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Countdown day 90..89 --aiming at eventual 100% compliance with suggested eating plan

Saturday, August 23, 2014

I will try having a "chunky" rather than a smoothie today! I LOVEIT, Justyna. Thanks for that chuckle.

I certainly am not being 100% compliant. I am following that advice very well. emoticon
And I don't feel sick at all. It is only the second day restarting. I did not get sick till the 10th day before. We'll see.

Justyna, the list I gave you was restrictive--but they advised me to cut out a few more of those foods on the list!!! emoticon Some foods had an asterisk. Those I am mildly reactive to. The nutrition counselor told me for now, don't eat those. Oh gee...I hope I can do this. I did try sole with coconut. It was delicious!

I thought there were no oils on the OK to eat list. But if walnuts are there I can have walnut oil. Same with coconut and other things. Also I asked about vinegar. Oh--apple cider vinegar if apples are on the list for that day.

I had the day all planned out yesterday. Then, around dinner time I got tempted to eat one of the little pizzas emoticon I had for my husband's dinner. The supermarket had them--just a big piece of bread or roll or something with tomato sauce, cheese, and pepperoni on it. They were $1.69 for 2 and he was full eating one. I still have a package of 2 left for another day. emoticon

I am drinking the (very expensive) drink for binding up the toxins. It seems to be giving me some energy. Maybe that is why I got so much done yesterday. I woke up at 5:00 am yesterday and today at 4:00am! The drink has lots of herbal things in it. None of the ingredients stand out as stimulants, but maybe I don't know the exact reason for all the ingredients. They are listed in very, very tiny lettering! I will scrutinize them a bit more and list them--maybe in tomorrow's blog.

Have a great day everyone.

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2HAMSDIET 8/23/2014 11:04AM

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MBPP50 8/23/2014 9:53AM

    Good luck! And read those labels. Have a wonderful Saturday!

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NASFKAB 8/23/2014 9:46AM

  keep at it but read Justyna's post very carefully as some of these drinks may not be so good for you

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1CRAZYDOG 8/23/2014 8:01AM

    Good for you. Hope you feel better each day.

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JUSTYNA7 8/23/2014 8:00AM

    Hmmm. Is this an elimination diet Chris?

When my family did it it was a process. And number one was a FULL elimination of foods causing problems for 21 days. Clean out the system so that gradually a food could be brought back in. Bacause they had a long list of foods they could not eat it took a long time but they had to get to the baseline with NO foods in their system that they were reacting to. Then they could introduce one.... wait 2 days and if no reaction then try a different food. So the process took months. Three weeks with none then one food tried every 2 days. It certainly beame obvious which foods were the problems and wow, there were some real surprises.

That all said, I hope your nutritionist or naturopath is well qualified. My sister went to someone very controling who had her eating a crazy mix of foods. I asked her if she thought her doctor would be supportive and she said no. When she described the woman I asked a few questions and it turned out the counselor was anorexic herself and she was encouraging the regular use of laxitives for her clients as a "cleanse". That is NOT healthy. I reminded my sister of what I had gone through with an eating disorder. When I talked to her more she was not seeing a qualified nutritionist but instead an untrained "salesperson" who was simply trying to "sell" products.

Nothing to extremes is healthy. Just like these juicers. Juicing is fine if you don't like eating vegetables or have no time to get them in... but I am not a fan of juicing as a lifestyle. It's amazing how many people get stuck with "old" ideas that have been since debunked. That said, sometimes we have no choice. My DD has pancreas problems so she really can't eat certain foods. When I was first diabetic I had to do what they told me.. but they still did not understand how the foods worked with the insulin and so my training was based on a lot of misconceptions that have since changed. My clue should have been that I felt sick. I thought it was the diabetes, but in fact it was the food. Now I know that when I am eating properly I do feel good.

You are doing an amazing thing committing to this. Hopefully you will find out what you can eat to feel good. It sometimes takes desparation to change and "wake up" to what is important. 90 days in not impossible. But if you ARE doing an elimination diet then you need to not cheat. If you do let those foods in your system you will not be able to tell when you reintroduce a food if you are truly reacting to it on it's own.. or it is reacting to the "cheat" food you had.

As for "toxin binding drinks"..... I have my doubts. Sorry.... want to be supportive... just a little worried you are being taken advantage of. The liver is pretty good at taking toxins from our bodies. My understanding is vitamin C, water and fiber are the best things to assist. Cut out the alcohol, processed foods, junk. My spinach, lime, apple, coconut milk and ginger chunky made me FEEL great and refreshed and meets all the criteria. Then again (I feel like the angel and the devil on each shoulder) sometimes it is worth trying something new and getting out of our comfort zone and old bad habits. I should just keep my mouth shut and say woo hoo for trying so hard at this.

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LYNMEINDERS 8/23/2014 5:50AM

    Go you...
Its great when we feel better

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Countdown day 90 --aiming at eventual 100% compliance with suggested eating plan

Friday, August 22, 2014

I have been advised to more slowly follow the ALCAT eating plan based on my food sensitivities. So I don't have to be "perfect" yet. emoticon In 3 months hopefully I will have adjusted so I can eliminate foods seriously, moderately, and mildly sensitive to.
Eventually I should be able to take back foods I am mildly sensitive to. If I do it slowly at that time, hopefully I can learn which things don't agree with me. My main symptom is pretty much constant fatigue. Wouldn't it be nice to have more energy! emoticon

Right now my energy is good. Noon. On a scale of 1-5, I'd say 4.
I will later add a number for late afternoon and also evening.

I will record my foods on the nutrition tracker. I have been pretty good doing that for quite awhile.

I am also drinking something which binds up toxins. I don't want a repeat of the nausea and then diarrhea and awful weakness I had a few weeks ago when I did the eating plan cold turkey for 10 days. emoticon

Wish me luck. chris emoticon

  
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2HAMSDIET 8/23/2014 11:00AM

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DJ4HEALTH 8/22/2014 11:06PM

    Hope that you find out what is causing it and that you then will stay away from it. emoticon

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SPEDED2 8/22/2014 9:44PM

    Good luck! I hope you get your plan in order.

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SUSIEPH1 8/22/2014 5:43PM

    I love making smoothys for breakfast .. It starts my day off right ..
I hope you will find what works for you soon ..
Hugs and Love Susie .. emoticon emoticon

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JUSTYNA7 8/22/2014 4:56PM

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Great idea. The trick is finding recipes you like that work.... or food combinations. I thought the list you had was crazy hard because you had to only eat certain foods certain days. I do think your list is very restrictive... but I also know that from my family's experiences that some foods they reacted to just because of their reaction to foods that really didn't work for them... so they were able to bring many foods back in once they eliminated the most aggrivating to their systems. Hopefully for you too. At least they just had a list so I could figure out what woud go with what. I'm not sure if they have more energy but at least they are not as ill. Good luck! You should be able to tell pretty quickly if you feel better! Yesterday I had an apple, spinache, lime and ginger "chunky" (it just would not turn into a smoothie even with coconut milk added... but it was remarkably refreshing and gave me a lot of energy... though I have no idea why. I will certainly make it again! That should be how you feel about your meals... feel better and be excited to repeat what you ate that made you feel that way.

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EVER-HOPEFUL 8/22/2014 4:40PM

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MBPP50 8/22/2014 3:45PM

    Good luck! You can do it!

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FROSTY99 8/22/2014 2:56PM

    Sounds like this is a much better plan than going cold turkey. Hoping this brings you the results you are aiming for without all the terrible side effects.

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Sign for my computer to improve

Friday, August 22, 2014

At doctor visits I always regret not having done the things to make my "numbers" better.

To remind myself , I made a sign to tape on my computer:

GOAL: Next doctor visit-lower A1C, lower BP, lower triglycerides, lower weight.

I know the habits that help these numbers, but I need a push to do them consistently.

Less sugar, more exercise, more veggies like spinach, cucumbers, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, whole grains, etc.

Wish me luck! chris

  
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2HAMSDIET 8/23/2014 10:59AM

    emoticon emoticon One bite and one step at a time.

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JUSTYNA7 8/22/2014 5:02PM

    emoticon emoticon Remember it is just one choice at a time. I am wondering about doing a streak of clean eating... but not sure I am ready. For now a streak of one excellent clean eating meal a day would be just fine with me.

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JENNY888 8/22/2014 5:00PM

    Great sign. Should be a constant reminder.

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1CRAZYDOG 8/22/2014 11:37AM

    Go for it!

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GARDENCHRIS 8/22/2014 11:09AM

    good idea!

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NASFKAB 8/22/2014 11:08AM

  good luck you can do it all the best

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MBPP50 8/22/2014 10:58AM

    Good luck! emoticon

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DONNABRIGHT 8/22/2014 9:38AM

    We all should post a sign!

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EVER-HOPEFUL 8/22/2014 8:52AM

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PATSYB7 8/22/2014 8:32AM

    Great idea! Keep Sparking!
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RIDLEYRIDER 8/22/2014 7:07AM

  Good luck! You can do it!! emoticon

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Burn more fat by 1 min. high intensity exercise alternated with 20 min. of moderate exercising.

Friday, August 22, 2014

A Cardio Obsession

Ramp up cardio, burn calories and fat. Sounds simple enough, but the latest science on exercising for weight loss says otherwise. Classic cardio — walking on the treadmill, running, stepping, spinning, etc. — doesn’t help you lose as much weight as you might think, says Jim Karas, a celebrity trainer based in Chicago and author of The Cardio-Free Diet.

“People tend to do these things for hours, but after 20 minutes you actually start burning muscle, not fat,” he says.

Instead of straight cardio, Karas recommends interval training — alternating one minute of working out at a high intensity followed by a minute at a slower rate — for 20 minutes, which burns more fat than staying at the same level throughout.

And don’t forget strength training. Muscle uses more calories to maintain itself than any other body tissue. For every pound of muscle you put on, you automatically burn an extra 22 to 36 calories a day, says Karas. Strength-train every other day to give muscles time to repair.
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2HAMSDIET 8/23/2014 10:58AM

    emoticon emoticon I will have to try it.

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    change it up is a good idea

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    Great advice! Thanks for sharing!
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Tea tree oil is helping bruises

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

I have been surprised how well tea tree oil (and icing) works for bruising .

After the chiropractor does the Graston technique on tissue bumps around my knee and shoulder, often I am bruised. He has been putting something on my skin after the treatment. I got to thinking maybe that is tea tree oil. So I tried it at home. My knee was quite bruised after the last treatment. The big purple bruise has been disappearing fairly rapidly.

The bumps are like road patches. They are not good tissue with enough blood vessels. It is from some injury to that tissue. For years I had tried to massage out these bumps. I was not successful. If you pressed on a bump it hurt. My daughter found this Graston technique. It is not easy finding someone who knows it--and that the insurance will pay. I am very lucky that my chiropractor actually taught this technique and is adept at using it. He has helped one knee already. Now he is working on the other knee. Apparently my shoulder has that too.
I am told I need a shoulder replacement.

Before surgery. this chiropractor is trying to free up the shoulder. The technique and exercises is helping. The exercises also hurt to do. But the shoulder is much more useful than before. One cortisone shot worked but the next one had no effect. So I am putting my faith in this chiropractor now.

Oh--the bumps are actually adhesions. It is tissue that grows there after an insult. Exercise helps but I need more than just exercise to break up these adhesions.

chris

  
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JUSTYNA7 8/22/2014 5:04PM

    Interesting comments about the tea tree oil. I'm glad it is helping but too bad it hurts. At least there is an "end" to it all when the lumps are broken up.

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SUSIEPH1 8/21/2014 5:15AM

    Chris .. Tea tree oil has been used by the aboriginals for centuries ..
I have used it on my bruises .. I am on Warferin blood thinners and I bruise so easily..
It really helps ..
Glad you have found a good doctor and chiropractor ..
Thinking of you ..
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DJ4HEALTH 8/20/2014 8:10PM

    Tea tree oil is an anti-inflammatory and that is why it works and for the breaking up of the scare tissue that can be helped with a those foam rollers that you see that sparks shows in the exercises.

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SPEDED2 8/20/2014 8:08PM

    Good luck!

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DS9KIE 8/20/2014 4:47PM

    tea tree oil is great

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EVER-HOPEFUL 8/20/2014 4:17PM

    thanks for the heads up on the vruises i am on blood thinners so bruise easily as well.will definately give it a try. emoticon

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MBPP50 8/20/2014 3:39PM

    Glad it's helping!

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FROSTY99 8/20/2014 1:07PM

    So happy you have found someone (doc) who was able to give you some relief and happy you have gotten good results with the tea tree oil. I have heard it has many uses but had never heard about using it on bruising.

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1CRAZYDOG 8/20/2014 11:52AM

    I sure hope that the PT helps for the shoulder. There are so many difficulties w/shoulder replacements! Obviously, when needed, but boy, I would try my darndest not to have it, and I know you are for sure!

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ALIHIKES 8/20/2014 11:44AM

    I'll try the tea tree oil! Thanks for letting us know about your experience. My mobility is improving but the process is a little uncomfortable.

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PETALIA 8/20/2014 11:19AM

    That's interesting about tea tree oil to heal bruising. Tea tree oil has antimicrobial properties. I use it for various stuff related to that. For bruising, I use arnica cream. The idea is to get it on as soon as possible, before the bruise even appears. It helps on tissue type soreness as well. People who have to have a lot of IVs often use arnica to prevent bruising from the IV spot. Massage therapists often use arnica for all the sore muscles they work on.

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TWEETYKC00 8/20/2014 10:54AM

    Glad to hear something is helping.

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NASFKAB 8/20/2014 10:39AM

  great that its working for you

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DONNABRIGHT 8/20/2014 9:48AM

    My shoulder has been sore for about a month and I plan to talk to doctor on regular checkup in a few weeks. Thanks for the info.

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2HAMSDIET 8/20/2014 9:15AM

    Ouch. I had two frozen shoulders about 15 years ago. The Chiropractor work miracles with me. I did just read that there is one surgeon that recommends if you get them with out a trauma injury to be tested for thyroid and blood sugar issues. You are going the right route as the recovery after sugary will go so much smoother with you working these muscles now. emoticon

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FITWITHIN 8/20/2014 9:11AM

    Tea Tree Oil work miracles for several things I heard. I'm going to have to purchase me some and start my own treatment for my toenail.

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PATTYKLAVER 8/20/2014 8:56AM

    OOH! Shoulder replacement? Ouch!

Tea tree oil is what I used when I had a fingernail fungus. It worked. I found a chiropractor who is very knowledgeable on different things like that. He was the one who told me how great coconut oil is for the skin. I went into a GNC Store to look for it. The guy that worked there told me that he gets his at the grocery store. I never knew! It makes my skin so soft!

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GINNABOOTS 8/20/2014 8:38AM

    My husband had a shoulder problem for many years. I started going to a Chiropractor for my back and I was mentioning my husbands shoulder to him. He told me to have my husband come see him. He did and to this day his shoulder is fixed. He couldn't hardly put on his shirt in the morning, now he never complains about it.

I am glad you found a good one, they can be hard to find. The one I was using moved out of town and I haven't found another one yet and have tried a couple.

The search is still on!

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PATSYB7 8/20/2014 8:36AM

    Glad the technique is working. I love tea tree oil! Have a great day.

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