Thursday, 17 February 2011

Changes afoot....

I shocked myself to see that it has been 4 months since I last posted here. Oops. If the truth be told, I fell off the wagon!
Yep, fessin' up.
I got so busy with life that I lost time to prepare good food every day for my family and myself. 
Some pretty scary health issues over the last couple of weeks (and a decision to drop much of my online activity) left me with no excuses for getting back to the kitchen and preparing foods that nourish, heal, and refresh.
I have adrenal fatigue, high cholesterol, borderline high blood pressure, and suspected Meniere's Disease - add to that chronic migraines since I was 12, and the fact that I am hypothyroid, and you can see why I can't play around with my health (and did I mention menopause and the fun it has with my internal temperature gauge??). My husband has the autoimmune disease Hashimoto's Thyroiditis, so getting his health to an optimum level is also my priority.

Firstly I studied adrenal fatigue because it has really been rocking my boat and the symptoms are all stress and diet related. This leads up to the cholesterol and blood pressure, so it had to be my starting point. 
I decided to drop all sugar and most carbohydrates for the time being. Today is day 7 and I am 1.6 kgs lighter, and after barely being able to lift my body off the bed a week ago, today I have felt no fatigue at all, and my main suspected Meniere's symptom (the extreme dizzy spells) have been barely noticeable.

As I have shared before, I love to go raw as much as possible, so that has once again been a big part of each day's diet. Adding in as many different fruits and vegetables as I can gives me an increased 'basket' of vitamins and minerals each day.

Juicing is back on the menu, especially with beetroot, celery and carrot as the base vegetables...
Here is a wonderful way to serve raw broccoli that is gentle on your stomach and digestive tract.
Chop the broccoli florets into small pieces...
Choose a healthy organic salad dressing (or use coconut oil and curry powder for an eastern tang), and add a couple of tablespoons to the broccoli....
Shake up and leave in the fridge for the day (if you make this in the morning) or overnight...
The broccoli will be soft by the time you eat it and so tasty that you'll not want to share any! :-)
Roasting trays of diced pumpkin and sweet potato, then storing in the fridge, allows me to add these wonderful vegetables to my salads each day. 
I have had 1/2 potato twice this week and plan to not stray far from that in the future - pasta, breads and rice are also off my list for the time being. Fruit, vegetables, salmon, legumes, occasional red meat, nuts and seeds, yoghurt, eggs - these make up most of my diet. I drink water all day long, but still allow myself one light soy-decaff-cappuccino per day, with a tiny sprinkle of stevia for sweetness instead of sugar.
Making my own fruit yoghurts helped with the hunger pains for the first few days...
...and for snacks mid-afternoon I had a small handful of these with a piece of fruit. 
My coffee grinder is back in action grinding flaxseeds, almonds and sunflower kernals to sprinkle over my salads and to add to yoghurts. I make enough to last a few days and store it in the fridge. 
7 days with no sugar started off very difficult. I was craving, no, screaming out, for something sweet in the first 3 days, but on day 4 it didn't matter at all. Bread was also difficult to avoid for the first few days, but I did, and now it's not an issue.
Today I feel better, have more energy, and am able to think with greater clarity, than I did 7 days ago. 
How will I feel after 14 days?
I'll tell you next Thursday.

Healthy hugs


Val Laird said...

Hi Jenny

Have you tried Quinoa (pronounced Kee-nwa)? It is fabulously healthy and tastes wonderful. I make a salad with it adding sunflower seeds, pepitas, walnuts (microwaved for 30 seconds to roast), basil or rosemary, sun dried tomatoes, with a dressing: lemon/soy/worscestershire/French or whatever!

I have tried red, black and white quinoa, and prefer the white best. It has a texture a bit like couscous.

Glad you are starting to feel better.


Allie said...

I'm going to ask my girlfriend what she did for adrenal fatigue - she suffered horribly with that and is all better now. It sounds like you're on the right path hon, are you adding any exercise to this? It would be a great help for the blood pressure. Don't know how hot it is there right now....or whether walking would be feasible. I have Sam doing Pilates [I can't get down on the floor or I'd do it too], nice gentle exercises, something like that might help. I'm praying for you, sweetie!

Carrie P. said...

Well, it sounds like you are on the right track. My husband and I did a 21 Daniel fast and we feel so good that we are pretty much continuing to eat the same way. Diet can affect so many diseases so I am sure that you will be able to notice a big difference in 14 days.
Val mentioned quinoa. It is one of my new favorite things to eat now. Full of protein.

africanaussie said...

Gosh it sounds as though you are on the right track, congratulations. that must feel good! I have recently started making a weekly menu and shopping for only those items. I am putting the recipes onto my blog in the hopes of perfecting just a few well used and liked recipes rather than having thousands of "want to try someday" recipes hanging around. I really think pre-planning is what helps me. Sounds as though I should try Quinoa.

Lisa said...

Wow! That's amazing! I think its awesome what your doing. I need to read more about this. Do you post receipes on what you are making? I would love to know how to make my own yogurt.