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 when many of my problems were coming from the way that I eat.
After seeing probably 30+ specialists, I realized that when doctors can’t pinpoint a problem they prescribe a medication and send you on your way.
I found it to be a long and tiring process so 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, sometimes seven days a week. I found it to be very therapeutic as well as keeping me fit.
My job was 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 REALLY BAD because they were also REALLY GOOD.
I earned the brownie by eating the salad, see what I mean? Thyroid problems disrupt blood sugar levels which create an extremely high false need for sweets and carbohydrates so 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. To me, and everyone around me that was good eating.
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 a gallbladder removal and that a complete hysterectomy causes your metabolism to slow down!
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 which can cause you to become overweight and unhealthy.
When you eat junk, your body has to work even harder to try and get rid of all of that sludge or it stores it as fat. The more your body stores the more sluggish it will become and the more pain, discomfort, and inflammation you may experience just as I did.
Excess weight puts pressure on all of your organs, your bones, and especially your heart and lungs. Getting educated is the first step in fighting the process.
Limit the carbs.
I craved carbs, and still do because I’ve been eating them for over forty years. All of you who know me personally know that Dr. Pepper is my poison of choice; it’s 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. So, the advice I am giving here is given out of an experience, not just based on my extensive Googled medical knowledge. 👍
SICK AS A DOG
I never understood where the phrase came from, “Sick as a dog,” 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 because something she had eaten made her so sick it was dehydrating her.
Then I figured out that acorns make Yorkies sick and 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 and because they taste yummy she will literally 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 to our insides if we don’t eat them in moderation. But it isn’t just our food, it is also our lifestyles in general.
In 2014 I developed a strange exhaustion in the center of my chest, had breathing issues and basically ran out of energy despite staying active. Since then I’ve seen every medical specialist I could think of.
I was getting sick mostly after eating an average amount of food so I cut my meals in half. I still continued to feel bad.
Digestion became so painful that I almost completely stopped eating but was still sick and STILL GAINING WEIGHT!
For almost a year, I would wake up unable to walk. After literally crawling out of bed on feet that wouldn’t work I thought, “Parkinson’s maybe? Am I dying?”
After that, I begged doctors to figure out what was wrong and HELP me. One of the doctor’s 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, btw. 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 way more issues than I realized, but the worse I felt, the less I did and it was a snowball effect from there.
Until I realized that the food I was eating was making everything worse, I wasn’t able to leave the house until around lunch time and even then I would have to rush home when I started to feel sick. It really 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 truly 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 but most of us are like that, aren’t we?
We don’t mean to be like my Yorkie but the food just tastes so good and the medication just helps so much we put it in our mouths without giving it a second thought.
The truth is doctors have no idea how your body is going to react to the meds. They just wing it in hopes 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 head first 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 the keto diet at the end of March 2018 and by October I had lost 48 pounds and 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 breads (unless of course you’re doing keto).
I shook that depression OFF, got a quick make-over, stopped taking ALL prescription meds that I didn’t have to & got back in the gym. 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. 🙂
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