Carbs are a serious issue in the United States.
We eat rice, pasta, unlimited bread, sweets, and sodas without giving it another thought.
I spent two years researching different diseases and what effect they have on the body. I found that many of my problems were coming from a lack of nutrition.
After seeing probably 30+ specialists, I realized that when doctors can’t pinpoint a problem they prescribe medication and send you on your way.
I found it to be a long and tiring process. I educated myself so that I would have enough understanding of the body and of certain diseases to know what questions to ask and what tests to request.
In the end, it was the very test that I requested two years prior (that the GI doc refused to do) that revealed the root of my health issues.
I was the girl who was in the gym daily. I walked the track. I walked to and from the store. I was active. I found it therapeutic as well as keeping me fit.
My job was also physically labor-intensive. Whenever my friends would call, I was cleaning the house or doing something active.
I was obsessed with staying active because my thyroid doesn’t function properly. I must create energy in other ways.
I’ve also become very dependent on veggies as a good source of fuel for my body, so don’t get me wrong when I tell you that my eating habits were bad. They were also pretty decent.
What I mean is, I earned the brownie by eating the salad.
Thyroid problems disrupt blood sugar levels which create a high false need for sweets and carbohydrates. Even when I would eat well I still felt the need to have something with sugar for energy.
I live in the South and we grew up eating things like fried chicken, mashed potatoes, gravy, biscuits, and drinking sweet tea. Everything I just named off is a carb.
This was fine back in the day when people worked hard for a living. But we no longer burn the carbs off.
It wasn’t until I had a hysterectomy and gallbladder removal that I noticed carbs slowing me down. I would get sick after eating and immediately started to gain weight after surgery.
No one explained to me that your diet has to be changed after gallbladder removal. They also didn’t mention that a complete hysterectomy causes your metabolism to slow down. It makes sense though.
Carbs are the hardest food to “burn off” but even worse they clog your arteries, raise your cholesterol, increase your triglycerides and basically ruin your metabolism. This can cause you to become overweight and unhealthy.
When you eat junk food, your body has to work harder to get rid of the sludge, or, store it as fat. The more your body stores the more sluggish it will become. Your cells will have a hard time processing all the junk, and eventually, close themselves off to it. This is called insulin resistance. Sluggishness causes pain, discomfort, and inflammation.
Excess weight puts pressure on all of your organs, bones, heart, and lungs.
Getting educated is the first step in fighting the process.
Limit the carbs.
I craved carbs because I’ve been eating them for over forty years. All of you who know me personally know that Dr. Pepper was my poison of choice. It was about as close as you can come to bliss in a drink.
Sodas are one of the main culprits of sugar intake for Americans and I have to admit one of my weaknesses. The average 12 ounce can of soda contains about 10 teaspoons of sugar. That’s 4 more tsp’s than an average female should have in an entire day.
Changing my eating habits has become a priority to help reduce inflammation and physical pain, as well as weight control.
SICK AS A DOG
I never understood where the phrase, “Sick as a dog,” came from until I got a Yorkie. She wants to eat everything she comes in contact with. Once, we even had the Vet put her on an IV. She had eaten something that made her sick, and it was dehydrating her.
Then I figured out that acorns make Yorkies sick. We now avoid that area of the yard. Despite my efforts, she still tries to eat those things even though she has been sick from them several times.
She doesn’t seem to relate eating the acorns to being sick. They taste yummy so she will try to pull away from us to get to them.
Many of us are like my Yorkie when it comes to eating carbs. We eat carbs because they taste good not realizing the damage they are doing. If we don’t eat them in moderation, carbs are like poison to some of us. But it isn’t just our food, it is also our lifestyles in general.
In 2014 I developed strange exhaustion in the center of my chest. I had breathing issues and basically ran out of energy despite staying active. I had seen every medical specialist I could think of.
I was getting sick mostly after eating an average amount of food. I cut my meals in half and continued to feel bad.
Digestion became so painful that I almost stopped eating.
After that, I begged doctors to figure out what was wrong. One of the doctors said, “You are young and healthy. Maybe you should try losing weight?” How can you tell a person who EATS LIKE A TODDLER she should lose weight?!
He didn’t tell me how to lose weight, and that’s the problem. If one more doctor told me my issues were related to being overweight and stress, I felt like I was going to scream. And, yes, I got a bill for that.
Every doctor prescribed me something without even knowing what was wrong, looking for the magic pill.
If we want our bodies to change, we have to change how we treat our bodies.
I was 50 pounds overweight and the more meds I took the more weight I gained. Inactivity caused more issues than I realized. The worse I felt, the less I did. It was a snowball effect.
This put a damper on my lifestyle.
It was a 50/50 chance it was either Sarcoma or a GIST and both meant potential cancer. For an entire five months, I carried the burden of knowing I had every possible cancer symptom but all tests were inconclusive.
Apparently, Sarcoma is so rare they only do about two of these surgeries per year (40 in a million -chance). Sarcomas are estimated to be about 1% of all tumors, which means there are no experienced doctors in the field to turn to.
After the Mayo Clinic removed the tumor they determined it was not cancer. I was one of the blessed ones.
It’s sad that it took this kind of news for me to get serious about my health. Most of us are like that.
We don’t mean to be like my Yorkie but the food tastes so good and the medication helps so much we put it in our mouths without relating it to why we feel bad.
The truth is, doctors have no idea how your body is going to react to the meds. They just wing it in the hope there are no ill effects.
My plea to you is don’t wait until you need some sort of “diagnosis” to work on living a healthy lifestyle and eating right. It’s so much harder this way.
Once I dove headfirst into studying nutrition and the effects it can have on your health, I started paying attention to everything I put into my body. I began a low-carb diet at the end of March 2018. I started doing the keto diet in August. By October I had lost 48 pounds.
I have remained on a low-carb diet since.
For anyone having health issues, I strongly suggest taking a look at your nutrition first. Back off on carbs and stay away from key ingredients like sugar, MSG’s, artificial food coloring, Guar Gum, Corn Syrup, artificial sweeteners, & aspartame.
Shop the outside of the store, the fruit & nut isles, meat & veggie isles, and stick to milk and whole wheat bread (unless of course you’re doing keto).
I shook that depression off and I FEEL TEN YEARS YOUNGER!
If you are sick, rely on God first, get educated second, and then use wisdom in the daily choices you make. There is hope at the end of the MRI tunnel!
Always consult your physician first to make sure my advice is acceptable to your health. 🙂