Suzy Posted May 21, 2013 Share Posted May 21, 2013 Welcome to my Post-Whole30 Log! Thank you to anyone who reads this; you'll be helping me focus on making my life a lot healthier. X Death to chronic inflammation! Let's get started. I've been eating mostly paleo for a whole year now! What I've gained and learned this past year: I've managed to lose and keep off a significant amount of fat (I would say about 20 lbs., but I broke up with my scale, so I couldn't say for sure). I learned how to reduce inflammation in my body and that sugar is the actual Devil for me. I believe that it's consumption is the cause of a lot of emotional symptoms for me. This is the greatest part of my journey. The principles of Whole9 are there so I can strive for balance in all areas of life. Rest, exercise, and socialization are areas that need a lot of improvement. Now that I'm aware, I can do triage on the effects of stressors in my life. Going forward, I will build on what I now know. The things I want to gain and learn for myself over the next year are: I'd like to get the best natural body I can for my lifestyle and lose and keep off the rest of my excess body fat. Since I've learned that excess weight around the middle is an endocrine manufacturing machine, I'm on a mission to negotiate it off my body. I would like to exercise daily as a habit for my emotional and physical health. I'd like to get my emotions under control. I'm an angry, sad, anxious person for a week, or even two, out of the month. I need some serious help with the symptoms of what is called PMDD. I'm more than a little suspicious of established psychiatry, but also suspicious of the effectiveness of supplemental herbs and vitamins. It's always seemed to me that the best I can do would be to eat right, get out in the sunshine, exercise, and express my emotions in a daily journal. Psychiatry is such a nebulous science that I'd rather stay away from it as much as I possibly can. If my symptoms become unbearable again, I may have to resort to hormone medication or other pharmaceuticals. I'm not morally against it, I just want what's best in the long term for my body. I suppose that drugs could confuse the delicate system of the human body, which so many factors could disrupt. I have a lot of fear that I'll do more damage than good and that I'll feel terrible for months until I can quit the meds and get back to nature. Yesterday, I went to our delightful local health food store, Nature's Market, where I talked to the owner, Jeff. He's a caring, older man who happens to be very self-educated with vitamins, herbs, and health in general. He knows about the most readily absorbed forms of vitamins and which herbs have had the most studies done on them. He's a wealth of knowledge. He and his wife are such lovely people, that they can see through my temperamental and introvert tendencies. I talked to them for a long time and left with only a Vitex tincture and a Solgar multivitamin, Female Multi, which includes lots of magnesium, vitamin D3, B-complex, and herbs including Vitex. I was averse to taking a multi, since Dallas and Melissa say that only a few are needed to supplement a diet. However, I haven't been the best vegetable eater over the last year and probably have some deficiencies across the board. For someone who loves a paleo diet, I focus too much on protein. So, my plan over the next year is to up my veggies and fresh fruits and practically ditch my precious dried fruits by only using them in recipes. So, I'll be taking a separate D3 and magnesium, when I can afford the latter (so damn expensive!). So, the Vitex tincture seemed to really work! It's supposed to balance out hormones. My period also came last night, so that could have been the reason for the feelings of relaxation I was getting. Also has a bit of alcohol, which could have taken the edge off. Speaking of alcohol, now's the time to introduce some off plan things that don't trigger me now and again. I've never had an issue with consuming too much alcohol, and I really enjoy the flavors and relaxing qualities of wine and (very rarely) rum and tequila. I think I'll be consuming wine roughly once or twice a week this summer. I'm glad ISWF highlighted for me that wineries have paid for the studies that said alcohol was good for you. I see a lot of people come through my line at Trader Joe's with 6 cases of Charles Shaw Cabernet because they think it's good for them to have two glasses every night. Great job in business, wineries. I personally don't feel good about deluding people, so I always tell them about how the studies were paid for when it comes up. No one likes a know-it-all cashier, but there you go. Other off plan, non-trigger foods (at least I don't think they trigger yet) will be grass-fed cheese, plain yogurt, and butter. Rice, potatoes, gluten-free bread, and oatmeal definitely make me want to eat more and more so they're out. A couple squares of very dark chocolate does not make me want more, but it has added refined sugar which is definitely out because of my serious inflammatory issues (IBS, stiffness, tendonitis, premenstrual swollen breasts, etc.). I'll have cocoa powder and cacao nibs in a recipe if I need chocolate. Or if I can find chocolate sweetened with fruit juice or something, I will try it. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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