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Posted by: SoulfulLori, Wednesday, January 6, 2010, 5:35pm
Hi All!

Last MAJOR post was back when I thought I was an Explorer and I was flipped out.  Lola and others (thanks guys) suggested I double check blood type and do secretor status and try LRFYT first until I was sure.  With the holidays and such I fell off the wagon and had a "devil may care" attitude.  I told myself that eating shouldn't be this hard and I will just try to "eat healthy".  Yeah...I see you all shaking your head.

As anyone on here knows that didn't go so well for me.  Atypical depression (clinical diagnosis where patient can be cheered up and is very affected by carbs/sugar) is something I've danced with through my life and it was insisting on being a permanent partner.  The more I consumed the wrong foods the more junk I wanted and the bluer I became despite positive thinking and affirmations.  My asthma acted up (I have scarring from radiation on my left lung).  I gained a few pounds and had a few extra pimples that I almost never have.

The good thing about this is I realized yet again that diet is a huge part of my health and I don't know about my family but I MUST be selective in my diet to opitimize my well being.  I have too many great things ahead of me to be on the sidelines because I don't feel well.  since my cancer treatment I was angry that my healthy eating (as I thought it was) didn't save me from the beast in the past and I wanted to eat like everyone else.  I was tired of working so hard on my health.  The less I worked on my health the chances I was seeing for perscriptions from doctors.  This frightened me.

So as per Lola's instructions I ordered LRFYT, blood test, secretor test and even taster strips.  Blood test surprised me...I'm A+.  Thought I was A-.  Sending out Secretor test today.  Waiting on book but know the typical A diet and have been pretty good in that area and feeling much much better.  Oh and I ordered a compliant tea because I'm giving coffee up as soon as my tea comes.  I don't drink much because it makes me nervous and mine is half decaf anyway but I know the right tea will actually be beneficial...decaf chemicals bad...

Once I've followed the LRFYT diet for 2 solid months I will make an appointment with the clinic in CT and my hubby and I are going to make a mini vacation out of it.  He is on board with helping me as he has to deal with me when I'm blue and sickly and hates seeing me that way.  He always says that I'm like a bright light in a room and when that dims his heart breaks.  He's seen it time and time again...though not lately since I've been doing right by myself.  Though I will always have to take thyroid med I hope to get off of Florinef as my body heals.  My vagus nerve was damaged via radiation/chemo and the type of tumor I had (not solid but destructive like melting candle wax) and therefore my autonomic nervous system doesn't work so well.  That means basically when I stand up my heart rate and blood pressure do not adjust fast enough and well...I black out.  Already had one serious concussion and another time when I found myself being held up by a nice clerk at the hardware store after I picked something up from the bottom shelf.  My doc said he has seen people heal and not need Florinef forever and that is going to be me!

I will share my journey with you so that you guys will help keep me on track when others try to talk me out of my plans.  I used to let people do that but I'm older and wiser now and know that like crabs in a bucket, you can't let the ones at the bottom pull you down.  

On the GTD front, now as I look over the calculator I am surprised to find that somehow I fit in Warrior.  I will not list that as I thought I was Explorer before.  I don't relate to Warrior characteristics as I was a sick kid with allergies and I was chunky and gained weight easily.  So, I will leave it up to the clinic to figure that out.  Right now I am A+ with secretor status pending.  That is concrete.  That's where I'm starting and I feel good about it.  Very good indeed.

Thanks for reading and all the answers in the past.  I'm still here and learning!

Posted by: Lola, Wednesday, January 6, 2010, 6:43pm; Reply: 1
you re on the right track!
keep us posted.... :)

I salute your positive spirit and immense courage!!
Posted by: Victoria, Wednesday, January 6, 2010, 6:58pm; Reply: 2
No matter how much we stumble and fumble, it feels great to get back on track, strongly and with enthusiasm.  Congratulations on persisting and taking responsibility for dealing with whatever your own life holds.  We all go through our own versions of challenges, and it's up to us what we do with them.  It's great that your husband is supportive of your decisions.

Many blessings on your path and your healing!   :D
Posted by: Amazone I., Wednesday, January 6, 2010, 7:46pm; Reply: 3
:o :D ;D..Loooori.. the same for me lately.....(think)(goofy)(goofy)(goofy)(whistle)(constipated)(mad)(sleeping)(smarty2)(sunny).....
Posted by: SoulfulLori, Wednesday, January 6, 2010, 8:07pm; Reply: 4
Thanks Lola and Victoria!  I knew you'd be there.  :)

Hi Isa!  You are right there too!

Yes, I am so blessed in so many ways and have seen that in the past 40 years my ability to enjoy my blessings has been hindered by health.  Now for the best to be...

Ok...just took taster test and I would say I'm a non-taster.  Tasted NADA.  Even went as far as chewing on it and thought it had a little more flavor than regular paper.  I guess that is a non-taster.  I guess this explains why most foods taste fine to me.  Never met a meal I didn't at least like a little...LOL

Oh, on Lemon Water...I think it really works!  I have been having lemon water every morning for a few weeks now.  I was concerned about the blood typing kit because I'm notorious for "not bleeding well".  Whenever someone tries to draw blood or milk a finger they have to work really hard to get anything.  I can tell you after a few weeks of lemon water, soaking that darn finger in warm water for 2 minutes and doing the test after some deep knee bends to get things moving I had enough blood to test a few kits!  If only I had known this during painful "milking" before chemo which always proved to be difficult for me and the tech.

I picked very well for myself (this time) when I found my hubby.  He thinks I'm the bees knees and if I show conviction he supports me in my efforts.

Thanks everyone!
Posted by: 312 (Guest), Wednesday, January 6, 2010, 8:33pm; Reply: 5
Hi Lori,
Congrats on finding this diet/lifestyle and better health in 2010!
What part of Jersey are you in?  My folks are in Ocean County, near the shore....I visit them every year or so.  
Non tasting and low thyroids are connected somehow.  I think you mentioned taking thyroid in one of your threads?  Keep us posted as to your progress.  Nice to "meet" you. :)  
Posted by: NewHampshireGirl, Wednesday, January 6, 2010, 8:35pm; Reply: 6
I'm so happy for you.  You're on the right track and you must be very excited.  So glad you're going to the clinic, too.  (woot)
Posted by: kauaian, Thursday, January 7, 2010, 12:00am; Reply: 7
Well Lori I can't wait to read the posts to come.....I know it will be inspiring. :)
Posted by: purlgirl, Thursday, January 7, 2010, 12:13am; Reply: 8
Quoted from SoulfulLori
Thanks Lola and Victoria!  I knew you'd be there.  :)

Ok...just took taster test and I would say I'm a non-taster.  Tasted NADA.  
  Even went as far as chewing on it       and thought it had a little more flavor than regular paper.  I guess that is a non-taster.
I guess this explains why most foods taste fine to me.  Never met a meal I didn't at least like a little...LOL
I picked very well for myself (this time) when I found my hubby.  He thinks I'm the bees knees and if I show conviction he supports me in my efforts.

We are a lot alike and so much to be greatful for.  :D

keep us informed on how its going for you
Posted by: Debra+, Thursday, January 7, 2010, 12:28am; Reply: 9
Welcome back SoufulLori.  On the right track...all the way to the doc's office.  :D  Me too...looking forward to hearing about your better health.

Swamied Issssssaaaaa...just do it. ;) :K)

Debra :)
Posted by: Chandon, Thursday, January 7, 2010, 2:04am; Reply: 10
You're taking the right steps and have your heart in the right place. Finding your health is a journey and it can be satisfying, even if it is challenging sometimes. Keep us posted.
Posted by: Wholefoodie, Thursday, January 7, 2010, 2:26am; Reply: 11
"I will share my journey with you so that you guys will help keep me on track when others try to talk me out of my plans."

Hey Lori! That's why I love the forums. We can always come here for understanding, encouragement and support.

I am a supertaster and I never met a food I didn't like either!
Posted by: Lola, Thursday, January 7, 2010, 2:52am; Reply: 12
Quoted Text
I never met a food I didn't like

I am much like you!

think Lori is a non taster though.....
Posted by: SoulfulLori, Thursday, January 7, 2010, 4:03pm; Reply: 13
Paula - Yes, you are correct, I had a undiagnosed thyroid problem my whole life and it finally pooped out on me just weeks after radiation (supposed to happen 6 months to a year later if at all).  Funny...didn't know that was related.  I am near the oldest rodeo in the USA...yes it is here in NJ.  I am about an hour or so from Ocean County.  Next time you are in town let me know...I often drive to the shore for photo reference or to paint outdoors.

Everyone else...THANK YOU!  I will keep you posted as you guys have great suggestions and motivation and being here as Wholefoodie says is a big help.  Was up last night reading LR4YT as it just came in the mail.  Unfortunately it was used...great condition but smells like cigarettes and made me sneeze!  The book described me to a "T".  My husband asked if my picture was in there when I read him a paragraph or two.  After that he was bored.  He'll change when he sees the progress.

Oh, yes, I can't taste those strips at all.  NUTTIN.  I gave one to my hubby and he said it was gross.  I fed him a nice dinner so he forgave me.  LOL.  I keep asking him to let me check his blood type but he laughs.  I will get my blood from him darn it!  He can't resist me.  LOL.

Did yoga this morning from ON Demand.  Enjoyed it very much.  Was too weary to do cardio or weights and that did the trick.  Learning not to burn myself out like in my past.  

Dr. D was the first to explain to me why after a few days of strong cardio I get so cold.  I used to run 35 miles a week and by the week's end I used to be totally blue with a temp around 95.8 , blood pressure was 90/59 and flu-like symptoms.  My sleep was always poor and my afternoon cortisol was actually too low because as he explained it burned out overnight.  I know I've lived like that for 40 years!  Nobody ever could explain it.  Not even my previous ND.

Can't wait for the next 40 of doin' it better!

C U all soon!
Posted by: paul clucas, Sunday, January 10, 2010, 9:53pm; Reply: 14
Good plan, Lori!

LR will keep you on the basics.  It does sound like you are Warrior.  After the appointment, you will have no Geno-worries!  

Posted by: SoulfulLori, Monday, January 11, 2010, 2:31pm; Reply: 15
Thanks PC!  

Yeah, starting to think I'm a warrior too.  Actually, I have a little hypothesis that goes like this.  Was born with a thyroid isse.  Instead of anyone looking, they assumed I just had bad allergies and treated as such.  When I was old enough for menses that was very messed up so at the ripe old age of 16 my doc put me on birth control pills to regulate.  I believe that if back then they would have checked thyroid they would have seen that as the cause.  Because of bcp I developed many issues...too long to list.  One thing I noticed is pictures of me at 11-15 show me thinner and athletic looking.  I don't remember being that thin but pictures don't lie.  However after the bcp I looked very puffy and bloated and struggled with weight clear up until I came off of them.  Now that I'm on thyroid med my allergies are much better and weight is stable...though I could lose 10-15 lbs.  Can't wait for Dr. D's peeps to put it all together because I think they will.

Doing well with the plan and when I stick to diet and lifestyle scripts I feel great.  Yesterday I deviated for only one meal and WHAMO...inflamation, depression, fatigue, aches and pains all hit like a bomb within 90 minutes.  I wasn't shocked by this but angry with myself for ruining even for a moment what was the longest stretch of feeling good I"ve had in a long time.  I guess my sensitivities are that serious and I cannot play around one little bit.  I'm ok with that and very much on track.  What got me was a large glass of wine and 4 chicken wings.  That was soooooooooooo not worth it.  Though wine is a bene on the diet I have not done well with alcohol since cancer treatment and certainly chicken wings are just baaaad.  I did it to myself.

The good news is I was out with friends the night before and ate none of the stuff that was on the table.  They had ice cream cake and candy, cookies and all sorts of chips and dips.  I looked at that and saw pain and sickness and was not the least bit interested.

Still waiting on secretor results.
Posted by: Lola, Tuesday, January 12, 2010, 2:16am; Reply: 16
well done!
Posted by: Debra+, Tuesday, January 12, 2010, 4:40am; Reply: 17
Good for you Lori.   :D

Debra :)
Posted by: Possum, Tuesday, January 12, 2010, 4:47am; Reply: 18
Hey well done on your choices so far Lori!!! Great to have you on here!! Great we can all help each other!!! All the best!!
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