar because it has been a little high lately, and that is troublesome. It's an herb called Gynema in tablet form that I break in half and (try to) suck on for 30 seconds after each main meal before swallowing. I don't know what this stuff is but it tastes kinda awful, and made my stomach warm after I swallowed it. It's worth a shot though, the last thing I want is to be deemed diabetic because that changes everything in the worst possible way. I have no interest in making my body dependent on another chemical!
FACT: until this past week or so, I was not listening to her input. I was being a stubborn brat, whining about the fact that I can't eat like a normal person, and feeling entitled to my chocolate and popcorn. I knew it wasn't working for me, I felt increasingly shitty, and only when my misery reached the lowest low was I able to come to terms with some very harsh reality: I can't eat like a normal person. I'm not normal. I have a disorder that makes my body reject certain foods, and I have to suck it up and get them out of my life or I will forever be sick, and fat. That's that.
Not for nothing, I don't know yet if this approach is going to work long term. It's been nine days, I feel wonderful, less puffy, very "regular", not starving or anything - but I know that there will be relapses. What I'm going for is getting through 90 days to see how I feel then, and see if there is any actual weight loss. But I know this: I can never go back to the way I was eating. NEVER EVER.
Weight: 164 (steady on there mate, it still isn't a trend until it stays off for more than 7 days)
Energy level: Higher than a kite
BM: Had to wait until the afternoon, but YES! Hello!
Other Gastro: Woke up incredibly hungry, ate a piece of bacon, all good
Mental clarity: Super focused, got a lot of work done first thing, and I'm not task hopping. So that's good.
Mood: Two thumbs up!
What I consumed (it was a lot because I wanted a big steak for my birthday...)