Strictly My Opinion….Its Your Choice to Keep Reading

As a side note real quick:  For some reason my wordpress has stopped sending me my weekly reminders to write a blog.  I will try to be more consistent as I am sure you miss reading all these profound insights into my soul! 🙂

Ok instead of putting it at the end I will put my disclaimer here right at the top where you wont miss it! I have two:  1-  This is not meant to cure or prevent any ailments or dis-eases you may have,  (although I will use the words cure and prevent! -consider yourself warned!)  and no. 2-  this is partially my opinions and partially information from other internet sights, books and personal interviews.  please note:  I will NOT be posting links or references (aka bibliography) because the information is out there and if you chose to you can find it! (I say that nicely 🙂 because everyone has a choice and everyone’s bodies are different)

Last item of business:  PLEASE feel free to contact me if you have any questions, comments or concerns 🙂 If I don’t know, I will find out with you!

Okie dokie! Here goes….

This is my life to a T.... please remember that not everyone can loose weight! I've tried a ton of things, and no matter what my body says... nope! So think before you judge someone.

I am 99% positive that you have all seen an Awareness Ribbon…right? (please say yes *wink).   So what exactly is awareness?  To me, when I see people with a ribbon or a T-shirt with a ribbon on it, or a saying or a funny thing…etc my thoughts are “Hey that’s real”!   It brings my mind to be aware of that “problem”.  And I’ll tell you what-  I bet its very real to them!  Whether its themselves or a loved one, they are wearing it for a reason! A very special specific reason.

If you don’t know, September is PCOS awareness month.  Also if you didn’t know… I have PCOS.  I am not one to share a lot of personal information  but my goal and dream and wishes and prayers, are to be able to help other girls and women through the physical, emotional, hormonal roller coaster of this lovely PCOS, so I am opening up and talking.   I am facing it,  and I am fighting it!  – I went into a depression a while ago and I was in such denial!  I kept telling myself I was NOT depressed!  Guess what!  Until I faced it, I couldn’t fight it!   – I am not turning my back,  I am facing and fighting PCOS.  I will win!  There is NO question.

So the back story is that I have had irregular menstrual cycles, difficulties losing weight, hypoglycemia, male pattern hair growth, etcetera… there are many lists of possible symptoms, and I have a bunch of them. 🙂    I have a couple of sisters with pcos and so assumed that I had it too.  To be completely honest you could say I was in denial.  “I’m fine, I have no problems”   So fast forward a few years, married 4+ years and SO very badly wanting children…I decided, we (hubby and I) decided that –making a long story short– we were going to see a Doctor.

We started seeing a Naturopathic Dr., I had a novels worth of blood tests (literally the tech who took my blood said “looks like we’ve got a novel here”!),  and following the results of the blood tests, I had an ultra sound.  “officially” diagnosing me with Poly Cyctic Ovarian Syndrome.      ……so what now?  Well the denial (if you will)  is gone, I am out to reverse and …here it is, are you ready? …….CURE  this problem!!!!

“Science” and multiple articles I have read all say they don’t know what causes it and that there is no cure and that it is genetic…..  Well guess what?  I have this handy dandy computer with a handy dandy website called Google, and I have read plenty of articles that told me straight up the cause of pcos.  They have told me that it is not genetic.   Two of the root causes of pcos are Metabolic Syndrome and Hyperinsulinism.  Other names include Insulin resistance and syndrome X.   The root causes of those are…drum roll please….  Bad eating/dieting habits, and genetic predisposition (you’re genetically predisposed…that does NOT mean that PCOS is in your DNA…)  My Theory: I was NOT born with PCOS.  I have, and have had some bad habits. I am working on those, and I am determined to overcome them!   I am curable!  I will not pass these bad habits down to my children!

PCOS is an endocrine issue.  thyroid, blood sugar, pancreas, insulin, pituitary etc…  I have chosen not to do the western medicine approach.  My opinion is with the chemicals and synthetic hormones and endocrine disruptors in the pills and prescriptions it would just wreak havoc on my body, my endocrine system and my hormones.

This is what I am doing health wise to reverse, manage and cure this pcos:  Note that some of these are still a work in progress

Oh a definition of diet real quick is:  the foods you habitually eat…. so I am changing my habits to foods that will benefit and heal rather than cause problems.

I quit sugar over a year ago (after one year I have had it again, here and there, but I am not allowing myself back in that bad habit of white refined processed sugar (aka poison! 🙂 ).  I use honey and coconut sugar when I sweeten things.

I am upping my water intake… if our bodies our 70% (or whatever the stats are) then I am not drinking enough water!

I am walking… and trying my darndest to get to it every day! (I like to go at least 1/2 hour) Walking is one of the best things for you!  I like to add yoga and or pilates too! …still learning the yoga thing… love Pilates though! oh and I have a mini tramp that I use occasionally…pretty sure I should do that daily!….like I said “work in progress”…

I am taking high doses of Calcium and Vitamin D.  Also making sure I am getting a good amount of other vitamins and minerals. I am doing that through food and supplements.

I am getting good fats in my diet (coconut oil, avocado oil). I also take a good oil supplement

I am getting 8+ hours of good sleep a night!  (ok this one is SO a work in progress!)  Sleep is so important though and so are the 8+ hours!   Early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy wealthy and wise!  I will work on it!

I am doing castor oil packs to dissolve the cysts.  Also other herbs and essential oils also.

Last but not least…probably most important is keeping faith, keeping hope, keeping strong and keeping positive!  Being positive is sometimes what helps me through my day!   Stay up! And stay grateful!  I am a firm believer in “Everything happens for a reason”  being grateful for the not so good in your life will teach you lessons you didn’t know you needed to learn!  Finding joy in the little things will keep your attitude positive and help you look for those things to be grateful for!

I am grateful to be facing this, fighting it and sharing it! I hope that if you’re still reading this you were blessed in some way.  I have a long way to go but I have people who strengthen me and love me along the journey.  I can see where I am headed and I will get there!

Thank you for reading my teal PCOS awareness ribbon 🙂  If all I do is make you aware that this is real than that’s ok.  If I sparked any questions, please ask.

I liked this one…  I am interrupted only for a moment!  🙂

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One Year Today

Last year I was really trying to do better with my eating habits.  You know?  More veggies, less bread, less sugar?  You get the idea. 

Well….I felt like I was doing ok…except with the sugar!  I would stop eating sugar…then I had a bad day and wanted ice cream.  or I was in at my moms and we had a family party and we made Ice cream sundaes.  or or  or or!!    there was always an excuse!!

well I decided that couldn’t happen anymore!  so I committed to no sugar for 1 year!  I started that year on June 15th 2013.  It was easy and hard at the same time.   Once I ordered something from a fast food place….oh yah I cant eat this!  so hubby got two meals 🙂  and I went and ordered something else with no sugar.  it got easier as the time went on. And it became a habit to watch closely what I was doing.

I will clarify that I wasn’t extremely strict with things that had sugar in the ingredients, like bbq sauce spaghetti sauce etc…  my goal was to get out of the habit of the things I mentioned before, and all the excuses to have a dessert!   I still ate things like honey and unrefined sugars occasionally. 

So a year has gone by and what has happened?    the number one thing I noticed, and my favorite thing, and the reason I wont be going back to eating white refined sugar?  Is that I don’t have the mood swings like I used to!  I used to be horrible!!  now if something happens like that its not near as bad as it was before and its not near as long!  I am able to “get over it”  super fast!!

I also had fun finding new favorite things as far as “desserts”  like peaches and cream, (or strawberries),  I also had fun finding recipes like sugar and flour free chocolate cake! or my moms famous poor mans cookies with honey instead of sugar, I even made things like ice cream, and candies!  (as a chef its been  fun to create all these things, and experiment with recipes!)

I may eat sugar again… but I will NOT let it become a habit again! 

I recommend it to anyone!!  if you try it let me know how you like it!

 

Someone FINALLY told me WHY!

I will be the first to admit that I thought the “gluten free” thing was a fad, or a fake thing! I couldn’t understand why if we had been eating wheat for hundreds of years why all of the sudden it was the devil! I thought it was dumb, and just kind of disregarded it. Time went by and I learned some things and I still was hesitant but it made me feel better that “wheat” or “gluten” wasn’t the actual problem but it was the Genetic modifications that were bad the GMO’s (another hot topic!) So I was like “ok that makes sense”! Because hundreds of years ago there was no such thing as GMO and so it was not as harmful! Oh I forgot to mention I would hear things like “You have to go off gluten if you want to get pregnant” or “your not getting pregnant because of gluten”… I don’t mind peoples advice and I know they want to see me have children. (and I am so grateful for the love and support). I had gone off of gluten (not 100% strict but 99%, I wouldn’t check in things like soups and stuff where gluten and flours are hiding, but I eliminated Most gluten), for a few months and I actually noticed a difference in things. I also had heard and seen lots of good things and successes with it… so, I don’t know why I stopped… just stubborn I guess!
SO… last week I had a Live Blood Analysis, from a friend of mine. The blood analysis is so cool! Its amazing what you can tell by a drop of blood! So while looking at my blood she asks if I had made any diet changes recently. I told her that I had not eaten sugar since June, I had been trying to go off gluten but I wasn’t completely, and I told her I was trying to just be healthier over all, you know… get my greens and veggies etc…and she strongly suggested to go all the way gluten free! — I told my mom that and she says “I wont say ‘I told you so'” (hehehehe) she was one of the ones suggesting it. — 🙂 My friend went on to explain what celiac disease is! this is what I understand, correct me if I am wrong 🙂
In your intestine there are little hairs…what you all know from High School Biology is cilia! 🙂 the cilia take the broken down food and absorb into your body the nutrients from your food. She then explained that gluten isn’t the only culprit! It is the biggest culprit because of GMO’s (^ see I was right!) But nightshade veggies and other grains can also cause a problem. The gluten or other things go and stick to the cilia and block it from absorbing nutrients, and it absorbs whole particles of food…then your body says “NO that’s not right!” and you get the allergic reaction!
She also went on about my fertility issues and the link with that! Stresses whether physical (the gluten “allergy”) or emotional, put your body into fight or flight mode. Your adrenals are what controls that. when your body is in fight or flight trying to keep you alive, it is using all your progesterone and turning it into cortisol…therefore your hormones are way out of wack! the more you try to give your body progesterone the more your adrenals use it to convert to cortisol and not the fertility areas where its being needed… vicious cycle! So her advice to me was to go off gluten completely. and to not stress! don’t put your body into fight or flight! If your tired (physically or emotionally) go lay down! listen to your body and don’t over work your adrenals!
I am so incredibly happy to finally know and understand WHY Gluten was so “bad”! I will be going off of ALL grain for about a month, and then I will introduce them one at a time and see how I react and what my digestive system says yes to and what it says no to! I will also be keeping a “journal” on what I eat and how it makes me feel, and what it does to me.
If you are interested here are a few sites that I have found helpful for the adrenal health topic. http://www.drlam.com/index.php and http://www.womentowomen.com/
wish me luck on my new adventure and journey to new and better things for my health and for generations to come!