Stuck like Chuck

Oh my. I had forgotten just how nauseous Savella makes me. Feeling dizzy too. Wow, I really am struggling to keep it together!
Here is a question. Normally, I would have a cracker and ginger ale, or a slice of bread to settle my stomach. What can I have that’s keto friendly?

I haven’t missed bread much, so haven’t felt compelled to make any keto bread, but maybe I should, at least for moments like this.

I did not eat any breakfast, just Bulletproof coffee. I made it without HWC today, just in case dairy might upset my stomach more.
I’m at work and deadlines won’t let me go home, so I think I’ll take a few minutes to go lay in the car.

Wish me luck,
J

Updates

Day 13 of the keto diet (171.6 lbs)

I had a man explain to me on Facebook last night that the diet was keto not Keto and that it didn’t matter what you ate as long as your macros are intact. He was one of those nice fellows whom everyone in the group adores and defended vehemently when I suggested that eating grains was not in line with a keto diet. The group follows him because he is a nice guy that tells them they can have grains and rice and ice cream on their keto diets. Anyway, he browbeat me until I quit the group.

The group was helpful at times when I had a question, but it was also frustrating with the number of people asking “Can I have this chocolate cake?” or “Can I have Pizza on Tuesday nights and not get kicked out of keto?” (as if it were a club). It was obvious that 80% of those that started asking questions had never read the intro material provided by the group’s admin. I looked for another group and found one more suited to my age, but haven’t heard back from them yet. I’m not sure that I need one anyway since my situation is so unique.

The Fibro gets harder and harder to deal with. I am drinking one bulletproof coffee and one 5 HourEnergy every morning to try and get fog lifted to get through the day. My focus is almost gone. I am still holding out hope for the keto diet. After I become fat-adapted (after 3-4 weeks) keto dieters have energy and mental clarity. If the keto can drown out he Fibro maybe I will too. I have every finger crossed for this.

If not…I am going to talk to my doctor about Memantine (Namenda) for the fog. If that doesn’t work….well, then we may be talking disability. I fear my cognitive ability has reduced to the point of not being able to do my job much longer.

I am also thinking of adding these two supplements to my diet.

  • Omega-3 fatty acid
  • Acetyl-L-carnitine

I also used to take Savella. I am going to start taking it again tomorrow. I remember it really helping long ago, but my stomach became intolerant of it, so I stopped. I’m willing to try the stomach again..anything to lift the veil.

Jo

Ketones and Coffee

Day 3 Ketogenic diet

I weighed-in this morning, and much to my surprise, I was another 2 pounds down. I think this part of the process is still shedding water weight. However, I am showing trace amounts of ketones this morning on the test strip, so I expect some of the weight loss to be fat soon.

I wasn’t hungry this morning, so I opted for Bulletproof Coffee from Whole Foods.

I also purchased Onnit MCT Oil to add to my coffee in the mornings. There is a ton of info on the web (look here) about MCT oil and Ketogenics so check it out. I’m a real rookie at this diet, so feel free to comment about your experiences too.

I am really hoping that two of the heavily promoted benefits of the MCT oil, mental clarity and energy, are effective for me and improve my fibromyalgia symptoms.

Have a great day!

J

Recipe

slaw

So, this simple recipe makes a fast and healthy lunch! I started making this when I got really tired of the same old salad every day.

HEB Power Slaw

2 Tablespoons Newman’s Own Lite Balsamic Vinaigrette

Sweet Sue’s Chicken Breast pouch

Salt and pepper to taste

 

That’s it. You can sub any slaw mix (I like this one because if has kale and Brussel sprouts)and low fat dressing, and I often use Starkist Tuna instead of chicken.

I eat this a LOT, because it’s tasty, has lots of texture and is very healthy!

 

 

Energy

As you will see by my soon to come updates, I have been working on me.

I am now pressing hard to work out daily, and to eat right daily. Yeah, I don’t always make it, but, you gotta try, right?

My spouse has had some major health issues this year, and was recently told that she was “this close to being totally disabled”.

This was a wake up call for me. I realized that I had a choice. I could do all I can to get stronger, to take care of myself so that I can take care of this family, or a could wither, struggling to take care of myself, much less the challenges she will face. My son is only a teen, and I don’t want to put him in the situation to take care of us both, so I had to stand up.

My game plan is to beat the Fibro, the arthritis and hip surgeries. To beat the migraines and the high blood pressure. I need to be strong enough to take care of a sick wife, to spend long hours in the hospital at her bedside, and still have the strength to smile through homework help with the kiddo.

Basically, I need to get my cape out of storage, get it ironed, and learn to wear it, full time!

I know lots of you do this very thing, day after day. You have ill spouses, special needs children, mothers and father who don’t know who you are anymore. You work your asses off every day to bring light.

I read your stories, I cry with you. I also learn from you.

I learn how to be strong from you too. Since I have started working out, I have met lots of strong men and women who’s stories would break your heart, and yet, they lift me up, and I learn how to live grace, and how to be the strength my family needs.

So, this is where you find me today. Let’s move forward together, stronger, smarter and healthier.

 

Southern Style

I know, I hate to post pictures of food porn, but this and much, much more is what I face this weekend.

Easter meets Family Reunion, with more southern traditions than you can shake a stick (or fork in this case) at.

I know what I am, and what this is, so I’ll tell you this:

  • I WILL pick and choose which temptations to succumb to and which to be strong against.
  • I know I will eat things I shouldn’t, but I WILL do it on my terms!
  • I will NOT eat because I am bored.
  • I will NOT “try a bit of everything” (no one is really watching to see if I eat their potato salad)
  • I WILL increase my 5K minimum to 10K steps per day Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
  • I WILL drink more than my minimum daily intake of water, currently 64oz.
  • I will NOT beat myself up if I follow these simple rules for the weekend!

Happy Easter folks!

Jorc

Orthorexia. Am I aspiring to another disorder?

Staying in the right mindset, I was reading a fitness magazine this morning and came across this. Yeah, I know, too much of a good thing is not a good thing, or so they say.

However, in a world where Ramen Noodles, Hostess Cakes and Pepsi are often a shopping cart staples, I think more of us could aspire to this problem.

Orthorexia: The New Eating Disorder?

You decide. I’m not there yet, but I’ll let you know if it crops up!

Jorc

The Nutritional Value of Egg Whites Versus Egg Yolks: What Do You Use?

I guess its the fact that Easter is just around the corner, as I can’t get my brain off the egg!

As I sat at my desk eating my breakfast of one hard boiled egg, with one banana, I decided to find out exactly what it is I am eating! In my search, I found this very helpful article by Grace Derocha.

The Nutritional Value of Egg Whites Versus Egg Yolks: What Do You Use?.

Good info on that little egg, and what you are getting out of each little package.

I have looked at the info, and so far, I think the egg, the whole egg, stays as the foundation to my food intake for the day!

I still have 3 questions:

  1. I’m ignorant about digestible proteins. What are digestible proteins, and are the eggs proteins digestible?
  2. Inflammatory response. Do eggs cause an inflammatory response in the body?
  3. Eggs and their effects on IBS, good bad or ugly?

That’s it. I’ll leaving you with this riddle from The Hobbit.

Bilbo asks;

A box without hinges, key or lid,
Yet golden treasure inside is hid.

Answer: Egg

Have a great day friends!

Jorc

Fresh eggs vs store bought? Here is a video on store bought,  and here is a video on farm fresh eggs. I have never done a taste test, but I buy fresh when I can!

J.

Sparkling water, is it really wet?

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I have been wondering if sparkling water, wasser mit gas, fizzy water, soda water, mineral water and the like “count” towards your minimum daily water intake.

I started keeping track of things like water intake when I realized I just wasn’t drinking very much water. Sure, I get water from the fruits I take in, but over all, I was only consuming a quarter of my daily minimum, at best.

That minimum? Lots of sources say 8 glasses/64 oz. a day. Seems like a lot right? It’s not. Apparently our bodies guzzle up every drop. I was surprised to learn that if your urine is anything but almost clear, you haven’t had enough water.

In general though, carbonated water is water. The carbonation is not a diuretic, so your body uses the water the same way it uses plain flat water. So, have that San Pellegrino, and make your body happy!

Jorc

Are there health risks in carbonated water?

Tracking your health with FitBit

P.s. Some sparkling waters do add sodium, so watch that if you are keep track of salt!