Food, Weight & Withdrawals
Since the food patch testing, I have given up potatoes, flaxseeds, walnuts, chocolate, and a lot of added sugar.
I have gone to a few doctors appts to check up on things like the endometriosis and as some of you know – when your insurance changes you sometimes need new docs. So I met a new GYN and she was very kind and actually gentle (thankfully). I am still recuperating from that appt because the endometriosis doesn’t enjoy being disrupted at all. But it is fine. In fact, it is not anything close to the worst I have experienced with GYN endometriosis appts.
Because I have been without the foods I crave the most (like potatoes) I have had periods of days where I have a constant headache. I know it is from giving those up. My body is in a detox state and it really wants potatoes. (I am craving them all throughout the day.) My regular doc suggested I take 250mg of vitamin C to help the body with the detox and also lessen the headaches and other withdrawal symptoms. Taking the vit C does help actually. It takes the edge off which is great.
While changing my eating habits and nixing foods, I am also working on losing some weight. It creeps up like crazy, sometimes 4 pounds overnight (but it never goes back down). I suspected a kapha imbalance (kapha is one of the three ayurvedic energy systems). But I kept being told by my doctor and ayurvedic doctor that I am primarily vata – which needs a high fat, high protein diet. I did that for over a year and did nothing but gain weight. So I decided to go with my gut feeling and trying to balance the kapha imbalance (we are comprised of ALL 3 doshas – energy systems – so I may be vata primary but this imbalance may be kapha in nature).
So what am I doing to balance kapha and aid myself in weight loss? I am counting calories using a tool like SparkPeople. There are others out there like MyFitnessPal which are both free. I tried counting calories and doing weight watchers in recent months with no results. But in reading The Allergy Solution by Leo Gallard MD, realized the secret food allergies I had might have been hindering my weight loss efforts.
Being without potatoes and other hidden allergies, I think the attempts at losing weight will be fruitful again.
I did some reading on Banyan Botanicals website where they gave some tips for helping balance kapha for weight loss. So using their tools I am trying to get to bed before 10:00pm (being a night owl, this is hard). I am also trying to get up earlier (also hard, lol). And I am trying to stop eating at 7:00pm.
I also got out my fitness tracker and am counting steps. Having fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome – exercise tends to bite me in the a*s, so I opted to go for 5000 steps per day for 1 week and see how I feel. If I am fine I may increase it to 5500 or 6000 but listen to my body.
In summary to help health and lose weight I am:
- Nixing foods I have allergic reactions to (through both skin scratch testing via the allergist and also food patch testing).
- Taking vitamin C 250mg to help take the edge off withdrawal symptoms from giving up potatoes and most sugar
- Trying to get to bed before 10:00pm and slowly getting up earlier day by day to get to 6:30am-7:00am.
- Listening to my body and aiming for 5000 steps per day for 1 week and then maybe increasing the goal week by week.
- Tracking calories through free online trackers and making sure I either weigh my food with a digital food scale or measure out each portion.
- Trying NOT to take a nap during the day, especially during kapha time 6:00am-10:00am and 6:00pm-10:00pm.
- Leaving the endometriosis alone to heal post appointment.
In recent days and weeks I have felt bad for changing my pricing schedule so much. I recently realized I needed to stop trying to be like other people and asking others around me what to charge for prices. (And I have asked a lot of people…)
My lack of decision making doesn’t just center around pricing – it centers around everything. Making decisions is something I have trouble doing. And when asked “what I want to do” – I have no answer for you. Years of therapy only got me so far as to realize my childhood and growing up in a home with a dissociative mother (who also had depression and multiple personalities), growing up fast and being somewhat codependent, I never really developed a sense of what I want to do with myself. I was busy with middle school and then high school, helping my father take care of my sister, cooking, cleaning, doing laundry and helping my dad as much as I could. It started when I was around 13 years old. – The positive is that I am very domestic and can take care of a house like a pro. 🙂
I love doing readings, Reiki, etc. but it is only side work (very part time) and only generates minimal income. I wouldn’t give it up though because it feels right in my heart to do this work.
So in looking for other work to do – like full time work – I get asked what I am looking for in a job and I have never come up with an answer. It is easier for me to see what others are doing, or what they did to find success, etc. and see if I can do it too, than to come up with something on my own. So I apologize for confusion around pricing, my lack of decision making is a little annoying but bear with me.
In making decisions this morning, I decided I don’t like the higher prices. I also don’t mind low prices for a limited time. But I like the regular average pricing I have had before because it makes it easy for clients to buy my services regardless of their financial situation. I don’t want to make it hard for people to get my services.
I understand why others do want to make it harder for people to buy their services but that intention just is not in my heart.
I do have some cool things in the works. I have been spending a ton of time creating directories. One for Psychics and Intuitives, the other for Natural Living Professionals. I will let you know when those are up and running.
Stay tuned for more!
P.S. Happy First Day of Summer!!