Operation Feel Good 2013 7

It’s time to start feeling better!

I’ve been struggling with stomach issues and anxiety for as long as I can remember and I really want to make a change.

My chiropractor recommended a unique doctor who specializes in female issues related to diet and hormones and today was my first appointment. It felt so refreshing to meet with someone who I feel can really help me!

She recommended a few things to start with and I go back in two weeks for another check-up. She also ran some initial tests to get an idea of where I am with my hormones, thyroid, and more.

Over the years I’ve tried cutting out meat, dairy, and gluten, among other things but I’ve never been able to stick with it or see a real difference with my stomach pains. As for the anxiety, I’ve tried everything from meditation to medication and haven’t found much relief. She recommended I read The Paleo Solution and start experimenting with The Paleo Diet. A quick summary of the diet says that, “It’s the healthiest way you can eat because it is the ONLY nutritional approach that works with your genetics to help you stay lean, strong and energetic! Research in biology, biochemistry, Ophthalmology, Dermatology and many other disciplines indicate it is our modern diet, full of refined foods, trans fats and sugar, that is at the root of degenerative diseases such as obesity, cancer, diabetes, heart disease, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, depression and infertility. – Robb Wolf

Hmm…it’s definitely worth a try, though I know it’s going to be HARD.

Cutting out grains, dairy and refined sugar is part of the diet. This may sound impossible right now but I think I’m willing to give it a shot if it’s going to help with my stomach problems, anxiety and low energy!!

I’d love to chronicle my experience here to help get the motivation and encouragement that I am going to need to make this positive change! Let me know if you’ve heard of this diet and lifestyle change or any other tips you may have!!

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7 thoughts on “Operation Feel Good 2013

  • Mel

    I do the Paleo diet. I’m about 90% perfect on it I’d say, depending on the week. I’m 100% dairy and soy free because of breastfeeding a dairy sensitive baby and that is why I thought it would be easy to start this. It took a few weeks for the cravings to end. Sometimes even now (I’ve been going since October) it’s hard to look at bread products when I’m in a craving spot. But YOU CAN DO IT! Allow yourself some small cheats the first couple of weeks, I let myself have a soda on one weekend night. Also, I use sugar in my coffee still, though I find the best raw organic sugar at the store, and I still drink alcohol, usually wine. As far as stomach issues, I’ve been struggling still but recently started taking Papaya enzyme and Magnesium supplements and it has made a huge difference. Expect that it may take a few months for your system to flush out all the bad stuff you’ve done to it in the past. For me it’s helped me lose baby weight and I am never gassy or feeling bloated when I am following the rules. I have a book and cookbook, Practical Paleo. It’s awesome and the recipes are really really great, I can’t recommend it enough for starting out and getting a good base going! Good luck! I’ll be sharing some Paleo recipes from time to time on my blog, and some mostly Paleo friendly treats too, if you want to check in :).

    • phalterman Post author

      Thank you so much for the encouragement! I will ask my new dr. about those vitamins and supplements–she also specializes in that but we haven’t gotten that far yet. I will have to check out that cookbook, too! I checked in on your blog and SO relate with your last post. I left a comment!! Thanks for sharing!

  • Susan

    I’ve heard about this diet, and am actually interested in reading up on it. I’ve been working on cutting out dairy (almond milk is my go to!) and trying to cut out sugar, but it is HARD! The grains part may be near impossible, but I imagine that cutting back as much as possible is still better than eating it all day, every day. I feel like sometimes these diets/nutrition plans set people up to fail, requiring so much all at once and making us feel like poo if we can’t manage to never eat a snickers bar again. However, I think that slow progress is still progress, and it’s better than nothing!

    • phalterman Post author

      Hey Susan! Thanks for the comment. I like almond milk, too. Even though I HATE milk, I used to use almond milk for cereal. My problem is I love cheese and sour cream!! The sugar is gonna be hard, but luckily I’m not big on sweets–pasta has always been my thing. i’m slowly easing in and we’ll see what happens!!