Lazybonesjones

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  1. Lazybonesjones

    Addison's Disease

    Hey OceanViewInMN, Thanks for your reply and sharing your story. It sounds similar to mine, except I don't have the thyroid problems. I have however been diagnosed with something called Ehlers Danlos Syndrome which is a genetic disorder. Unfortunately for me, I was over replaced. I finally got someone to agree to test my cortisol levels and they were off the charts high. I am now in the slow and very uncomfortable process of reducing my meds to a dose that is right for me, with frequent re testing. I haven't had a baby, but I'm having similar experiences trying to go back paleo. I attempted a Whole30 in September, but I quit half way through. I just felt so nauseous all the time. I tried cutting out eggs and nightshades but it didn't help. I felt so tired and crappy and sick and it put me off meat for a few months. I was a vegetarian a long time ago and from the middle of September until the end of December I followed that lifestyle again. It's worth noting that I have an allergy to both wheat and a protein found in dairy, so it's not exactly easy to be a vegetarian, it's much easier to be paleo. But once I started eating rice and carby foods again my energy went up. Although I think not eating meat after a while made it go down. Only recently have I started wanting to eat meat again and I'm taking it slow. Over the New Years weekend I went away and was not in charge of most of the food. A lot of the meals were very meat heavy and I felt sick all weekend. I can tolerate chicken and fish right now and some eggs but any beef, pork, venison, bison, etc makes my stomach hurt. I'm hoping to reintroduce them though as I have a freezer full of farm fresh bacon and venison from my bf's hunting trip that I don't want to waste. If I don't eat something carby I feel like I could fall asleep at any moment. Anyways, I don't know why I feel this way, and I don't know if it's Addison's related or not. I thought it might be from tapering down my meds but when I stopped eating Paleo I felt better. I want to try it again though because previously being on a Whole30 was the best I ever felt, especially when you could add in potatoes. I think starting Monday I'm going to try again, lots of potatoes and avoiding what I know hurts my stomach. I hope this reply made sense, and I hope you feel better soon!
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    Starting 1/4/16

    I'm with L_dougherty85, personally I probably wouldn't start over. But I would be a lot more careful from now on just in case.
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    Starting 1/4/16

    Day 21! I'm going to bed feeling pretty good right now. Mentally that is, not physically. Physically I'm exhausted and I think coming down with a cold. Last night was Supper Club, and since I'm the only one doing something as strict as the Whole 30 I was in charge of dinner. Once a month my friends and I take turns getting together and creating a dinner for each other, we take photos and share the recipe and at the end of the year we're going to compile it into a cookbook. I made a charcuterie/antipasto platter for an appetizer, pesto steak stuffed portobellos with green beans and paleo ceasar salad for dinner and caramelized peaches with coconut cream for dessert. And while everyone else was drinking wine (my favourite wine no less) I put kombucha in a wine glass. In the morning one of my friends was so excited that she had come up with a breakfast to make that I could eat, and when she made it, it was the egg/banana pancake that is a big no no for the program. But I ate it anyways, because my friends were so proud and tried so hard and got me coconut milk for my coffee and didn't buy any candy (usually we eat a ton of candy when we do this). I figure I can make an exception in that circumstance. On the way home and at home though I talked myself out of stopping to pick up wings and fries, stopping to pick up Vietnamese food, and ordering delivery. It took some convincing but I didn't give in. Now I'm going to bed and hoping my experiment dehydrating bone broth isn't a huge mess in the morning.
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    Starting 1/4/16

    Official halfway!
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    Starting 1/4/16

    Meal prep today which equals so many dishes I'd almost rather just burn my kitchen down. Good to know about the aloe vera! I am also short tempered. I think it has to do with no sugar.
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    Starting 1/4/16

    Almost halfway, which is nice. This morning I had almost convinced myself to quit, but then I realized I was almost half way there so it would be a waste to give up now. Plus if I gave up then what? Go back to not eating well and make all my health problems worse? I had one fantastic energy bomb day this week on Wednesday, in the morning I was so energetic...by the time I was done work I was soo tired and now I've had a cold since then. It won't come out full blown though which is kind of annoying, it's like a half cold that's dragging for days. For people having digestive issues and constipation, have you tried aloe vera juice? It tastes horrific (better when mixed with apple juice or something acidic) but apparently it works well for that. I've been trying it because I was told it's also good for ulcers and stomach irritation.
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    Starting 1/4/16

    Also, does anyone have Instagram? I'm trying to keep accountable on mine, @lazybonesgetsfit, feel free to come and add me and I'll add you and we can help each other stay on track.
  8. Lazybonesjones

    Starting 1/4/16

    Hi! I started on the 4th too. I have done one Whole30 before, and I got to 20 days on one this fall before I was derailed. I had planned on doing a Whole30 for January, and then last month I started having some bad stomach issues so the timing seemed perfect. I have Addison's Disease and Ehlers Danlos Syndrome, as well as all the fun little sub conditions that go with those. Long term use of corticosteroids for the Addison's has caused weight gain, joint issues (which I already have from the EDS as well) and now ulcers and an enlarged fatty liver. So even though as a general rule I try to eat pretty healthy I still need to change what I'm doing to heal my liver. It's frustrating but I'm only 33, I'm not morbidly obese, a diabetic or an alcoholic so even though it sucks hopefully I can change it. Anyways, I work in an elementary school and today I had the weirdest craving hit me - a bologna sandwich on white bread with mustard and mayo. I have honestly not eaten or wanted to eat something like that in at least 10 years, probably more, I haven't eaten gluten in a year and a half and bologna grosses me out! My first Whole30 I had dreams about pasta with garlic and Parmesan cheese and I used to hate Parmesan cheese..,and ever since I finished that Whole30 I love it so I really hope I don't turn out to love processed gross lunch meat after this!
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    Day 8, constantly talking myself out of quitting

    I started journaling what I eat, what time, how I feel afterwards if I don't feel well and when I feel snacky I'm going to make myself write it down first, what I want and why I want it to help myself learn and see it down in front of me when I'm just eating to eat. I try to do some meal prep on Sundays, something for breakfasts/lunches to make my life easier. This week I had made all my leftover veggies into soup I can take for lunch with whatever protein left from dinner and pre prepped breakfast bowls with potatoes and veggies and a slice of compliant bacon that I can also add whatever protein I feel like to. One of the grocery stores near me sells pre chopped mixed veggies, kind of expensive considering how cheap it is to cut a pepper, zucchini, broccoli,and onion yourself and this isn't a whole of each, but it is sometimes worth it when you feel like garbage! After lunch today I started feeling stomach flu-ey again, I don't know if I'm sick again or not. Entirely likely since I work in a spec Ed class and a couple students are sick and a staff came in today sick and left early. So egg drop soup with zoodles for dinner. Thanks for the support, it helps!
  10. Lazybonesjones

    Day 8, constantly talking myself out of quitting

    Thanks, I'm feeling a lot better today. Yesterday I only had to mentally slap a cookie out of my hand once, so that's progress! I looked up a bunch of one pan meal ideas to help with the dishes too. I got very frustrated about my health yesterday and had a good think and I know this is the right thing to do. And I know I can do it. Everyone just needs a little whine once in a while I guess.
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    Day 8, constantly talking myself out of quitting

    Thanks...I did the dishes and then I went to bed. I knew if I didn't I would wake up this morning and be so mad! Lol I think I'm just feeling under the weather and whiney.
  12. This is my 2.5 round of Whole30. I did a full one two years ago, and late last year I started one but realized at about Day 20 that I had been eating something non compliant the whole time. Sneaky sugar. I'm on Day 8. I want to do this, I need to do this. I have Addison's Disease, Ehlers Danlos Syndrome, and just found out today that I also have ulcers and a fatty liver probably due to the meds I have to take. Which also mess with my joints which are already funky because of the EDS. Not to mention all the other fun autonomic nervous system problems that go with both. I have basically had a sinus infection for a year. This past summer it turned into meningitis which caused a cyst to form on my brain. I need to get in better control of my health because I feel like my body is spiraling out of control. So I know I need to do this. But for some reason today I'm just SO tired. And I know I'm just having cravings but I've spent the whole day convincing myself not to cheat or quit. The first time I did this, I know I didn't follow the rules to all the technical details, eating too much dried fruit etc and I know I'm starting to do the same this time. Snacking for no reason other than to snack, looking for sweet foods for dessert etc. Obviously sugar is something I need to quit and get under control big time. If I feel well enough to eat I totally over do it. And I know this isn't a weight loss diet but I do have weight to lose. And I know if I eat something off plan I will feel like absolute garbage tomorrow. But my kitchen is full of dishes and I'm exhausted and I guess I just feel like complaining? Haha No one else I know is doing this and they're all tired of me watching food documentaries and talking about food. So I guess I figured I'd just write about it on the Internet. I may start posting a daily food log in the food log section to help keep myself accountable/stop snacking and bingeing.
  13. So far I've been eating scrambled eggs, chicken, squash and bone broth, as well as some green juice (kale, cucumber, celery, banana and apple) just because I've been having trouble with raw vegetables for a few weeks. I have had some nuts and seeds and some grapefruit as well, and today I made stuffed peppers with beef which did not sit well. Maybe I'll cut out the juice, fruit, nuts and seeds until I feel better. I think I just want to figure out which of this is regular Whole30 stuff and which is not, but it's also only day 2 so maybe I'm getting ahead of myself. Thanks for the advice!
  14. I've done one full round of Whole30 before and most of a second one, now I'm on round 3 (2.5?) so I'm familiar with the fatigue and the carb flu and all of that. I started yesterday so I'm only on Day 2, and I admit I went crazy eating wings and pho and spring rolls and candy and cider and wine all last week so I'm fully expecting a bad hangover from that this week. But I think I have all of that plus a sinus infection/flu type illness, and also today started some stomach issues, specifically I am super freaking hungry all the time followed by everything I eat coming out one way or another shortly after. I have a doctor's appt Monday because they were checking me for gallbladder/pancreas/ulcer problems so my stomach hasn't been great recently but not in the same way was this. I also have Ehler's Danlos Syndrome and Addison's Disease, the meds for which can cause the gallbladder etc problems. Anyways! Long winded post but: Any advice on what I should do? Keep eating all kinds of food? Or just take it easy until my stomach feels better? Part of the problem is I feel HUNGRY. Like steamed fish and broccoli hungry, within 30 minutes of eating.
  15. Lazybonesjones

    Addison's Disease

    I haven't actually done the AIP. I have recently been diagnosed with Ehlers - Danlos Syndrome in addition to my AI so I think that explains some of my unresolved symptoms. I think about doing an AIP sometimes but I never do because to be honest I've already cut out so much and I love night shades! Right now I'm really focusing on improving my health as best I can and maybe hopefully cutting down on some prescriptions. AI or Addison's will require life long steroid replacement though, but in varying amounts for different people. That's something I learned the hard way. I had a really hard time accepting the Addison's diagnosis and medication requirements for a long time. I hated the steroids and the side effects, I hated being sick, I hated it all. It led to many problems for me, depression, disordered eating etc. Sometimes I still have a hard time, but I'm learning to accept it because I'll never get any better if I keep messing myself up. And trying to cut my meds too low or pretending nothing is wrong ultimately makes everything worse. There is no one size fits all approach and what works for one person may not work for another. What I have learned is that for managing both of my medical conditions and associated symptoms diet is really important. Dairy, gluten, soy and refined sugar all cause problems for me. Non gluten grains and legumes other than soy seem fine. Honey, maple syrup, agave, other natural sugars and fruit seem to be okay if I don't over do it, but having too much of them equals having white sugar to me and messes up my blood sugar which leads to headaches, brain fog and fainting/near fainting. Dairy causes sinus and respiratory problems for me, and gluten and soy makes everything including my face bloat and ache. I'm currently trying out some supplements to see if they help as well, but I haven't taken them long enough to know any results for sure yet. Staying active even when you feel like garbage is another thing that helps. Even just walking, yoga or gentle exercise help in the long term. What about the reintroductions is messing you up? The first time I did (attempted) a Whole30 I ended it early and fell face first into a bags of candy and pasta and that really screwed with me. When I actually completed a Whole30 I felt fantastic but I did not follow the reintro timeline and as a consequence felt awful and then almost immediately got a lung infection which I don't think is entirely coincidental. I wish I could be more helpful, I'm sorry and I hope you start to feel a bit better soon.