Today Was Not Friday

Today is Thursday. Not Friday. I’ve had to tell myself that a hundred times today. It started yesterday really. My pills from my little pill sorter were from Thursday. Then I woke up this morning (late) and thought, “well, at least I don’t have to do this for 2 days.” Then I realized it was only Thursday. It just messes with everything when you have the day wrong. Especially when you think it’s the last day of the work week.¬†I’ve felt like I’ve been in a fog all week too. I just thought I was getting over the time change.

It’s been 6 days since I had a Prilosec but I had to break down and take one tonight. I was hurting pretty bad and it’s been about 45 minutes and my chest is still burning. I’ll go take another spoon of coconut oil. Maybe I should have taken the Prilosec this morning before it got this bad. I just wonder how long it will take before I can completely get off of it.

I ordered a breakfast frittata and some paleo ranch from a local restaurant/bakery that cooks meals that you pre-order this week and pick up next week. I will be doing this again but I’m so super excited to get something different for breakfast next week. Actually, I will get sausage this weekend. We got some ground pork and I’ve been looking up recipes for homemade breakfast sausage. I also just told him to get some bananas and I’m going to try and make some banana pancakes.

Breakfast was bacon and boiled eggs. Lunch was leftover roast, potatoes and carrots. I broke paleo tonight and had brown rice pasta so we could have spaghetti. The sauce was garlic free so I know that’s not what gave me heartburn so bad. There was garlic in the roast though. hmmm

Advertisements

Essential Oils for Asthma

Before I talk about essential oils for asthma, I want to be sure and note that I lost .3 lbs this week. That’s not 3 lbs but .3 lbs. Not a whole lot but it’s better than a gain so I’m not complaining. I’ll just have to work harder and think harder about that exercising that needs to be done! ūüėČ

I had an epiphany today. I’ve been using essential oils for a couple of years now but I’m not consistent with it. I can’t diffuse at home because my husband doesn’t like the smell but I will occasionally diffuse at work. The most I’ve used them lately is the Breathe Again roll-on and I use it at night as a part of my nightly ritual. But for some reason today, I remembered an old co-worker telling me about rubbing them on her son’s feet every day for his asthma. It worked so good, the doctor took him off of his asthma meds. So starting tonight, I’ll add that to my nightly routine and start rubbing them on the bottom of my feet.

For breakfast I had bacon and scrambled eggs. I really need to find something new. So tired of bacon and eggs. For lunch I had a leftover porkchop, mashed potatoes and roasted zucchini. So good! I also had a paleo chocolate chip cookie. For supper we had baked chicken, asparagus and sweet potato fries. I do love my sweet potato fries! Oh, and a small vodka with kombucha.

Time to get ready for bed. With everything I have to do, I need the extra time!

Sticking To It

I’m tired of not being able to eat what I want, when I want it. I’m tired of going to restaurants and having to scour the menu for things I can eat aannd only being able to pick out a couple of possibilities. I’m discouraged by the thought that I will have to do these things for the rest of my life. I say that because I know me. I know that if I go back to what I was doing before and just try to cut back, I will end up where I always end up. Overweight and miserable. And just having a piece of cake every now and then wouldn’t work either because the sugar addiction is real.

That’s why I’m sticking to it. Because I don’t want to be overweight and miserable anymore. Because I want to live a long and healthy life. One where I can walk a short distance without getting out of breath. And while I’m looking at the menu, I’m psyching myself out for the delicious veggies I’m about to consume. I will miss fried okra and fried green tomatoes but I’ll figure a way where I can eat them again one day. The thing I will miss the most is my mom’s recipe for carrot cake. That’s what I always make myself for my birthday. But I’ll live. Because with the cake and fried okra and fried green tomatoes, I might not. Not for as long anyway.

So this was my pep talk to myself. I’ve been having a pity party because we’ve gone out to eat a couple of times and that’s the hardest part. So I am reminding myself why I’m doing this. I can do anything!

Breakfast today was bacon and boiled eggs again. They’re good and easy so I don’t mind. My husband took me to lunch for the first time since sometime in December and wouldn’t you know it. They only had cabbage and green beans. The same thing I had last night. I also had a side salad with greek dressing (all they had that was close to what I could have) and chicken kabobs. For supper we roasted, cabbage, zucchini, and potatoes and I made some bacon wrapped shrimp again. This time I found a marinade that had olive oil, lemon juice, paprika, thyme, salt and garlic. And this time we broiled them instead of grilling them. That way, they were still in some juice and didn’t dry out so bad. Yummy!

Looking forward to sleeping in tomorrow. Night all!

 

Prilosec. Friend or Foe?

I’m trying to get off of Prilosec. Wow!¬†It sounds like I’m talking about drugs.¬†I know it’s not the same and I would never suggest that getting off of Prilosec is even close to getting off of drugs but our bodies do become addicted to things. Things not as bad as drugs, alcohol and cigarettes but they are still things the body thinks it has to have. My dad used to be addicted to nose spray¬†and I know someone that couldn’t live without Blistex. And there’s always food addictions such as sugar and gluten. With Prilosec, when you try to stop taking it, you have what’s called rebound reflux. Your stomach kicks into overtime producing acids and there’s only one place for it to go. And with all the acid, it can cause asthma to flare up. Doesn’t sound like a big deal but if you’ve ever had heartburn, you know what I’m talking about.

Today was the day I didn’t take my Prilosec and when I got home I was hurting pretty good. I took my 2 tbsp of coconut oil and my night time pills (which 1 of the pills is a Zantac) and it is better. I’ve noticed that bacon really heats things up.¬†If I have to remove bacon from my diet, there will no longer be any meaning to life. Just kidding, of course, but the thought of removing another food is depressing.

I’m just going to recap what I ate today and go to bed. Breakfast was bacon and scrambled eggs. Lunch was leftover hash. For supper we had bacon wrapped shrimp kabobs and roasted potatoes.

 

Coconut Oil to Treat Acid Reflux

I went to the doctor today and told her I wanted to stop taking Prilosec and that I was down to one Prilosec about every 2-3 days. She said pretty much what I had read, that you can’t just stop taking it. She gave me instructions to get some Zantac, virgin coconut oil¬†and¬†she gave me a supplement called GI Revive. For the first week, I take the Prilosec every 2 days and the Zantac twice daily. GI Revive 3 tabs twice daily and 2 tbls virgin coconut oil a day. She also said to take Vitamin D but I’m not sure what that has to do with acid reflux.

Of course I forgot to write anything down that I said I was going to ask her about. We talked about a lot though and she seemed pleased that I had lost weight and was taking the intiative to heal my body from the inside out. According to them, I’ve lost 15 pounds since August but according to my scales, it’s 20 pounds. Not sure why we’re different but I know what my scales said and that’s what I’m going by. She wanted me to continue taking the T3 for adrenal fatigue so when I wake up to pee in the middle of the night, that’s when I take it. She also gave me something called Adrenal PX. I’ll take it in the morning and in the afternoon, if needed.

I took advantage of having to go into the doctor before work so for breakfast I had bacon and fried eggs. Lunch was leftover salmon and roasted zucchini. Supper was chicken apple sausage and kraut with more roasted zucchini (I love that stuff). Before I ate, I took my 2 tablespoons of coconut and let me tell you, it was not easy. I like the taste of coconut oil but have you ever tried taking a tablespoon full? Yuck. I think it was the texture more than anything. She said I could put it in my coffee or on my food or whatever so I’ll be getting creative. Maybe I could just mix it with water and drink it.

Right now my stomach feels kind of icky. I don’t know if it’s the coconut oil or not. Earlier I had a headache but I took an Excedrin and it went away. I weighed before my appointment and I was down another .4 lbs. That makes a total of 11 pounds since January 2!!

Next phase of getting healthy…EXERCISE!!!!

Getting Back to Normal

I had scrambled eggs and bacon for breakfast¬†and may I say that it was wonderful! Who knew I would miss bacon and eggs so much? But it made me feel like I’m getting back to some sort of normalcy. The bacon did make my heartburn flare up though so I had to take one of my OTC Prilosecs. It’s another scenario though where I wonder if it was really the bacon or if it was just my body still adjusting from the lack of a PPI. Either way, I’m pretty happy I was able to go so long without it.

I meant to put some coconut sugar in my coffee this morning but I forgot. So I used some coconut oil in my salmon dish instead. I think I’ll still use the sugar tomorrow morning just to see. That will put me one step closer to being able to have even more dishes and condiments.

For lunch I had leftover sloppy joes, sweet potato fries and broccoli. The broccoli was crazy hot which is really weird since all it had on it was onion powder, salt and pepper. Surely pepper wouldn’t set my mouth on fire and break me out in a sweat but that’s the only thing it could have been. For supper I had salmon, mashed potatoes and roasted zucchini. I couldn’t find a new recipe for salmon that I had all the ingredients or one that had ingredients I could have. So I made my recipe up as I went. It was ok but I overcooked the salmon so it was dry. But I used coconut oil, lime juice, balsamic vinegar, cilantro and salt. I melted the coconut oil but in hindsight I think I should have left it solid so that I could brush it on but it would have melted quick enough so I guess it didn’t matter.

Anxious to get to the doctor tomorrow to discuss my MTHFR gene mutation and my diet changes. Also curious to hear what she thinks about my fatigue not being any better. Oh and Prilosec. I need to make some notes!

Trying New Things

Today was the day to try new things. For breakfast I had pancakes make with gluten free pancake mix from Young Living. They weren’t totally paleo friendly because there was oat flour in them but that’s ok. I’m not sticking to paleo 100% and I plan to indulge every now and then so I’m considering that my indulgance for the week. They were not easy to make because it called for everything under the sun¬†but they weren’t bad. I think what made them taste a little off was the ghee. It gave them a bit of a nutty flavor. The maple syrup was delicious though.

I then tried making some mayonnaise. I found a simple 3 ingredient recipe. Olive oil, egg and lemon juice. I don’t have an emulsifier so I used my food processor. Instructions didn’t give any specifics on how much to mix or how fast or anything but it was pure liquid. I think I should have pulsed it maybe.

Lastly, I made homemade sloppy joes. We didn’t really have anything in there to eat but we did have some ground hamburger so I kept digging for recipes until I found one we would eat and where we had all of the ingredients. I didn’t notice until everything was in there that it said to cook for 2-3 hours (longer if able). I cooked it for probably an hour and then ate them on top of my sweet potato fries. I thought they were pretty good but my husband said it was missing a little something. I think it was that they didn’t cook long enough.

The only other thing I ate today that I didn’t mention above was bacon with my pancakes and roasted broccoli with the sloppy joes. I never ate lunch again because I really wasn’t hungry and we really didn’t have anything to eat for lunch. I know that’s not good but I think it’s partly because I’m getting bored with our food. I spent a lot of time on Pinterest today pinning recipes. I still don’t think I found anything that will become one of our new favorite foods.

This is my 3rd day without Prilosec. I was feeling it a good bit earlier but have been fine since. No other symptoms or problems. Yay!!

Tomorrow, I need to see how I can add coconut into my diet somewhere. I think I have coconut crystals in there. Maybe I’ll try putting that in my coffee.