PamH

Members
  • Content Count

    825
  • Joined

  • Last visited


Reputation Activity

  1. Like
    PamH got a reaction from Selcazare in Day 1...overwhelmed and sad   
    Each time I start (and fail) a Whole30 I gain a little more knowledge and a little more success.  If you don't finish this one, perhaps come back and try again or just try to incorporate what you *can* do into your diet (maybe just keeping out dairy) for several months and get that settled and then come back for another Whole30 to try to eliminate the rest?  
     
    Rome was not built in a day.  
     
    I encourage you to eat more.  Everyone always says that to me so I will now pass it on!
  2. Like
    PamH got a reaction from Selcazare in Spending way too much $$ on groceries!   
    Over $200/week for a family of 5 here in Wisconsin. My biggest piece of advice is to create a menu for the week and stick to it when you shop! If you are like the rest of the US, you waste a ton of food through impulse shopping or wishful thinking ("I'll make that for sure!"). Second piece is to buy local and seasonal.
    Organic food here is significantly more expensive than conventional. I do pay attention to the Environmental Working Group's Dirty Dozen and sometimes buy non-organic in the foods less pesticide ridden. Probably sticking to seasonal fruits and vegetables is a good budget reducer. Buy bulk when the berries are cheap and freeze them? I do that with blueberries and strawberries. They generally aren't good for more than cooking with or adding to things like yogurt or oatmeal but it works.
    Grass fed beef is insanely expensive here! It is what I use so I just suck it up and pay the price. Honestly, the health benefits so outweigh the price when it comes to the corn fed-grass fed decision so I just stick with grass fed. The meat I have access to here is both grass fed and organic (but not certified mostly due to cost). If the farmer is good enough to go grass free they are generally mindful of following organic guidelines as much as possible. I'm to the point that I'll forgo buying the meat if I can't buy grass fed.
    I'll stop here and admit I am blessed with a husband's good income so this is easy for me to do. I know that isn't the same for everyone.
    I buy a lot of cabbage, carrots, zucchini and make stir-fry. Mixed with ground beef it really goes a long way. There is a Pakistani Kima recipe floating around on the web (Paleo) that is so, so good! Cauliflower 'rice' when it is in season really stretches a meal. Bulk nuts instead of bagged. Same with rice when I eat it (if I go back to eating it).
    I buy things like ghee and coconut oil on line and in bulk to save $$. I cook everything and rarely buy prepared foods anymore. We don't eat out much at all but that is by choice and not to save $$. I bake all of my sweets for the kids. Tropical Traditions and Green Pastures are my go-to places. Find any friends who are willing to split the cost of a case and do it! CSAs are great if you are adventurous and willing to live with perhaps eating only beets or kohlrabi for a week at a time.
    Food is just expensive! I'm always amazed at the total on the register vs the number of bags I carry out. I just got a job at our food co-op which will apparently give me a 15% discount! That makes up for the near minimum wage pay check for us. Now, after over a decade, my unsolicited advice on healthy eating will actually earn me some cash!
    Good luck to you.
  3. Like
    PamH got a reaction from whynotmyemail in Meat Aversion?   
     
     
    I haven't had that specific problem, but I do obviously notice I do much, much better being vegetarian about 50% of my days.  Don't force it down.    It could also be that carb flu people talk about.  I felt like crap for 2 weeks when I went Paleo in July 2012 but did not get that same feeling when I started the Whole30 in April since I'd already restricted most carbs for a year.
     
    Give it some more time.  In the meantime, keep your fat intake up and find some lean proteins that don't make you gag.  Do you eat fish?  Wild caught, Pacific salmon is wonderful.  Flank steak is pretty easy to get down as well as chicken (if you like it).  Don't stress over being vegetarian from time to time on days you just don't want meat.
     
    You could also find a quality pancreatic enzyme.  You might be having some trouble digesting.  I had a prescription level one for my child (Creon) which was absolutely fantastic for his meat aversion.  He took it for 6 months, put on 6lbs (much needed), expanded his meat eating repertoire and then no longer needed it.  Not sure why.
     
    Hang in there!  I hope you find some enjoyment in your food again.  It is important, I think.
  4. Like
    PamH got a reaction from pinkdiamonds in Chronic Idiopathic Urticaria (Hives with unknown cause)   
    Removing, and then ultimately reducing, histamine containing foods got rid of my recurring hives.  I developed the hives after starting the Whole30, really because I OD'd on the kombucha and fermented foods in an attempt to be healthy.   There are many good sites to help with histamine intolerance. I like thelowhistaminechef.com and mastcellblog.wordpress.com
     
    I have not have a hive breakout since April 2014.
     
    My bucket no longer tips.  
     
    This week I put back a spoonful of coconut kefir each morning and am just watching.  I'm hopeful that I'm not THAT sensitive....
     
    Pam
  5. Like
    PamH got a reaction from martha lyckman in I'm back! This time with (maybe) an autoimmune disease. :/   
    Hello (again),
     
    I was an active member of the Whole30 forum until a year ago.  I'm back.
     
    I have been dabbling with vegetarian (nearly vegan) over the past 6-12 months after reading The China Study.  I cut out dairy a few years ago because it caused hot flashes (I'm 50).  I'm am a hard core chocoholic. 
     
    About 2 months ago I started having pain and stiffness that I could not really explain.  At first I thought it was due to my scoliosis and extreme use of the treadmill.  But, it is more.  After talking to my mother, who had polymyalgia rheumatica (PMR) in her 50s, I decided I needed to get checked out.  So, tomorrow I'm off to see my primary to ask for ESR and CRP blood tests to measure inflammation.  I know my CR-P was very low only 3 years ago when I had my thyroid checked, so any elevation will be somewhat recent.  I will probably be referred to a rheumatologist.
     
    So, I'm back.  I've started AIP, but am struggling with the reintroduction of animal proteins.  Can I really not eat eggs?  This is going to be really difficult, but the alternative is long term prednisone if I indeed have PMR or Giant Cell Arteritis.  I might have to take the Pred if I have the latter, since losing eyesight is a possibility.
     
    I assume many here became involved after a diagnosis of some type of arthritis, so I hope to get some feedback.  Were you able to occasionally eat things like chocolate or grains/legumes without setbacks?  PMR does go into remission, or is cured, after a few years for many.  My mom, now 78, has been disease free for 15 years and takes no medication.  
     
    Also, who here believes stress triggers arthritis?  Probably a stupid question.    I've already developed atypical migraines due to life stressors (marriage and raising a child with Autism).  
     
    I'll be reading and posting a lot I expect.  Thanks for listening.  ~Pam
  6. Like
    PamH got a reaction from ladyshanny in depression   
    Vitamin D will take a while to build up and actually help.  I think a blend of D3/K is helpful; at least 2000 IU/day.  Do you have a deck or patio that you can sit on to take advantage of the sun when it makes an appearance?  I actually believe my low cholesterol played (plays?) a role, too.  Do you happen to know your lipid numbers?  Total cholesterol should be above 150 for sure.
     
    I know it is so much easier to give advice than to act on it when you are feeling depressed.  I've been there many, many times.  I just know how much physical activity helps me... but this is you we are talking about.  
     
    I hope you find a person you can relate to at the church.  That would be wonderful.
     
    Take care, and keep us posted!  We worry about our peeps.  lol
  7. Like
    PamH got a reaction from ladyshanny in depression   
    Vitamin D will take a while to build up and actually help.  I think a blend of D3/K is helpful; at least 2000 IU/day.  Do you have a deck or patio that you can sit on to take advantage of the sun when it makes an appearance?  I actually believe my low cholesterol played (plays?) a role, too.  Do you happen to know your lipid numbers?  Total cholesterol should be above 150 for sure.
     
    I know it is so much easier to give advice than to act on it when you are feeling depressed.  I've been there many, many times.  I just know how much physical activity helps me... but this is you we are talking about.  
     
    I hope you find a person you can relate to at the church.  That would be wonderful.
     
    Take care, and keep us posted!  We worry about our peeps.  lol
  8. Like
    PamH got a reaction from ladyshanny in depression   
    Vitamin D will take a while to build up and actually help.  I think a blend of D3/K is helpful; at least 2000 IU/day.  Do you have a deck or patio that you can sit on to take advantage of the sun when it makes an appearance?  I actually believe my low cholesterol played (plays?) a role, too.  Do you happen to know your lipid numbers?  Total cholesterol should be above 150 for sure.
     
    I know it is so much easier to give advice than to act on it when you are feeling depressed.  I've been there many, many times.  I just know how much physical activity helps me... but this is you we are talking about.  
     
    I hope you find a person you can relate to at the church.  That would be wonderful.
     
    Take care, and keep us posted!  We worry about our peeps.  lol
  9. Like
    PamH reacted to amandavanvels in depression   
     
    i did email my church today to see if i could talk to one of their counselors, which i think is free, so i'm actually excited about the possibility of doing that. and yeah, i hate the guilt that makes you feel worse. it seems so easy to just go for a walk but it's not sometimes. thanks again for all of your input!
  10. Like
    PamH got a reaction from Saree_maree in Recovering Bulimic + Jan Whole 30   
    You CAN do this!   Sometimes you are successful for weeks, sometimes for months, and hopefully then for years.  <3  It really is one day at a time.  
  11. Like
    PamH reacted to Saree_maree in Recovering Bulimic + Jan Whole 30   
    Hello ladies,
    I am so happy to have found this thread! I too am doing a January Whole30 and have struggled with anorexia and bulimia for 15+ years. I did my first 30 last September and was B/P free for almost 3 months - but then slid into anorexic territory which of course led me right back to bulimia. December was a bad month.
    Today is my day 7 and so far I'm feeling pretty good and confident. We can do this!
  12. Like
    PamH reacted to praxisproject in I'm back! This time with (maybe) an autoimmune disease. :/   
    MTHFR deficiencies don't always show on tests, unless they know what they're looking for.
    Lots of my results were "normal" or "in range", but collectively, they didn't make sense.
     
    In tests, my B12 shows as normal, but they're measuring the wrong thing for people with MTHFR, as we ingest plenty of it, but can't convert it, so we're high in some biomarkers higher in the pipeline, but as we fail to convert, downstream we're low, or high in things that should clear out naturally. The Methylation cycle should have evidence it's working properly, at every step. For most people with MTHFR it's not and food alone is not always enough (as we still need to convert it and can't).
     
    http://www.mthfrsupport.com.au/what-is-mthfr/
     
    I like the chart best on this one http://doccarnahan.blogspot.com.au/2013/05/mthfr-gene-mutation-whats-big-deal.html
    Mine was identified because of my homocysteine levels, they should not have been high when other things were high and low (evidence the machine was not working).
  13. Like
    PamH got a reaction from Jennifer G in Recovering Bulimic + Jan Whole 30   
    I do. I started my journey with bulimia at age 15. I am 50. I am going to be 1 year without purging on 4/14/16. I still binge, but not so crazy as before.
    I've done the Whole30 a few times, but honestly have never been able to go longer than 15 days without eating something (a lot of it) noncompliant. I did go 56 of 60 days Whole30, if that counts for anything. Since my 30s I have been *pretty good* (purging maybe once every few weeks with longer stints of 2-4 months), but the struggle is still there. Right now? I can honestly say I am confident the purging is over. The binging is not.
    So, I am hoping you are not 50 with a 35 year history of bulimia, but if you feel you can relate to me, I am happy to listen and maybe even help.
    I wish you success! From experience, if you can string together days, and then weeks, and then months and then years of purge-free... the urge goes away. The thought even goes away!
    ~Pam
  14. Like
    PamH got a reaction from praxisproject in I'm back! This time with (maybe) an autoimmune disease. :/   
    Ah, MTHFR.  My son is heterozygous for A1298C and C677T.  I just have to assume I am one or both.  Good point.  I do have access to a few alternative medicine MDs in the area.  
  15. Like
    PamH reacted to praxisproject in I'm back! This time with (maybe) an autoimmune disease. :/   
     
    Does histamine only develop after it gets cold, or does long cooking also generate it?
    If it's just after cooling, you might be able to make tiny batches and drink/use it all.
     
    Or just cook meat with bones in, I really love chicken wings and they get a lovely gelatin-ish quality when baked in the oven.
     
    Not sure about gelatin and histamine, maybe ask your doctor.
  16. Like
    PamH reacted to praxisproject in I'm back! This time with (maybe) an autoimmune disease. :/   
     
    It's not AIP, but you might find some of the recommendations for leaky gut are helpful to you. You may want to ramp up your bone broth consumption and if you can get them, Great Lakes gelatin and collagen. Whole30 made a huge difference for me with inflammation, huge.
     
    You may find the Recommendations as well as the Rules give you better results: http://whole30.com/2015/01/rules-recommendations/
    However you only need to comply with the rules to do a Whole30
  17. Like
    PamH reacted to leslie706 in I'm back! This time with (maybe) an autoimmune disease. :/   
    This is SO exciting to me. I had brain surgery three times last year and I also have been struggling with what the rheumatologist calls "undifferentiated connective tissue disease". 
     
    My complements, CRP, and other inflammatory markers have been up for about five years. They said that I am like a pot on the stove waiting to boil over. Once it boils over, we will know exactly which autoimmune disease I have. But! That doesn't work for me. I don't want to boil over. 
     
    I am on Day 5 of my Whole30 and praying that this helps. I spent six months on Medrol, due to my surgery, and am ready for this to be over! 
  18. Like
    PamH got a reaction from praxisproject in I'm back! This time with (maybe) an autoimmune disease. :/   
    I would think I do NOT have PMR for sure.  I do know there is literature that says you can have normal test results and still have PMR but it is rare. The Giant Cell Arteritis is probably ruled out when you look at the overall test results.  Yes, eat for life.  Wow
  19. Like
    PamH got a reaction from praxisproject in I'm back! This time with (maybe) an autoimmune disease. :/   
    I would think I do NOT have PMR for sure.  I do know there is literature that says you can have normal test results and still have PMR but it is rare. The Giant Cell Arteritis is probably ruled out when you look at the overall test results.  Yes, eat for life.  Wow
  20. Like
    PamH reacted to praxisproject in I'm back! This time with (maybe) an autoimmune disease. :/   
     
    High sugar (which a lot of vegan/vegetarian can be) and low protein can result in some pretty unhealthy numbers, glad to see you're on the mend.
     
    If you can get one near you, I recommend a DEXA scan, it's less dangerous than an Xray and gives you muscle, fat and bone all at once, I had to have them when I was losing muscle mass (which is what made me do a Whole30 in the first place, my body was eating it's own muscle  )
     
    You may want to add a small amount of liver (beef or chicken) or shellfish (oysters are #1 if you can get them) in your immediate future, these both contain a lot of essential repair nutrients which are great for recovery and rebuilding in the body.
     
    I really don't think you need an AIP now!
  21. Like
    PamH got a reaction from Carlaccini in depression   
    Keeps you in bed all day?  That is serious depression.  I have lived with depression since adolescence.  On and off of medications.  Off for the past 12 years with the use of high dose Omega 3 fatty acids.  I feel better off of meds than I felt on them.
     
    Ditching the sugar helps me.  Getting out of bed, getting dressed, doing work at a cafe or park to just be out with people.  If you have a dog... walk it!  Enjoy that sunshine; it will make you feel better.  Force yourself to take a class:  yoga?  painting?  cooking?  
     
    Don't wait for the depression to lift before you move on with your life in CA.  
     
    In addition to the Omega 3s (fish oil is what I used), I take Vitamin D.  Healthy fats.  You can try Rhodiola or St. Johns Wort, too.
     
    Keep pushing!  You might never feel the depression is gone, but you sure can get to the point where you are NOT defined by it.  
  22. Like
    PamH got a reaction from praxisproject in I'm back! This time with (maybe) an autoimmune disease. :/   
    Well, well, well... knock me over with a feather:
     
    My SED rate is 8mm/hr (reference range 0-22 mm/hr)
     
    My C Reactive Protein is <.5 mg/dL (reference range 0-.8 mg/dL)
     
    CBC and Metabolic panel are all within normal ranges except BUN (but I'm super hydrated).
     
    BP was 90/60 which is my normal
     
    HR was 56 which is my normal
     
    Some of the CBC values were on the low end of normal:  WBC, RBC, Hemoglobin and Hematocrit.  I am assuming that is from a vegetarian/vegan/sugar diet for the better part of 6 months?  On the Metabolic Panel, total protein and albumin were on the low end, too.  My guess is more protein!
     
    Today I had a chicken breast.  
     
    I will keep up with the Whole30 and lower inflammation foods, but I am going to go the orthopedic route to see what is going on.  Since I am 50, a long time eating disorder battler, sugar eater and heavy duty exercise freak I might want to get a bone density scan.  I broke the neck of my femur years ago from running.  Although I don't run anymore, I have been hiking and walking to excess.  That, combined with a crappy diet?  Only an Xray and time will tell.  
     
    Younger people, listen up!  Bodies will fail if you do not take care of them.  sigh
     
    Any feedback welcome!
  23. Like
    PamH got a reaction from Carlaccini in depression   
    Keeps you in bed all day?  That is serious depression.  I have lived with depression since adolescence.  On and off of medications.  Off for the past 12 years with the use of high dose Omega 3 fatty acids.  I feel better off of meds than I felt on them.
     
    Ditching the sugar helps me.  Getting out of bed, getting dressed, doing work at a cafe or park to just be out with people.  If you have a dog... walk it!  Enjoy that sunshine; it will make you feel better.  Force yourself to take a class:  yoga?  painting?  cooking?  
     
    Don't wait for the depression to lift before you move on with your life in CA.  
     
    In addition to the Omega 3s (fish oil is what I used), I take Vitamin D.  Healthy fats.  You can try Rhodiola or St. Johns Wort, too.
     
    Keep pushing!  You might never feel the depression is gone, but you sure can get to the point where you are NOT defined by it.  
  24. Like
    PamH reacted to praxisproject in I'm back! This time with (maybe) an autoimmune disease. :/   
     
    You should be able to find lots of compliant food in San Fran, so there's no need to go off the program unless you're choosing to.
     
    If you think you may have an auto-immune disease, going off plan may result in a very miserable trip, so have a think about whether it's what you really want.
  25. Like
    PamH got a reaction from praxisproject in I'm back! This time with (maybe) an autoimmune disease. :/   
    LOVE the chocolate chili.  Good idea.  I haven't made it since last winter.  I've never tried the second recipe, but I eat cauliflower a lot.  
     
    I actually drank Crio Bru (have their tshirt!) when I first gave up caffeine.  I switched back to regular decaf after having a histamine overload problem and thought it might be part of the issue.  I really liked it but I think I will steer clear because I'm not sure it likes me.  I had a lot of heart palps.  Man, this isn't fun.  I never used to react to foods.
     
    I will find a good way to get through this next month.  I go to San Fran in a week so I think I won't be able to stay compliant 100%.  I can do the best possible.  I will also know my blood test results by then.  
     
    I'm encouraged my how much better I feel.  The aching... the hip pain... the dead feeling in my legs... much less.  That is just 48 hours, folks.