Wednesday, September 2, 2015

September 2nd: Milk Update and Before + After Pics

Howdy fighters of autoimmune disorders! I'm in a pretty good mood for someone just this side of a reintroduction FAIL. When it came to grass fed milk, my body simply said

And I accept that, because I sort of knew that milk was going to be a problem for me. Seems it has always sort of been. Sort of. Damn it, but hey - I have coffee, chocolate and wine! I'm gonna be okay!

Symptoms of reaction started with gas and bloating, and escalated to runny BMs on day two accompanied by some fabulous hot flashes and a headache. Enough for me to say, okay, I hear you body! No more milk.

So now, I've about had it with reactions for a while. Meaning I will be taking at least two weeks off from introductions, as I said I would. Sigh...

Problem: my weight has increased by 1 lb this past week to 147.9. No bueno! Some of that, I'm pretty sure anyway, is due to inflammation caused by the milk. 24 hours after ingesting 2 tablespoons of it in my tea I'm still suffering the gastrointestinal consequences, I'm afraid. For today I'm increasing bone broth and fermented items (I'm having coconut water kefir after breakfast instead of tea, for example) and staying far from sugar. 

Now for some good news - the strength training is paying dividends! Here are the before and after from the first 4 weeks of toning with Mrs. Jenn, during which time we progressed from 5 lb to 8 lb weights, and we will be starting to introduce 10 lb today! Yay!

     August 3                                       August 31

      August 3                                       August 31

In addition to the decidedly bad hair day I was having on Monday when the after pics were taken, I can see the difference in those arms! The bottom two are very surprising, they look like I had work done when in fact, I did work (see what I did there?). This is very encouraging and will keep me at it even when it's hard and I don't want to because it hurts!

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