Rachel’s Progress Report

Exhibit 1: 7 Dangers of Low Carbohydrate Diets for women [and those with compromised health]

I’m eating carbs over here! (Within Primal boundaries)

I’m going to make a potato salad this weekend with sweet potatoes, blue potatoes, artichoke hearts from jar, fresh dill.

Progress Report on all my doings.

I am feeling "better." I think it’s a combination of 4 things:

  1. Today I’m in the first half of my female cycle, so that’s a no-brainer and temporary, BUT, I did just go through the second half of my cycle and it was better than usual. See # 3
  2. Diet and regimen (see below)
  3. I sparingly use 5htp only on SOME days. This has both the immediate effect but also a longer term effect that if I can avoid the "fallout" from inter-personal conflicts, then I get a COMPOUNDING effect of positivity.
  4. Positivity compounding by mentally tuning into the good things. I’m not specifically meditating, but seeking little bits of positive things. Huh. (And, can I just say "I’m awesome," because this is really hard with 2 pre-teens who have been raised by my negativity self. This takes continual turn-arounds, sometimes by the minute. And, I am far from equanamous by any stretch of the imagination.)

I’m actually getting used to the diet. I wish I had more routine/easy, but thus far I think the paired down choices I have makes it in some ways easier. (Though sometimes more difficult to FIND food, the mental simplicity from a narrowed menu is sort of easier). What’s weird is that even within the strict limits, I have found too many foods that I can eat–so that I find I haven’t yet got more space in my fridge!! Everything is seemingly affected: the way I grocery shop, for one. It’s still too full of stuff (including the other stuff the family eats).

So, then I take a step back and try to account for my ACCOMPLISHMENTS:

(Some of these were already happening before, so if you look at this and freak out, then know that I am building on prior changes here and taking it to my own new level.)

Almost total avoidance of the following for past 2 months+

  • chocolate – and when I had some it didn’t resonate as highly as before. I found myself almost wanting the strawberry more than the chocolate.
  • all dairy. I even gave up the goat and sheep because I had to because of the hives and then an infection which I still can’t explain and wants to hang on but slowly ebbs away.
  • sugar
  • gluten (woops, had some this week) it was a hamburger bun and the yeast gave me typical itching reaction.
  • my personal potential aggravators: oats, dandy blend due to the barley, some others.
  • restaurants – still doing some but very little due to budget. I ate sushi (no shellfish) and I think the cheap soy sauce gave me my typical yeasty reaction that night.
  • no shellfish
  • sodas: very few zevia sodas and basically have given them up despite that I have some in the pantry. No other sodas.
  • corn but not religiously. Like I don’t have corn chips now. But, I did eat popcorn a couple of days.
  • soy (but a less soy sauce than before)
  • mercury amalgam dental fillings. I got the last of these out this past year, so maybe some of the good stuff is now more easily happening than before?

What’s working:

  • I love the juicer dad re-gifted to me. Meredith likes the macerated frozen fruits ("sorbet"), as do I.
  • I am juicing. Including parsley and beets to get some detox going. My stools loosened up a lot as soon as I started drinking beets (and nausea the first day). I’m hoping to get the bad estrogens and crap out of my liver.
  • chlorella. I may not take this every day, but it was working for a couple of weeks and I will return to it as needed. Good for heavy metal removal.
  • I love frozen mangoes as they just start to thaw out (Costco). Whenever I have a hint of cravings at night I go for these.
  • Not having hives. That totally works for me because I can eat leftovers now.
  • Simple pureed broccoli soup.
  • In effect, I have very little cravings. As I review the list I can see the huge contrast from before reading "Depression Free Naturally" and going down this road.
  • I have eaten some white rice.
  • No pigging out (because I can do that with any of my GOOD foods if I get the urge, but I just mostly don’t because this regimen is WORKING!)
  • Trying to stay with enzymes but I don’t know if I will be able to afford them regularly in the future. I will continue to assess digestion.
  • Need more reminders to chew my food.
  • Magnesium Glycinate. The glycine is a calming amino acid–I’ve been self medicating with that for years! Now I know why.

I’m actually giving myself an A+ just for hitting such a high mark this past 2 months.

Good old quote I used to say: "I don’t need it to be easy, I just need it to work."

Many, many times in the past several years, I said to others and myself, "I need it to be easier."

And there’s truth in both.

One response to “Rachel’s Progress Report

  1. Plantains! These are now on my routine grocery list. They are super versatile and yummy. I browned them in coconut oil this morning and ate for breakfast.

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