My Body is a Wonderland..or a Hot Mess

So it has been one week since I have gone to an alternative health doctor and eliminated eggs, wheat, pork, tomatoes, and mold from my diet–still unsure if mold is mushrooms, cheese, or simply mold that you may find around the house (or at least you would hope not).  These are the items the doctor found to react negatively with my body’s electrical frequency along with msg, but I am not even sure what that is in.  I haven’t been eating bacon for the past month, but eggs I have every day and wheat maybe once a week whether via alcohol (not that common) or some random item that have wheat in it.  I have cut out my Ezekiel bread–and for those of you who know me, this is a hard cut for me.

The other night I venture to Whole Foods in order to find some things I can fit into my diet.  I find myself looking through the freezer doors in the bread selection.  They have everything from Ezekiel, to spelt, to gluten free, and so many other options ranging from $3 to $7.  I balk at the thought of buying bread for $7 a loaf.  I pick up various bags of bread and read the ingredients list for wheat.  I am not completely sure of the difference between spelt and ezekiel considering they both seem to contain wheat in some form according to the ingredients list so I just put them both down and pick up the gluten free raisin bread.  I quickly scan the ingredients list and bingo..no wheat!  Not until the next morning as I am popping two pieces into the toaster do I realize that they contain egg whites.  I last about a day before I just do not care all that much about some measly egg whites and down two pieces of bread every morning for the remainder of the week.

I have also cut down on my fat intake since I have found out I am a slow oxidizer which means I do much better on a high carb diet (which could explain quite a few factors that had me thinking the same thing) not to mention that my body just isn’t doing its job of breaking down fats in general.  Fact: higher fat diets for slow oxidizers can make one lethargic, anxious, and irritable…ohhh it is all coming together now.  I will go with that as my excuse for the last few months of questionable behavior.

Another thing the doctor suggested was to drink lemon water with a little bit of cranberry juice throughout the mornings since I complained about being tired all the time.  He said that this should keep my blood sugar from dropping too much.  I have done this every day and have noticed a big difference.  He also gave me a probiotic and digestive enzymes to help with breaking down my food.  Eventually I will be able to get off of the enzymes and just take the probiotic.

I still need blood work done to see if my thyroid is functioning properly as well as to make sure my white blood cell count is more normal, but I will do that after another week or so as to allow my diet to make some positive changes in my body.

I have lost 2 lbs in 6 days, with the scale having changed only the morning of the 6th day.  I took comparison photos on the 6th day post breakfast, but the difference is definitely noticeable.

ImageAs you can tell from the picture comparison, I am a lot less “fluffy” as I like to call it.  As I continue to eat lower fat and higher carb and as wheat and egg free as possible, I hope to continue to look better and recover faster!

What made me go to an alternative health doctor you may ask?  Well my body was definitely not functioning like it once was prior to my figure days.  I had a negative food reaction almost every day once I tried to go back to eating “normal”.  Whether it was protein powder that wasn’t isolate, granola, dairy and who knows what else, I would look pregnant–or more than normal, I would get gassy, and I would experience symptoms that are common with IBS (I do not feel you need more detail than this…however for those of you that are truly curious I am not afraid to tell you if you really want to know).   I was basically a hot mess and my body seemed to be a problem I could not solve.

Once my training intensity dropped and all squatting and overhead work was removed due to a couple injuries, I lowered my carb intake and increased my fat intake since as they say, when not training you need less carbs and your body will use fat as energy.  This was a mistake.  I ended up gaining about 10lbs in a couple of months, I was upset about not working out and how I looked, and I was possessed by a cranky, tired, and emotional female more often than not (none of which is normal for me).  I did not feel like myself and I could not figure out why or how to fix it.

At the time I did not think that there may have been a correlation between my attitude and what was going on in my body, but now I am thinking that it was a strong possibility.  I have felt so much better the past couple of days and I have only changed my eating habits for a week.

The alternative health doctor is big on blood type diets as well.  Since I am an O, the food items to avoid seems longer than what I can eat.  Coconut, avocado, oats, most beans, a ton of grains, cabbage, etc are all on the avoid list.  I avoid grains and beans anyways because I get gassy from most of them, but I do love coconut and avocados.  Beer, wine, and coffee made the list as well,  but I believe those items are negotiable.  I have decided to try to cut back to having 1 serving (mug full) of coffee once a day about 5x a week.

I have not been perfect with this diet by any means.  I had a small piece of birthday cake last week, gluten free bread that contains egg whites, soy sauce and wasabi at a sushi restaurant not realizing until I was practically done that wheat is probably in both of these items, and I had gluten free granola thinking I would be fine only to find that oats made me uncomfortably bloated and gassy.  This will be a long learning process, but I know it will only make me a stronger, faster recovered, happier athlete and individual.

 

Crossfit Community Helping Kevin Ogar–Donate Now!

There are many negatives to Crossfit.  There are a ton of reasons people have decided to despise the sport from bad coaches (which so happens to occur in every sport), to athletes getting injured (also frequent in all sports), and a number of other reasons that seem to escape me at the moment.  But I chalk all these negatives up to people needing to hate and despise a sport that is growing like no other.  Similarly to the need for people to tear successful people down, Crossfit seems to be experiencing this as well.

But what about the positives?  What about the fact that Crossfit has brought so many individuals closer to a healthier lifestyle through working out which has often times led athletes making better nutrition decisions.  Regardless of the reason why people join Crossfit or decide to eat healthier, Crossfit is helping change this obese world into a world of more strong, fit individuals.

And more importantly and the reason why most people stay with Crossfit, what about the positive community it provides?  I remember my first Crossfit workout at the gym in which I now coach, as well as falling in love with it.  I can’t tell you what the workout was, but I can tell you it reminded me of my college athletic career through the competition and exhaustion I felt trying to beat others (I am just really competitive) and the camaraderie I felt with those I worked out with.

Crossfit provides a small community within each box that is very similar to a team-like atmosphere.  The athletes push each other, cheer each other on, hang out together outside of the gym, and are there for one another especially when an individual needs it the most.  It is a team that slowly starts to turn into a family.

Crossfit as a whole is comprised of thousands of boxes around the world that each have their unique flare, style, and personality.  Some boxes are impressively large while some may be located in a small garage.  Some boxes have athletes that compete at the games while some have a lot more athletes simply looking to lead a healthier lifestyle. But that doesn’t matter when it comes to the Crossfit.  The size and equipment of a box does not define them.  Whether or not their athletes want to compete at the games does not define them either.  These are small matters when it comes to Crossfit.  Crossfit instead is defined by our ability to pull together as a community for someone in a time of need.  We are the community that refuses to leave a man on the battle field when he needs our help.  We jump at a moments notice to do whatever we can to lend a hand to a complete stranger simply because they are one of us.  We are what the world should be: supportive, willing to give, and full of love for each other regardless of our faults or ability level.

kevin ogar

I do not know who Kevin Ogar is.  What I do know is that he is a great Crossfitter and a man of faith.  This weekend at the OC Throwdown he had a terrible mishap during a snatch resulting in the bar landing on his back which severed his spinal cord.  He is undergoing surgery #1 this morning, which will most likely be followed by more depending on how things transpire, not to mention the amount of physical therapy afterwards.  Unfortunately he is uninsured as well and needs our help.

I am impressed with the speed at which the fundraising page was started and the amount of donations that have already been received, but like I said, the Crossfit community is amazing and pulls together in a time of need.  Crossfitter or not, it does not matter.  We are all human and we are all connected in the community of life.  Whether you play a sport, lift to stay strong for your kids, or rarely workout, we can all come together and make a difference and in this case, for a talented athlete that really needs our assistance and prayers.

Here is the link to the fundraising page: Kevin Ogar’s Recovery Fundraiser

Please give as generously as possible.  Remember, there is no greater joy than helping those that cannot return the favor.

“Give, and it will be given to you. They will pour into your lap a good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over. For by your standard of measure it will be measured to you in return.” – Luke 6:38