Friday, August 21, 2015

My Journey 8.21.2015

Today is August 21st - I am a little over 34 years old.

I missed my early doctor’s appointment back in June due to the head receptionist passing away.  I got lost in the shuffle.  I had rescheduled but was unable to make that appointment due to my menstrual cycle... So, I have rescheduled, again, for late October.  I love my doctor but so does everyone else.  It is hard to get in to see him.

On top of my annual visit and what not... I wanted to ask him about putting me on Metformin.  It may help me lose some more weight.  Hopefully that will help me feel like me again.

Any way.  After reading Woman Code by Alisa Vitti I have made some changes to my life.  I started taking Vitex.  I got off of birth control.  I have not had a missed period!!!  What?!  Yes!!  How amazing is that!  It may be all of my changes combined or this little herbal supplement.

I still take/use all of my other supplements – some of them are: a multivitamin, magnesium, zinc, ginger, cinnamon, cranberry, Vitamin C, calcium, a prenatal, Clary Sage oil, Clary Calm oil blend

I am still dairy free, but now I am just about fully plant based.  I don’t eat meat.  As most of you know, I’ve never really been a huge meat eater anyway.  I had eggs a few months ago… so I’m still working on it but I feel great.  I still struggle with not eating wheat.  It is a lot harder than the other foods.  It is in everything!!

I have been doing yoga for about a year now.  I had a small hiatus while moving but I’m getting back on track.

I’ve lost about 3-5 lbs this year.  So, that’s good.  Still have more to go.

I have noticed that this past year has been very more painful than most.  I’m not sure if it is because I’m getting older or if something is getting worse… but my abdominal pain is getting bad & my cycles are changing.  The pain is almost every day & is worse.  Sometimes I really wish my doctor would have given me the hysterectomy when I was 23 when I asked for it… would have saved me so much pain & heartache BUT no, I was too young in his opinion. 

That is all I have for now… will update in late October.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

My Journey 1.29.2015

So, it has been a while since I had a 'My Journey' post.  Almost a year.  A lot has changed in a year.

My last doctor's appointment was July 2014 "I had my yearly doctor appointment yesterday. I told him about all of the changes I've made to improve my life and health: removing dairy/wheat, changing deodorant to a non aluminum kind, underwire less bra, increased water intake, still not smoking, vitamins, oils, really being in tune with my body. He was so proud of me. I've lost some weight - my BP was great. I'm going off the pill - not to get pregnant but to help with my headaches. It was my choice. He said that he was going to take me of them when I turned 35 anyway - so I am just getting a head start. He said more of his patient should be more like me 
smile emoticon Be your own health advocate!"

Today I am 33 years old.  I'll be 34 in June.  My childbearing days are coming to an end, in a hurry.

I have been dairy free & gluten free for about a year.  I am about 95% plant based now.  I rarely eat meat, but sometimes eat eggs.  I'm aiming for no meat at all.  I've been doing yoga for a little over a month.  I love it.  I've been intrigued with yoga & meditation but I've never tried it.. until now.

I am off of birth control & I started taking Vitex. Info on Vitex  At my last doctor's appointment I told him I didn't want to be on BC (birth control) any longer.  It made me feel so weird.  If you don't need it you shouldn't be on it.  BIRTH CONTROL WILL NOT FIX YOUR HORMONES.  It is a bandage.  He said he was proud of me for making that choice because he was going to take me off of them anyway - since I'm so close to 35 (when you normally are taken off of birth control).

I hardly ever have headaches!!  This is such an amazing and awesome statement.  You have no idea!!  I was having headaches & migraines so much it was more normal than not.  Going gluten free has helped with this.  I tell everyone if you suffer from headaches, migraines & joint pain to give up the gluten.  It has improved my life so much.

Being dairy free has certainly helped my stomach issues.  No more diarrhea, less gas, less bloating & more.

Dairy & wheat flour are found in so many places.  Even medicines.  So, if you're going gf (gluten free) or df (dairy free) watch out for it hiding in all places.

I still have abdominal/pelvic cramps - but that is something that I think will always be there.

I tried to stick with the Woman Code by Alisa Vitti.  I stuck with the diet for a while but I is very very restricting.  There is so much great information in the book.  I really recommend you reading it if you have 'women' issues like PCOS, unbalanced hormones or just want to know how the female body works.

So, my physical health is looking good.  But my mental health has really gone down.  I am in the process of looking for a counselor or therapist.

I recently found out that most women with a bicornuate uterus only have one kidney!  What?!  I had no idea.  I wonder if I only have one kidney?

Also, I've been doing some research and PCOS is now commonly diagnosed as an autoimmune disease.  

My next doctor's appointment is in a few months.

If you're interested in learning more about PCOS, Bicornuate/Septate Uterus or a tilted uterus, just go to Google & search.  There are so many informative doctor/nurse led websites with great information.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

DoTERRA!

I've started selling DoTERRA products!! I'm so excited! Here is my link.

I attended a DoTERRA class a while back and I can't stop thinking about the oils & products. They're amazing!!

Go check out the link and see what you think. Educate yourself and if you have any questions feel free to contact me. Thanks!

Saturday, March 1, 2014

My Journey 3.1.2014

"Using Your Body As a Tool"

Today's focus is intentions and goal setting.  Uh oh.  I'm good at setting a goal... it is sticking to it that is hard.  She wants me to select 2 things I want in my life that aren't there now: an object, an experience, belief, behaviors, anything.  Then describe how these things will change your life and how you will feel with them.  Be specific.  "Feel the feelings of already having what you want. Notice any sensations of self-doubt or skepticism that come up and gently set them aside. Just breathe deeply and create in your body the feelings of already having these two things you've described. Hold on to those feelings for sixteen seconds. You are programming your body and mind to expect to receive these things into your life. By creating the internal experience of having or being something, you build subconscious confidence to actually pursue and achieve what you want with less effort and less self-sabotage."

How was your vegan day?  Bad.... I wasn't vegan at all for the day.  Not even half of the day, but it is ok.

Meal Plan for the day
Breakfast and/or Early Morning Snack: water, fiber, fruit salad with flax meal and nut butter or nuts or seeds or half of an avocado and a green drink or chlorella tablet
 Lunch: brown rice/buckwheat with flax meal, 4 ounces of fish or 1/3 cup of beans with unlimited amount of liver cleansing medley
Mid-Afternoon Snack: fruit, veg, water or hot tea, or another serving of lunch or dinner
Dinner: quinoa, lots of leafy greens sauteed with evoo

What I had:
100+ ounces of water total
Breakfast: 2 cups of fruit salad (strawberry, black berry, grapes) with 1 teaspoon of coconut sugar, fiber water, 1 Earnest bar, 2 pcs of jolly ranchers, 1 McDonald's hash-brown, coffee with 1 tablespoon of coconut sugar, coconut creamer
Lunch: Amy's TV dinner: Vegan Meatloaf
Dinner - No idea..
Snack: way to many Twizzler Bites.

Totally of track today.


"Focus on Digestion: How are you doing with chewing? Eat S-L-O-W-L-Y. Remember to breathe
while you eat. Notice how it feels to be eating protein. Notice the sensation
of heaviness, notice how little protein you actually might need"

"A small child put a cricket she had caught in her empty glass jar and screwed on the lid. The cricket jumped up and hit its head on the lid. It jumped a second time, and again hit its head. It jumped a third time, and realized there was no getting past this lid. From then on, the cricket only jumped half as high, never again bumping its tiny head on the lid of the jar.  The child, feeling sorry about her game, , took the lid off the jar and encouraged the cricket to jump out. But the cricket would not jump out. It jumped only half the height of the jar. The lid would always be there in its mind."

She says: take the lid off of my reality jar.  What would like look like around me if I dreamed big and sat goals to reflect my fantasies?  Don't be practical.  Think BIG.  Home, job, friends, family special items?  Make a dream board.  Look at it daily.  I'll make one on Pinterest

She says since I've been decongesting my liver through this cleanse it is important to think about my bowels.  Haha, yes, my poop.  Going on a cleanse really gives you a good detox and it is important to gt those bad toxins out.  I should be having a BM first thing in the morning without the help of coffee, tea or anything else.  (Side note: since I drink 16-20 ounces of water right as soon as I step out of bed, I am pretty regular now.)


"What an amazing gift you've given to yourself—you should celebrate
your commitment to health! Tonight, take a bath in Epsom salts
and add your favorite essential oils. Your skin is your largest organ
of elimination—heat helps pores open, and salt draws out toxins
and impurities. So this bath is luxurious, but it also completes the
detoxification you have been working on all week. If you aren’t able
to bathe, fill your sink with hot water and add the salts. Dip a clean
washcloth in the water, wring out thoroughly, apply to dry skin and scrub 
yourself down."

I had an some awesome body scrub that I used then took a hot soak.  I love baths!

(Everything in a "" is from her book, Woman Code by Alisa Vitti)

Friday, February 28, 2014

My Journey 2.28.2014

"Clearing Out Any FLO Blockers"

Today the focus is environmental stresses and toxins.  Modern living can be hard when you do these resets.  Pay attention to how I feel.  How do I feel, besides stressed?  Listen to my body.  Eliminate binge and emotional eating.  "IT'S OKAY TO FEEL YOUR FEELINGS!"

Suggested meal plan for day 3:
Breakfast and/or Early Morning Snack: Water, fiber, fruit with flax meal, green drink or chlorella Lunch: Quinoa with flax meal, unlimited amount of liver cleansing medley, 1/2 avocado
Midafternoon Snack; If needed, hot water, tea, veggies or fruit from list, or another serving of lunch or dinner
Dinner: Veggie soup or mung bean with unlimited amounts of greens

The aim for today was no animal protein.  Enjoying each bite of food.  Look at the food, the colors, the testures, all the flavors...

Today was a Friday... This is what I did:
100+ ounces of water total
Breakfast: 2 cups OJ, 2 cups fruit salad (strawberries, black berry, grapes) and 12 oz green drink
Lunch: 1/2 avocado, 1 cup salad mix (carrots, celery zucchini, cucumber, radishes, artichokes) 1 ounce of beef jerky, corn chips
Snack: Banana & almond butter, potato chips, 1 slice of turkey lunch meat
Dinner: Braised pork, few bites of cous cous, brussel sprouts and potatoes
Snack: 1 cup OJ

So, I failed.  Haha!  I ate meat a lot that day.  But I don't care.  I didn't feel bad about it at all!  We had friends over and I enjoyed the hell out of that braised pork.

She says it is normal to feel tired or to develop minor constipation.  She suggest saying well hydrated & scale back on some of the activity I do.  Rest when possible.  She suggests walking instead of boot camp for example.  Take B12 if needed.

Cut back my exercise?!  I don't exercise at all really.  I am a homemaker so I clean, work in the garden, do laundry on the clothes line, etc.  I can't really afford to have a gym membership right now.  But I could start walking again.  I'm just get scared of the damn dogs out here in the country.

She wants me to get all the crap out of the house.  All the bad chemicals.  So, I went through our cleaning supplies, make up, air fresheners, all kinds of stuff - tossed or gave away most of it.  I have a few things I've already changed over: deodorant, dish soap, body scrubs, lip gloss, etc.  I have some I am just not going to toss or give away.  I'll use it until it is gone then get the healthier versions.  Like body wash, shampoo,etc - stuff that just costs too much money.

She gives you many ideas on cleaning supplies to buy or make.

The make up isn't a big deal for me.  I only wear powder & mascara anyway.  Have for years.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

My Journey 2.27.2014

"Being Gentle with Yourself"

She says I should be feeling lighter and more energized - or maybe even experiencing headaches.  She says it's normal.

I pretty much eat like this already...so, I kinda feel the same.  I have headaches almost everyday... so that is very normal haha.  It sucks.  It is hard to plan activities when you always have migraines or headaches.

So for day 2 this is what she recommends:
Breakfast/Early Morning Snacks: 8 ounce water, fiber, fresh fruit with lemon and flax meal and a green drink or a chlorella tablet
 Lunch: Brown rice/Buckwheat/Quinoa with  1 tablespoon flax meal, 4 ounces of fish or 1/3c beans & a liver cleansing medley
Midafternoon snack: hot tea, water, veggies or fruit (from the list) or another serving of lunch or dinner (Remember to listen to body, do you really need food or just water?)
Dinner: Quick veggie soup or mung bean minestrone and unlimited amount of greens

Trying to focus on chewing.  15-30 chews per bite.  (sometimes is harder than you'd think...)

This is what I did:
100+ ounces of water, total
Breakfast: 2 cups fruit salad (strawberry, blackberry & grapes) with 1T flax meal, water with benefiber, few pistachios, Coffee with 2T Coconut sugar & coconut milk creamer
Lunch: 1/3 cup beans, 1/2 cup brown rice with salsa verde and 1/2 cup mixed veg (celery, cucumber, zucchini, carrots, radishes & artichokes) and 5 cherry tomatoes.
Snack: Rick cake with almond butter, 3 cherry tomatoes, 3 pcs of dark chocolate
Dinner: Veg soup - same as day 1 with kale chips
Snack: plain rice cake

She suggests journaling.

Today I'm feeling very depressed.  I want to eat bad foods.  I am missing 'bad' foods like cheese!!  I don't want to journal...I want to eat!

She want us to do some sustainable self care that is nurturing, something that mom used to do for us.  I've had a hard time with this one.  I can't think of anything.  I draw a blank.  I don't know what do do to have self care that is nurturing...  So I looked it up online.  One thing I came up with is: my time.  You have to make time to self care.  So, I turn my ringer/sound off of my phone by 9 pm so I can focus more on bed time & my husband.  Another thing I came up with - I am simple.  I don't need a whole lot.  Some of my self care - I get from gardening.  The time outside in the garden is relaxing, hard work, I get vitamins from the sun & I get the satisfaction of eating a warm juicy tomato right off the vine.  This subject may still need a little bit of work.  I would like to start working out (yoga, walking, swimming).  I'd love to hang out with my friends more, get out of the house more.  Maybe learn how to meditate?  Who knows.

She wants me to go through my kitchen and discard anything that is old, has hydogenated oils or contains MSG.  I did a step further and got rid of everything with gluten, soy or dairy - unless it was my husband's goodies.

She mentions doing a massage or an acupuncture session since I'm detoxing.  I just had a massage a week or so ago and had the foot detox and the lymph detox...so I didn't schedule a massage.  I'll be fine.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

My Journey 2.26.2014

The book I'm reading (Woman Code by Alisa Vitti) teaches about different phases of the hormone system.  She suggests doing 'Four Days to Reset Your Woman Code'.  It is really healthy foods (which I actually had just about all of them on hand to start these four days.)

She suggests for day one:
Breakfast and/or early morning snack:
8 ounces glass of water, fiber supplement, fresh fruit salad with lemon juice and flax meal, 'green drink' and/or Chlorella tablets
Lunch:
Brown rice or quinoa with flax meal, 4 ounces of salmon, whitefish or 1/3 cup beans if vegetarian/vegan and a 'liver cleansing medley' (unlimited amount) this is basically salad
Mid-afternoon snack:
Hot tea, water, veggies, fruits, or an extra serving of lunch, she wants you to REALLY listen to your body to see if you are actually wanting food or something else... water, a vitamin, etc...
Dinner:
Veggie soup (unlimited amount) or mung bean minestrone - and lots of greens (unlimited amount)

Eat in a quite environment, focus on the food, your body, enjoy your food, enjoy the eating experience. Leave tv off when eating.

Take 10 minutes to write in a journal - What do you want from these next four days.

Clean Sweep: Find something you've been holding onto and trash it/donate it.  The space we live in reflects what's going on inside of us.  Clear the clutter, clear your body.
It makes total sense.

So this was my day:
16 ounces of water, within waking up (helps you have a BM - she says if you do this you'll have a BM within 20-30 minutes and if you don't, your stopped up)
2 cups of mixed fruit (strawberries, blackberries & grapes) with 1 T flax meal & 1 t coconut sugar
1 cup water with 2 t benefiber
Salad mix with 3 oz of meat, 1/2 c brown rice, homemade vegan ranch
Celery with almond butter
'Green Drink'  (Celery, cucumber, parsley, green apple, lemon juice)
Few corn chips
Few shell on roasted pistachios
Apple
1/4 c shell on roasted sunflower seeds
Veggie soup (Veg broth, carrots, zucchini, garlic, onions, spinach, kale, mung beans, tomatoes) and a side of kale chips
Half a spoonful of almond butter
Over all I had 106 ounces of water (My norm is about 100-102 ounces)

I did pretty well, I think.  The corn chips were a little bad... but for a 'bad' snack... not too bad.

These four days I thought weren't going to be a big change for me - since I really already eat pretty well.  But, I'm hoping to help clear out my digestive system, get rid of pain, headaches, and start loosing weight.  This is a great way to kick-start my new journey.

Clean sweep: Cleaning out a closet.  Organizing our guest room/storage room.