Thursday, July 12, 2018

Gluten Reactions Suck :(

Last week my husband ended up in the ER :( Turns out it was "just" a kidney stone, but it was pretty scary! When we stopped at the pharmacy, I picked up a bag of a new Ghirardelli Intense Dark flavor. I paid for it and opened it while we were waiting to fill his prescriptions. Ate one.

Tuesday when I woke up, my stomach felt a bit weird. I took some Pepto and didn't think anything more about it. By that afternoon, my emotions were out of control :( Every little thing was making me upset to the point of tears. I had to make the 5ish hour round trip drive to bring the boys to their dad's. It was a tough trip!

By the time I got home that night, I started thinking there was something really wrong. My anxiety hadn't been that bad since..... my last gluten exposure 2 years ago. I tried to think of everything I had eaten in the last couple days. The only thing I could remember having different was the chocolate. I eat Ghirardelli Intense Dark on a regular basis. But this was a different flavor. I pulled up the ingredients online (the bag was downstairs and I was upstairs).

Ingredients: Sugar, Unsweetened Chocolate, Glucose Syrup (Wheat), Cocoa Butter, Milk Fat, Cream (Milk), Butter (Cream, Salt), Nonfat Dry Milk, Sea Salt, Natural Flavor, Soy Lecithin, Salt, Vanilla Extract.


There it is, right in the ingredient list that I did not check :(  I'm so anal about checking labels! I guess after being in the ER with hubby, with the boys, having to get his car from his work, etc, I just wasn't thinking. Plus I know I can eat GID normally, so I think that played into it too.

My stomach never acted up too much, but my anxiety was through the roof! I got upset easily. I was sad. I had no motivation to do anything. I was absolutely exhausted. My heart rate would jump whenever I did the least little thing.  

I found something that helped a little. I take Quercetin as needed for allergies. It took the edge off the anxiety. 

Sunday evening I finally started feeling somewhat human... Today is Thursday. I'm still fighting the anxiety but it's better. 

If the little bit of gluten in one square of chocolate that had a wheat-derived ingredient affected me that much, I'd hate to see what more would do!

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

A Few Things re my blood sugar levels

Someone asked about the blood sugar lows. Here was my response:
"There wasn't rhyme or reason for them at first. Other than I suspect they were chronic stress-related.
I've noticed the last 6 months or so that I've been able to keep it fairly stable if I don't eat a lot of carbs, unless I go many hours without eating. Once it goes low, I have trouble keeping it up the rest of the day unless I eat a good many carbs. Those are the only patterns I've noticed. Oh, it tends to drop if I get overheated or haven't had much sleep also."

I have noticed that rice affects me more than other carbs - both as far as inflammation and blood sugar levels.

The blood sugar lows were confirmed about 2.5 years ago by a diabetic friend who let me use an old meter she had. They weren't dangerously low, but my symptoms were very noticeable!

I'm Baaack!!!!! :)

So... A lot of changes the last couple years! Here's a brief summary.

1. I divorced
2. A year and a half ago I started working full-time for the first time in over 10 years
3. After the separation, I had to move and lived with family and friends for 16 months
4. I lost down to 137 pounds

And now?

1. I'm recently remarried :D 
2. My husband and I rent a townhouse in the area I grew up in
3. In the last year, I have gained back 25 pounds

The last couple years have been stressful to say the least! Things seem to be calming down now, but my body has suffered :( I know some of the weight gain is muscle. Living somewhere with stairs most of the last year and a half when you haven't before does that to you ;) Most of the weight gain has been in my stomach area though. It's where I always gain...

I have been tweaking my eating habits since I started back to work. I was having issues with my blood sugar dropping, so I increased my carbs. I've been able to bring them back down and am feeling much better since doing so! 

I'm working at a school so am off for the summer. I have a list of things I want to accomplish, but a high priority is getting my health back on track. I seriously doubt I can safely lose back down to 137, but I would like to get a lot of this fat back off my body. The muscle is welcome to stay ;)

Here's what my summer eating looks like most days...

Breakfast: Coffee (w/1 tsp sugar + heavy cream)
                  String cheese
Lunch: Something relatively low carb + about 10 g dessert (chocolate or cookie) eg
            Turkey lunchmeat (no nitrates/nitrites) + cheese + mayo mixed w/cream
            Tuna salad (tuna, mayo, cream, dill relish + about 15 g carb crackers)
            Cheese grits (one packet plain instant + cheese + cream)
Snack: String cheese or
           About 15 g carbs if I didn't many eat carbs at lunch
Supper: Meat (4 oz uncooked) + veggies (8 oz uncoooked) w/lots of olive oil/butter/cream
Most days (snack or nighttime treat): peanut butter + bittersweet chocolate chips

Other than 1 cup of coffee, I drink very dilute iced tea or water. I drink sweet tea/soda/juice a couple times a month, mainly if my blood sugar feels low.

Sometimes I drink a protein shake for breakfast or lunch. Sometimes I have more carbs, especially if my boys are here and have requested something like alfredo (usually I mix a carb into their supper after taking mine out).

My husband eats mostly low carb at home, so that helps! 

No food is off limits to me, unless I react to it. I still look for healthier ways to eat what I want, but I do better overall if I allow myself an occasional splurge.

As far as exercise... Before the summer heat hit (I live in south Louisiana), I did a whopping *one* Couch to 5K workout. I realized I needed to buy new headphones and a few other things to be able to work out effectively. By the time I got what I absolutely needed, it was in the 90s by the time I got home from work in the afternoons. I'm trying to figure out a good time of day to go... I have the boys every other week, and my "bonus daughter" half of every week. Mornings before hubby goes to work are not realistic. I'm not stressing myself out over it right now. I have higher priorities.

Enough for now... I plan on updating about once a week or so.

Let me know you're here! I could use the support! 

Keep Standing By...

I haven't forgotten ;) So much to try to condense into a coherent post... But I'm working on it!

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Stay tuned...

New blog post in progress... :)

Monday, June 23, 2014

Vaccine Philosophical Refusal Form

Keep a copy of this form with you, filled out, for each of your children. The glove compartment of your car is a good place to have it.

I saved the form from a website (it was a pdf) but I haven't been able to find the website again. If anyone knows it, please leave the url in the comments so I can add the link!

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Day 2

I woke up (after being up for an hour+ during the night) today to a mess! Our upstairs neighbors' dishwasher was leaking (as we found out later) and it was flooding our kitchen! The water was pouring in through the light fixture in the ceiling. It had filled one of the globes of the light, which got heavy and fell on the floor and shattered. So we had water and broken glass all over the kitchen floor! Called emergency maintenance number, and our maintenance guy was at our door in minutes. He went upstairs, figured out what was going on, came back down to let us know what to do, and said he'd be back Monday with a replacement globe.

So on top of being weak etc this morning, I had to clean up that mess :p Jesse couldn't help with his vision (he's legally blind) so it was up to me. I was panting by the time I was done!

Other than being weak and tired and cold, I'm doing okay. Tired of apple juice :p Still hurting a bit.

Looking forward to getting this over with and being able to eat tomorrow!