I Wish I Had Taken Better Care of My Body

It was a beautiful weekend here in Alabama but a little too chilly for this girl to get on back of a bike. So we hit the yard and took care of some much needed weeding and trimming. The front bed was full of weeds and leaves and the mulch needed to be refreshed. We worked on it for a little while Saturday and then most of the day today. We still aren’t through but we’re getting there. The problem is that I can hardly move. Every muscle and bone in my body hurts. We hit the hottub and that helped and I’m on the heating pad and it feels good but when I get up, boy do I feel it. Thank goodness we are paying someone to do the big work in the backyard. I just don’t think we’re able.

I was so tired last night, I completely forgot to post. So here’s yesterday’s meals. For breakfast I had some of the sausage that I made Friday night. It has a different flavor than I’m used to and I’m wondering if it’s the fennel. Next time, I will use more sage and no fennel. I ended up not eating lunch because time got away from me and I knew we were going out to eat at Konomi’s Japanese Steak House. I had 2 soups and no salad because I figure that ginger dressing probably has sugar. I got extra rice and no noodles so I could stay away from the gluten. I brought 1/2 the rice home and most of the chicken. I realize the rice is not paleo friendly but as I’ve mentioned before, I’m ok with occasionally going off of it just in order to stay sane and live life normally. I had a drink before we left (kombucha and vodka) and drank water only. So all in all, not too bad if you ask me.

Today I had more sausage and a banana pancake that I’ve read so much about. I smeared a little ghee on it and a tad bit of maple syrup and it wasn’t too bad. Lunch was leftovers from last night. My heartburn has been so bad today and I was so exhausted from all the yard work, we decided to just make due for supper with what we had in the house. I ended up not doing anything for fear it would make my heartburn flare up again. Heartburn is good but my tummy is letting me know it’s empty. It’s 9:30 though. I’m not listening.

I read up on what foods can cause heartburn and garlic is at the top of the list. Onion too. There’s also black pepper, citrus, alcohol (especially red wine), coffee and tomatoes. So there’s another reason to stop drinking alcohol. Coffee would be a tough one. I only drink one cup a day so I’m not going to stress it. I will try and avoid the rest though.

I almost forgot to mention, we took our foster dachshund, Macy, to her forever home. Her new mom has been in touch with me a few times today and she is settling in. A great weekend is now over.


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

Prilosec Detox

The Prilosec detox is going well. It’s been since Friday that I’ve had my last one and the one before that was the previous Monday. I felt the acid rise last night but I took my coconut oil and night time Zantac and other pills and I’ve been fine since then. I thought about taking one today but waited it out and I’m glad I did. I am wondering though if it’s garlic tonight that is doing it. I’ve been using it sparingly though so surely not.

I weighed this morning and I’m down another 1.7 lbs. That’s only 5 lbs this month but it’s better than a gain. I know, I have said that before. I’m so close to going down into the next number so I’m excited about that. I should be decently ready for summer by the time it gets here.

I am slowly but surely getting acclimated to the time change. I still don’t want to get up but I don’t don’t feel quite as tired during the day. I’m ready for bed now though and it’s only 9:30.

Breakfast was bacon and sauteed apples and pecans. A very welcome change! My hubby got some ground pork so I’m going to make some homemade sausage and that will shake things up a bit! Lunch was leftover chicken, cabbage and I made some sweet potato fries in the toaster oven. We had to go do a home visit after work for the dachshund we’ve been fostering so he put a roast, potatoes, carrots and onion in the crockpot. It was ready and waiting for us when we got home. It was really good and hit the spot.

Hitting the hay now!

Hangover Healed

I’m officially back with the living and have sworn off alcohol, lol. It’s not worth the headache or the fact that I wasted a beautiful day sleeping and watching TV. That’s the most obvious reasons not to drink. The sugar and empty calories are there too.

I weighed this morning and I was back up to where I was on Saturday. So weird how I was down 2 lbs on Sunday and back up again on Monday. I’m not discouraged though. I am sticking to it and it will come off. I still need to exercise though. With it being so pretty this week, I really should take the opportunity to get out and walk. I’ll make that a goal for tomorrow.

For breakfast I had bacon, fried eggs and sweet potato fries. I forgot to plan for lunch today so I went to Organic Harvest and got some bbq chicken, steamed kale and roasted cauliflower. They label their hot bar so you’ll know if it’s paleo, vegan or gluten free. They also do Whole30. I’ve avoided it because of the garlic but sometimes you just have to choose your battles. Tonight was pork tenderloin, roasted asparagus and mashed potatoes. My hubs did a fantastic job and I just appreciate him so much!

Time to get ready for bed. It’s an ordeal preparing for the oxygen and everything else I do. My ENT told me to get some Flonase and Afrin so I’m hoping that helps. I’ve used it once and it seems to be a little better. Fingers crossed!

What Did I Forget?

Yesterday was the first time I forgot to write my blog. I really didn’t have time but I mostly forgot. We were at the Birmingham World of Wheels raising money for Big Oak Ranch. Such a wonderful cause! I briefly thought about it while we were there but once we got home, I got ready for bed and never gave it another thought.

Let’s see if I can remember what I ate. Bacon and 2 boiled eggs for breakfast. For lunch I had leftover sloppy joe meat with green beans. Supper was leftover bacon wrapped chicken with roasted zucchini. I ate that on the way to World of Wheels. And yes, I had to really think about what I had. And this is why I write it down. Because if I have a really strong symptom come up, I want to be able to remember what I ate.

Today was another busy day. I had bacon and fried eggs for breakfast and I never did eat lunch. I took my husband back down to the World of Wheels and I went to work to catch up on some things. I ate a Lara bar and stopped on my way back down there and ate some chips. That held me over until we went out for our friend’s birthday at a mexican restaurant. I decided on the chicken soup. It has rice in it and garlic so I took a chance eating it but it was hard enough not having a margarita and no chips and dip. I think eating chicken soup was an acceptable choice.

One final note for the day. I tried taking my coconut oil in my coffee and let me tell you, it was not good! I felt like I was drinking oil. Very greasy. I’m sure it would be better if it were just a teaspoon instead of 2 tablespoons. I looked it up today and there are several ways I can get the oil in and one was mixing cocoa, coconut oil and maple syrup and then cooling in the fridge. Sounds good to me!!

Time to Add Almonds Back

It’s been a few days since I added coconut back so I think it’s time to add something else. I have decided it will be almonds. I considered spinach since that is a common ingredient in restaurant salads but almonds would allow so much more. There’s almond milk, almond butter, whole almonds as a snack and roasted almonds. Those are especially good on a salad.

We’re going to a Mexican restaurant Saturday night for a friend’s birthday and I’m kind of apprehensive about it. No margaritas. No chips and salsa. No cheese dip. I should be thinking ahead of what I could take to snack on. And I need to figure out what I will eat for my meal. No matter what it is, it will have garlic in it. I’ve about resigned myself to the fact that garlic will be one of the things I have to watch out for. It seems to give me the burps and makes me feel bloated.

Speaking of bloated, my stomach has been making some loud gurgling sounds tonight. Not sure why since I haven’t added anything new. Could be from supper I guess but that didn’t happen when I ate it the other night. I had another headache earlier but took some Excedrin and it pretty much went away. And I’ve been super irritable today. Maybe Friday will fix that.

For breakfast I had bacon and scrambled eggs. Lunch was leftover chicken and sauteed kale. We had our HOG meeting tonight so I took leftover kraut and chicken apple sausage with green beans. Everyone brought dishes for the meal tonight and everything on that table was either cheese or gluten. So I’m glad I took my own food. There was a fruit tray so I was able to eat some grapes!

Looking forward to the weekend!

Garlic. My Secret Boyfriend.

My heartburn last night was getting pretty bad so I took an OTC Prilosec. They’re fewer mg than my prescription (which is 40mg) so I thought it would help ween me off of them. This morning it was ok but got worse as the morning went on so I ended up taking one of my prescription pills. That got rid of it but I’ve still been burping all day. So the big question is, was it the garlic I ate last night or just my stomach craving the Prilosec? I think this is why they say not to make too many changes at one time. I’ll talk to my doctor on Tuesday and see what she says I should do.

My love for garlic runs deep. You look in our spice cabinet and you’ll find garlic salt, a couple of garlic powders, Jane’s Crazy Garlic, Regular Jane’s (which has garlic), garlic infused olive oil and then there’s another bottle of some sort of garlic oil. And there are other spice mixes that contain garlic. I have no doubt I can survive without garlic but I don’t want to. I love it. It’s like dating a bad boy. You know he’s bad for you but you love him and you don’t want to lose him. In my case, I’m not sure if he’s really bad yet or not but the thought of not ever seeing him again is hard to accept. And then there’s going out to eat. I’ve learned over the last 30 days that getting anything in a restaurant that is garlic free is just about impossible. So it’s like seeing the bad boyfriend anytime you go out to eat. You can’t lose him!

I think I’ll try the egg whites tomorrow. At least if I can tolerate eggs, I can make sauces, dressings and have something else to eat for breakfast. Today for breakfast I just had bacon. I just couldn’t stand the thought of any of my usual foods. For lunch I had my leftover hobo burger and sweet potato fries. I was going to eat a salad but forgot. For supper, we sat here for a couple of hours before going in the kitchen to stare in the refrigerator. We ended up making taco meat and I put that in a microwaved bell pepper along with some kale that I sauteed in the taco meat. I then topped it with avocado. It wasn’t the best thing I’ve ever eaten but it filled me up.

Why couldn’t I have been born with a skinny gene?