Saturday, September 24, 2011

A month since the doctor called...

Yesterday marked one month since the doctor called to let me know I have trashed my body to the point of near death and that the food I consumed was poisoning me. Not to sound dramatic but that was what I heard and so much worse. I am working through the guilt of what I have done to myself. I have worked out at least five days of every week since and have only had two moments of dietary weakness. The most obvious result has been that I lost ten pounds. There have been less obvious results as well. Digestive issues that have plagued me for years have completely gone away. A sebaceous cyst that was inflamed and torturous a month ago is all but gone. I have more energy. Probably most importantly, I am hopeful. Instead of spending my days thinking of all the things going wrong with my body, I think of how much I can do to heal myself and how life will be this time next year.

My body is tired and sore despite having more energy. I eat more veggies than you can imagine but at this moment, it's all good.

I am going to wait another week until I get my blood tested. Please Lord, let my blood sugar be lower. Please.

Friday, September 2, 2011

What is Inflamation???

'Inflamation' has become a buzz word - not one that I have ever heard my doctor actually use but one that I have seen a lot of books and articles written about in the past couple of years. A few months ago, I had a biopsy on a weird looking thing on my arm. The pathology report came back stating that there was no cancer but the tissue was inflamed? I just went with the 'no cancer' part of the finding and ignored the rest a did my doctor.

So what is inflammation and if it's such a big deal, why isn't my doctor talking about it?

Inflammation is a process by which the body’s white blood cells and chemicals protect us from infection and foreign substances such as bacteria and viruses.

Chronic inflammation is caused by the body’s defense system inappropriately triggering an inflammatory response when there are no foreign substances to fight off. The body’s normally protective immune system causes damage to its own tissues.

The causes of inflammation are just what you would think, diet, weight and inactivity.

Over this past week, I may have only lost seven pounds but my face, feet and belly (and probably the rest of me too but those are the areas I noticed) have lost their puffiness. I have probably lost four inches off of my middle. Is that because I have lost a bunch of water weight or because the inflammation has gone down? Is inflammation visible? I just don't know

I guess I am pleased either way. From what I have read, I am definitely eating an anti-inflammatory diet. I hope it's working.