Tuesday, June 30, 2015

GAPS Healing Diet Day #13

Tuesday June 30th, 2015

It's payday! I really want to celebrate with a new pair of shoes, and I have a coupon. So dangerous!

Signed up for a 5k this Saturday, my gf Erin and I are going to interval it together. Time to get serious about training, damn it! I love being involved in organized runs, there's so much energy to feed off of. If I were going solo on this I would probably run the entire thing, and that might hurt, because I somehow got into the way-back machine and my running is like it was right after I quit smoking and started running years ago - it sucks! I'm not great at long stretches of it, but I will get there. It takes time and patience. I took almost a year off after the Great Toe Incident; of course I suck!

OH! 

I owe you the name of the drops Dr. Jessica gave me for adrenal support! Totes forgot about that, sorry. It's called Adaptopath, and I don't what the hell is in it but DAMN, I feel like a new woman since starting it. http://www.goenergetix.com/adaptopath-1/ Now that I look at the specifications, I'm a tad surprised - it doesn't appear to be for adrenal support, technically. I must remember to ask Dr. Jessica about this when I go see her the week after next. Interesting.

Vitals:

Weight: 155.8 (squee!)
Energy level: Good
BM: Yes, but the sticky variety.
Other Gastro: All is well
Mental clarity: Good
Mood: Good!
Exercise: Walked the Bandit dog this morning, hoping to get some miles in later but I have meeting after meeting today, and will even be having lunch in one of them. Bah!
Other: Had a twinge of a headache when I woke this morning, but it went away as soon as I took my Claritin. Allergies? Perhaps. 

In case you're interested, this is why I'm eating today, breakfast and lunch. I'm no longer pureeing all of my food and I'm very happy about it! What's on the plate is turkey, pumpkin, cantaloupe ads generated cabbage with pickles. The mug is my amazing turkey bone broth.


Monday, June 29, 2015

GAPS Healing Diet Day #12

Monday June 29th, 2015

Let's hear it for short work weeks! Hip-hip hooray! We have Friday off because Independence Day is on Saturday this year, so YAY. Good times.

Last night I cooked some organic turkey thighs that are my-God so delicious. I then made a quick (3.5 hour) broth from the bones and the brown yumminess in the bottom of the dish I baked them in. WOW. Best broth EVER. I was able to get a quart out of those two thighs, and it is by far the most flavorful broth I've made to date. No veggies, just some salt and the sage and pepper I put on the thighs before they hit the oven. YUM! I used a Le Cruset roaster for this job and the sheer amount of delish I got out of it has convinced me that all future broth projects must be done in a Le Cruset. I have a dutch oven that I can roast in (beef or chicken) and will take (what may be my last shot at) beef broth. I picked up some lovely, meaty neck pieces along with a nice marrow bone yesterday. My quest is to start the broth on Friday morning and let it go as long as it takes. I'd like to have one batch of delicious, not yellow beef broth so that I don't get tired of it and write it off. 

Anywho... I did drink all of the beef broth from the previous batch, I have a good amount of chicken broth waiting in the fridge and some in the freezer to boot, and I brought the turkey broth to work for breakfast and lunches this week. I feel organized! That only took two weeks.

I've been contemplating many things lately, one of which is - which diet to I use for my intro phase? I've done a lot of reading and digging into the details and have decided that Paleo AIP is for sure the one. I know I've mentioned it before and pretty much thought I was going that direction, but I was thinking that the GAPS intro diet might be an easier transition since I'm already on it. Turns out that this is not the case; in fact, the transition to Paelo AIP makes more sense for a couple of reasons:

1) I've been setting up my pantry for this diet 
2) There are many GAPS and SCD foods that are not allowed on Paleo AIP

Given those to important factoids, I am now preparing for a switch-over next week. Which means I need to go find a purveyor of meats that are organic/grass fed. Another project for this Friday. I've found some local-ish ranches that provide such meats (all pastured, grass fed and grass finished, certified organic) but they are quite expensive, and require large purchases. I spoke with the hubby briefly about getting a freezer for the garage in which to store such things, and he's down with the plan but it was left up in the air. Guess I need to press this a little harder.

Good news: I'm wearing a dress today that I haven't worn in at least 4 years, and it's loose in the belly region! The reason it's loose is that my bloaty tummy is shrinking! Even though I haven't lost but 10 lbs and I was much thinner when I wore it last, when I did wear it before I needed a girdle because of my pooch. Isn't that odd? I guess not, seeing as how that is one of the reasons I'm on this journey. This is a huge win, and I'm thrilled!

Vitals:

Weight: 157.4
Energy level: Good
BM: Negative
Other Gastro: Gassy last night, little bit today as well
Mental clarity: Great
Mood: Good
Exercise: Dog walkies, Pi walk at lunch
Other: I've started incorporating more solid foods into my diet as I ready my body for the transition to Paleo AIP. Not so sure if this was a good idea or a bad idea, as I am plugged up but good today. Which may mean that I need to stay in liquid land a bit longer. Sigh...

Sunday, June 28, 2015

GAPS Healing Diet Day #11

Sunday June 28th, 2015

Where does the time go? Last time I was paying attention it was May 10th or 11th. Cripe sakes, summer is in full swing and flying by! How do I not see this coming every year? 

So, today. I slept more than 8 hours, which is a blessing. I put up my first two attempts at sauerkraut (one head each of red and white cabbage). I'm completely blown away that an entire head of cabbage fits into a 1 quart jar after massaging it for 10 minutes (to start breaking it down) and letting it sit for 10 minutes (to allow water to seep out). I started with two heads and ended up with two jars. No wonder the stuff is so expensive! But seriously... it's really, really expensive.

Keeping it really short and sweet today because I have some running around to do, and I want to get it done so that I can finish laundry and leave some 'do nothing' time for myself to spend reading in my rocker. I love reading in my rocker! I'm also really sucking at having one 'do nothing' day each week. It's not easy to accomplish no matter how much one wants to. Must make a better effort at that, if only for my stress level. Stress doesn't  help in the healing process.

Vitals:

Weight: 156.6 (!!!)
Energy level: Good
BM: Yes, right off the bat this morning :-)
Other Gastro: Nothing to report
Mental clarity: Good
Mood: Good
Exercise: Walked both dogs, then went for a 3.7 mile interval training walk/jog. Good stuff.

Other: Running makes me very hungry, have to figure out how I'm going to battle the between meal hungies. Could be a problem.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

GAPS Healing Diet Day #10

Saturday June 27th, 2015

Haylo hoomans!

Today is one of those busy Saturdays; I've been up and at it for over 4 hours and the time is just flying. So much going on! I think I'm caught up.

I allowed my beef broth to go for 38 hours, and though it's darker it still doesn't look beefy at all, and it tastes like nothing. Crap. I took it off because I was forced to add a quart of water to it last night, and this morning it was down a quart again! Damn it to hell, I'm going to use it anyway because what a colossal waste of time that was! My only hope is to do it one more time, starting on Friday evening and letting it go until Sunday evening. On the stove. I can't see it ever working in the crock pot.

I also popped into Whole Paycheck and grabbed an over priced chicken to roast and make broth from last night; an endeavor that proved successful. The meat is in a container for the hubby and I to enjoy, and the broth was put in the freezer this morning. I let that cook for 12 hours, and it's amazing. I'm happier with my chicken broths so far, and they take far less time and less hassle. Oh, and the beef broth stinks the whole house up! That was unexpected. It smells like manure when it's cooking. Hubby and I both checked to make sure that a dog didn't poop somewhere after the first night! After that it either didn't stink anymore or we just got used to it. Either way - yuck!

So, I'm off to market this morning to get more spinach and squash, I've already cooked a pound of zucchini and pureed it like a good girl. My meals won't be such a hassle if I plan this way every week. Now that I'm feeling sharper and far more alert I might actually have my shit together! 

Vitals:

Weight: 157.2 (whatevs,,,)
Energy level: High
BM: Si, two so far
Other Gastro: Little more hungry than I've been
Mental clarity: Excellent
Mood: Great!
Exercise: Walked some dogs. The remainder of my activity for the day will be running around the house, up and down the stairs, doing chores.

Other: I'm happy to be feeling good! I wish my weight would come down. This is probably a sign that I'm not 'there' yet, I'm taking it as one, and am more than willing to continue on the healing diet for the next couple of weeks.

Friday, June 26, 2015

GAPS Healing Diet Day #9

Friday June 26th, 2015

What a difference a day (and a new supplement) makes! Dr. Jessica gave me a bottle of some liquid stuff that I cannot for the life of me recall the name of right now, sorry. I will put it in the blog tomorrow for sure. Fifteen drops under the tongue before bed and upon waking, and I swear to you - I feel better already. I'm not dragging ass today, I have energy and my eyes don't feel like they're being pulled down by anchors. WOW.

In an act of sheer desperation I put on my beef bone broth last night. I used more meaty (ox tail) bones this time, I browned all of them longer, I deglazed the vessel I browned the pieces in, I measured my water carefully and added an extra tablespoon of apple cider vinegar and stuck it in the crock pot. I was trying to avoid using the crock pot because I had such better success using the dutch oven on the stove, but I did run out of chicken broth so I couldn't wait until tonight to start the beef. I'm quite sure this broth will take a lot longer than I want it to, and it will reduce by more volume than I'd like but c'est la vie. I will pick up an organic chicken this afternoon, roast it and start chicken broth on the stove tonight - that will be done in 12 hours or so, saving me from being broth free for any length of time. If I'm careful about rationing what I have left I should be able to get three meals from it. I'm adding avocado again to be sure that I get full on less broth.

#FirstWorldProblems

It's a very quiet day at work, and when I say very I mean VERY. I have music on, half the company seems to be off today, and the only other sound is one of our Marketing people on a call. In spite of that I'm not sleepy! Today feels like a miracle to me, I hope this isn't a one day kind of thing.

Vitals:

Weight: 157.4 (seriously... rolling my eyes)
Energy level: Great!
BM: Yep! A small morning fella.
Other Gastro: Little bubbly in the gut this morning
Mental clarity: Great!
Mood: Great!
Exercise: Walked the dog, took myself out for a 3.2 mile interval walk/jog. Good times.
Other: I don't wish to discourage anyone, but misery does love company. I want to impart to you (because I don't say these words very often) how difficult this is. I am, and you will be, surrounded by temptation in the form of delicious, handy and inexpensive food choices. As I walked through the kitchen at work today, one of my minions was making microwave popcorn (aka the devil). I smelled it, and watched her pour the contents of the bag into a bowl. Those fluffy, unnaturally white, garbage coated kernels of deliciousness were within two feet of my gullet. Did I want some? OHMYDEARGODYES. I have a thing for popcorn. A big thing. The day before I started my elimination diet back in May I went to the movies just so I could eat some movie theater popcorn. 

And it's not just that, trust me. The shelves of the grocery stores are full of quick, tasty, cheap eats that are just a big, fat NO. Even the Gluten Free sections - holy crap! They make GF bake at home cookies now, along with muffins of every description, chocolate and yogurt covered pretzels, pop tarts, sugary cereal - you name it, they make that shit gluten free now. And it's BAD because people tra-la-la along and eat this junk but never check the labels - they are likely getting more sugar and more carbs than they would have with the regular stuff. 

K, so much for that rant. Back to what I was actually talking about. This is hard, because you have to stick with the hard choices, even if that means going hungry now and then. Even if you feel like you should be able to eat whatever the hell you want because everyone else does - stop thinking like that, I implore you. Everyone else isn't you, and you sure aren't everyone else. I get pissy sometimes and have a little pity party, but I'm not about to undo all the (fingers crossed) positive things I've done up to this point. Starting over would be a nightmare, and I might just say 'fuck it' and throw in the towel. No matter how much I want a latte right now, or how much I want to eat a big spoonfull of peanut butter, I'm not going to. 

Staying strong through this process, that's the battle. But my health is worth it, and so is yours.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

GAPS Healing Diet Day #8

Thursday June 25th, 2015

Last night was uneventful, just quiet, nothing to talk about. I got my beef bones out to thaw and then told myself I should wait until Friday evening to start my broth because it will take longer than 12 hours (24 - 48 is what they say), so I'd better do that when I know I'm going to be home the majority of the time it will be simmering, just so I can keep an eye on it.

Having a hard time with the weight gain, even though I know I need to wait and see what happens. Fluctuations in weight happen. 1.5 pounds in a day is a little upsetting no matter how you slice it, but I know in my intellectual mind that this isn't at all unusual. Old self could see a 5 pound swing in a day. Doesn't make me feel better about today's number though, given that I'm consuming well under 1,000 calories a day, 90% of which is liquid, and exercising as if I have the energy. Once again, this is frustrating.

I spoke with Dr. Jessica about my saliva/adrenal test results this morning, and they're not great. She says that the reason I drag ass in the morning is explained in the results - when my body should be producing cortisol (at night), my cortisol levels are dropping. This is not normal, and it shows that the adrenal function is messed up. So, she's having me add adrenal-hypothalamus-pituitary support to my supplement roulette. I'm swinging by her office on my way home to pick up the new supplement. 

Aaaaaaand, I need a bigger pill organizer. Shit. Wonder how I'm going to explain this to the infamous Dr. Evil Endocrinologist when I see her in a couple of weeks? Smh...

Which also tells me, along with my irregular BMs, that I need to stay in this phase another week. No adding anything yet, just stick to low residue veg cooked to death and pureed into my broth. Sigh...

I've ordered myself another AIP (Paleo autoimmune protocol) cookbook, because one just isn't going to be enough and I spotted one on Amazon that has breakfast ideas that aren't 100% savory. A gal needs a little bit of sweet in her breakfast now and then, for cry-aye. It also has a lot of interesting recipes that I will need to keep my hubby interested in eating the way that I eat. That could be tough.

Speaking of food (wha??) tonight's entree will be chicken broth with spinach. I imagine I will be eating that for breakfast and lunch tomorrow as well. I hope I don't run out of broth, holy moly! That would leave me with no options for eating. Crap. Time to regroup and figure out how I'm going to address the theoretical shortage. 

Vitals:

Weight: 158.8 (WTF???)
Energy level: Pretty decent
BM: Itty-bitty
Other Gastro: Got really gassy and bubbly last night - not sure why. UPDATE>> Got gassy this afternoon too. Was the bok choy? It's the only think that I ate last night, this morning and this afternoon that is different from what I've been eating. Hmmmm
Mental clarity: Good
Mood: Good
Exercise: Walked the dog, it was too hot for intervals at lunchtime so I walked around the charming Colorado Springs downtown district. Evidently I walked in the wrong place because some of my team went to a restaurant down the street and got to meet an elephant from the Renaissance Festival! Fun.
Other: The weight porpoising thing is pissing me off. 

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

GAPS Healing Diet Day #7

Wednesday June 24th, 2015

Last night was some kind of awful. I developed a major headache around 8:30 that, by the time I went to bed, had risen to epic proportions. My frontal lobe was throbbing, my jaw hurt (felt as though I were grinding but I was purposely relaxing my jaw), ached into my ears and throat - it was out of control. I tossed and turned for hours before I finally fell asleep, then I dreamed of head wounds; the headache bled through. So naturally today I'm not feeling very rested, but I did pop out of bed with some vigor this morning and I'm happy to announce that I have now had 24 hours of regular, what I would consider "normal" BMs! Never thought such a small thing would make me so happy but there it is. So happy.

I'm pretty sure I'm going to stick with the GAPS Healing protocol for now, for another week just to be sure that good things are happening. My first add is organic egg yolk to my bone broth. Sounds kind of exciting but I think I need to be patient and let the healing really take hold. I'm also kind of holding out for the headaches to ease up or stop. This is a new-ish development that Dr. Jessica thinks is a side effect of the major changes I've made recently, and I think I should try to ride it out. We'll see how far I get... I know me, and I know how bloody impatient I can be. I'll probably make another attempt at beef bone broth this evening (pffffft) but I must tell you that the chicken bone broth I made two nights ago is completely amazing! biggest differences: I cooked it on the stove instead of in the crock (easier to regulate the temperature), and the chicken had giblets in it. OMG what a difference! First, I only cooked it for 10-11 hours, and it is far more gelatinous than any I've made this far and it developed great flavor. I was really pleased with the result, and will now apply my learning to beef broth. Should have taken the bones out to thaw this morning, damn it to hell. I was still reeling from the headache (headache hangovers are the worst).

I was reading a few things that other day (dangerous, I know) about the Body Ecology Diet, a diet that seems nearly impossible not to break, imho, and there were some interesting tidbits about blood type. I'm straight up type O, and I was kind of (very) surprised to see that my body type and activity level were pretty accurate. It said, and I'm paraphrasing here, that type O people crave high intensity exercise and can easily do an hour of it a day. More interestingly, it said that deprived of such vigorous activity a type O person can become depressed. Ah-HA! This is what happens to me when I don't get a good, brisk walk or a run into my day - it bums me out. It explains why I became bloody despondent when I couldn't run last year (toe nail removal put me on the bench and just when I was starting to get into training again I got an ABSCESS for cripe sakes, and when the doctor told me he had to open my toe back up to fix it, I cried. I cried, right there in his office. I get it now! 

Not that I needed a formal explanation, I knew it bothered me not to get my exercise, but I didn't imagine there was a biological explanation for it. 

Vitals:

Weight: 157.4 (sweeeeeet)
Energy level: Pretty good, considering
BM: Yes sir!
Other Gastro: I hate to look a gift colon in the balloon knot, but I am pooping maybe a little bit too often. It's still good, not soft or runny, but a lot. Like, every time I go the bathroom. A lot. Also noticing that there is mucous present - that had cleared previously.
Mental clarity: Good
Mood: Better, but still not good. I'm still a grouch, and my grouchiness is still aimed squarely at my hubby
Exercise: Walked the dog, walked around the block with my work wife, then did that again, then took myself out for a 5k interval even though it was a scorching 86 degrees outside. Fun!
Note to self: I really must start fermenting my own stuff. The good, live culture krauts are $9-$10 a jar, and I'm easily consuming two of them a week! GAWD! Time to get on down to the 


Tuesday, June 23, 2015

GAPS Healing Diet Day #6

Tuesday June 23rd, 2015

I just had a lovely breakfast of pureed carrots and chicken browned in beef tallow and cooked in my sickly looking beef broth. It was actually quite nice, believe it or not. Then again, I don't really trust my taste buds any longer. I think that after what they've been through with the amino acid stuff last week, they will gleefully lie to me just to make sure they aren't subjected to that nonsense again!

After seeing Dr. Jessica yesterday I have a new pile of things to take on a daily basis. At the rate I'm going I will need bigger pill organizers before long; the ones that I have are normal sized and they are packed to the point of bursting. Especially the after lunch pills - good golly Miss Molly, there are a dozen that I'm taking now. I think I'm getting full from the pills more than what I'm eating, just sayin'.

I had to wait for it until 9:30 last night, but I finally had a BM. A rock hard one at that. So, maybe I need to increase my probiotics? Perhaps. Digestive enzymes should be doing their job by now, plus I'm eating fermented veg at every meal and adding coconut aminos to everything to aid in digestion. Sheesh, stubborn innards! Seems I've come a long, long way in the last 43 days only to wind up exactly where I was before I started any interventions. At least when I was on the elimination diet I was having daily BMs. Now, not so much.

Evidently ripe cantaloupe and avocado are acceptable "fruits" on the low-res diet, so I picked some up at Trader Joe's along with some fermented cabbage and spinach (it's so easy to cook the crap out of, adds great flavor, and will look okay pureed, I think) , and baby bok choy (tastes amazing steamed with some allspice and coconut aminos). Joe doesn't carry any canned green beans. Save that for the regular store.

Vitals:

Weight: 158.2 (steady!)
Energy level: Good
BM: Yes. Nice, easy one. Nothing wrong with it.
Other Gastro: I'm seriously hungry today, damn it.
Mental clarity: Pretty good
Mood: Still have a hair trigger that seems to be trained mainly on my husband, sadly. I think he can take it. He kinda gets where I am these days.
Exercise: Walked the dog, walked around Trader Joe's at lunch. Need to get my butt out and around the block this afternoon, I'm lagging.
Other: Banging frontal lobe ache, as always. I don't have any aspirin on me and I'm not supposed to take any NSAIDs so I will probably need to hoof it down to the 'sev' to pick up some Excedrin. It's ouch, as in very. UPDATE>> Scratch that, I didn't know until I looked it up, but aspirin is a bloody NSAID too! Maybe I should've known what NSAID meant before I ass|u|me'd, lol. I took some Tumeric tablets and God help me, they actually worked. Will miracles never cease!

Monday, June 22, 2015

GAPS Healing Diet Day #5

Monday June 22nd, 2015

Typical Monday: too much to do, too little time. I took my latest batch of bone broth from the stove, cooled and strained it and it is gorgeous. I added a couple of tablespoons of it into my breakfast puree of green beans, zucchini, chicken and broth and it definitely added a spark of yummy. I still have some of my sickly, yellow beef broth left to finish before I dive into this latest batch though. Slow down, girl!

Went to see Dr. Jessica this morning and it seems that I'm making some progress. She put me on a few more supplements to support my thyroid, clear me of pesticides (not sure where those came from??), but nothing for the adrenals yet because my results didn't come back from the damn lab. I mailed that sucker two weeks ago today. Damn it. More waiting.

Vitals:

Weight: 158.2
Energy level: Good
BM: Nope
Other Gastro: Got a little nauseated after eating my puree this morning, and I'm hearing some noise but nothing is really happening.
Mental clarity: Good
Mood: Meh. I have a hair trigger lately, and my mood is very much in flux. Not just fly-off-the-handle anger, but emotional (weepy eyes) which is highly unusual for me. Highly. And I hate it!
Exercise: Bandit refused to walk this morning, the little turd. Hoping the gals want to venture out today, I need to break in my new shoes. If they say it's too hot for them I will gleefully go run intervals by my-damn-self.
Other: Sheesh, I was still grumpy in that comment above! I got the gals to do intervals, it wasn't that hot out (maybe 80) and it was fun. I can handle it! I didn't get all exhausted or light headed or anything! So exciting. I swear this is what my body has been craving. Time to get back to work on my running.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

GAPS Healing Diet Day #4

Sunday June 21st, 2015

Happy Fathers Day!

The sun is shining, the sky is blue, we're headed for the mountains and nothing is new! Wow, that was bad. Not even poetry. Not even.

I feel a little better today because last night I told myself to stop being such a baby. Go ahead, eat liquid food, baby soft veggies and fermented foods, gain weight even though you're starving, run even though you're light headed, etc. So here I am. Positive Mental Attitude day 1, let's see where it takes me.

Good news: I got my lab results for the endocrinologist and two things happened (well, more than two, change wise): A1C is down to 5.7 - it was 6.1 in September and 5.9 in January so this is a trend I want to see continue. Interestingly enough, my TSH is down as well, which I think is not good but I can never keep it straight. Bad news: my serum cholesterol was high, but all other cholesterol readings are perfect. Finally in the not so great column my liver function test was 'out of range'. They don't explain what this means so I'll have to wait for the endo on 7/7. 

Tomorrow I get the adrenal and high level food sensitivity tests back from Dr. Jessica - super excited about that. I'm also going to shlep all of my new supplements to her so she can help me sort them out. I know what is for which, but I'm going to run out of a few of them in quick order so I'm hoping she can find me alternatives that I don't have to mail away for. Especially the refrigerated ones, for God's sake. It's expensive to have those shipped. 

It was a nice day for a hike, really hot down here in the flat part of town, over 80 at 9,500 feet where we were hiking around one of the reservoirs. We had a good time, and I felt good while we were doing it. Having a bad day? Get yourself immersed in nature. Go smell the roses, dip your feet in a natural pool or creek, find a hill to climb, commune with your surroundings. It's the best therapy I can think of, and the best remedy for the blues I can recommend.

Vitals:

Weight: 158.8 (see what I mean?)
Energy level: Good
BM: Yes, small one, getting better formed daily
Other Gastro: There's a game of acid tag being played in my gut. I can see it and feel it. I fear for my next poop. 
Mental clarity: Good
Mood: Good
Exercise: Walked the dog a bit, took a 3-mile hike in the mountains. Nice.

Other: Headaches seem to be a way of life right now. I get at least one a day, and it lasts and lasts. Just took some aspirin but my head is banging like crazy. 

Saturday, June 20, 2015

GAPS Healing Diet Day #3

Saturday June 20th, 2015

I slept a lot last night, thank heavens. I still feel sluggish and my eyes aren't focusing yet, an hour+ after waking. Groggy sucks. But, I got up and had some very special stewp that I made overnight (organic, grass fed bison stew meat, celery, carrots, onions, water, apple cider vinegar, salt, turmeric and cumin) and it was pretty darn good. I did put too much water in so it's soupier than I would like but everything is cooked to the point of not needing to be chewed, and that's what I was looking for. Well cooked meat and veg, the hallmarks of the healing phase.

I also roasted an organic, blahblahblah chicken, boned it, set the bones and pan juices aside, and the giblets (totally excited about having those to add to the broth mix!) so I can start a new batch of bone broth this morning. Meanwhile I whipped up a supper for myself (this is lat night, mind you) of leftover organic chicken, steamed bok choy, coconut aminos (delish and sweet!) and chicken bone broth. It was absolutely delicious! Again, cooked to the point of not needing to be chewed. I didn't have the heart to actually puree it because it was so pretty.

Just goes to show that despite having a very limited list of ingredients, one can be very creative about what one eats, and vary flavors a lot. This excites me because I don't know how long I'll be on the healing phase. Long enough to make creativity count, is all I know.

I must admit that my mood has been rather maudlin lately. I hadn't noticed so much because I remember that this was normal for me in high school, ha. It's funny cuz it's true! I was dark, quiet, a loner, long faced... that changed once I quit smoking pot at the age of 23, but here it is again. I've been pissy because I don't have a lot of energy, and of course we all get frustrated with the status quo and occasionally ask the whiniest question of them all: "why me?" It even rhymes with whiny, see what I mean? I'm being a little bit of a sea-fish here but it's semi serious because I can see how this mood could easily lead to depression. If I were to wallow in it, I could go over to the dark side and Lord knows, I don't want that. I don't want to feel that this is all in vain and I won't give in to it, damnittohell. 

So I bought new running shoes. When in doubt, go for a run. Don't overdo it, but just fricking do it (hey Nike, what up?). It's way too hot today but there's always the gym. I ran around the store in them to make sure they weren't slipping (they weren't) and that they were cushy enough (they were) and I reached my 12,000 step goal for the day early. High five, me. Done. And then, yay.

I think we're going hiking tomorrow so that should lift my spirits. We haven't been in a year because we were too busy looking for, buying, readying and then moving into our house, and then it was winter. BOOM. Actually then it was shutter installations, kitchen remodel and new windows. BOOM. Time flies even when you're not having fun.

Vitals:

Weight: 158.2 again
Energy level: Meh
BM: Heck yes, and it's not diarrhea, so YAY
Other Gastro: Nothing to report
Mental clarity: Okay
Mood: Pretty good
Exercise: Walked, jogged around Dick's Sporting Goods in my new Asics to make sure they fit.
Other: I got my supplement roulette together this morning and conquered the beast by labeling each bottle (1-AM, 1-after meals, 1-A & PM, etc.). I have also engaged the use of three pill organizers - 1 each for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Now the tough part is remembering the pills I have to take outside of those zones (before breakfast, the two in the refrigerator, and the gutamine powder in my tea) but I'm really trying to form new habits.

Friday, June 19, 2015

GAPS Healing Diet Day #2

Friday June 19th, 2015

TGIF!

May I just say, completely out of left field, that I'm glad I'm not drinking wine anymore. I'm glad it isn't allowed. Why? Because I have considerably less brain fog when I'm not drinking alcohol. I'm surprised and quite delighted by this development. Sadly I have also recently discovered that I find the smell of alcohol quite repugnant, and my hubby is still partaking. 

Oh well, could be worse. C'est la vie.

As to my beef bone broth, it is a sad, sickly yellow color but it tastes quite nice. It reduced by half but did not form any gelatin, so I must not be cooking it long enough. Next time more meaty parts will go in, I will brown them longer, and I will cook it longer. For the moment I have a gorgeous, golden chicken broth and the sickly yellow beef broth, but I need to get more on the stove tomorrow because I'm going through this stuff very quickly. When it's the base of your diet you tend to go through it!

This morning I am sitting over a steaming mug of beef broth with fermented ginger beet salad and some over cooked chicken in it. It's delightful! I hope it's not making me smell bad though, yikes.

I got my supplements together last night and brought the ones with me that I need to take during the work day. OF COURSE I forgot to take the pills in my fridge that I'm supposed to take in the morning (GRRRR) but no worries, I'll get them worked in tomorrow. I just have to remind myself to open the fridge, they're sitting right where my face can't miss them with instructions written in black Sharpie. Hard to miss. Hard to form new habits, especially at my age!

I picked up an organic, free range chicken, organic bison stew meat, organic carrots and bok choy today - need to make some more substantial dishes for myself. I checked my blood sugar before lunch and it was 47 - that's very low for me (I'm usually around 90 pre-lunch) and only 87 after. That is still in the normal range and is much, much lower than it has ever been, so I'm knocking off the gymnema immediately. I no longer need something to lower my blood sugar, tyvm.

Vitals:

Weight: 158.2 :-(
Energy level: Good
BM: Totally watery, orange diarrhea. Not good, but at least I don't have cramping with it.
Other Gastro: No discomfort, just the runs.
Mental clarity: Good
Mood: Good
Exercise: Took the dog for a long walk this morning, and am taking walks around the block while things are quiet at work and the day is still cool. It's supposed to get HOT today. Bleh. Hot and humid.

Other: Had a crabby day, but it was work related. None of that belongs here, so I will leave it out!

Thursday, June 18, 2015

GAPS Healing Diet Day #1

Thursday June 18th, 2015

Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

My entire body is breathing a sigh of relief as I sit down to a breakfast of chicken bone broth and fermented ginger and beets. It's an odd combo, but it is delightful. 

I took my notebook home last night but forgot my bible (Root Cause) and as such I'm ill prepared for this phase, but I will have my shit together by this evening. I know that the healing phase consists of bone broth and fermented veg, so I'm there. But what I'm not sure about is when I need to start taking all of the probiotics and digestive enzymes - I can't recall if it's this phase or the next. Worst case I missed one day of those supplements and will start tomorrow. Sorry for being so ill prepared but I'm just like you; I have a full time job, a home, a husband and a couple of dogs to take care of. Throw some kids in there and I would never get around to me!

Just as soon as I had put up all of my chicken broth last night, I cleaned up and started on the beef. It's looking a little gray as of this morning, but it may yet come around to brown as it condenses. It smells pretty wonderful and has a lovely ring of fat bubbling on the top. This morning after it simmered for 10 hours I pulled the meat off the ox tail that I used and dug the marrow out of the bone, just to be sure those get all of the flavor and nutrients extracted. the ox tail still looked pink inside - I want the broth to be brown and the meat gray before I call it done. It has only water, bones, apple cider vinegar and a bay leaf in it. I'm really looking forward to tasting it tonight.  I hope that I get more gelatin from the beef than I did the chicken. I'm pretty sure that I didn't have enough chicken bones for the amount of water I used. Lesson learned. Two carcasses are needed to fill that crock pot with water and get gelatin.The upside is, it tastes ever so good.

And yes, I did roast my beef bones and ox tail before adding them, and included all of the brown bits from the roaster. Still, it may not be enough to turn the broth brown, We shall see. This is my first time, gimme a break!

Okay, now with book in hand I can say this: the healing phase consists of soups, stews, fermented veg and well cooked and pureed low fiber veg and well cooked, soft meats. Not a problem, can do! I also need to begin the supplement madness, so I'll get my pills together and take care of that tomorrow. Some of them need to be refrigerated so that's going to be a giant pain in my ass, as if remembering all this stuff isn't already!

This phase can go anywhere from 1 - 4 weeks, until gut problems subsist. I have to imagine that will be when I am having regular BMs and no longer getting gassy and bloated at the drop of a hat. I will be sure to ask the good Dr. Jessica about that. I actually wouldn't mind spending the remainder of June and half of July on this protocol, not at all. I want to get the Autoimmune Paleo rolling this summer though, because I really want to start adding things in (eggs, nuts, etc.). We shall see, eh?

Vitals:

Weight: 156.6
Energy level: Still not stellar
BM: Yes. Seems like there will be more to come! - and that was so prophetic because I have had two more! What a day!
Other Gastro: Nothing to report
Mental clarity: Good
Mood: Good! Elevated by the flavor of chicken!
Exercise: Dog walk and Pi walk with the gals at lunchtime
Other: No headache today, which is great, and the dizziness is gone too. I have more energy today and I swear it's because my attitude is so much better now that I like the taste of the foods I'm eating/drinking. 

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Elemental Diet Day #8 - The Final Day

Wednesday June 17th, 2015

K, done. Tapping out. Had enough. Calling it. Cashing in my chips. Saying "when". Etc., etc., etc.

Bone broth is bubbling away in my large Crock Pot as I type, and the entire house smells amazing. I had dreams of drinking the broth but alas, the broth was not ready this morning after spending 12 hours in the spa. It will most definitely be ready this evening, so I have made myself two more disgusting, gut wrenching shakes for today and then no mas. I'm exhilarated at the prospect of chicken flavored, gelatinous water! YAYAYAYAYAYA!!!!!

So the next phase for me is to adopt a healing diet, and now I have a decision to make: GAPS or Autoimmune Paleo? I've talked a bit about going on the GAPS healing/introduction diet but I am now leaning towards AP for two very specific reasons: I already have a cookbook for AP, and I'm very familiar with Paleo protocols. The best news here is that I've already have than 30 days being egg free, seed free, nut free under my belt. That means that I can try to add one of those foods (likely eggs) back in after a week or so on the bone broth + fermented foods protocol. I also already most of the supplements I'll need for AP. Stuff like this matters because I'm busy. So are you. 


I couldn't bring myself to drink my last smoothie thing, just couldn't. Not smart, I know, to starve myself until I got home but I just couldn't do it. So I'm home now, and I had a streaming mug of bone broth and a little bit of fermented cabbage, and it was delicious. Heavenly. I'm full and satisfied, and working on my next move, which is beef bone broth. Gotta clean out the crock pot first, of course. Then I need to make a grocery list of the thumbs I'll need for some of the healing recipes in the Root Cause supplemental guide. For now, I'm happy. 

Vitals:

Weight: 157.2 (another uptick) 
Energy level: Low
BM: Yes, a very nice, snaky one. 
Other Gastro: Hungry today, after smelling that broth in my sleep!
Mental clarity: Decent
Mood: Better than yesterday, that's for shiz
Exercise: Walked the pup and took a lunchtime stroll with the gals :-)
Other: Headache central. I can't seem to get away from the headaches. Didn't sleep well until after 2:00 when I got up to relieve myself. It was a restless night, which is exactly what I didn't need after having the same on the previous night. I need some rest...

Elemental Diet Day #7 - UGH

Tuesday June 16th, 2015

I confess, I feel sick today. Headache, body aches, upset stomach, and my sit bones - Lord they hurt. Not sure what my next move is. I don't know if feeling this way is a good sign or a bad sign, but I do know that I am wiped out, just exhausted. Walking up a flight of stairs takes it out of me. 

So, I will seek the advice of my guru today, see what she has to say.

A couple-three hours later...

Dr. Jessica thinks I can transition to phase 2, which for me is the GAPS diet. Hearing that suddenly emboldened me to suck it up, and I told her I would try to stick it out until Friday because I won't be able to make bone broth until Saturday anyway. True enough. Although I do have to run by Whole Paycheck this evening to get more limes, mint and avocados, and I will see if they have any meaty soup bones (organic at a minimum) because all I have right now are marrow bones. If they do I could theoretically get the bone broth started sooner than Saturday and slowly move in that direction. I can literally still taste the amino acids, 3 hours after I drank my smoothie, but I don't want to be a wuss!

#TheStruggleIsReal

Vitals:

Weight: 157 (Ah-ha! Slight uptick)
Energy level: Non-existent
BM: Had to wait for it, late afternoon - score! It was well formed but definitely greasy, rather large and soft. Super yay.
Other Gastro: General ickiness reported above
Mental clarity: I'm about as sharp as a happy-fun ball.
Mood: Haha, that's a good one! My mood is shit.
Exercise: Walked the pup this morning and got out for a couple of strolls around the block at lunchtime. Tried to do some strength training but I felt like a limp noodle. No. Energy.
Other: Aside from the general malaise, I have nothing. My attitude is crap today. Folks at work told me that I don't look like my normal, vivacious self. That brought me way down. I thought the same thing when I looked in the mirror this morning but I had no choice but to soldier on.


Monday, June 15, 2015

Elemental Diet Day #6

Monday June 15th, 2015

I had a rough night. I am dealing with some mysterious hip and sit pain, it started on Saturday, and I've no idea where it came from. Last night it was just terrible. I took aspirin before bed but had to roll onto my stomach to relieve the pain until the aspirin kicked in. The pain was annoying throughout the evening but when I got into bed it was screaming. I'm pretty sure it's muscular in nature, it seems to be in the hamstring, but it's on both sides and it's equal. This is a very strange development indeed.

Not sure if I've mentioned, but the swelling in my hands and feet has gone away now. Also my eczema is clearing up beautifully. Not sure if these are both related to what I'm doing but it's a change and I promised to report on them here.

I've a confession to make: I have been bad. I haven't been drinking tea with oil, haven't done it since Friday. The taste was so repugnant to me that I just stopped, and I realize now that was a mistake. After the lunchtime Pi walk I felt it - I'm totally exhausted. I'm not getting enough fat into my diet right now, especially with the change in smoothies, and I need to fix that. I'm supposed to have tea with oil about 5 times per day, but that's too much for me. I don't ever consume 2,000 calories (nor do I need to) so while I do need to add the fat calories back in, I don't want to go nuts. And it's kind of horrid to drink besides. The oil floats on top and... use your imagination. It turns my stomach.

I'm trying y'all, but this is much harder than it seems. Before I started I was all gung-ho and rarin' to get out of the starting gate but now? Now it seems like this will never end. Eight more days, eight more days. I want to make it, I really do. But damn. Drinking oil is nasty.

Vitals:

Weight: 156.6
Energy level: Fair
BM: Negative
Other Gastro: Hungry, but just a little bit
Mental clarity: Good
Mood: Dandy
Exercise: Dog walk, Pi walk at lunch
Other: Losing my motivation despite having a semi-yummy drink recipe now. Not sure how I can force more oil down my gullet in the days to come.


Sunday, June 14, 2015

Elemental Diet Day #5 - The Day I Found a Recipe That Didn't Make Me Want to Hurl

Sunday June 14th, 2015

Okay, so. I woke up hangry (hungry+angry)this morning and grumpier than I've been. I was a little shaky. I got myself to the bathroom and weighed in, and it dawned on me: I had no sodium yesterday. No sodium = no bueno! I forgot to add salt to my drinks and was already feeling the effect of lots of peeing with no sodium to replace what I peed out. I immediately went downstairs and made myself some salty herbal tea. When I wake I don't want to eat right away, ever. I've always been this way. So I sipped at my salty tea (lemon ginger, for the record, not delicious with salt) and when I made my smoothie I added half the amount of salt recommended. Feeling human again.


BUT

God I hate those smoothies! It's all I can do now to gag them down, holding my nose, and chasing with club soda. I mean, it's bloody awful. The biggest problem I have is separation. The oil and honey (same with cranberry juice and stevia combo) and I have to keep swirling the mixture so I don't get a mouthful of oil followed by a mouthful of honey. That, my friends, is puke-worthy grossness. Just sayin'.

So today I'm heading out on a mission. My mission is to create the other-other smoothie from Root Cause, with mint, avocado and coconut milk in place of oil and honey. Because I'm over it. I will just have to see if I can swallow that combination, but it sounds much better than what I'm dealing with right now. I read a couple of articles yesterday that said a lot of people opt for a feeding tube when they have to do this diet and I can totally see why. I was joking about it at work the other day like, hey - do you think I can find an unethical doctor to place a feeding tube for me? Ha ha ha. But not funny. This stuff serves a purpose (let my digestive tract rest for a couple of weeks) but DUDE, it is VILE!

Now, that said - this change in plans will most likely stop the downward trend in my weight, which has been nothing short of miraculous, especially following weeks of deprivation dieting with no results other than having regular bowel movements (one heck of an improvement indeed, but not what I was after). I'm mentally preparing for that. 

Another note on the weight loss: I don't feel any different. I still have a jelly belly that blocks my toes from my eyes, so where is it going away from? My thought is this: inflammation around my gut is lowering, and that's where it's going. Yes, clothes do fit differently. I tried on a skirt that a week ago would have fit me in a size L, that was falling off. I bought the size M. I live in fear of buying such things, because I always assume that the weight is going to come back no matter what. It's a shitty way to think, but there it is.

My shopping was quite successful, as I came home with organic ingredients for the next level smoothie, a couple of organic, grass fed marrow bones for bone broth, and some fermented veggies for step two (which starts in 5 - 9 days from now, depending on how I a feel). After I try it I'll put the recipe in here. 

YES! If you're even thinking of doing the elemental diet thing, try this. It's the first thing I've had that didn't make me want to hurl. You're welcome.

2 Tbs free amino acids
1-2 stalks of celery
A few mint leaves (I used 4)
1 avocado
1 C coconut milk (Trader Joe's Light is best, it has nothing but coconut and water in it)
1/3 tsp alcohol free vanilla (got this at Trader Joe's too)
Stevia to taste (try the liquid in these smoothies, it blends in far better than the powder. Trader Joe's has organic liquid Stevia)
Juice of 1 lime

It was - and I don't think I'm going too far here - delicious. Tasted like a really thick mojito with some avocado thrown in for good measure. DELICIOUS! I will, of course, encourage you to try the straight up recipe if you're into it, but this is OH MY GOD so much easier to drink! 


Vitals:

Weight: 156.8
Energy level: Pretty good
BM: Little one, yeah
Other Gastro: Lots of noises coming from the upper GI region but no discomfort
Mental clarity: Excellent
Mood: Started out really bad, but has improved with my renewed sense of purpose: finding a way to make this diet palatable for another 9 days
Exercise: Went for a long walk with the pup, ran up and down stairs doing housework, done.
Other: My poop floats, it grosses me out. Probably all that fricking coconut oil.

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Elemental Diet Day #4

Saturday June 13th, 2014

Late last night I had an episode of explosive diarrhea, that was totally gross and boy was my stomach upset for a while. I burped coconut oil and felt like I was going to throw up for a couple of hours. Due to this even, I will be cutting back on the amount of coconut oil I put in my smoothies - it's just too much for me. When I did the math last night I consumed about 1,600 calories from coconut oil, and that's way too much. I'm cutting back by a third (2 Tbs per smoothie instead of 3) and will not be drinking oil in my herbal tea 3 times (maybe once?). I'm not a person who consumes 2,000 calories ever (okay, okay -  unless I'm at Disneyland, then YES) so why would I now, and get most of those calories from fat? Ughhhhhhhh

Good news: I'm still not hungry. Food does smell good but I don't feel like I'm starving or anything, but I am looking forward to the next step when I can have some bone broth. I still have work to do, I know, and I'm willing to do it I'm not 100% sure if I will continue this for the full 14 days, but will know more after I see Dr. Jessica to get my adrenal function test results on the 21st. Hell I'll be most of the way through the 14 days by then! However I reserve the right to move to the next phase if I start feeling like death or my weight drops too much, or if my die off signals go dead (white coat on tongue (check!), change in bowel movements (check!), headaches (check!)).

Since making that one perfect batch yesterday I haven't been able to recreate it. I think the key there was that all of the ingredients were at room temperature and I'm having a time getting that to line up now. Crap. It was the only tolerable shake I've had thus far, and the one this morning nearly put me over the freaking edge, it was so bad. ARGH.

The stomach discomfort returned right around 9:00 this evening, but it passed quickly. I don't have the coconut oil repeating on me, and I don't feel nauseated. It's odd though, that 9:00 wake up from my tummy. Maybe it's hungry? Hard to say, because hunger isn't a thing right now. Even when I smell food I'm kinda like, that smells good, but I don't want to eat it. So odd!

Tomorrow I'm planning to go to Sprouts to see if they have macadamia nut oil (a change from coconut oil might help to make these smoothies more palatable) and also to find out if they carry organic, pasture raised meats. I'm ISO bones especially, since one of the first things I'm going to be able to eat is bone broth. I did locate a farm nearby that has organic, pasture raised meats but I don't think I should go there until I see if any places in town have what I need. It's probably a good 45 minute drive to the farm, and I'm sure the goods are expensive.

Sigh...


Vitals:

Weight: 158.4 (holy crap, it's coming off very quickly)
Energy level: Fair
BM: Itty bitty, very oily, I'm sure there will be more later
Other Gastro: 
Mental clarity: Good
Mood: Good, little tired
Exercise: 

Other: I'm not sure why, but my bones are feeling sore today. Hips, knees and ankles are hurting. I'm uncomfortable and feel very tight. Wish I had a massage scheduled; I could really use one today.

Friday, June 12, 2015

Elemental Day #3

Friday June 12th, 2015

Wow, was a whiny be-otch yesterday, I'm so sorry. But it does kinda suck, and I do want you know the truth about it, however I don't need to be such a drama queen. I'll try to keep an eye on that. My apologies again.

So here's the skinny (HA): I went to Natural Grocers last night to pick up some supplies that enabled me to modify the recipe for the Elemental drink so that I can actually drink it. There's some learning to do here, and I will definitely share this with you. First, there are alternatives to the recipe that I linked to the other day offered in the Root Cause supplemental guide that you can download here www.thyroidrootcuase.org/guide . I'm using the unsweetened cranberry juice and stevia option and let me tell you IT IS SO MUCH EASIER TO DRINK. It's tart in a good way, the oil is still a problem and it's gross but I can suck the drink down faster when it tastes better, so that's one thing.

Next learning: do not use cold products and expect them to mix well with coconut oil. YUCK! It makes the oil lumpy and horrid, and then you really can't drink the shit. I finally made what I consider the perfect smoothie and here are the contents:

2 Tbs amino acid powder
3 Tbs melted and cooled coconut oil 
4 oz unsweetened, organic cranberry juice
2 packets organic stevia
2 oz warm water

I blended that together in an individual serving cup that came with my Ninja blender, held the button for about 15 seconds. It came out perfect - no lumps! And it went down easier than previous versions. Sadly I had to make one to bring to work, and it has to be refrigerated, so it's going to lump up on me. Bleh. I'll add some hot water to it and shake it like it's my job before I try to drink it. 

2:00 update - bright side: adding hot water (just a couple of ounces) to the refrigerated shake worked like a charm. All of the ingredients came together long enough for me to dump it down my throat. 

Not so bright side: I feel like I just got hit with a ton of bricks. I'm so sleepy that I can't keep my eyes opened and I have the embarrassing urge to put my head down on my desk. Need a nap, now! Having some tea with coconut oil helped, but I didn't get around to that until 3:00 so... there went an hour of my life I'll never get back.

Vitals:

Weight: 160.8
Energy level: Darn good! Slept until I woke today, not much later than normal (30 min maybe) but what a difference
BM: Yup, nothing special but me urine is really bright, neon yellow! Has to be from the amino acids. Never seen that before.
Other Gastro: Still not feeling hungry, so yay
Mental clarity: Great
Mood: Pretty good today, but I'm a tad on edge - I can feel it lurking under the surface
Exercise: Negatory good buddy. It was raining cats and dogs so my dogs didn't get walks this morning. I may head out for a little walk around the block or something now that the sun is peeking through the clouds.
Other: I have a wee bit of a headache, and damn my fingertips are killing me. They look like they're starting to clear up but there are lots of cracks that are extremely painful. Makes typing a touch uncomfortable, but I don't do anything without typing.

Elemental Diet Day #2

Thursday June 11th, 2015

Somehow, I'm awake.

Seems like I slept pretty well but I was restless, up three times, tossing like crazy, hot and cold, uncomfortable, thirsty... But I put in almost 8 so that makes me happy. The 'somehow' is more a reference to the general lack of caffeine in my body. Got myself a nice little headache to start the day, super yay.

K, when I said that the shakes weren't bad yesterday I was mistaken. I used the scoop that comes with the amino acid powder and it's only a teaspoon; the recipe is for 2 tablespoons. Rude awakening this morning, let me tell you! Now I get the bitterness, brother do I! I cut back on the amount of honey, that helps, it's not so sweet, and increased the amount of water. Within about 10 minutes of drinking it I get a wee bit shaky, so I need to keep an eye on that. I don't want my blood sugar skyrocketing for cripe sakes.

Honestly, drinking herbal tea with a spoonful of oil is disgusting. I have to gag it down, and my lips are oily after each sip. Seriously, gross. At least this second cup didn't repeat on me and burn my throat.

I just had my "lunch" portion of the oily liquid that is now my food (after dinner tonight it will be my ONLY food for a while) and I have to tell you - this is going to be harder than I thought. I don't mind the taste so much, but the texture... oh my Lord. The coconut oil goes solid in chunks and hides in the liquid; when I get one in my mouth is all I can do not to gag. I'm going to have to think of a better way of handling this. The oil is getting to me! My heart is racing a tiny bit too. 

I know, I know - waaaaaaaah! Poor Karen! You're doing this voluntarily, ya moron.

Vitals:

Weight: 161.4 again
Energy level: Meh, at best
BM: 
Other Gastro: Had a little bit of coconut oil come up on me after I swilled my morning tea with oil. It was gross, and made me cough a lot.
Mental clarity: Little foggy
Mood: Decent, but not great. I'm a tad cranky.
Exercise: Took a 3.5 mile lunchtime stroll, walked the dog, that'll do for today

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Elemental Diet Day #1

Wednesday June 10th, 2015

Oh yes, oh yes, oh yes - today is the day! The amino acids I ordered were in the mailbox this morning, so I get to start phasing in my liquid diet today at lunchtime. Super excited!!!

Yesterday was an incredible day. I walked (and sweated) my ass off, spent quality time with my old-school bestie for the first time in years, and went to an amazing concert. Drove home talking to my brother who was barreling toward Colorado on his way to Arizona until he turned off toward Wichita. I wish he could have seen that concert with me, it's because of his influence that I listen to Porcupine Tree/Steven Wilson in the first place, and he would have loved it.

Anyway, back to the matters at hand - I pooped like I don't even know what yesterday. Seems like a dam broke or something because (skip to the next paragraph if you're squeamish) I pooped so many times and so hard that I actually popped a capillary or something and bled! Unprecedented! 

I also received my multi-vitamins that are recommended in Root Cause, to be taken with (or mixed into) the amino acid smoothies. So I'm all set. Today, because I was starting with a smoothie at lunch instead of breakfast, I just skipped the multivitamin. I will start the protocol correctly tomorrow.

I mixed the smoothie per the recipe I downloaded:
http://www.siboinfo.com/uploads/5/4/8/4/5484269/homemade_elemental_diet_options.pdf 
and I have to say that I was expecting the absolute worst of it after reading that the amino acids are terribly bitter, but it wasn't bad. Too sweet for me, but I can adjust the amount of honey I use to address that. I didn't get the bitterness, thank goodness. It was very palatable. That should make this whole thing easier, eh? 

What's going to change, you ask? 

Well, for starters, I won't be logging my foods or reporting on what I consumed for the duration of the liquid diet. I will most definitely be reporting on my vitals, likely in even more detail as I witness the changes that my body goes through in response to the diet. 

Next, I won't have to wait until the day after to publish my posts. So, you *may* see them coming out in the evening instead of in the morning. 

So, whaddaya gonna eat?

Ah, great question. Here's the lowdown:

3X Daily: 2 Tbs Amino Acids, 2 Tbs Honey, 3-3.5 Tbs Coconut Oil, 1/4 tsp salt, 2 Multivitamin capsules

5X Daily: Herbal tea with 1 Tbs coconut oil

That's all.

Vitals:

Weight: 161.4 ('scuze me? I know, I think I sweated it off yesterday, it was very hot and I walked my ass off)
Energy level: Low-medium - did not get enough sleep - got home after midnight and had to get up early to get showered for the basement guys
BM: teeny, tiny 
Other Gastro: Hungry. I under ate yesterday, but I'm not going to feed the beast
Mental clarity: Pretty good.
Mood: Really good

Exercise: Walked dogs and jogged on my mini-trampoline while the guys were jack-hammering my basement to bits and putting it back together. I got to watch TV and wasn't sitting on my hiney! Good stuff.

Off we go then! 

KMDR out.