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Is My Leptin Reset?

These are the signs that leptin sensitivity has returned, according to Dr. Kruse:

  1. Men will notice quick weight loss.
  2. Women will notice mood changes first (calmer/sleepy) and their sleep will improve. Their clothes will fit differently but weight may not change drastically initially because of effects on the pituitary. This will change too if they continue moving forward.
  3. You will notice a change in your sweating pattern.
  4. You will notice you have better recovery from exercise and your energy levels seem to have risen.
  5. Your hunger is gone and so are your cravings.
  6. When you awaken you will feel very refreshed like you slept well.

Generally when the signs are all present, I then really push HIIT exercise with heavy weights.

Number 1: I'm not a man, but I lost 10 pounds in eight weeks doing the leptin reset. In December 2010 I was at 181 pounds, and during 2011 I was at one time as low as 176, but by October 31st I was at 184.4. I am now at 174.2.

Number 2: I have noticed mood changes, and my sleep has improved. This got worse before it got better. My clothes are fitting differently. I'm not sure if 10 pounds would be considered drastic, but after maintaining my weight for the entire year I'm happy with ten pounds.

Number 3: I still am not sure how to notice a difference in my sweating pattern. Should I be sweating more or less? We aren't supposed to work out or exercise during the leptin reset, and it's winter here in Arizona so maybe once the summer rolls around I'll find out if my sweating pattern has changed. Again, should I now be sweating more? I've never sweated heavily so it will be interesting to see.

Number 4: My energy levels are better, not anywhere near where I hope to see them but better than before the leptin reset.

Number 5: This one, definitely yes. It has been so exhilarating to get to the point where I can skip lunch, and I'm not a slave to food. For someone who for years had to eat every few hours, and bring food with me everywhere, this is huge. Now I should say that being on GAPS for about one year brought about the freedom to eat only three meals each day, but there were often days where I needed to have a fourth “meal” or a snack, and night hunger happened fairly regularly. The night hunger is still an issue, although I have had several nights where I did not have to eat during the night.

Number 6: As I laid in bed this morning, having slept for more than nine hours, having woken only once to urinate and was not hungry during the night, I tried to assess if I felt refreshed. When I think of feeling “refreshed” after waking, I tend to think of what I've probably seen on television… the person is lying there sleeping and they wake, sit up and stretch and jump out of bed, eager to start the day. I'm not to that point yet. But I do feel better these mornings when I've had plenty of sleep. Right now I am waking up each morning with a sore throat but it seems to go away after a few minutes, so I'm not sure what is going on. Maybe my body is fighting a virus.

I have just been taking it easy today since New Year's fell on Sunday it is a paid holiday for me.

I still haven't decided how to proceed with the leptin reset… while I ponder what to do I think I will relax a bit on the carbohydrates but continue with the big protein breakfast.

I've updated my About Us page and have added a recent photo. 🙂

 

 

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It’s Raining and I Want Potato Soup

Before I started GAPS, one of my favorite rainy day comfort foods was potato soup. Since I've been on GAPS for two years in just a few short days, I could introduce young red potatoes… but since I'm still doing the leptin reset I will refrain since we know potatoes are high in carbohydrates. Let's see just how high they are… 27 carbs in a small size baked red potato. Well that's not TOO bad, but where is the fun in eating one tiny potato? I may as well not even bother. Last night I decided to indulge and have an artichoke, which ended up being two artichokes. You see, my boss had given me about twenty small artichokes because she knows that me and my boys love them so much. I haven't had the heart to tell her they are too high in carbohydrates for me right now. I ate the one artichoke and it was so heavenly… there were a bunch more in the pot… ready to eat… I just couldn't stop myself and ate a second. I ended up at 27 grams carbs… so long as those artichokes were really “small” and not medium. 🙂

So yeah… it was raining today, and very cold in our house. 66°F. It was cold in the house yesterday too, and my average body temperature was very low for the day (three temps taking three, six and nine hours after waking, then averaged). 97.5°F. At one point I was snuggled in bed I was so cold. I wanted a hot hot bath to relax in. I think I will make a point to have a detox bath tonight.

Trying to stay below 25 grams carbohydrates for the leptin reset has really opened my eyes to how many carbohydrates I have been eating. Of course I haven't been eating bread, grains, rice, corn, etc., but apparently I have been pigging out on vegetables. I guess. I used to buy one of those big frozen bags of organic green beans from Costco, I think there are five pounds in the bag and I would cook up about 1/4th of the bag each time I used them for dinner. Granted I would take some green beans with me to work the next day, but when I started the leptin reset I discovered that 1 cup of green beans is 8 to 10 grams of carbs (depending on your source). When you are accustomed to eating your fill of vegetables… that can amount to two cups of green beans. My mom told me she used to eat a whole head of cauliflower at one sitting! One night I looked up cabbage using myfitnesspal.com and found that 1 cup of cabbage has 1 gram of carbohydrates. Yowsa! I proceeded to steam myself four cups of cabbage. Slathered on some butter… oh heavenly. A few days later I found the source was using “net carbs” and it turns out that cabbage really has 8 grams carbs per cup. So that day I got more than 32 grams, and I'm trying to stay under 25 grams. Speaking of my mom, she didn't want to start counting her carbs and so she has been pigging out on vegetables as usual, but having the big protein breakfast and then more protein than she normally eats throughout the day. She gained four pounds in November and she was so disappointed she told me she was going to stop eating so much protein. Well, I asked her if she had looked at her carbs yet and she really didn't want to, but she did start looking at them and in four days she lost two pounds just by cutting down on her carbohydrates. She was pretty happy about that and now she's tracking all her carbs, and she's able to go longer between meals. Before she started the leptin reset, she was having to eat every 2 hours – around the clock!

So how goes the leptin reset? Here are the signs that I'm becoming leptin sensitive:

A. Men will notice quick weight loss.
B. Women will notice mood changes first (calmer/sleepy) and their sleep will improve. Their clothes will fit differently but weight may not change drastically initially because of effects on the pituitary. This will change too if they continue moving forward.
C. You will notice a change in your sweating pattern.
D. You will notice you have better recovery from exercise and your energy levels seem to have risen.
E. Your hunger is gone and so are your cravings.
F. When you awaken you will feel very refreshed like you slept well.
Generally when the signs are all present, I then really push HIIT exercise with heavy weights.

All right… weight loss. I did actually lose weight in four weeks on the leptin reset. Not a lot, but I was glad to see the scale go down by 5.4 pounds. So now I'm at 179, which is about where I was last year at this time. Yes, last year I reported on December 6th that I was at 181 pounds. I actually stayed very close to 181 for most of the year and then in during October gained four pounds.

The mood changes occurred, I have felt calmer and my sleep has improved. My clothes do seem to be fitting differently.

Not sure how to notice a change in my sweat pattern. I don't exercise due to adrenal fatigue, and my energy levels seem a little better. I think that can be attributed to getting more sleep.

My hunger is gone and so are the cravings. For the most part. After eating the artichokes last night I did have some cravings, but it's pretty rough when you've got a kid still at home eating all illegals and one of them is one of your lifelong favorites: Rocky Road Ice Cream. I do have to admit this recipe of mine is a very close substitute: Coconut Milk Chocolate Ice Cream Shake. I was telling my husband I feel so sad that I can't have at least that. He asked me how many carbs did it have and I added them up and found if I use half a banana then it would be exactly 25 grams (minus the macadamia nuts [affiliate link])! I could lower the carbs by halving the peanut butter [affiliate link]. So maybe I will splurge one day. The only thing is eating sweet seems to encourage cravings and I really enjoy not having cravings. So maybe I won't.

I have been thinking I will only do the leptin reset for eight weeks… but today I read something that confirmed my suspicions that I may need to stay on it longer. From this thread at Mark's Daily Apple: Indianstar Journal Page. Hmmm… now that I'm reading over it I see that she has a very large belly, which she states looks pregnant. I have belly fat, but not an excessive amount and I don't think I look pregnant. Well, maybe a couple months? Anyway… I think I am adjusting myself to accept the fact that I may need to be on the leptin reset past the first of the year. It will be interesting to see if I experience further changes during the month of December.

It hasn't been so bad eating so much meat, but I really miss pigging out on vegetables. I guess that wasn't such a good thing though. It is kind of a pain having to add everything up and my kitchen scale broke, I guess it got wet and the battery corroded and messed something up. So I've been using one of my husband's tools, an electronic scale but I keep forgetting to turn it off and killing 9 volt batteries. Those are expensive! Also it is in a case and bulky and can't just sit on the counter.

Do you have a favorite scale that you use? I have one that is not electronic but it is difficult to be accurate with it. Mine is similar to this one. It is pretty easy to get half a pound or one pound, but when you are trying to figure ounces it is a pain.

Anyway, maybe I'll spring for one like this. $25 isn't too expensive, is it?

I'm reading a new book about thyroid issues, I'll be posting a review of sorts next week on it and share some of what I've been learning:

 

 

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Happy Independence Day!

Happy Independence Day 2011

I am having a relaxing day at home… or at least I'm trying to stay relaxed! It feels like there is always so much to do and I feel like I'm constantly running behind. Last night my hubby and I went to see fireworks. I wanted to go on Sunday night because I knew we wouldn't get home until late and I would be too tired to go tonight and then have to get up at 4am to go to work on Tuesday morning!

I love to take photos of the fireworks, and this year I had to use my son's Nikon Coolpix S630 point and shoot since when I replaced my old Nikon point and shoot with a newer Nikon point and shootNikon Coolpix L100, I learned that the L100 did not include the fireworks mode. I was very upset about this, since Nikon had included the fireworks mode on their online description of the camera. But I use my camera for food pictures much more than I do for taking fireworks so I just had to learn to live with it.

I got to bed really late last night… around 2am, and I ended up sleeping in to 11am! So of course it felt as if half the day was gone, because literally it was!

I have been washing dishes and clearing counter space in hopes to get another batch of sauerkraut started. As I mentioned in earlier posts I am making a concerted effort to get in more ferments. Tomorrow after work I will be picking up some water kefir grains. I hope that I am able to keep them alive and well this time.

I also have a pot of chicken vegetable soup cooling down on the stove. This is from stock that I made last weekend, and never got around to making into soup.

I am also planning to make a quiche with almond flour [affiliate link] crust to use up some of these eggs [affiliate link] our hens are giving us.

I don't know how long it takes to feel the effects of the creme I'm using. I'm thinking it takes awhile to build up in the system… it seems that I feel a small amount more of energy, but I'm not sure.

Also, here is a weight update. On June 1st, I weighed 180.8#. On July 1st, I weighed 180.4#. I was thrilled to see that number. Why? Because if I can't lose weight I am delighted to stay right here. I just don't like seeing the number go up.

I hope you are having a good day today. I am feeling tired, even though I only got up about five hours ago. I am going to try to get to bed early tonight, but that means I need to focus and get the sauerkraut made, and get the quiche made so that dinner is early.

In the photo you see above of me and my husband, I superimposed fireworks behind us with photos that I took, shot with my son's Nikon S630 point and shoot, set on the fireworks mode. Here are the original photos. I love playing with Photoshop. 🙂

Starlene and Hubby on 3rd of July, 2011

Fireworks from Ahwatukee Country Club in Phoenix, Arizona

Fireworks from Ahwatukee Country Club in Phoenix, Arizona

Fireworks from Ahwatukee Country Club in Phoenix, Arizona

 

 

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Birthdays and Fudge Babies

WARNING: If you are on the Introduction part of GAPS, you may want to come back here one day when you can have sweets.

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One day I will finally get over my desire to have a special sweet treat on my birthday, but this wasn't the year. Maybe that shall be my goal for next year or maybe next year I'll do better with sweets, or maybe I will make less so that I'm not tempted to eat too many.

I have been wanting to make these Fudge Babies, the ingredients for the Original Fudge Babies are GAPS legal; some of the variations contain items that are not allowed on GAPS. I first heard about Fudge Babies at Elana's Pantry, where she linked to the mother of all Fudge Babies, Chocolate Covered Katie.

But I know better than to make a dessert that will serve more than one, since I will end up eating the entire batch myself, so I plotted and planned to bring the Fudge Babies to work with me on my birthday to share with my coworkers.

The Fudge Baby recipes only make a few babies each, maybe 5 to 6, but there were so many I wanted to try, and of course I had to come up with two variations of my own. And I wanted to have enough for everyone at work to try. Everyone brave enough to eat something “weird” that is. What is so weird about the foods I eat, I want to know? It really boggles my mind that I'm the weirdo because I eat “real” food. Whatever.

So let's get started: Here is a photo of the babies in their fine and glorious birthday suits. I will link to the recipes I tried.

I came up with two variations of my own. The first is Banana Bread Babies. I created these in honor of one of my coworkers, who doesn't like chocolate very much, but loves bananas. Here is a photo of the Banana Bread Babies:

Banana Bread Babies

  • 110 grams dates
  • 40 grams crushed banana chips (home dehydrated)
  • 45 grams walnuts

Recipe makes 5 babies. The home dehydrated banana chips are very hard, so you definitely need to let these babies sit overnight so that some of the moisture from the dates can be absorbed into the bananas to soften them a bit. They turned out pretty chewy, but I thought they most definitely tasted like banana bread.

And last but not least, the Pacific Island Babies:

I definitely ate too many of these fudge babies, so they are not on the “allowed” list for me for quite some time. Or, I will cut down the recipe to make only one fudge baby. That might work when I feel like I want a treat.

I did step on the scale on the first of June to find that I weigh 180.8. I stepped on the scale on the 21st of May so I would submit an accurate weight for my adrenal test, and weighed 176. Today I weigh 176.8. So, my weight is fluctuating by about five pounds, as is, I believe normal. I can't imagine anyone's weight stays exactly the same from one day to the next, or even from morning to night.

Now back to the babies… I think the next time I make them, I will definitely play around with the recipe, and I plan to use less dates. They were super sweet to me, and I think I could easily halve the amount of dates and still be thrilled with the end result. The dates serve two purposes that I can see, to sweeten the treat, and to hold the ingredients together. Both of my baby creations were crumbly in the food processor, but the dates allowed them to be smooshed into balls easily.

And now a commentary on the babies:

  • Original Fudge Babies – These were amazingly delicious and GAPS legal as long as you can tolerate this much sweetness. I made the babies on Tuesday, and on Thursday on the way home from work I finished off the last of the babies. Amongst the babies was one of the Original Fudge Babies. The babies had all been warmed slightly because it was hot in the car as I was driving home, and I realized as I ate one of these that I could have been eating a brownie for all I knew. It makes me happy to find things that replace favorites from my past. I was not ever a huge chocolate eater, but I did like brownies. When I make these again, I will half the dates and include coarsely chopped nuts of some kind, either walnuts or pecans [affiliate link], since I always preferred brownies with big hunks of nuts.
  • Tiramisu Babies – These babies contain a small amount of instant coffee. I decided to make them because my son likes Tiramisu and I thought he might like them. He wasn't impressed. I did end up eating a couple of them, and thought they tasted very much like Tiramisu.
  • Peanut Butter Babies – I wanted to make some fudge babies that were not chocolate, as there are some not-chocolate-lovers at my job, my boss being one who rarely indulges in chocolate. She loved the Peanut Butter [affiliate link] Babies. I modified the recipe slightly by including extra nuts which were coarsely ground, and did not the optional cocoa powder.
  • Cookie Dough Babies – Another of the babies I had on the way home, slightly warmed. These also contained illegal ingredients, the chocolate chips because they contained sugar. I know there is a brand of chocolate chips that is more pure, or I could have used a bar of chocolate with no sugar, but I didn't want to fuss much, and I wasn't too concerned about having the small amounts of sugar. I do have to say these babies tasted exactly like Snickers bars. If you can find a GAPS legal chocolate chip or way to get in some chunks of chocolate, they are definitely one to try.
  • Banana Bread Babies – I made the Banana Bread Babies specifically because one of my coworkers does not care for chocolate, but she loves bananas. These tasted very much like banana bread to me.
  • Pacific Island Babies – I wanted to make a tropical version of the babies, and this was my end result. Very tasty, and not as sweet as the others.

It is difficult to pick a favorite, as they were all delicious. Everyone at work who tried them thought they were fabulous. I would like to try some of the other versions, but I will wait for another special occasion. Like Christmas!

In case you're wondering what happened to me and intro… I guess I went to full GAPS. I have already said this, but I should make a post to follow up and up my  second round of intro. I will try to do that soon.

If you love desserts like this, I have two cookbooks you really need to check out ASAP! Naturally Sweetened Treats for gluten-free dessert needs and Baker’s Dozen Volume 4, Chocolate Treats for amazing chocolate desserts and snacks.

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Day 511 That’s No Fair

I usually step on the scale first thing in the morning, and I forgot to do that until a few minutes ago, around 5:30pm.

And I weigh 178.8. That's just no fair! Now before I go any further, again, again, again, let me remind myself I am not doing GAPS to lose weight. I know it's about getting healthy. But I admit I've grown a bit spoiled at the steady weight loss for almost every month I've been on GAPS. It's not fair because I've had no fruit whatsoever since I started intro, and I've hardly had any high carbohydrate vegetables.

Dr. Natasha says we shouldn't count calories, and I hate counting calories. She says we aren't a stove with a piece of wood for fuel.

But it seems like I'm doing something wrong that I'm gaining weight.

Then again, before I get too flustered, it might just be that I've weighed myself at the end of the day, rather than the beginning.

I decided to not do the almond flour [affiliate link] bread, and I never did get any olive oil drizzled onto my food. I know I can tolerate both of those, and if I make the almond flour bread I'll just eat the whole thing so I'll just do myself a favor and just not make it. Besides I'm really low on almond flour, and don't have the money to replace it, so I'm going to be frugal with the amount I have left.

So I guess my plan for the month of May is to start paying closer attention to when I feel satisfied and try to stop eating at that point, putting the food aside for later. That has always been impossible for me in the past, but maybe I'm eating too much. The food is so delicious.

Now another thing I was realizing… the last time I did intro, and lost twenty pounds in one month… I was not eating butter. I was using coconut oil [affiliate link] and lard, and chicken fat. I don't really like those fats as much as I love butter. Dr. Natasha says good healthy fats are vitally important to the healing of our gut lining…

I also have this cold… or you know… a lot of people on the GAPShelp list are saying they are having problems with allergies, maybe the pollen count is really high in my area. Maybe it's not a cold, but allergies. It sure it making me feel tired, whatever it is. I was determined to stay awake today and not take a nap, and I made it through, but boy do I feel tired.

Maybe I should give up butter.

Or maybe I'm retaining fluids since I think my period might start any day now. My ankles do still seem a little swollen.

Maybe tomorrow I won't weigh 178.8. By the way, on April 1st (last month) I weighed 175.6. So that is over three pounds I've gained.

I feel disappointed.

The weird thing about this “cold” is that my husband has it and he doesn't usually get sick, and if it's not a cold, he doesn't usually have allergies.

I am clearly not getting the right pieces of my puzzle in place. Maybe now GAPS is going to get harder for me.

But on the other hand, maybe I'm having some allergies, which can cause tiredness and also I think can affect water weight (am I just hoping?).

I want to be thankful for where I am. I am thankful that my body is healing. If my body needs more weight at this time, then that is what it needs. I have been eating well, I have not been eating crappy foods, I have been having good nourishing soup every day, I have been having ferments, I have been eating good fats. I am grateful that I am feeling so much better than I did 16 months ago, almost 17 months ago. I am not as tired, I have a lot more energy. I am able to actually do some of the grocery shopping without collapsing when I get home. I'm not going to be disappointed in myself, I am going to be proud of myself for doing all that I am doing to help my body be well.

Sorry for this disjointed post. I am feeling tired tonight. I wish I could go to bed, but I have to cook dinner. Two chickens are baking in the oven for dinner. I was planning to also make mashed cauliflower and mushroom gravy. But now I feel so tired, I don't know if I want to do all that now.

 

 

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D455 Feeling Much Better and Weight Update

Every day I have gradually felt better and better. I think a huge part of my problem was grieving for the loss of easy (okay, relatively easy) access to raw milk. It is not effortless owning goats. It takes time each day and you have to be dedicated. And you can't go on vacation unless you have someone who knows how to milk who will commit to milking for you while you are gone.

My husband and I are not the type to go on vacation. We both grew up poor and our families did not go on vacation. My husband's family did go camping with his aunt and nephews, because his aunt wasn't poor and she owned the travel trailer and camping gear and was happy to share the equipment. I only remember going on “vacation” one time in my childhood years. We drove to California from Arizona with five children and two adults in a Chevrolet Vega. That is a small car to cram six people into! I think I may have been 10, which meant my siblings were 8, 7, 6 and a newborn. My mom and stepfather's first child together. We went to stay with my stepfather's parents for a few days. We met my stepfather's disabled sister, it was the first time I remember interacting with a severely disabled individual.

Anyway… we don't really go on vacation, but when you own goats and you CANNOT go on vacation, it starts to become tedious. Add to the mix that my husband and son despise milking, and that means I can't even get away for one night, like to hang out with a girlfriend. It's a huge ordeal because the goats are so accustomed to me milking them that they are unhappy that someone else is milking them and they may kick and act up for the substitute milk maiden, er, milk person.

For years I have talked myself into keeping the goats because of their white liquid gold. But if you have been reading my blog for any length of time, you know that I am not doing dairy (except butter, I seem to tolerate it perfectly well), my husband cannot tolerate dairy products, and I also have my oldest son off dairy as he (like myself) has been diagnosed with asthma. That leaves my youngest son, who occasionally wants a cup or two of milk to go with his SAD cereal.

We've been providing milk for one of my younger siblings' children. But then for some unknown reason she wasn't needing milk. She never was very good at letting us know when she needed more, she has a disability and doesn't drive, so we usually delivered the milk to her (on occasion my mom would drive in to my job and pick it up). My mom would pay us $5 a gallon for the milk as my sister did not have the money (she has food stamps, but I don't accept food stamps, heh). Then I think things got real tight for my mom and she couldn't afford to pay for the milk. I tried to tell them I would rather SOMEONE get the milk, even if we had to deliver it free of charge.

So then it was like, no one here can drink the milk, my sister doesn't want it… and then we got the worst squeeze load of hay we've gotten in eight years. It was so bad we were having to feed the goats three times as much just so they could pick through the stems. There is an 18 inch layer of stems in the pens because they are so picky and don't like the thick stems.

We still have not made that call. My husband is also feeling really stressed out about getting rid of the goats. He's not sure it's the right decision. But we are also having some money problems and it's come to the point where we go into deeper credit card debt to feed them, or find them a new home. Thankfully weknow of a man who will come and take them away. But we haven't worked up our nerve yet to make that phone call.

My husband and I both lost pets as children, due to our parents just one day swooping them up and taking them away to the dog pound. And we were raised with that mentality that you provide pets with a “forever home”. Now we know these are livestock, and we have even butchered our own goats before. It was difficult, but we have done it. Even so, I think we are both a little messed up when it comes to parting with an animal that we have owned for many years.

I think we will probably not have goats by the end of March, but in the meantime we need to work up our nerve to make that phone call.

I did step on the scale on March 1. My husband asked me if I was going to, and I did because he asked me. I was dressed in my jeans, and had my boots on, AND I'd just eaten breakfast consisting of two scrambled eggs [affiliate link] and washed some vitamins down with water. The scale read 179.4#. I had been dreading the 1st, as I suspected I had gained weight. But it also could have been that I was wearing jeans and boots, instead of the shorts and sleeveless tee shirt plus having just eaten breakfast.

That meant I was almost 4 pounds heavier. Agh.

I didn't let it bother me though. I was in enough of a funk to be upset about weight gain.

Each day for this month I have been trying to stay off carbs… yesterday I was about to mix up some honey [affiliate link] and peanut butter [affiliate link] and then I realized, I'm actually tired. I am NOT going to eat honey when I'm tired. And I was able to avoid eating the honey. I did take a late nap. Today I did pretty good at avoiding carbs although I did put a pumpkin [affiliate link] leather recipe into the dehydrator to see how that works out.

Today I stepped on the scale again. It said 174.8. On February 1 I weighed 176.2. I started this journey officially at 232#. I have officially lost 57.2 pounds.

I goofed off a lot in January and February, eating fruit and honey and generally making myself feel like crap. Maybe I can stay on the straight and narrow this month and see more than a pound of weight loss.

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D423 Putting on a Smiling Face Every Day

Sometimes I feel like I need to put on a smiling face here at my blog to keep up the good news about GAPS. I don't want a total stranger to stop by and think the worst about GAPS. But the truth is I don't feel ecstatically happy all the time. I am definitely in a better mood a greater percentage of the time, I'm no longer feeling miserable and having anxiety attacks and needing to take Kava Kava, which I truly believe is a direct result of doing the Gut and Psychology Syndrome diet, but I still have days where I don't feel so good.

Like yesterday. I worked from home, but I was just tired all day long. I'd gotten to bed around 11pm, and awoke early when my husband jumped out of bed at 3am. With my eyes closed, I saw a flash of light, then he leaped to a sitting position. I don't know why, but I thought the house was on fire and the flash of light that I saw was flames flickering. Well, you can imagine that woke me up completely. So I got up and thought I may as well get started on my day. By 5:30am I was just so sleepy that I decided to go back to bed for a while. My husband called three times while I was trying to sleep and finally I was up by 8am and got started working. It was a rough day, for I felt tired the whole time. I ended up working only six hours and decided I couldn't do anymore and crawled into bed and slept for another couple hours. When I got up, I still felt tired.

I decided to make a point to take a detox bath, using Epsom salts. I ordered a fifty pound bag from Azure the last time I ordered, but my husband stored them outside so I haven't had them readily available in my bathroom. That just makes it harder when I have to go fetch the Epsom salts, instead of just pouring into the tub.

I was in a funk much of the day. I've been a little bitter lately because my mom has been feeling down and stressed out. She has gotten off the phone with me hastily enough times that I've learned my lesson and I am doing my best to say nothing at all to her that will cause her more stress. But I have to say it does make me feel very bitter and resentful. I try my best to be there for her, I guess I am younger and should be more mature. Wait, did I just say I should be more mature? That's hilarious. My mother should be more mature. Anyway. I just feel a real disconnect from my family of origin because I feel we are on different paths.

I know it's not normal to be happy happy happy happy every single minute of the day, but I have these expectations for myself. I would like to be happy and cheerful all the time. But it seems like for the last couple of months, I have just been a little bummed out. Actually it seems to have started at the time when I wrote about being worried about self sufficiency.

We have been getting really tired of the responsibility of our dairy goats. After all, my husband, my oldest son and I cannot drink the milk. We considered getting rid of them, but then decided they are a commodity if “anything happens” decided to keep them bought another squeeze load of hay (64 bales). It was a superb price and I was so happy, until I realized the reason is was so cheap is because the quality of the hay was so bad that we have to use twice as much. Goats are not the “eat anything and everything” animals they are depicted to be. They are actually quite picky. They are curious, and they will pick up a tin can and mouth it, like a curious baby. And that is how they got the reputation for eating anything. Ours pick through the flakes of hay and leave the big tough stems – which this squeeze load was filled with – on the ground. Their pen is getting higher and higher and higher with stems that they won't dare eat. The milkers have all dropped their production almost in half. I was getting at least 6 pounds of milk daily, now I'm lucky to get three.

My husband is too busy working to do anything more for the goats than throw hay in the morning and I have been left with doing all the other chores. Thank God my hands have healed and are not wracked with pain. I am also the only one doing housework and having a hard time keeping up with it.

My husband took on too many jobs at once in December, and underestimated the time it would take on each and is taking a beating financially on the jobs, but he is working hard to get them done. I am grateful that he is being responsible and working hard. But for a while he was working 15 hours a day,  driving 3 or 4 and getting only 3 to 5 hours of sleep a night and I was worried sick about him. He's lost thirty-five pounds, which is not a bad thing, he was overweight, but I am worried that he lost the weight by not eating or maybe his condition has worsened and he doesn't want to tell me. He's still not interested in doing GAPS and continues to eat processed foods.

He is getting more sleep in the last week, ever since he caught himself falling asleep driving!! I kept warning him of this but I guess he had never experienced it. All I have to do is get 5 hours of sleep two nights in a row and I'm falling asleep driving, so I have to be really careful to get plenty of sleep.

With all the work he's been doing, and the late hours, I have had trouble sleeping because he's not home. So it hasn't been a good combination.

I guess a lot has been going on… I was thinking maybe I need to incorporate something else GAPS, like try the probiotics or something. But maybe it's just that a lot has been going on. It doesn't help that we are in a financial crunch. I am trying to figure out how to get by without taking a draw from my husband's business and that by itself is just depressing.

Well, hopefully today will be a better day. Thanks for reading all the way through, if you did.

One more thing. As I weigh myself on the first of each month, I weigh 176.2# this morning. On January 1st I weighed 177#. I did resume eating fruit (usually not more than one piece a day) this month, and had the peanut butter [affiliate link] frosting treat a couple of times, and I didn't eat only three meals a day as often as in December. But that's okay. I was hungry. I think I can still work at eating less at some meals. I'm not overeating until I'm stuffed, thank God, but I could probably stop sooner. I'm just observing the process… basically it appears I can more or less maintain my weight by eating from the full GAPS food list as I wish. Tomorrow is the celebration at work, and I'll be planning some baked goods for Valentine's Day, but other than that, maybe for February I can try to back off on fruit and snacky things. I've also been wondering if I can start up with some kind of exercise again. I have been walking faster through the halls at work, I think I used to lolly-gag my way around.

Have a good day!

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D401 I’m Doing Intro Again & Weight Update

Today is day 401 of being on GAPS.

I lost momentum for blogging a bit due to the holidays, but I did step on the scale on the 1st as I usually do. My weight on December 1st was 181.2#. My weight on January 1st:  177#.

My weight loss in December, in spite of eating fruit and baked goods (using almond flour [affiliate link]) was 4.2#. I have now officially lost 54.6# pounds.

I believe the main reason for my weight loss is because I can now eat three meals a day comfortably (I lost more weight DURING the holidays than in the last couple of months put together!). Before starting GAPS, I could not go for more than 3-4 hours max without eating because I would get so hungry I would feel as if I were starving and I would get shaky and short tempered.

It is so wonderful that my body is functioning more properly. I am starting to think there is no reason to eat 5-6 small meals a day. If your body is functioning properly, then I think you should be able to go for longer times without eating.

However, if you cannot go longer than 2-3 hours, then you should not stress out your body trying to wait longer. That only makes it harder on your body.

I think a big factor is that GAPS is a low carbohydrate way of eating. I do have carbohydrates, just not as many as are available when one eats bread/grains/rice/pasta/potatoes.

Now to my title… I decided in December that I was going to do the Introduction part of GAPS again. One of the main reasons was because my hands were bothering me so much.

I was taking a large amount of Vitamin C, a pharmaceutical grade powder, which stated on the label that is contained no corn – hold on, let me just get the bottle so I can quote it:

We use only 100% pure pharmaceutical grade L-ascorbic acid USP-FCC (C6 H8 O6), which contains no corn residue, plant antigens, or protein impurities. Individuals allergic to corn or yeast can use this produce with confidence.

A couple of my readers told me this product was derived from corn, that all ascorbic acid is derived from corn nowadays and she had a very difficult time, actually I believe she said she had been unable to find a source for Vitamin C that was not derived from corn.

I don't even know if I have a sensitivity to corn.

I had worked my way up to 10,000mg daily, because the book I have on adrenal fatigue says the adrenals cannot heal without massive doses of Vitamin C. The book said to keep taking more each day until reaching bowel tolerance, then drop down by 500mg and stay there. I do not know how long… I assumed eventually my body wouldn't need so much and the bowel tolerance thing would happen.

It was kind of difficult to maintain that much Vitamin C. I could not drink that amount in water, as it was far too acidic. I worried about the enamel on my teeth and also it sometimes burned my stomach. So I bought gelatin [affiliate link] capsules and a capsule filler so that I could make up the capsules to swallow. I was always running out of my stash of Vitamin C so I would have to take a few hours every few weeks and load a bottle's worth.

Anyway… for all that rambling, I knew that if I was going to do Intro, I wanted to be off as many supplements as possible. I do not know if I can go off the Glucosamine Chondroitin with MSM, so I am allowing that one, but I knew I didn't want to be on that much Vitamin C, so I started backing down slowly.

Interestingly… as the days passed, my hands were bothering me less and less. I would not say they are perfectly healed, but they are much much better.

My main reason for doing Intro is because I read online that arthritis and carpal tunnel syndrome are both caused by inflammation and that can often be food related. There are some books with dietary recommendations, but then I thought why not just do Introduction to see if I could get the pain to stop and then slowly introduce foods again and see if I can pinpoint what might be causing my pain.

It seems as if the Vitamin C was a big culprit… or… maybe the Glucosamine Chondroitin is finally taking full effect? I did read that it would take months of use before relief was found. I do think that is because people's digestion is off so much that they aren't getting the full benefit of the supplement because I found relief very early on.

I was up to eight capsules daily of the Glucosamine Chondrotin and have now backed down to six (three capsules 2x daily).

I'll try to wrap this post up shortly but I wanted to say something about being on Introduction again.

It is a little bit of a mind drain because I have to keep remembering that I can't have raw vegetables. I reached for raw celery today and remembered I couldn't have it. I saw a banana and thought about that. And there is a very ripe pineapple that I bought on sale for only 88 cents and it really needs to be eaten.

I'm not sure how long I'm going to do stage 1 of intro. Oh, and I am also not foregoing butter. I already know I can tolerate it so I am not going to worry about it.

I'm thinking about doing the stages a bit slowly like I did last year. Maybe stretch Intro out for the duration of this month.

So how are you doing on GAPS?

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Me in December 2009 Before GAPS and One Year Later

D366 One Year on GAPS and Weight Update

Me in December 2009 Before GAPS and One Year Later

So I made it through for one year on GAPS.

The changes I have seen in the last six months were not as dramatic as the first six months, but I have a few things that I can report.

  • I was able to quit taking my asthma medication (I was on a corticosteroid called Flovent) and have been off it since the end of August
  • Blood sugar has stabilized even more, I'm able to eat only three meals a day now
  • Continued weight loss (official weight loss is now 50.4 pounds)
  • Constipation issues non-existent
  • Increased energy
  • Pain free periods and no PMS. My periods were never horribly painful, but I did experience cramping. Not anymore, in fact it is hard for me to tell when my period is going to start now. This is great. The Fiber Menace author Konstantin Monastyrsky suggests that PMS and painful periods are caused by fiber. This from Mr. Monastyrsky's site:

The impact of fiber’s side effects is particularly profound prior to menstruation. The physical metamorphosis that precedes menstruation—water and sodium retention, enlargement of the endometrium and ovaries, egg movement through the fallopian tube(s)—predisposes women to premenstrual syndrome. The ensuing symptoms, such as Mittelschmerz (middle pain, a condition related to the enlargement of ovaries during ovulation), cramping (primary dysmenorrhea, a condition not related to physical anomaly), abdominal pain, and backache, are often related to undue pressure by the distended intestines on the uterus, fallopian tubes, and ovaries, which become hypersensitive during ovulation.

Correspondingly, the emotional aspect of PMS isn’t related to hormonal changes so much, but to the constant presence of pain and discomfort, which trigger the continuous release of stress hormones. In turn, stress hormones cause migraine headaches and patterns of social interaction typical for PMS sufferers.

PMS is often accompanied by intermittent constipation and diarrhea. Evidently, both conditions are usually already present before menstruation. They simply become more pronounced and noticeable during this period.

A few issues have cropped up over the last six months. I have the grey teeth issue which Baden has discussed at length on her blog; a dental cleaning from my dentist did not clear up the problem with my teeth.

I reported six months ago that pain in my hands and wrists had disappeared; however, two weeks after going off of the Flovent I began to have worse pain than I've ever experienced in my hands and wrists. I suspect arthritis of the thumbs and/or carpal tunnel syndrome. When I take Glucosamine Chondroiton regularly, along with cod liver oil, I feel some relief. Sometimes my wrists and thumbs even feel normal. I'm very disappointed in this new development. I do not believe it is caused by GAPS. I suspect that the corticosteroid I was taking was keeping the inflammation down and going off the medication allowed the inflammation to flare up. UPDATE: Not too long after this update I decided to taper down on the Vitamin C in order to do a round of intro, with hopes of discovering if anything I was eating was causing my hands to ache so terribly. Once I tapered down off the Vitamin C, my hands began to heal and are now pain free. What a relief.

Thanksgiving Dinner was a huge success, in part thanks to Sarah Schatz's Heart of Cooking Thanksgiving meal planner. Christmas is just around the corner and I'm sure I'll continue to do fine and not be tempted. There's the staff potluck Christmas party at work, and it looks like my husband and I will be going to his parents on Christmas Day, and to a friend of his on Christmas Eve. There are a few things I cheat with, and many excellent substitutions so I know I'll be okay.

I did step on the scale on the 1st, but I was fully dressed for work, and I figured I wasn't going to like the number too much. I weighed exactly 186. That's up from last month. So I decided to wait until Friday to step on the scale again. I am usually wearing shorts and a sleeveless top (what I typically wear to bed) and shoes. That's what I wore on Friday and the scale said I weigh 181.2#. That's much better than 186#! 🙂

I'm glad to see the number still going down.

I ordered the new 2010 edition of Gut and Psychology Syndrome, I wish I had waited to order from Amazon because they I would have gotten the new cookbook Internal Bliss for only five dollars more!

This week is going to be very busy for me as I will be going in to the office an extra day.

How are you doing?

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Day 331 – Weight Update

So today was the first, and I always step on the scale in the morning wearing my shorts and t-shirt and my men's casual wear shoes.

Last month on the 1st I was at exactly 188. My weight two weeks into GAPS was 232. However, as I harp every month, I probably lost weight those first couple of weeks on GAPS. I have lost weight. I am now at 184.8 pounds. That is an official loss of 47.2 pounds.

My fruit fast helped. Reading Lights Out: Sleep, Sugar, and Survival is really persuading me to stay off fruit.

Although if you read what I ate at conference, I did have some fruit there, but not much. I also had grapes while in the hotel, and I ate the carrot cupcakes with much wild abandon. Well, not too much. I did limit myself to two cupcakes a day, one for breakfast and one for another snack. They are not low in calories, that is for sure. I figured out they are about 400 calories each. But I am not counting calories. I also know it's silly to eat six in one day, that's really way too much.

I am back to my fruit fast today.

Also, I wanted to mention that my son is six pounds less than he was last month. He finally seems to have gotten off the fast food kick and has stopped asking his dad to stop at Taco Bell several times a week. I am not sure how that came about, but I am glad for it.

By the way, my thumbs are still bothering me. I am taking a new kind of glucosamine with MSM and it says to take 3 a day. I'm taking 3 twice daily. My right thumb joint now is swollen most of the time.

I really hate this. I keep thinking I need to join the Yahoo group again and ask the folks their for their input on what I should do.

I also think I remember reading somewhere that nuts cause inflammation so maybe I need to cut out the nut consumption. It is hard just eating meat and vegetables and the nuts are a nice extra food to have as a quick snack.

I am glad that my weight went down, but I don't know where it went down at since my waistline seems to be the same size.

I also think I'm eating too much food, period. I am going to try to cut down my portion sizes, just a little bit, or at least stop going back for seconds.

My husband and I are planning to go camping in about a month. The weather should be just about perfect then. It will finally be cooled down. I heard on the news that it is supposed to be up in the 90s this week. I wish it would just cool down already!

I have been taking 8000mg correction, make that 10,000mg daily of the powdered Vitamin C. I bought this Capsule Filler “Machine” for size OO capsules and it takes six capsules to get 40004998mg Vitamin C into me. I tried drinking the stuff, but I was worried about my teeth as it is very, very, very sour and horribly tart. I am trying to work my way up to “bowel tolerance” but so far I'm tolerating 8000mg a day just fine. The only thing is you aren't supposed to just stop taking Vitamin C. And I keep running out of the filled capsules. It is kind of frustrating because I don't have time to fill capsules every few days! I need to just sit down one day and spend a couple of hours filling capsules. And then I need to do a cost analysis and see just how much money I'm saving by filling the capsules instead of just drinking the stuff.

I wonder when I'll experience bowel tolerance. I just filled up more capsules and realized I am actually taking 5000mg morning and night.

We also bought some no flavor Blue Ice Fermented Cod Liver Oil and it is pretty bad in comparison to the cinnamint which was actually pretty good.

Well, I guess I need to go. I took a detox bath last night, and I think I need another one tonight. I have not been in the best of moods today and yesterday but that is likely from being at conference. They are long days. They start at 7am and go until 5pm or 6pm.

Good night.

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