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Hello diligence, I’ve missed you!

2 Mar

Well, it’s been a little over a week since I returned to my strict dietary ways and I’m SO glad I did. Within the past 10 days I have had more energy, less bloating, less backpain, lost a pound and have re-created happy bowels.

The GFV life is good. šŸ™‚

Interestingly, when I first started, it took a few weeks to really notice any changes. But I kept chugging along and slowly began to heal. Unfortunately, as I fell from grace, the old feelings and symptoms gradually crept back in, almost imperceptibly….until, WHAM-O, period of death! Now that I’ve been strict about what I’m eating however, it’s like my body wants to encourage this positive behaviour. “Quick, make her feel good – we NEED her to keep doing this”!!

Well dear body, I have heard your plea. I promise to continue feeding you only what makes you feel good. Nice wholesome, natural, anti-inflammatory, plant based foods. All I ask in return is that you stop attacking yourself and continue healing the damage that has been done…ok? Thanks!

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Week 9 Report

8 Nov

Wow – two months today. Time is just flying by. Technically I only have a month to go, but I think I’m going to give it 3 periods worth, just to be sure….which means I’ll be GFVing it for Christmas too (or close to it anyway).

 

HOW Iā€™M FEELING:

  • Physically: Energy and sleeping better for SURE. Other than that, it just seems so hard to quantify. Is my skin better? I don’t know, maybe. I had pretty good skin to begin with….
  • Emotionally: Fine – cried at work today, but that was only because a client gave me a super special gift….

GI SYMPTOMS:

  • Doing well. Even had a FFF today (if you’re in the know, you know this is good). Post a comment if you want to know what this is ’cause I think it’s TMI for general web consumption! šŸ™‚

MENSTRUAL STUFF:

  • Nothing to report. Sometime this week – so next week should have more info.

WEIGHT:

  • Down 2.2 pounds!

CONFESSIONS:

  • Pizza is my nemesis. This time I paid the price. I will be seeking out an appropriate alternative soon.

SUCCESSES:

  • Making and sticking to a menu plan all week. Good for the diet and the budget!
  • Next week, I would like my success to be that I drank 2 litres of H2O every day….there, I said it – now please help me by prodding me on this when you can!

Week 8 Report (almost on time even!)

2 Nov

HOW Iā€™M FEELING:

  • Physically: It seems as though one of my autoimmune skin things is kind of flaring up these days. Odd. I don’t like it one bit. Am I doing some more detoxing? I don’t know…..
  • Emotionally: No concerns. I think the chocolate helps….

GI SYMPTOMS:

  • Had a strange episode on Sunday morning – not feeling well AT ALL. Then it was gone. Then late last night and this morning, had those wicked intestinal cramps – sore to the touch, can’t stand up straight etc etc. My whole belly hurts when this happens. I drank a cup of hot water with a tablespoon of lemon juice and it all went away. I’m supposed to be doing this every morning, I should really work on that.

MENSTRUAL STUFF:

  • Nothing to report.

WEIGHT:

  • Down half a pound

CONFESSIONS:

  • I sampled a little bit (1cm square) of goat feta cheese the other day when we made Greek Quinoa Salad and it was delish!
  • And, last week after a long and emotional birth I was hungry. So I ate pizza – two slices. And the next day I felt fine, which was kind of unfortunate….

SUCCESSES:

  • Nothing that I can think of right now. It’s been a busy week.

Week 6 Report

24 Oct

Eek – the days have been getting away from me. Just realized it’s almost time for my week 7 report and I haven’t done week 6…..bad, bad blogger!!

HOW Iā€™M FEELING:

  • Physically: Feeling well, well, well!! No complaints, more energy.Ā  Fun fact: I’m not as stinky. I have had a lot of issues with mainstream deodorants/antiperspirants in the past – blocked sweat glands etc – very painful, not at all fun. So, I use an organic deodorant only – mainly a blend of different essential oils. It works alright, I’ve just had to adjust to a new normal when it comes to how much stink is ok. As long as I’m not noticeably odorous to those around me, I’m ok with it. Usually, come the end of a long birth though, I’m keeping my arms at my sides!! Recently however, it’s not been a problem. In fact, there have been several times where I have forgotten to put deodorant on and I can hardly even tell. So bonus points there.
  • Emotionally: It was a rough week for other reasons. Food related stuff has been fine.

GI SYMPTOMS:

  • Bowels have been good. Little bit of constipation related to my period as has been the norm lately, but I think less than usual? Tough to say.
  • Over the past few months, I have been noticing a very unsettling thing related to my period. Late in the day on day 1 and peaking on day 2/3 and then resolving day 4, I feel like I have the flu. Like full on influenza – aches, chills, shivering, sweating. Except I don’t. No fever, nothing. And I get WICKED intestinal cramping – small and large intestine. Like it hurts to the touch and I can’t even stand up straight.This past Sunday I spent the afternoon sleeping off a birth, shivering under piles of blankets ’cause I was so chilled, but sweating. And curled in a ball for the pain. I don’t like this one bit. Trying to figure out what is going on with this. Any ideas ?

MENSTRUAL STUFF:

  • HALLELUJA!!!! Shout it from the rooftops!!!! My cramps were SOOOO less than they usually are. I took NO ADVIL!! [not entirely true, I did take meds for the intestinal cramps as described above – but it was certainly not uterine related and it wasn’t until day 3]. I did get some cramping and discomfort, little bit of pelvic pressure but it was nowhere near what I normally get. I kept waiting and waiting for it to get worse and it never did…..After 20 years of wanting to throw up and die with my periods, I can’t even explain what this means to me.
  • This was really only the first period I had since starting the diet (the other one was 10 days in) so I can only imagine it’s going to get better.

WEIGHT:

  • Same

CONFESSIONS:

  • Nothing

SUCCESSES:

  • No advil, no wanting to die, no hating my uterus and wanting to scoop it out like pumpkin guts.

Week 5 Report

11 Oct

HOW Iā€™M FEELING:

  • Physically: Feeling well – very surprised at the long-lasting effects of the crap I at in Palm Springs. Yikes! Good to know though.
  • Emotionally: Well – enjoying my holiday from work. Still having fun coming up with new ideas – and melding different recipes into my own.

GI SYMPTOMS:

  • Just ok – I’m really being conscious of how much water I am (not) drinking and trying to increase that. I think it’s helping.

MENSTRUAL STUFF:

  • Nothing yet – due this week and I’m SO excited to see if there are any changes. I don’t think I’ve EVER looked forward to it this much!

WEIGHT:

  • Down 3lbs from Palm Springs – so back where I was.

CONFESSIONS:

  • After the blow out last week, I was pretty careful this week. So really, nothing to confess. No, REALLY. šŸ˜‰

SUCCESSES:

  • Made my own Buddha Bowl and it rocked.
  • Tonight I will be having a GF/V Thanksgiving dinner. Mostly because I’m bringing all my own food.
  • Getting more greens in my smoothie every day.
  • Gave the dog a bath – not related to food in any way, but a success nonetheless – he’s a big boy and bathing him is always an event.

Week 2 Report

20 Sep

Reflecting back over the two weeks I’ve been doing this, I felt it would be helpful if I started doing a weekly report. So, every Monday I will focus on writing about the same categories of things – you know, to see if things are improving, deteriorating, or staying the same. I posted these ‘categories’ in a previous post but if there’s something that’s missing, something you’d love to know about, please let me know and I will do my best to accommodate!

HOW I’M FEELING:

  • Physically: I’ve been feeling pretty good so far. I can’t say I’ve noticed a ton of extra energy or anything like that but maybe I don’t feel quite so run down? It’s been hard to say ’cause it’s been a busy couple of weeks at work – lots of babies, lots of visits, lots of late nights. Working 12+hour days is going to make anyone tired! On second thought, maybe I am doing well because I’m working these long days and not feeling totally dead by the end of the day.
  • Emotionally: I am so super thankful at how well this transition has gone. I am not missing one little thing. I am feeling very positive about the whole thing. Also very hopeful that I will see a decrease in symptoms from thyroid stuff, endo stuff, bowel stuff and other stuff. Is this still the novelty of the thing? I don’t know….but I sort of feel like I did when I quit smoking. It was just so easy and I never looked back. Even a short time later, it felt like I had never been a smoker in my life. This GFV thing is sort of feeling the same way….kind of like it’s just always been this way….

GI SYMPTOMS:

  • Well, there was some stuff going on related to my period, but it was certainly not as severe as it has been in the past. Over the last couple of days, things have actually been quite good. Not 100%, but better than it has been in a while.

MENSTRUAL STUFF:

  • My period was essentially the same, just less. But, it had only been a short time that I had been eating differently. I’m keen to see what happens next time around.

WEIGHT:

  • Down 3 pounds since starting. Not bad!

CONFESSIONS:

  • I have knowingly and repeatedly eaten non-vegan chocolate. Partly because it’s in the house and I don’t want it sitting here for 3 months and then throwing it out. Partly because it’s just so damn tasty and I can’t help myself. It’s good dark chocolate though, so it’s good for me – right?

SUCCESSES:

  • This past week I watched my husband and friends eat some very tasty looking/smelling homemade apple pie. I was tempted to eat just the apple filling, but most of that stuff also has flour in it too. So I stuck to my non-dairy peach ‘ice cream’ made in the vitamix – and maybe some chocolate!
  • At an early morning birth yesterday I turned down some seemingly fantastic coffee. But I did have a glass of champagne with the family once babe was out! šŸ™‚