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, 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 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
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...
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
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.

Friday, February 21, 2014

My Journey 2.21.2014

I am sharing this deeply personal information for other women that are going through the same thing. It is sometimes hard to take this journey alone. But, knowing there is someone out there with the same thing going on, makes you feel not so crazy and less alone.

I got my first period the summer after 6th grade, I was 11 or 12. What a weird and exciting time to be a girl. I remember getting these boxes in the mail that had all kinds of menstrual cycle goodies. There were pads – thick ones, thin ones, long ones, short ones, one of every kind! There were even tampons, just like mom had. I was excited to turn into a young lady.

Even with a heavy flow and very uncomfortable cramps, I guess I had normal periods when I was younger. I was put on birth control at the age of 13 since I was sexually active. I was on and off of the pill based on my income for a few years.

Things started to change in my late teens and early 20’s. I ‘changed’. I wasn't happy anymore. I was very very depressed. It consumed me and everything around me at times. I dove into many bad lifestyle choices. I was missing periods; only having 2 periods a year. I gained 80-100 lbs in little time. I was always 120 pounds. For years and years I maintained that weight. But when I ‘changed’ everything was different.

I had seen many different doctors over the years, had blood taken & ran. I've never had a doctor mention that anything was ever wrong with me. I had been having pelvic exams since the age of 13.

I started working at a gym in 2000 until 2003. I was working at the gym as a trainer and I taught Water Aerobics. I was working out every day, plus teaching my class and training with clients. How in the world was I not losing weight?! I ended up losing a total of 20 pounds in those 3 years. I eventually gained it back.

I found myself in the ER in 2003 at age 22. I hadn't had a period in many months and I started to bleed. It was bad; I thought I was having a miscarriage. The ER staff determined, after a trans-vaginal ultrasound & urine sample, that I wasn't having a miscarriage and told me to set up an appointment with an OB/GYN. Luckily, there was one at the hospital that a family member told me about. Said he was amazing.

I met my new doctor a few days later. He ran my blood work and reviewed all of my past medical files. He told me he’d call in a few days with the results.

I had just pulled into my new job’s parking lot. My phone rang. It was my doctor’s office. I was diagnosed with PCOS, bicornuate and tilted uterus. He told me my ovaries were covered in ‘cysts’. I was told a few things about this – but I’d need to come to the office for all of the details. I asked could I have children, probably not. I got off the phone and just sat in the car, crying. As a young lady who had always wanted kids, this was a big blow. It made me even more depressed.

So, since I was told I couldn't have children I made it a point to make myself not want children.

Of course my doctor told me that I could have surgery to ‘fix’ my bicornuate uterus, but it would still be tricky for me to get pregnant with a healthy child and stay pregnant full term without complications. Not worth it to me. I’m not going to risk my life or my well-being.

So it is now 2014. I’m currently 32 years old. My PCOS has not improved at all. I still do not feel like me. The only reason I have a period is because of birth control. I live with a constant headache & multiple migraines each month. My gut is unhealthy due to the birth control pills. I have a painful abdomen/pelvic. I've been stuck at the same weight for years. I've lost 1 lb since I started my 'diet' in November. I have no energy & I feel ran down constantly. I just feel like crap.

I follow Young and Raw on Facebook. There was an open Q&A session the page and I asked for good detox program for PCOS. Young and Raw suggested that I read Woman Code by Alisa Vitti. So, I've been reading it and it is making a lot of sense to me.

I’m about to change my life – hopefully for good. I have lots to do. I've been getting ready for this life changing step for a long time. With diet, exercise, naturopathic and a holistic approach I’m hoping to rid my body and mind of the symptoms of PCOS.

I’m currently dairy free and working on getting wheat flour/gluten fully out of my diet along with soy.

Soy and gluten are hard!!  They are hidden everywhere!!