An Interesting Couple of Weeks
Today marks two weeks since I eliminated gluten from my diet. Am I feeling better? Yes I am. I’m not ready to enter a marathon, but I’m definitely a little more awake than I was.
Unfortunately I can’t give gluten-free all the credit. During this two weeks I started taking the digestive enzymes…and using coconut oil again. I’ve also been continuing with the supplements, mostly B12 (up to about 2000 mcg daily), B-complex, vitamin C, A, D and a calcium/magnesium/zinc combination. It’s kind of hit and miss with the fish oil and a few other things. And I added the herbal tea back into the mix…in moderation this time.
A decrease in the fatigue isn’t the only benefit I’ve noticed though. I’m retaining less fluid and, wonder of wonders, I’ve dropped about six pounds….which is strange since I haven’t even been dieting. No doubt some of it was water weight. Who knows? Maybe all of it was. But it will be interesting to see what happens over the next six weeks with the higher dose of Synthroid.
If the weight loss continues, with no other changes, I think it will prove something I’ve said for a long, long time. I consistently eat far fewer calories than it takes to maintain my weight. And I certainly don’t eat enough to gain weight. Something is (or was?!) seriously not right about the way my metabolism works. Or doesn’t work…
I’m going to credit most of the positive changes to the digestive enzymes (followed closely by the coconut oil). If my body wasn’t absorbing most of the nutrition from my food, my brain likely thought it was starving and holding onto every calorie I took in. I also wouldn’t have been getting any benefit in the energy area either. I can’t even pretend to understand everything I’ve read about that, but it kind of makes sense.
Either way, I’m only two weeks into this so I’ll have to see what happens. Will I continue to feel better? Will I continue to get rid of those pounds I’ve been fighting against for several years?
No one knows the answer to those questions…especially not me. But for now, I seem to be on the right track. I know that sounds a little negative but I’ve tried so many things in the past couple of years to try and feel better. Some things worked temporarily. Others not at all. So it’s hard to get my hopes up too high…just in case it’s another fluke.
Next on the list of changes is to make some changes in my schedule so I can hopefully get a little more sleep. I was doing good, for awhile, about laying down for an hour every afternoon…and it helped. But me being me, naps are just not something I can give into easily, and it wasn’t long before I started finding excuses to avoid them. But the fact is, five or six hours of sleep every night just isn’t enough for me right now. So I’ve got to change something.
One thing I’ve changed is to have several fruit smoothies every week. I keep trying to build up to daily, and preferably twice a day, but my creativity in the smoothie area is a little lacking.
So I’m asking for some ideas. Recipes, please. I love the ones I do with orange juice, a banana and four strawberries, but strawberries fall into the goitrogen category and I don’t want to go overboard with them. Mangoes look like a pain in the neck to peel, although I really like them in the McDonald’s mango-pineapple smoothie. But I want to get away from those because I suspect they’re loaded with high fructose corn syrup. So a recipe to make them-or something that tastes sort of like them-from nothing but fruit would be very much appreciated.
Are there any fruits or veggies that would go well with apples? I know some people like to mix spinach leaves with them, but again we’re talking goitrogens. I’d just like a bit of variety, only I’m not sure how to go about it.