I have to thank Jonette Crowley for that title. She made that comment years ago and it’s always stuck with me.
I noticed in January 2016 that suddenly my body felt very achey. The muscles, bones, joints, ligaments and tendons were all very sore and tired all the time. I thought it was a passing thing, that it would be here for a few days and then gone. It felt like I’d been out playing really rough football for weeks on end and the body had just had enough and needed a rest.
But no, the body kept aching. I tried various approaches, various supplements, various meditations, and nothing worked.
Inflammation: could that be it again? I looked up my symptoms, and by golly, if you look at the symptoms for rheumatoid arthritis, I was identifying with just about all of them. I wasn’t quite sure what to do.
I found someone’s videos on YouTube about cutting all — I mean ALL — grains out of her diet, not just “gluten.” ALL grains. This includes corn, wheat, rice, and all of those health-food-store grains that should be good for you like quinoa, amaranth, and millet. She told the story about how the women in her family all suffered from this illness, the extreme joint pain, and they more or less just accepted it as “that is who we are.” She was a young 20-something or 30-something mom with an 18-month-old and couldn’t hold him anymore because of her joint pain and weakness; that’s when she decided to take action and no longer accept that “this is the way the women in our family just are.” She quit eating grains, dairy, and sugar, and ate only meat, vegetables, and fruit. She cut out all of the filler.
Months later she was lighter, leaner, the pain had gone, she was able to be the mom she wanted to be, and was comfortable!
I had to remember back to when I was “eating for hives” in 2012. I never felt better in my life. I had all kinds of energy, I lost some weight, and my inflammation was gone. Once I found the L-Glutamine and cured my leaky gut, I could eat anything once again without having my lower lip swell up like a balloon or having itchy red patches all over my body, and I regained all the weight I lost — and probably then some. I could eat coconut cream pie! With coffee and organic cream! And I did! And it was heaven! I could eat a Five Guys burger with the bun and the fries and the ketchup and the Cherry Coke, and I did, and it was heaven!
I didn’t really pay attention to the fact that my legs and feet hurt now and then; oh, that was just from sitting on a hard kitchen stool too long. I didn’t really notice when it hurt, getting up out of bed, or hurt getting up out of my Tiny Trailer and hobbling to the bathroom at the RV park. That’s just “getting older.” Right?
And suddenly in January in Oregon in the depths of the deep dark cold gray rainy days when I hadn’t seen the sun for months — in December it rained 29 days out of 31, thank goodness, and we needed the rain so badly — suddenly that pain hit hard and would not let go. When you feel pain that intense, you do just about anything for relief.
I looked up, once again, the Blood Type O Diet and made my charts so I could see what was “beneficial,” “neutral” and “not ever again in THIS lifetime”, and then on a Sunday morning I got to work completely redoing my kitchen. All of the “NEVER!” items got packed in tight above the refrigerator, where you have to really be dedicated to want to reach something. I tossed some things. I am so blessed to have a really wonderful pantry in this house, and on the top shelf of the pantry I put all of the “helpful” items in sort of alphabetical order. On the shelf below it I put all of the “okay occasionally” items, and on the shelf below that I put the “neutral” foods.
I did the same in the refrigerator. All of the “nope, not if you want to feel good ever again!” items I put on the top shelf and slammed them all together.
And that’s when I noticed: I’d been eating cheese and bread and ice cream and pasta and rice almost to the exclusion of meat, vegetables and fruit. I had to put away all of the cheese and the condiments and even the expensive health-food-store fermented food and multi-grain artisan local-bakery no-gmo-ingredients bread. It broke my heart.
But…I could still eat. This was May, and my “winter garden” was beginning to finally do something. The kale and lettuce made it through the winter and started providing me with all the kale and all the lettuce I could handle. I planted tomatoes and summer squash; the blueberries started coming on then too and every morning when I walked my dog past the garden we helped ourselves to fresh blueberries, one for me, one for him, one for me, one for him.
It didn’t happen within three or four days for me like it did for the young lady in the video; it took longer. I’m glad to say now that a lot of the pain is gone. It’s still there to some degree, but it’s lessening all the time.
Since sometime in May I have eaten NO grains at all except for a little rice at the sushi buffet; NO dairy except for a little butter or ghee; and NO refined sugar. I use stevia leaf I bought in bulk years ago, or real maple syrup, or coconut palm sugar. I have that here for my AirBNB guests, mostly.
What I noticed over these last few months is that I’ve lost my “hunger.” I am convinced now that eating wheat and grains, not to mention sugar and dairy, “makes” a person hungry, or hungrier. Now that I’m eating meat, vegetables and fruit, I’m much more satisfied with much less food, and I’m way less hungry.
One other interesting thing I’ve noticed: the idea of going to McDonald’s or any other fast food place doesn’t even appeal to me anymore. It’s like I’ve installed an inner button somewhere within myself that can “tell” when a food item has food value, and when it doesn’t. I just don’t want to bother with food that has no food value since it’s a total waste of time and money. I’d rather go out to my garden and grab a couple of spicy nasturtium blossoms and a few kale leaves for a quick snack. Seriously.
Ah, the AirBNB guests. I do provide a breakfast for them, and one day a few weeks ago I was eyeing the last little helping of organic cereal, and that last little bit of organic whole milk that needed to be used up, and the coconut palm sugar….and I decided to go for it. I made myself a big bowl of cereal with milk and sugar and just enjoyed it.
I instantly regretted it. For the next three or four hours I felt tired, weak, sluggish, couldn’t keep my eyes open but plodded through my day anyway, and decided never to do this to myself again. I made a pledge to myself that I want to feel GOOD. I want to feel good ALWAYS. I choose for my body to feel healthy, energetic, flexible, comfortable, strong, and youthful, for the rest of my life!
The Blood Type O diet is very similar to the Paleo diet, which is basically “if the caveman didn’t eat it, I don’t eat it either.” I’m drinking even more structured water than before from a pitcher of structured water with shungite soaking in it, and drinking lots of tea and smoothies. I do drink organic coffee made with structured water in my French press. This time I’m cutting out all coconut, so no coconut oil or coconut water or coconut milk. The only oil I’m using is olive oil. If I want “milk” I put half a cup of hemp hearts and 2 cups of water in the VitaMix with a pinch of salt and a bit of maple syrup, and voila, milk. If I want bread I bake it with 5 eggs, flax meal, baking powder and a few other ingredients.
The body has been feeling better. The weight didn’t instantly fall away, though, and I couldn’t quite understand that. I ran across someone’s article about fasting and thought I’d give it a try. That has seemed to be the key to the weight loss. The writer advocates liquids only from 7 pm through 11 am the next day; solid food is okay to eat between 11 am and 7 pm. During the “fasting” time a person can have juice, tea, coffee, smoothies, anything liquid. That seemed pretty simple so I decided to add that to my way of life. I remember decades ago the exercise trainer Denise Austin told viewers to eat dinner by 6 pm and not to eat anything after that. I, of course, ignored that advice and ate pretty much anything pretty much any time of any day. Typically in my life I would eat dinner at 10 pm, or have a big bowl of ice cream and go to bed. I didn’t have a schedule when it came to eating. I ate when I was hungry and I ate what I was hungry for.
Since I’ve added the “fasting” to my diet, the Thinness has appeared. And again it’s not all falling off at once; it’s a gradual process. I know I’m down at least a size from where I was in January.
Last summer I bought three Speedo bathing suits at the Goodwill because they were pretty: one size 14 and two size 16s. Mostly I wore one of the 16s when I’d put on a bathing suit. This summer I’ve been sunning myself for 20 minutes a day during “peak sun hours” between 10 and 2, for the Vitamin D benefits, wearing my size 14 Speedo. I noticed my body was changing for the better in how it looked in the 14.
A couple of days ago I bought a new Speedo in size 10 kind of as “inspiration” for Gaining Still More Thinness. I thought I wouldn’t be able to get into it for weeks or months. I tried it on yesterday morning and it FITS! I look better in that one than I do in the 14. My new “inspirational” size 12 shorts are a little more snug than I want to be wearing all day long, but my other clothes are getting bigger and baggier by the week. Before long I will be down to the size 10 where I’m most comfortable, but I’m in no big hurry to get there. I am enjoying these changes.
A week or two ago I ran across a few YouTube videos with a woman talking about having two years of intense pain that basically came from nowhere — hey, that sounds familiar — and she said she is now pain free. I’ve been checking out her videos and I like them. Recently she posted a body healing meditation that I’ve listened two a couple of times now, and I like it. She recommends doing it once a week. I’ll post it here and also in the Links over at the sidebar.
Here’s to Gaining still more Thinness, Flexibility, Ease, Grace, Youthfulness, Strength, and Joy!
And now an update. It is July 2017. I am a couple of weeks away from my 60th birthday. A week to 10 days ago I discovered the YouTube channel of Dr. Eric Berg, who makes fantastic detailed videos about all kinds of health issues. I’ve been doing BioAcoustics work since last October, and his videos are SO helpful to teach me what’s going on with the reports I can generate — what is cortisol? Vitamin B12, what does that have to do with anything? What’s an adrenal body type? Why do I still have inflammation?
After watching a few dozen of his videos and looking at my own voiceprint charts and seeing sugar, sucrose, fructose, sugar sugar sugar…I decided I had to quit sugar. Sugar, I learn, is an inflammatory. I have an insulin problem. I can see that in my voiceprint charts. If I’m waking up to pee through the night, and I was, I need to quit the sugar and start consuming 7-10 cups of vegetables a day and some healthy fats. This will help me get my adrenals back into balance and will help me drop that belly that magically appeared out of nowhere when I hit menopause.
Of course he also recommends getting pasta-cereal-bread-crackers — he’s got his cute little phrase — out of your diet completely. I did that already. Now I’ve hidden my collection of sugar in the pantry in a faraway place where I don’t see it every day. And I have some fabulous sugars — coconut palm sugar (natural, wonderful); maple syrup and powdered maple syrup (organic); raw local honey (which I keep because I use it in recipes) (and binge on over winter, using it in tea). I have to quit them all.
What to use for sweetening? I have stevia leaf. Real leaf, something I bought from Frontier Natural Co-op, years ago. It’s not manmade stevia, manufactured in some way; it’s the real leaf. You can blend it in with your smoothie in your Vitamix when you’re blending the 7-10 cups of raw vegetables you harvested from your garden this morning with the wheatgrass juice powder you bought online at his recommendation. Real stevia leaf is not glycemic, it’s very sweet, a little goes a very long way, and you use it *when* you need it and not before; it will taste great when you first use it, but after it sits around a bit it gets strange tasting.
And these two are from a couple of days ago, after stopping sugar for about two days. I can tell I have lost some belly fat and I’m pretty sure I’m into ketosis — fat-burning, not sugar-burning. I have all the happy signs of ketosis. I’m not crashing in the afternoon, I’m able to go a loooooooong time between meals, I don’t have to eat until noon or after and I’m not hungry when I get up, I’m not getting up to pee at night anymore (after only a few days of this!) (yay!), I’m remembering my dreams after not remembering them for a long time. My focus is good. Inflammation is down. Right shoulder pain is gone. Any other complaints I would have had at this time last year…not there anymore.