Saturday, July 29, 2017

Getting Real

Stress definitely plays a huge role and I am handling stress poorly lately thanks to politics and a rotten Big Brother cast with no summer tv shows for distraction.  I do enjoy some of my current restrictive food choices but eating is not the joy it used to be.
Sadly, eating has been a real source of joy for me.
Some of my favorite memories involved a special meal.

Paying lots of money on this nerve damage *cure* did make me more committed to the diet but does not help the stress factor.
Maybe my nerves just need more time to regenerate.
Time will tell.
I am trying to be more optimistic and positive but am losing the battle and as a result am feeling more stress.

I am still losing weight but the anti-inflammation diet and stimulation treatments (now 2/3 done) do not seem to be as effective as I had hoped.  Tingling still in feet, hands and face.  Still occasional muscle cramps though not as frequent.  Tinnitus (buzzing in the head) may be even worse.
Abdominal gas has become more bothersome.
Worse yet brain fog and headache which stopped when I stopped Lipitor have returned so I cut back on the cholesterol lowering capsule the specialist gave me.  This head thing had also returned for a week or so when I first started the diet and was thought to be low carb flu.
All of these complaints may be related to stress more than food.

Overall. I may have felt better before this diet both physically and emotionally.
I know losing weight was necessary because I was becoming close to being diagnosed as diabetic and have seen my A1C and blood pressure dramatically improve with weight loss and cutting down on refined carbs.
At least I have found out I do not have any food allergies or sensitivities.
In a way, it will be a relief if this anti-inflammation diet does nothing for me so I can enjoy more variety when eating and just do whatever I can to reduce stress while trying not to gain back any weight.

(stay tuned for the final analysis in 4 weeks)
I am being re-evaluated later this week.
The doc believes it will just take longer for my nerves to repair since my problem was chronic for so many years.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Great Youtube video!

15 Minute Home Workout   Low Impact HIIT Rebounding
is about the most perfect bouncing video on youtube.

I hope more are coming.

Also Amy Bento has uploaded some rebounding and kettlebell routines to youtube:

Personal update:
This week we went to Atlantic City for the first time since staring my therapy and I am happy to share that I can walk with less pain!  All joints and feet were cooperating.

Aerobic activity may help prevent dementia

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Foaming Melons

A few weeks ago, we had a cantaloupe leak and make a mess.
It had been bought the day before from Aldi.

This morning a watermelon bought from Acme or Aldi did the same thing.

I read that the grocer was at fault for not rotating their produce properly and were selling melons that were too old and/or damaged.
Both incidents made a huge mess to clean so I am not going to buy anymore melons for quite awhile.

I decided to buy just pre-cut melon that looks and smells good and avoid anymore messes.
My husband agrees in spite of his frugal nature after injuring his arm when lifting a large melon a few weeks ago

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

My Current Journey

I am halfway through a nerve regeneration process for peripheral neuropathy (damaged nerves) which includes treatments to increase circulation and an anti-inflammatory diet with special supplements.

After struggling to lose weight the previous year, I have been losing one to two pounds a week without feeling hungry.   The tingling in my face and extremities has improved and the excruciating muscles spasms have become rare.  I still feel random twinges from confused nerves and tinnitus.  Hopefully the nerves in my central nervous system will respond and resolve the tinnitus.

Stay tuned for updates.

ETA 7-9
I have been feeling better most days but still have some painful moments.
The stressful 3 hour clean up of a messy leaking watermelon yesterday morning seems to have ended my current weight loss plateau.  I was happy that the stress of that mess did not ruin my energy level for the rest of the day or bring increased pains.
I am sleeping better without cramping and my constipation tendency has been resolved thanks to the magnesium supplement CALM.

There is a Portuguese supermarket near us that has wonderful stewed dishes which has added nice protein to my daily choices including salmon and a diner with an outstanding salad bar.  Our son loves my new way of eating and my husband tries not to flaunt his bad habits.  However, his A1C has not been stellar and could use some dietary changes.

ETA 7-12
I just had passed the first half of my treatment for peripheral neuropathy and last night felt some real changes in my feet giving me hope for a full recovery.