From Here to Health

My journey back from autoimmune disease

Virgin Diet Day 12

Started the day out with a chocolate shake.  I can’t believe that I am actually liking these things!  I thought this part would be really hard, but it hasn’t been.  It’s Monday, so I went to CrossFit.  It has been an adjustment not pushing myself at the gym.  I worked on snatch today and backsquat with weights that were crazy light!  I did do more reps than usual, but it still seemed weird.  I listened to a Balanced Bites podcast over the weekend (Diane Sanfilippo and Liz Wolfe) that spoke to the thyroid issue and working out and it reiterated the need to go light and not overexercise with a thyroid that is wonky. So I think I am on the right track.  FYI- Diane and Liz are great!  I would love to be doing something like that at some point.  Maybe they’ll read this and ask me to be a guest.  Oooh, maybe they would like to know more about light therapy.  I think I’ll just send that out into the universe and maybe it will get to them somehow;)  Anyway,things are moving in the right direction.  I’m loving my bitters and my DGL.  Testosterone seems to be helping some, but could probably be doing more.  Not sure at this point if that is due to the thyroid or the fact that I need a higher dose of testosterone.  Guess that is one for the Doc.

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Virgin Diet Update

Thought I would check in (mostly with myself) to update the results of my Virgin Diet experience.  I am not really sure what day I am on.  I did a full week of the 2 shakes a day before Christmas, then I took Christmas Day and the day after off.  I started back on the 27th so I guess that makes this Day 11 since I really considered it a start over.  I finally got up the courage to get on the scale.  Since I’m not really sure where I started, I don’t know how much I have lost, but it is probably around 4 pounds.  I feel like I need to lose more, but I’m not obsessing over it because I feel better.  I am sleeping better, my digestion is improving (more on that in a minute), my energy is better and my mind is clearer.  When I first started the Virgin Diet it messed with my digestion.  I was gassy and a little constipated.  I think it was adding all that fiber.  I also had some reflux (although that was there before the diet).  I started doing some research and I ended up putting prunes in my shake and taking bitters and DGL before meals and it has helped tremendously.  I think I needed these products before the diet, but I just wasn’t in the mode to go and search them out.  I am also back at CrossFit after a month off and it feels great!  I am only going 3 days a week for the month of January and I’m only pushing to about 70%.  I still don’t have my thyroid regulated so I don’t really feel like it is smart to push it any harder until that is more stable.  My doc is putting my on Armour thyroid, but he hasn’t started it yet.  All in all, feeling better and feeling hopeful.  Here’s to a Happy New Year!

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Virgin Diet Day 5

This day is just starting so I can’t really attest to my success yet, but I just had to get a few things down.  First, I woke up without a sore throat today!!!  It might be too early to get so excited, but I’m doing it anyway.  I think the DGL must be working.  I went to bed without reflux last night and woke up without the nagging sore throat today.  I have super high hopes for this supplement.  The next noteworthy occurrence was my awakening at 5:15.  Sounds like a bummer, but I felt good so it was fine.  I laid in bed and watched a Hallmark Hall of Fame Christmas movie.  It was super sappy and sweet and I cried a lot.  It doesn’t sound great, but it was!  The kids were still asleep and I was doing NOTHING.  I never do nothing.  I honestly don’t think I had watched a tv movie in 6 or 7 years.  It is now 7:32, the kids are still asleep, the house is quiet except for the falling water of the turtle tank (which is actually a pretty nice sound) and I am sitting in front of our gorgeous real Christmas tree enjoying my morning shake.  It is blissful.  The little things really do make a difference.  I need to start every morning feeling grateful for the little things…

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Virgin Diet Days 3 & 4

So just a quick update before I head off to bed.  I am doing pretty well on the 2 shakes a day.  I have been throwing in a snack or two here and there, but they conform to the plan.  I don’t know if I have lost any weight.  Honestly, I am trying not to even look in the mirror.  I feel better and that is where I want my focus to be.  My back pain is about 90% better which is great.  I haven’t had any serious bloating these 4 days which is good.  My energy level is up.  Lots of positives.  The negatives would be that my face is breaking out, which I am hoping at this point is kind of a detox thing and will clear up soon.  Also, I feel like my digestion has slowed down a little.  Hoping this will turn around with time.  I am having a lot more fiber than usual which I thought would speed things up, but for now, it is doing the opposite.  My reflux has been mildly better.  I started a new supplement tonight though which is for that- DGL.  Some sort of chewable licorice form Dr. Andrew Weil.  It is supposed to help increase mucus membranes which is a big issue with Sjodgren’s.  I will keep you posted on how it works.  I have high hopes.

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