Body Composition Changes with Hormonal Improvement

I’ve noticed recently that, although I haven’t lost more weight, my body composition is changing.  I’ve continued my gluten free mostly Paleo diet, but stopped counting carbs after my hair started shedding again.

I’ve noticed that my upper abs are suddenly looking tighter and my waist is scooped in an hourglass shape with barely any fat on the sides.  I went down a half clothing size  also.  Front to back, I still have a lot of thickness from visceral fat but the sides look like I’m wearing a corset now.

Taking this as a really positive sign, especially since I’m peri-menopausal and the waist usually thickens at this stage.  Going in for lab tests this week to check anemia, etc as well as my A1c blood sugar test, so hopefully it will be good news.

I had an Udi’s gluten free bagel for breakfast and it was so good!!! First bagel in 2 years.  I toasted it in the oven & spread it with a little ghee.

My little toe is healing well and faster than usual.  My last fracture took 6 months to heal.  Still tender but the swelling is gone and the bruising is almost gone – blending in nicely now with the Reynaud’s discoloration, LOL.  I made the mistake of painting my toes a fashionable shade of olive green so the effect is unintentionally a bit necrotic – just in time for Halloween.

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Slow Progress

Ugh.  Two steps forward, one step back as usual.  I am slowly improving, and was walking very slowly for 30 minutes daily.  Then I broke my toe!

The majority of my issues are resolving but my teeth and bones (and vascular circulation) could still use some improvement.  Guess I still have osteopenia, because I dropped my iPad (corner down) on my little t0e and totally broke it.  At least the bone didn’t need to be set.  I feel like the impact wouldn’t have broken a normal person’s toe, though.  My Reynaud’s/peripheral vascular symptoms have improved but not disappeared yet.  Still getting some intermittent numbness or discoloration in extremities. So hopefully it will heal OK. 

Overall when I look back on the past two years I see SO MANY improvements in my quality of life overall.  I know you can’t just undo 15 years of poor health in 2 years.  But ugh!

Then yesterday my washing machine overflowed a bit and I had to move it to mop up.  I think I tore muscles in my arm.  I am so sick of having to act like an invalid when I want to work out like a normal person!!!!   But I do think my collagen level is improving, I’m seeing a big difference in my face, stomach and arms although I didn’t lose more weight.  

I cut down to 70 carbs for a week & my hair started shedding again!  So I stayed at 130 which felt great except no weight loss.  Gonna try for 100 carbs and work my way down slowly.  Baby steps….

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Cod Liver Oil Update

Recently I posted that I was going to try the much-hyped Green Pastures fermented cod  liver oil to see if it would help with my severe tooth decalcification.  I had severe acid reflux for 14 years due to gluten intolerance and I already have 13 dental crowns with 1 more imminent.

Not long after I started taking it, I heard  a few Paleo podcasts saying that there is now some controversy about the quality regulation for this particular brand.

I made the decision to finish the bottle I have and then reevaluate whether I’ll repurchase it or switch brands.  The oil has a fishy taste which I dislike, but it does taste fresh.  I do feel much better physically with more energy and I do see significant overall improvement in my teeth, although the main tooth I am worried about may be just too damaged to save.  I’ll crown it in 6 months if it doesn’t improve more – the crumbling stopped but it’s not remineralizing yet.  

I finally feel well enough to start dieting again (cautiously).  I’ve cut back slightly on carbs and am doing moderate walking daily.  Still supplementing with collagen as I think I’m still deficient.

I think this experiment with the cod liver oil does confirm that in addition to the dental acid damage, I was deficient in fat-soluble vitamins, which are the main benefit of cod-liver oil.  I’ve noticed an improvement with my eye muscles also, probably from the Vitamin A.

I also bought an expensive toothpaste called MI Paste that’s supposed to help slow decalcification too.  It contains casein which I’m allergic to, so I don’t use it before bedtime.

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Metabolic Typing Diets

I’ve been reading a lot about Metabolic Typing diets the past month. 

Apparently most people do OK on a balanced whole food diet (like Paleo or Zone) but some people need extra carbs and others need extra protein/fat, so they need to focus a little more on those macronutrients for optimal health.

The three books I read were “The Metabolic Typing Diet” by William Wolcott, “The ME (metabolic effect) Diet” by Jade & Keoni Teta, and “The 7 Principles of Fat Burning” by Eric Berg.

In all 3 books I came out the same type – the type that needs more protein & fat (Protein Type/Sugar Burner Type/Adrenal Type).  

All the books were helpful but I think the Adrenal profile in Dr. Berg’s book has helped me the best to understand my remaining health issues and confirmed that I also have a Potassium deficiency, which I had suspected.  I think this info will help me stick to a diet focused on meat and veggies more diligently now that I understand the science behind it more clearly and how the right diet & exercise can support my adrenals.

These authors also have blogs and videos online if you want to check out their info before getting a book.  

PS – Update on my fermented cod liver oil supplement:  it finally arrived and it tastes NASTY.  It had better work!

Update – I’ve been doing Dr Berg’s  Liver Enhancement plan for a few days and already have more energy and the edema in my legs is almost gone.  I’m also seeing an improvement in my teeth after just a few days so I guess I gotta stick with the fermented cod liver oil!  Aaack.  I ordered some in capsule form since I really don’t like the taste.

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Celiac Recovery Update

Most of my celiac symptoms are resolving after 1 1/2 years gluten free now.  A celiac chat group I’m in on Facebook advised me that it usually takes a couple of years to resolve the deficiencies.

I’m still taking magnesium and B12 but have reduced the amounts.   I still have a bit of circulatory issues and numbness but it’s greatly improved.  My teeth are the main area I’m still having issues with, although there is improvement.  

I heard that fermented cod liver oil can work when nothing else does (yuck).  I ordered some in mint flavor from which is supposed to be a very bio-available brand.  Fingers crossed!  One tooth still has a couple demineralized spots and they’d have to crown it since I already have a couple fillings, so I hope this works.  I’ll let you know how it goes!

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Continued Improvement from Magnesium Supplementation

Wow!   So many of my remaining issues have resolved with these Epsom salt baths!  

My peripheral numbness continues to improve.  I still get it from long periods of inactivity but moving around resolves most of it now.

My sugar cravings are GONE!!!  I mean, I had some chocolate at a party last night but it tasted super sweet and I didn’t want seconds.  

Minimal appetite – I checked online and magnesium improves insulin sensitivity!

My weight gain corresponds to the timeline of my long- term antacid abuse so this is making sense.  I had already started taking a supplement recently after my feet turned bright yellow, but guess it wasn’t quite enough.  I think this was my missing link!! Even things like my 2-week eye twitch and extreme light sensitivity could be attributed to magnesium deficiency.  And any blue in my toes goes away next day after an Epsom bath. Continuing to do them every other day.

I think I need to get an overall panel done to see what nutritional deficiencies may remain.  

Update:  getting better every day!  Continuing with the Epsom baths daily now and seeing ongoing improvement. I realized maybe the oral supplement didn’t work as well because it includes calcium and I’m likely hypercalcemic.  My toe joints and bone spur in my knee are much improved. I have a little more energy now and I’m getting slightly more active. Still having ridiculous hot flashes that last a couple hours but I heard that may improve soon as well.  Sometimes magnesium can have an effect.  Fingers crossed!

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Carb Cycling /Blood Sugar Update

I’m already feeling much better. I’m tracking my food and I’ve naturally settled in about 1700 calories. Aiming for macronutrient ratio of 50% fat, 30% carbs and 20% protein as that ratio makes me always feel best.

I was actually a bit low on carbs yesterday and had a protein shake with banana and a small red potato cooked in ghee for dinner and did ok as far as blood sugar. Seems to just be processed sugar or snacks/grains and alcohol that messed me up when I was cycling carbs.  Inflammation in my feet/legs greatly improved already. Did another Epsom salt bath yesterday too.

Reading a new book, Sugar Crush by Richard Jacoby.  All about the relationship between sugar and inflammation/nerve damage.  Very motivating!!

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