Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Doc Update and WIAW


Thank you all so much for all of your concern and suggestions last week as far as my stomach probs go. I went on Monday to give a TON of blood (10 vials!) to rule out a whole list of things that could be wrong but as it turns out, the doctor thinks what is most likely wrong with my stomach is stress. I admittedly  don't have a very stressful life but what I do have is a mind that creates unnecessary stress and I've always been that way. I over think, over plan, and over analyze everything and basically this is screwing with my body. (This explains why I couldn't find a pattern or pin point something I was eating that was causing it.) The doctor thinks much like some people break out when they're stressed, some people get headaches, my stomach flairs up. I have a few other symptoms like not being able to fall asleep, clenching my jaw when I do sleep (my jaw is sore 24/7), and occasional anxiety attacks that leave me feeling like I'm literally having a heart attack. Fun stuff! 

So, the plan is to just make sure my blood work comes back okay and then work on the internalized stress. I'm looking into meditation, natural stress relievers, maybe picking yoga up again? I'm also trying to consciously stop myself from doing all the over thinking as much as I can. Interestingly enough, my stomach has been okay for the last week although the sleep problems are still there. 


Something that I have not been doing is tracking my food, macros, calories- nothing. For now I think it will be one less thing to worry and stress about which is exactly what I need. So, I've just kind of been eating according to what sounds good while making sure to include a good variety of foods that make me feel good. That's it! Does that mean I'm never counting macros again? Of course not, I have goals to meet! But for now until I get this all under control I'm going to do a little flying by the seat of my pants and see how that goes. So here's what my day looked like: 

Egg whites with zucchini, onion, jalapeƱo and 2 pieces Ezekiel toast
Sweet potato, egg whites, and turkey bacon
Spinach protein pancakes 
Salsa chicken with Daiya cheese and avocado 
Bison burger with asparagus 

As always, if anyone has any de-stressing suggestions please share! 

25 comments:

  1. I can relate to the highly self-imposed anxieties and stresses. I actually just got off anti anxiety meds I've been on the last 10 months. Some things that help me are having preplanned meals so I think about food/calories/etc as little as possible, journalling a little every day just to get those extraneous thoughts out of my head, and 2tsp of magnesium (from natural calm magnesium citrate powder) before bed. Also, I have a night guard for my teeth, mostly for protection but it also has a groove where my bottom teeth can settle in so it's harder for me to subconsciously grind them. Hope this helps! Anxiety sucks!

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    1. I've been told about the magnesium a few times now, definitely going to try that!

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  2. Have you ever read the book "Don't Sweat The Small Stuff...And It's All Small Stuff"? This book was really helpful for myself, and my friends that have read it. It's not going to all of the sudden make you stop stressing, but it definitely puts things into a different perspective. It makes you stop and think about how petty some of the things that we stress about on a regular basis really are. Hope this helps. ;)

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    1. I haven't but definitely sounds like I can benefit from it-- thank you!

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  3. I love loveee lovee Yoga. I always feel so much better after a class. Think of it as you time and quiet the mind & just enjoy the practice. I'd give it another shot. I went into Yoga class last Friday wanting to kill everyone and miserable. After class I was walking around like Mr. Rogers smiling at everyone while walking and just feeling refreshed. I've also been practicing hot yoga.

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    1. LOL the problem I've found with yoga is that I definitely feel more calm during and right after, but like an hour later, that feeling of relaxation is gone!

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  4. I would recommend listening to some of DavidJi's guided meditations. He is wonderful! I listen to him on Soundcloud. The meditation library on Chopra.com is good resource, as well. Meditation has done wonders for my anxiety. I recommend it to everyone, it just makes your quality of life so much better!

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    1. Awesome thank you for the suggestion! I googled guided meditations last night and was kind of lost so I'll look this one up!

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    2. There's also a free app called 'headspace' which has a week of free meditations that are so relaxing. Good luck!

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  5. Hi! I am currently weaning myself off anxiety meds - but so far what works for me is journaling, deep breathing to avoid actual attacks, and I read a book called "Power over Panic" by Bronwyn Fox (I think thats how you spell it). Very good stuff- lots of case studies and how to manage the daily stresses in life. Believe it or not, more people suffer from anxiety than we know. Its very common unfortunately. I sincerely hope that you find what works for you-we all love your posts and you have a lot of support!! :)

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  6. Prayer :) I used to be on a ton of anti-anxiety meds including prozac and xanax and had to see a counselor weekly. Because I've always been a health nut, I thought that the one thing I could control in my life was what I ate. When I became so stressed and anxious that I wasn't properly eating right (eating for comfort, not eating at all), I would binge from going too long without food and eventually became bulimic. I suffered with bulimia for almost six years to the point that my body was starting to shut down (low electrolytes, no energy, destroyed my teeth, stomach cramps, loss of bladder control, and more). I felt helpless and nothing helped. Except my faith. I turned to Christ and in prayer and obedience God was able to free me of my suffering, heal me, and instead of stressing I now turn to Him and His word. I'm not trying to preach to you! I just wanted to share the saving grace for me, and how a relationship with the Lord that I turned back to is something that I don't know how I survived without before. So who knows, maybe giving your worries to God will set you free as well :)

    Matthew 6:25-34- New International Version (NIV)

    Do Not Worry
    25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life[a]?

    28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? 31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
    http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew+6%3A25-34

    Philippians 4:6- New International Version (NIV)
    6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
    http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Philippians%204:6&version=NIV

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    1. Thank you SO much for sharing this :)

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  7. Check out the blog zenhabits.net. He has a lot of great advice on accomplishing goals in a "zen" sort of non-stressed out way. Lots of great tips.

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  8. I had similar issues with not falling asleep, clenching my jaw, anxiety etc. About 2 years ago I did a Whole30 and have not looked back since. I don't work for them or anything, I just believe in the program, if you are interested I recommend you read "it starts with food" and check out their site www.whole9life.com. Best of luck to you

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  9. Hi! I take magnesium and that is calming, but I also wanted to tell you about Gaba (nature's nerve pill), it is an amino acid that calms and also helps with sleep. It has really helped my stress levels and is worth looking in to:) I found out about it from a book called "The Diet Cure" from this link: http://www.alternativementalhealth.com/articles/dietcure.htm .I did my own research after reading this link because I am much older than you and was having perimenopausal symptoms, but refused to take prescribed drugs because of all of the side effects and would much rather deal with it naturally if at all possible. It has really helped with stress:) I take 400 mg when I feel I need to calm down my brain. Hope this helps!!
    Shannon Ratliff

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    1. Trying this for the first time tonight! Thank you for the suggestion!

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  10. Oh no! I am sorry to hear that. I don't know much about stomach pain due to stress, but I do know about the jaw pain. It is absolutely awful! I am a clencher at night and my TMJ-disorder has gotten worse with more stress. Don't ignore it! See a dentist and ask their opinion about an NTI device (a little retainer for your front teeth) to relieve pressure on your jaw muscles at night. Also see about a chiropractor who can adjust jaws/massage pressure points. I am also pursuing acupuncture! There are some stretches too. Don't ignore the jaw pain, it can get soo much worse!

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  11. It's amazing how stress messes with our bodies. Since childhood, my emotions have always reflected in my stomach too. I think that is why actually think of how my stomach is feeling in terms of emotions, as in: Today my stomach feels "peaceful, or angry or calm..." In my experience, learning to let go of what I have no control over is helpful, and so is concerning myself less with what others may say or think about us. We base so much of our self worth on these things.Having said that, don't entirely discard how some foods affect you. In your menus there seems to be a lot of dairy, and with you being lactose intolerant, that alone might be directly linked to the bloating issues you are experiencing. Food for thought.

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    1. my blood tests came back yesterday and lactose intolerance didn't even show up anymore! Crazy!

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  12. Hi! Your stomach/stress issues sound oh so similar to what I've been dealing with. My stomach is truly my second brain - it seems to feel every dang thought and emotion that I have! I've been seeing an acupuncturist who practices traditional Chinese methods, as well as seeing the Naturopath and have been experiencing absolutely amazing results! I am calmer and deal with stress way differently than before. Also, when I am stressed/nervous/anxious whatever it doesn't seem to upset my stomach like before. One of the supplements that my ND suggested was Griffonia, I highly recommend looking into it!! I look forward to reading about your successes :) Good luck!

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    1. OH and also, I've been listening to guided meditations right before bed and I've actually been falling asleep before they're even done! And we all know sleep helps everything!!! I just search around for free ones, there was a 21 day Oprah and Deepak series that was pretty great!

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    2. I will look into it-- I feel like I'm single handedly keeping Sprouts in business lately haha, but I'm willing to try it all until I find something that works!

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  13. Hi b! Glad to hear there's nothing seriously wrong! I'm the same way with stress. I would recommend the 24-hour saliva test from Genova Diagnostics to check your cortisol (and other hormone) levels. My cortisol is actually low, but I have freakishly high estrogen levels which makes me high-strung all the time. Just knowing what causes it has helped alot. Also, my doc told me to take 200mg of L-Theanine every night a few hours before bed. It's a naturally occurring amino acid and helps calm "mental chatter". :) And I have to agree with the comment above regarding prayer. I'm Catholic too and have returned to practicing after many years away and my world is just a whole lot more peaceful now. Best of luck!

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    1. I had my thyroid and all hormones levels checked and apparently they're all normal… I used to take L Theanine in college when I had anxiety issues, I forgot about it-- thanks!!

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  14. 3 years ago I started having horrible stomach pain and had several tests ran and the lining of my stomach was inflamed. It was so bad they did a stomach biopsy and it came back normal. Turns out it was ALLLLLLLLL because I was lactose intolerant. Had no idea, apparently it comes on slowly for a lot of people as an adult. I cut out all dairy for a month and then slowly added a few very low lactose things back in and I have been fine since. You can get a chart of how much lactose different dairy contains. Butter and most hard cheeses have pretty much zero. I can do greek yogurt too. But whey is a NO GO and cottage cheese and ice cream are a very rare treat or else it starts bothering me again. My blood lactose intolerance test actually came back negative (very common apparently) but on a whim my doctor did a genetic test that tested for a specific gene that when positive you have a 99% chance of being lactose intolerant. Mine was positive! Good luck!

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