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Here is everything, diet, health etc. Help please :)

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created November 23, 2012 at 4:39 PM

Hello!

I have two questions, and a ton of information. Here is the summary:

First: I am going to a doctor and need to know just what tests to have taken.

Second: My diet... how is it? Missing anything?

-I am a female, 27, BMI- 22.5, 5 feet, 5 inches tall -Not on the pill or any other form of medication -Non smoker -Non drinker -Low activity level, mostly consisting of long walks, some time on stationary bike -15-30 min of sunlight almost every day

-I have been on the diet below for nearly 1 month, before that, 90% primal for nearly 5 months.

Health problems consisting of:

-Chronic headaches -Issues falling asleep/maintaining sleep -Undiagnosed leg pain, left leg, back of thigh, no injury to area (nerve pain perhaps?) -Significant hair loss -Major digestive issues -Flimsy nails -Stress, and lots of it -Painful, heavy periods -Problems breathing, excessively stuffy nose all the time, dry mouth, dry throat -Aching joints -Problems with any form of weight loss -Dry skin

I am going to be going in to a doctor soon, I am not really looking for a diagnosis for any of this, but if possible, suggestions as to what kinds of tests I should get would be helpful. I have seen some people say "you didnt get the right ones done, or complete ones done!" Well, I would like to know which ones are right and complete :D

Now, my diet listed below is as complete as I could make it. Please, feel free to poke holes in it and pick it apart if you are feeling brave. It is a ton of information.

Before going on this diet, I was typical high carb, but very low calorie. Perhaps 1,000 to 1,400 a day. Very unbalanced, lots of soy.

I am aiming for a small bit of fat loss, no more than 10 lbs max. On my frame, the amount of fat I have seems to be somewhat excessive. Less of vanity than concern. I carry a great deal of it in a "pouch" below my bellybutton. I think I read somewhere that this may be a sign of insulin resistance?

My main goal is health however, and if possible, correcting some of my many health problems.


Wed/Sun

3 egg, 1 serving veg, 1tb C oil

Smoothie containing: 1 1/2 scoop whey protein powder, 1/2 avocado, 1/2 banana, 1/2 cup mixed berry (no strawberries) 1/2 c coconut water, 1/4 c dry roasted macadamia nuts

Chicken,2 serving veg, 1tb C oil

Totals: 14% carb, 59% fats, 26% protein, 51.97 g carbs, 1491.73 calories

Mon/Tue

Turkey/beef mix, 1 serving veg, 1 tb C oil

Turkey/beef mix, 2 serving veg, 1 tb C oil

Beef burger, 1 serving veg, 1 tb C oil, 1/4 c dry roasted pumpkin seeds

Totals: 8% carb, 65% fats, 26% protein, 28.46 g carbs, 1415.06 calories

Thu/Fri/Sat

Turkey/beef mix, 1 serving veg, 1 tb C oil

Turkey/beef mix, 1 serving veg, 1 tb C oil, 1/2 c white rice

Turkey burger, 2 servings veg, 1 tb C oil, 2 oz cheese

Totals: 11% carb, 59% fats, 29% protein, 41.46 g carbs, 1505.08 calories

Vitamins:

http://www.drugstore.com/products/prod.asp?pid=34171&catid=183157 (one with breakfast)

http://purealaskaomega.com/salmon-oil x2 (one with breakfast, one with lunch, both days)

http://www.walmart.com/ip/20975838?adid=22222222227015236138&wmlspartner=wlpa&wl0=&wl1=g&wl2=&wl3=20652210070&wl4=&wl5=pla&veh=sem (one with lunch)

http://www.ester-c.com/Products/Ester-C-Tablets.htm (one with lunch)

http://www.thevitamincode.com/TargetedNutrientFormulas/RawCalcium/tabid/1825/Default.aspx (one with lunch, one with dinner)

swansonvitamins.com/natures-way-calcium-citrate-carbonate-malate-250-mg-250-caps?SourceCode=INTL405&CAWELAID=129498989&cagpspn=pla&gclid=CI72v8605bMCFcxAMgodk14Atg (one with lunch, one with dinner)

amazon.com/NOW-Foods-Vitamin-5000-120-Softgels/dp/B002EA99HE (one with dinner)

nowfoods.com/Supplements/Products-by-Category/Vitamins/Multiple-Vitamins--Specialized/M002863.htm (one with breakfast every other day)

vitacost.com/country-life-high-potency-biotin (one with dinner)

amazon.com/NOW-Foods-Vitamin-5000-120-Softgels/dp/B002EA99HE (one with dinner)


Notes:

-Pastured Eggs -Kerrygold Cheese -Turkey/beef mix is a mix of ground turkey, ground beef with 1/4 c marianara sauce (tomatoes, spices only) then frozen in single serving containers -Himalayan pink salt used on most all dishes -No other beverages beyond water -Vegetables are romaine lettuce, celery, asparagus, now and then a frozen mix of sugar snap peas, water chestnuts, bell peppers, green beans and squash


This was a great deal of information. Thank you for anyone who stuck with me through it, and thank you very much for any answers/comments!

26e4b47d7a4f020b8829c353e58fe395

(15)

on November 26, 2012
at 02:28 PM

"I think it was The Paleo Mom (although I'm sure she's not the only one) who said weight loss and healing can be competing goals, especially when you aren't massively overweight." This, was very helpful. Really, thank you for typing that out for me. :) I already sort of had that feeling, but it makes a diff seeing it from someone else.

26e4b47d7a4f020b8829c353e58fe395

(15)

on November 26, 2012
at 02:26 PM

Well thank you, all of that information was very helpful! I really appreciate it. Perhaps I should indeed try just like you and do full eliminations. If what you say is true about the allergy lab tests, I may as well try my own tests :D

75b3b900d09e555fc57b74ca24f7a76a

on November 25, 2012
at 01:29 PM

http://chriskresser.com/answers-to-your-burning-questions-about-digestion

75b3b900d09e555fc57b74ca24f7a76a

on November 25, 2012
at 01:27 PM

Ooops! I just noticed that "tolerances" in my post should read "intolerances"!

75b3b900d09e555fc57b74ca24f7a76a

on November 25, 2012
at 01:26 PM

I never got a test for my food allergies because of the expense and because I heard that those tests can be inaccurate. Trial and error worked for me, and I wish I hadn't made so many assumptions about what I thought was OK...When I did finally eliminate (one at a time) some common allergens that I had been convinced I had no problem with, it was AMAZING how much better I felt. Just some things to consider :)

75b3b900d09e555fc57b74ca24f7a76a

on November 25, 2012
at 01:21 PM

I found a lot of information about digestion and stomach acid at chriskresser.com He also has good info about gluten sensitivity and healing digestion. I also use a lot of ideas from GAPS (Gut and Psychology Syndrome) for healing. Primal Body, Primal Mind also has some good stuff in it about useful supplements, etc. I follow my own experience, too, and do not adhere to all of what any of those texts say---It has just been bits and pieces from many sources, including personal consultation with a natural medicine doctor, that has helped me.

26e4b47d7a4f020b8829c353e58fe395

(15)

on November 24, 2012
at 02:43 PM

Thanks :) Its kinda hard to find non-goitergenic vegetables sadly! I am trying to avoid them because my thyroid is pretty suspect right now. (hopefully not!) 30-50g of carbs is too little, you think? I guess everyone is different though.

26e4b47d7a4f020b8829c353e58fe395

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on November 24, 2012
at 02:41 PM

Thank you very much! This sounds like something I should really look in to. I would love more information if possible! :D I really do think I should get a full allergy check done, and soon. How nice it would be to breathe again!

26e4b47d7a4f020b8829c353e58fe395

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on November 23, 2012
at 05:42 PM

Thanks for the advice. I drink no other drinks than water, (so coffee is definitely out) and I eat no kinds of sweets whatsoever. If it is not on my diet list, I do not eat it, period.

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on November 24, 2012
at 03:32 PM

Have you tried eliminating all dairy? That's what sticks out most to me with the stuffy nose and trouble breathing. And for me getting rid of nightshades (tomatoes, peppers, certain spices) got rid of my joint and muscle pain. I think it was The Paleo Mom (although I'm sure she's not the only one) who said weight loss and healing can be competing goals, especially when you aren't massively overweight. Since you don't have a whole bunch of weight to lose, I'd suggest upping the calories and carbs until the health stuff is under control. From my understanding, cooking goitrogenic veggies reduces their goitrogenic properties, so that'll open up your veggie options. Sweet potatoes are full of awesome, you should have some.

26e4b47d7a4f020b8829c353e58fe395

(15)

on November 26, 2012
at 02:28 PM

"I think it was The Paleo Mom (although I'm sure she's not the only one) who said weight loss and healing can be competing goals, especially when you aren't massively overweight." This, was very helpful. Really, thank you for typing that out for me. :) I already sort of had that feeling, but it makes a diff seeing it from someone else.

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on November 24, 2012
at 12:02 PM

I agree with Britt , you could be needing more carb - add veggies first and see how you go and then add fruit if that doesn't work.

26e4b47d7a4f020b8829c353e58fe395

(15)

on November 24, 2012
at 02:43 PM

Thanks :) Its kinda hard to find non-goitergenic vegetables sadly! I am trying to avoid them because my thyroid is pretty suspect right now. (hopefully not!) 30-50g of carbs is too little, you think? I guess everyone is different though.

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on November 23, 2012
at 05:13 PM

For the headaches - do you drink caffeine daily? I hear that cutting out the coffee is a first step in helping headaches.

Also, do you drink any sorts of sodas or artificial sweeteners (even gum?)? kind of an odd questions but I was having extreme hair loss and my doctors did typical tests and found no issues at all and were no help. I have found that if I have any artificial sweetener, even the small amount found in gum, I will lose handfuls of hair. Cutting out all of the sweetener has completely fixed the problem though.

I know that many people are in favor of low carb diets... they don't work for me and leave me feeling awful. I think that our ancestors would have eaten tons of fruits and veggies in addition to meat so I am completely unconvinced that a low carb diet is compatible with primal eating. I know that lots of people on here would disagree with me but I do not see how our ancestors would have eaten the level of fat that many are eating. If that diet is working for you then awesome... but if not, I would mix it up a bit and see what you feel best on. If you feel best on low carb, then awesome... but if not, then add some fruits and veggies. I would also encourage you to get some more exercise. I feel much healthier and keep a healthy body weight with a verrrrry high activity level. I feel that each person needs a different level of activity and I seem to need a ton to feel good. (like 10 hours a week at least). Many people need much much less... this is just another area that I would encourage you to play around with. You may have more luck with weight loss with more activity though.

Good luck!

26e4b47d7a4f020b8829c353e58fe395

(15)

on November 23, 2012
at 05:42 PM

Thanks for the advice. I drink no other drinks than water, (so coffee is definitely out) and I eat no kinds of sweets whatsoever. If it is not on my diet list, I do not eat it, period.

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75b3b900d09e555fc57b74ca24f7a76a

on November 24, 2012
at 12:13 PM

Your health problems sound like you might have some inflammation or auto-immune issues. This could possibly stem from food tolerances of which you are unaware...I'd look into that if I were you. If this is the case, once you have the offenders out of your system, you could use L-Glutamine, plenty of animal fat and bone broth, and fermented foods to help your digestive system repair. Digestive enzymes and HCl could also potential help digestion...As your system improves, you would absorb more nutrition, which would help address any nutritional deficiencies you have.

If you want more info or links about this, let me know!

75b3b900d09e555fc57b74ca24f7a76a

on November 25, 2012
at 01:26 PM

I never got a test for my food allergies because of the expense and because I heard that those tests can be inaccurate. Trial and error worked for me, and I wish I hadn't made so many assumptions about what I thought was OK...When I did finally eliminate (one at a time) some common allergens that I had been convinced I had no problem with, it was AMAZING how much better I felt. Just some things to consider :)

75b3b900d09e555fc57b74ca24f7a76a

on November 25, 2012
at 01:29 PM

http://chriskresser.com/answers-to-your-burning-questions-about-digestion

26e4b47d7a4f020b8829c353e58fe395

(15)

on November 24, 2012
at 02:41 PM

Thank you very much! This sounds like something I should really look in to. I would love more information if possible! :D I really do think I should get a full allergy check done, and soon. How nice it would be to breathe again!

75b3b900d09e555fc57b74ca24f7a76a

on November 25, 2012
at 01:21 PM

I found a lot of information about digestion and stomach acid at chriskresser.com He also has good info about gluten sensitivity and healing digestion. I also use a lot of ideas from GAPS (Gut and Psychology Syndrome) for healing. Primal Body, Primal Mind also has some good stuff in it about useful supplements, etc. I follow my own experience, too, and do not adhere to all of what any of those texts say---It has just been bits and pieces from many sources, including personal consultation with a natural medicine doctor, that has helped me.

75b3b900d09e555fc57b74ca24f7a76a

on November 25, 2012
at 01:27 PM

Ooops! I just noticed that "tolerances" in my post should read "intolerances"!

26e4b47d7a4f020b8829c353e58fe395

(15)

on November 26, 2012
at 02:26 PM

Well thank you, all of that information was very helpful! I really appreciate it. Perhaps I should indeed try just like you and do full eliminations. If what you say is true about the allergy lab tests, I may as well try my own tests :D

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