Helene2310

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  1. Helene2310

    Starting Jan. 2

    Hi everyone, I will be starting Jan 2 as well! I did my first whole30 last year and loved it but have been eating on and off paleo ever since and completely went down hill this holiday season. I am discouraged because I started whole30 for health reasons and feel that I have set myself back a little due to my recent poor food choices. My goal is complete the whole30 autoimmune protocol, it done parts of it before but I want to go all the way and see what progress I can make. We will see how it goes... Good luck to everyone!
  2. Helene2310

    Adrenal Fatigue

    Hi missmary, Thank you for the response! The reason behind the brown rice I believe is carbs for energy but I'm sticking with my sweet potatoes and root veggies, my body likes them better. Yeah I have been trying to eat a little more regularly of healthy foods because it helps keep my blood sugar up. And I'm encouraged to hear that it took you a good amount of months until you saw a change. When I don't feel good or have a cfs crash I get frustrated and crave high sugar/starchy foods and that's when I crack. I need to just stick with it no matter what!
  3. Helene2310

    Adrenal Fatigue

    Hi everyone! I need some adrenal help! I have been diagnosed with moderate adrenal fatigue and chronic fatigue syndrome, but I believe a lot of my symptoms are from from adrenals and irregual cortisol levels. I have been dipping into paleo/autoimmune paleo for about a year now on and off and I think the autoimmune protocol is what my body needs but I go back and forth. I use to be an advocate for eating whole grains and eating 5-6 times a day for blood sugar regulation. All the books I have read for adrenal fatigue, including Dr. Lams book it says to incorporate things such as brown rice and beans and eating 5-6 times a day. If adding whole grains and eating 5-6 times a day is what I need to do to heal I will, but I was just wondering if anyone has had success healing and regulating your body on whole30/paleo without having to follow the adrenal nutrion guidelines?? Any feedback is helpful!!
  4. Helene2310

    Gaining weight?!?!

    Thank you Melissa, I do agree with the job that as long as I balance stress inside and outside of work I can manage it. Glad to hear you touched on supplementation because I did spend good amounts of money to get some very detailed testing done as to what my body is deficient in and what it does not produce. They then created customized vitamin powders and amino acid powders to help regulate my body. From all of your feedback and suggestion I feel more encouraged that I am on the right track to healing, I just need to be patient and give it time, which for a Type A like me is very challenging! Haha. But thank you for all your feedback, ill keep sticking with the AIP!
  5. Helene2310

    Gaining weight?!?!

    Thank you so much for your feedback Melissa! Your responses are what I have been thinking/working on but your confirmation is much more comforting. I plan to stay on the autoimmune protocol, including drinking bone broth and eating sauerkraut as well as taking HCL with my meals in hopes to heal my gut. I do gentle yoga to help with stress, gentle walking, and rest as much as possible. I have seen an increase but have a long way to go. If there are anymore suggestions I would love to hear! Melissa, or anyone who has experience with autoimmune/cfs issues I have a question: I am a Human Resource manager for a large corporation and currently work 45-50 hours a week. The job can be stressful with mild exercise/labor. My question is if I continue to follow proper eating, yoga, etc can I eventually recover (probably slower) or is the only way to fully heal to commit to a healing lifestyle and find a more simple job that allows me to focus on just myself and healing?? I love my job (can be challenging when I dont feel good) and it is very helpful financially, but if I really won't be able to fully heal then a job change might have to be an option :/ any suggestions or feedback woud be much appreciated!
  6. Helene2310

    Gaining weight?!?!

    Hello, so I know that the Whole30 is NOT a weight loss plan. I do need to loose some lbs but I am doing the whole30 for health reasons. I am wondering if I am doing something wrong because I am gaining weight. I am on Day 22 and have seen a definite increase in energy and my cravings however I have been gaining weight?? I am doing the autoimmune protocol, including cutting out fruit to try to help with cut irritation/leaky gut issues. I have been dipping into whole30/AIP since October but committed after the holidays. I am currently dealing with Chronic Fatigue/Epstein Barr virus. In order to not feel deprived my staples have been sweet potatos, good amounts of protein and fats. I am wondering if: 1. I may be eating too many sweet potatos/starchy carbs 2. Too much fat (I have always been adding fat and starchy carbs due to the fatigue of the virus, I want to make sure my body has enough fuel but maybe it's too much?) 3. If I am not eating enough vegetables A broad layout of my meals: - Sautéed spinach, onions, mushrooms, 1/2 sweet potato, 1/2 avacado, 5-6oz protein (that was cooked in 1-2tbsp coconut oil) - 4-6oz of meat cooked in 1-2tbsp oil, sweet potato chips, kale chips, broccoli, 2tbsp ground olives - 1/2 sweet potato, 1 tbsp coconut butter, 4-6oz fish, aspargus, 1/2-1 handful or olives That is a very basic layout if most of my meals, subbing in olive oil, coconut milk, different veggies, squashes, etc. am I eating too much? I don't measure things, I just kind of go off of the above layout to ensure I don't get hungry or tired. Currently with my health and job I am not working out that much. I do walk a lot at work, probably 25-50% of the time and try to do yoga 2-5 times a week. If you have any suggestions please let me know. I enjoy eating this way and looking forward to more positive results, I am just kind of discouraged that my diet is so strict (for Heath reasons) and I'm gaining weight. I have not weighed, I can just feel it on my body and in my clothes :/
  7. Helene2310

    Balsamic vinegar

    So I just want to verify because I am still a little confused... With Balsamic Vinegar, it is allowed if it says "naturally occurring sulfites" within the ingredients but is not allowed if it says "contains: sulfites" before the ingredients. Is this correct??
  8. Helene2310

    Fibromyalgia/Chronic Fatigue

    LibLady: I too was diagnosed with both but have decided I only have CFS/EBV. I am on day 11 but doing the AI protocol, like you I have seen some improvements too but I'm anxious to see what our bodies continue to do! Good luck!
  9. Helene2310

    Fibromyalgia/Chronic Fatigue

    Daphne: that is great that you are able to do cross fit! Did you have to build up to doing that? I have slowly started to build up to light walking a gentle yoga but I'm so far from cross fit. I still debate on if it is good for CFS to push yourself a little in order to help in the long run or if it just makes it worse? I'm just so afraid of a having a flare up. @pomme: I do agree with Renee that the whole30 is structured that maybe you can just start on the regular plan and see if that helps. My thought with the AI protocol was to just start with that and then try to slowly add things back and see my symptoms. Similar to an elimination diet, it is working good so far. Just find what works for you!
  10. Helene2310

    Fibromyalgia/Chronic Fatigue

    Thanks for starting the thread! I've been battling CFS/EBV for about 3 years. I have dipped into whole30 since October and have seen slow progress. I have to admit due to the holidays I haven't been 100% compliant but I am now on day 5 and I am fully committed! I am doing the autoimmune protocol to really kick start my body and help heal my body, even though it is strict I can really see a difference with cutting out the extra things. I have been slowly trying to get back into exercise, some days it's just impossible. I would love to hear any suggestions anyone has?? Here's to healing fibromyalgia/cfs!!
  11. Helene2310

    Adrenals, among other things

    Mummy7- Glad to hear that some things we are doing are similar, very encouraging! I have been dipping into whole30 since October but I was not 100% compliant a couple of times and want to do it completely 100%. So I am now on on day 4, and will not be breaking this time. I have been following autoimmune my whole time dipping into Whole30. I think I do need to heal my gut, and think I need to try 60-90 days for the whole30 autoimmune. However, I go back and forth with the autoimmune protocol... I sometimes wonder if I need to be doing the AI protocol for CFS or if it is not necessary to be so strict as long as I follow the regular whole30 :/ Do you feel that nuts and eggs don't change anything for you? What about nightshades? What is CT3M? I agree with the muscle tone, it is hard to go from being athletic to none at all. Have you had ups during cfs where you have been able to workout or no exercise at all because you're just too fatigued? I sometimes go in spurts but nothing regular and nothing compared to where I was so I now need to try to do a little bit no matter how I feel, its just so hard sometimes...
  12. Helene2310

    Adrenals, among other things

    Yes I do take it! I have noticed great results with it in my muscle pain and energy! Glad you had results as well Do you have cfs?
  13. Helene2310

    Adrenals, among other things

    Mummy7- You are not alone with Chronic Fatigue. I have been battling chronic fatigue for about 3 years now as well. I have high levels of Epstein Barr which makes it very challenging. Like you, I have had a restricted diet for a while and tried many diets. I am currently following the autoimmune protocol and enjoying it. I had some downs when I started but am starting to see improvement and energy. Through a lot of research I have discovered that I have Leaky Gut, which is very common for CFS because your body does not digest your food properly. I am currently doing better than I have the past few years, here are a couple of things that have really been working for me: -Autoimmune Whole30 (ensuring to include lots of avocados and sweet potatoes to help with energy and drinking bone broth everyday!) -Taking HCL with my meals to help the food digest properly -Ensuring I sleep 8-9 hours and dont lay in bed during the day no matter how tired I am -Graded exercise (very hard at first but I started by walking 2-3 minutes a day and slowly building up as well as gentle yoga) -Taking Ribose, low does L-carnitine, and mixed mineral vitamin c powder (I know supplements are not recommended on the whole30, my goal is to get off all supplements however right now my body needs the extra support) CFS is very challenging but I do believe I am on the right path by following Whole30/Paleo, it just makes sense and my bod responds well. You may not have wanted all that information but just thought I would share.' Good luck, you can do it!!
  14. @jacquline: tonic water also has sugar in it. I made this mistake while going out with some friends for a weekend and drank lots of tonic water. I am not 100% sure if it will affect your progress or not. I started over only because I drank a couple of glasses, but if you only drank a little you might be fine. It is personal preference