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I haven't put together a “daily” report in some time, for that matter, no weekly or monthly reports.
I guess not much to report… I'm still eating GAPS with the Leptin Reset twist.
I am maintaining my weight loss, and the scale told me 168.4 pounds a few days ago. I would like to get serious and lose a few more pounds because I am 5'4″ so this weight is still heavy for my frame. Obviously I've been eating a few too many coconut cookies. 😉
I was realizing I am feeling better. I am becoming more able to withstand working while tired. For awhile there I was having a really hard time coping with my job. I was remembering that I used to have to force myself to wake up by 8am and then lay in bed with my phone checking my email, trying to wake up, trying to get going. Now I can get up at 7am but this still gets me to work later than I'd like. I'd really like to be waking routinely at 6am, leaving by 7am and getting to work by 8am.
I have been thinking about my MTHFR genetic mutation. I have the worst status, according to Dr. Lynch and current studies. I have two copies of C677T.
I wonder how come I'm not worse off?
My main lifelong problem has been a lack of energy, and that continues to be an issue for me. But I could be much worse off. I feel lucky to be as well and functioning as I am.
I was realizing that I have made a conscious effort in the last two decades to decrease the toxin load from my environment. I live in a rural area so I am not constantly barraged with pollution from automobiles, although I am in the big city three days a week.
I have not been on birth control except for about one or two years before my firstborn son was conceived. In fact I was on the pill when I got pregnant with him. Birth control is bad news for any woman, to begin with, but worse if you have MTHFR. I asked Sterling Hill on her Facebook page MTHFR support and she responded:
“http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1862844/ Folate is reduced by up to 40% and if you already are deficient you are in trouble. It also depletes methylcobalamin which are both needed to turn the toxic amino acid homocyesteine into methionine synthase. High homocysteine causes clotting.”
I stopped getting my hair “done” when I learned I was pregnant with my first born, so 26 years ago. Before I got pregnant with him I used to get my hair permed every three months. Wow. I must have been super toxic. I do not color my hair and I use “safe” shampoo. I actually stopped using shampoo from 2007 until 2011 and used only baking soda and apple cider vinegar. But after the Jalapeno Incident I was just so weary that I couldn't even take the time to do that, and have not gotten back into the habit yet. Since then I've been using this shampoo: Desert Essence Coconut Shampoo.
Oddly enough I have almost no grey hairs, and I will not be coloring my hair. EVER. Over the weekend I spoke with Sterling Hill and she told me brown hair color contains lead. Just what a person needs. Heavy metal poisoning.
I stopped using harsh chemicals to clean my home about two decades ago, only using baking soda and vinegar.
I stopped using non-stick skillets about 15 years ago.
We moved into a home that was about a decade old, so no new carpeting to deal with off gassing.
I have made a point to get enough sleep for most of my adult life.
Our water here does not contain fluoride or chlorine. I haven't been in swimming pools hardly at all in 12 years.
I've avoided MSG for years.
And I've been off gluten, grains, sugar, soda, and processed food for 2.5 years.
How sick would I have been had I not started on GAPS?
I do have some problems that I need to rectify. I need to have eleven amalgams removed. I want to be able to eat better food. Soon our well water will be filtered and the arsenic will be removed to acceptable levels so I won't be detox bathing in that water.
I told my husband I don't know if I will ever have much more energy than I do now, since I cannot get the amalgams removed any time soon, and we can't afford to eat “pure” food.
I am grateful that I can manage to get up in the morning and get myself to my job. That is important.
I am feeling better.