Those of you who join me for my writing challenges over on my other blog know that I do enjoy a good challenge. I'm rather competitive by nature and I like to feel I'm doing well. But sometimes rather than challenging ourselves, life gives challenges to us and we have a decision to make - crumple or buck up?
You'll recall that last June, I was put on a low sodium diet by my doctor. The recommendation didn't fix the problem I was having with my ears, but I enjoyed the other benefits, so I've stuck with it, mostly consistently. I do swerve from time to time. I've had fun trying out new recipes, and in the spirit of turning a weakness into a strength, I'm writing a cookbook of low sodium recipes. It's been pretty fun.
This last week, though, a wrench was thrown into my works.
I had an appointment with an endrocrinologist. I've had Hashimoto's thyroiditis most of my life. Here are some of the symptoms: "Symptoms of Hashimoto's thyroiditis might include symptoms of hyperthyroidism in the early phase of the disease, and then hypothyroidism. Weight gain, depression, mania, fatigue, panic attacks, bradycardia, tachycardia, high cholesterol, reactive hypoglycemia, constipation, migraines, memory loss, infertility and hair loss are a few possible symptoms." I've had or do have a goodly number of these symptoms, so of course, getting proper treatment seems like a great idea. However, my body is just quirky enough, we had to call in the specialists.
The upshot of all this is - I've been put on a low carb, high protein, low cholesterol diet, in addition to the low sodium diet I was already on. How completely overwhelming. This leaves me with, what - beans and pineapple? Well, apparently not the pineapple. Too many carbs.
A good friend of mine got me pointed in the right direction, after I wandered around for two days trying to figure out what to eat. I'm now giving the Body-for-Life diet a try, tweaking it to adjust for my sodium needs. (Those people eat scads of cottage cheese, and I can't.) My goal is to lose 23 pounds by the time I see my doctor again in a couple of months, and to get my cholesterol down a couple of points. I don't know how to set a cholesterol goal, as I'm not sure how fast one can reasonably lower it, or if lowering it will work for me - I've got the thyroid making it high, plus it's hereditary, so I'm not sure if my dietary changes will be enough. I guess we'll see.
I realize I'm rambling, but this whole thing has been a little confusing for me. Once I get fully educated on just what carbs are and how to manage them for proper health, I think I'll be less rambly.
So, to make a long story short, you all get to come along with me on my journey. I'm starting the twelve-week program tomorrow. I've been following the eating plan for three days now, but until you add in the exercise, it's really not a complete effort. Wish me luck, and keep an eye on the sidebar for my progress!
In the meantime, it seems that the cosmos has been smiling kindly upon me and I finally figured out why I'm so emotionally attached to food. It's a little too personal to share online, but I'm so glad to make this discovery because now I can nurture myself through it instead of feeding myself through it, and that's a crucial key for me.