Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Healing myself through food? A take on the hunter gatherer diet.

Sick and tired of being sick and tired. Last fall I had severe adrenal fatigue. I started reading http://www.amazon.com/Adrenal-Fatigue-Century-Stress-Syndrome/dp/1890572152
Adrenal Fatigue
(compulsive researcher) Anyway, I just got tired of my doctor always saying I'm fine. It is as if traditional doctors have a check list of concerns and if your issues do not test positive in the manner they are looking for then they decide it is all in your head. Interestingly enough in this book people that have adrenal fatigue discuss this.  After the onset of my Hypertension in 2007 when I lived in Mexico I started experiencing severe fatigue. It may be a reaction to the medicine(s) or just years of eating wrong, or both.

Little by little I think our collective unconscious is coming to a conclusion that what we eat has drastic effects on us. With gluten, genetically modified, and process foods maybe we need to eat better.

By fall 2012 I could not get through the day without taking Tramadol. I had been diagnosed with a list of issues from my doctor and in order to handle the pain I was taking ibuprofen but now days my stomach couldn't handle most pain relievers OTC or otherwise. My Doctor prescribed me Tramadol in 2010, which is said to be easier on the stomach,  and it worked like a miracle for me. Suddenly I could once again work long hours and keep going late into the night such as I've been accustomed to for the last 20 years.   This is all symptoms of Adrenal Fatigue or variations of it.  My symptoms did not fit perfectly with what was described but I am certain there are shades of grey. I got to the point where I felt like I couldn't get out of bed and the only way I could do anything was by taking the Tramadol. I didn't develop a huge addiction to the Tramadol where I was taking more and more it was always one per day,  but the time I needed it got earlier and earlier.  By last fall I was so exhausted I started laying in bed and watching TV. That is always a sign that I am severely fatigued. I deplore laying in bed and watching TV except right before bed or as a family event watching a movie. *the reason why is a whole other story. Anyway, so little by little I tried to make changes that were described in the Adrenal Fatigue book. I started taking Milk Thistle because I found it at Target on clearance. It was one of the vitamins described in the book as helping. I also started taking a B complex. And I took a complimentary bottle of Adrenal fatigue formula supplied with the purchase of the book. The book also described  a diet that was beneficial but I wasn't quite ready to implement it.

So summing that up I healed myself. I got myself completely off the Tramadol by about February and got better. I had a little more energy and was feeling optimistic.

Now fast forward to now.  Under stress I always take it out on my body. I do not nourish properly, nor exercise properly and I push myself too hard. Just like as the Adrenal Fatigue book describes. I'm back on Tramadol just to get through the day. There is something wrong with my body. I am in excruciating pain, my feet are swelling constantly, my joints are tight in the morning I can feel stiffness in my hands. I am a complete Ocean in the morning (beach joke).

A month ago I came across this Ted talk.  I don't have MS but I recommend this video for anyone who feels their health is not optimal.   She talks about how to go to a more hunter gatherer diet.  So gradually, after years of reading eat more leafy green veggies I am starting.  AND I think I'm going to try to eliminate gluten.  I'll report how I feel soon.

Wish me luck.  Trying to eat our way healthy.

PuertoVallartaGirl in Portland