Every time I start something, I start something else which ends up interfering with the first thing. lol The life of a creative mind.
I have kept a secret from my Get Fit with Fe crew for all of the years since starting my fitness group. I have hypothyroidism. Hypothyroidism, as defined by WebMD:
Some quick facts:
- The most common type of hypothyroidism is Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis. It is an auto immune disease in which your body produces antibodies that attack your thyroid gland.
- When your body does not get enough thyroid chemical and bodily processes slow. In short, your metabolism is slow. Really, really slow.
- There is no known cure.
When I found out I had hypothyroidism, I was really ambivalent. One the one hand, I finally had an answer to the culprit behind my life-long struggle being overweight. No matter how much I exercised or changed my diet, the weight would not come off. At least, not permanently. And it was not just the weight. I had all of the freaking symptoms – extreme fatigue, memory issues, depression – I had it all.
Being diagnosed gave me relief. On the other, I had to manage a disease that had no known cause and no known cure. I did not like the sound of that – no cure? With God, all things are possible. So, I started searching for the possible.
There is a lot of research regarding gluten-sensitivity and hypothyroidism. The student HERE suggests that people with hypothyroidism and gluten-intolerance absorbed more thyroid chemical when following a Gluten-free diet. There may be some stock to this. I did the Daniel Fast with a friend, who is also hypothyroid, and we both lost at least 10 lbs each. The Daniel Fast eliminates all wheat, as well as, dairy, and sugar – other known causes of inflammation.
I read about Pulse Test used to determine if somonesuffer from food allergies/sensitivities. The test, developed by Dr. Arthur Coca, postulates that food allergies produces an immune response in people causing their heart rate to go up. This can be measure by taking the pulse before and after consumption of the allergenl. Dr. Coca’s book, The Pulse Test, goes into greater detail, but the gist of the test is:
- Grab food that is the suspected allergen and have it ready.
- Take your pulse while in a rested state at least 5 minutes after activity.
- Place the food on your tongue. Let it stay in your mouth for at least 30 seconds. DO NOT SWALLOW the food.
- Take your pulse from anywhere on your body. It may be easier to take it from the wrist. Count the number of beats for 60 seconds.
- If your pulse increases greater than 4 beats between tests, the food is likely producing an allergic response.
I tried the test. I tested for milk and wheat. Milk produced no response but bread did. It is important to note that this test cannot distinguish between food allergies and food sensitivities. I am going to cut out all wheat based products for 1 week and track my results. It is worth a shot.
Tomorrow will be 21 days of the Daniel Fast. In the interest of full disclosure, I was strictly began for 7 days (my previous record). I fell off into Chic Fil E on Day 8 and got back on the wagon day 9.
While on the fast, I initially felt totally energetic. After 7 days, I was noticeably lethargic. I did this fast with a co-worker who reported feeling similar. In retrospect, I think we were not eating enough protein.
I have found that with preparation this diet is feasible. There are a lot of great dishes that can be prepared vegan. God bless the avocado. Whenever I felt as if I was not getting enough to eat, I would add an avocado and felt satisfied.
I have also learned that health is about choices. We all get hungry but how we choose to satisfy that hunger is a choice. Granted, depending on where you live, your options may be limited. There is always the option to start a garden. Even one on your balcony.
The initial cravings for sugar and salty snacks dissipates after a few days. When you are not consuming overly salted and sweetened foods, your taste buds become more keen. A Fuji Apple and scoop of peanut butter is the best midday snack.
You are also forced to read labels and search out options that are not chemically laden. I found these 100 calorie whole grain wraps that have a good flavor and no sugar added. This item is a keeper. I think now I will try to have 2 vegan meals a day and a lean protein at night. I feel too good about my results to go back to my old way of eating.
To date, I am down 10lbs.
I and a co-worker started the Daniel Fast- (again)<–Click Here- on Tuesday of this week. For those of you unfamiliar with the fast, it is an eating plan that is primarily vegan plus no sweeteners or leavened bread. Its origins are in the book of Daniel (Daniel 1:8-14).<–Read more here. I started this fast for a combination of reasons – spiritual, weight loss, detox, etc. Plus I need more discipline in my life. Today is day 5 and eating vegan is becoming routine.
Since starting this fast, I sleep better. Acid reflux was ruining my quality of life by affecting my sleeping pattern and mood. Acid reflux was also causing upper respiratory issues. After just 5 days, I totally feel a difference. There is nothing like a good night's sleep.
Plus I am cooking! I made vegan collard greens and they were good. I made my own salad dressing today after being inspired by a friend who made salad dressing for me. She wanted to encourage me on this fast. (Wasn't that the sweetest thing?) I look forward to coming up with new creations.
I am down like 7 lbs. I feel less bloated. My clothes are fitting beautifully.
Now, I am not going to lie. The first day was a breeze but day 3 was HARD!!!! That is why it helps to have someone else do it with you. Me and my coworker keep each other motivated and lifted up. It can get expensive eating fresh fruits and veggies. Planning ahead is key. I started going to fruit and vegetable markets and stocking up on brown rice, beans, onions and garlic. Having a slowcooker and rice cooker helps.
Prayer is the another component of this fast. I have been praying with more clarity. I have a few big decisions to make in my life and need God's guidance. I want to stay in His will. Prayer and fasting is the best way I know to get closer to God and to hear His voice clearly.
I plan on transitioning to a clean way of eating. That just means eating as close to nature as possible, cooking my own meals, and resisting the urge to snack. Pray for me 🙂
Sixteen more days to go.
I am attempting the Daniel Fast again. I lasted 7 days before but now I have a website with recipes. I am also equiped with mangoes.
I used to be intimidated by mangoes and would never by them. Now, I have learned what a ripe mango looks and tastes like and I am hooked.
I went to the fruit market today and they were on sale for 88 cents each.
In other Talulazoeapple news, I think I have another crush. It's funny because a friend was like, ooh I was gonna try to hook you guys up but blah, blah, blah.
It all started with that darn Red Revival lipstick episode. Now he is all smiles and conversations. Unlike cute puerto rican dude, I am deliberately coy. It's all in good fun anyway.
BUT, I may just have to buy a couple flowers for my hair. *see this post*