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SIBO

I think we’ve worn a path to our doctors offices almost 3 hours away from our home, but I’m delighted to report, I believe we’re making some progress.

On my own health front, I have been struggling a bit with some type of hormonal imbalance that I’m guessing is affecting my thyroid.  I made some poor choices about a month ago, and yes… I’m still paying for them.  They were sweet potato chips with coconut oil…. and coconut oil doesn’t like me.  A little bit one day, and little bit more another day… and the next thing you know – I was eating way too many chips that I shouldn’t have been having in the first place and ending up in a lot of pain.

My reactions to coconut oil aren’t as bad as coconut flour… so I lied to myself and thought I could handle it.  But, as with any food that causes AI reactions…  it catches up with you, and it’s never worth it.  By God’s grace, we weren’t able to get the chips for several weeks (and I believe they are still out of stock), so that helped me get back on the right path.

It seems insane though, doesn’t it?  Something like “just” sweet potatoes and coconut oil with sea salt, (other wise safe and healthy ingredients) can affect my gut, throw off my hormones and cause countless breakouts and neuropathy in my back (so irritating) legs, feet and arms.

Because of all of that I gained (almost overnight) about 5 pounds – that I can’t seem to shake either.  This is why I believe thyroid problems are to blame for so many issues that women struggle with concerning weight.  They can cut calories and increase exercise – and still continue to struggle.  But if their thyroid is off = due to a leaky gut,  high cortisol (stress) levels,  poor sleep (inability to stay asleep due to airway obstruction or other hormone issues) – all parts play a role.  Most often, people take sleep meds for something that doesn’t really help balance anything or get to the root cause of the issues for long-term health.

So with that, I’m back on track…  and not planning any less-than-intelligent moves in the near future.

On top of that, after a recent visit to my naturopath, we opted to try Fluconazole to help nip my SIBO in the bud for good.  It was a 10 day dosing schedule, and we might have to do more – but after being on AIP for over a year, and trying every natural help I can… I figured this was worth a shot.  The down sides to the treatment (other than what is in the pill, including RED food coloring – WHY?) was a chronic headache that I had all waking hours.  I imagine some of that is from detoxing whatever bacteria was dying…  but by day 6 I did feel like my bloating was improved.

Now I’m about a week out of my last dose, I can’t say it’s cured that bacteria 100%, but I’m improved dramatically, and with less pain after eating.  Our goal is for me to be able to eat raw vegetables again.  It’s the little things in life. 🙂  We’ll probably try another dose next month.  I’ll keep you posted.

So, combine all of that with a bit of added stress recently with taking on a new house project, with a heavier workload as we gear up for busy time in retail and prep for school, which equals less sleep, and my son having sinus surgery (more on that later), I know my cortisol levels, rest and exercises aren’t where they need to be.  It all matters.

On that note, I better run.  I have a trip to pack for, a follow-up appointment, an ad to create, 2 sessions to work through and I need to magically make a 6 year old’s birthday party happen before we leave in 3 days.

I will be walking, focusing on breathing and saying NO more often.

Healthy for Him.

 

“But we have this treasure in jars of clay,

to show that the sur

passing power belongs to God and not to us.”
2 Corinth. 4:7

Sugar-Free Paleo Me

flax_crackers

My most recent challenge is coming up with snacks and treats for my children who are doing through the whole food elimination for allergies.  One can’t have coconut, one can’t have eggs, and two of them can’t have almonds.  I’m having to dig deep.  Sometimes I feel like I’m making 5 different meals (counting mine).  Since I’m already struggling with my memory, I may have forgotten things a time or two this week.

One night my daughter with ASD shouted at me, “I NEVER get to have something special at dinner time.”

Whoa.  Excuse me?  NEVER?

Well, that’s obviously NOT true and I’m thinking the opposite might be true.  But this particular evening, she was slightly right – it had been awhile since I had a specific item for her.  After talking through that (gratefulness in all things, and saying NEVER when it simply isn’t true.)… It did light a fire under me to figure out a few other go-to treats.  Now, don’t think for a minute that we don’t eat A LOAD of apples and bananas, and veggies… we do.  But this has challenged me in a new way.  (Thanks for your prayers, I am still smiling – and grateful – although this particular night might not have been my high-point as week ONE wraps up!)

Just to give you an idea of how I’ve messed up lately.  I may or may not have:

-Left the back of the van open while driving away from the grocery store for the second time in 2 months.
-Leave the refrigerator door open almost every day while cooking (thankful for the bell that lets me know it’s STILL open!)
-Left a burner on and almost set some parchment paper on fire from the baking sheet I set on there.

Distracted?  Slightly.

plantain

The first thing I made were plaintain crackers from Paleo Mom.  They are super simple, and she has a great video on cutting a plantain (in half, and then lengthwise in half).  I meant them for my kids – but ended up eating 3/4ths of them.  They were SO good.

I cut them about 20 minutes into the baking, and bake until they are DARK brown.  They harden as they sit - and are SO good.  The outer ones might bake first - so just slide those off and bake some more.

I cut them about 20 minutes into the baking, and bake until they are DARK brown. They harden as they sit – and are SO good. The outer ones might bake first – so just slide those off and bake some more.

Secondly, I made some chocolate flax crackers from healthful pursuit  (they were very well received – see picture at top).  I can’t eat these, because they have cacao in them – also, I didn’t put chocolate in them or on top of them – as sugar is out for the kids…. but they said they were really good! 🙂

I’ve been making a BOATLOAD (no seriously… that’s a number) of smoothies everyday too… for myself, and all of the kids.  They always comment about how much it aids in their digestion.  Green/digestion smoothies all-around!  Next task – a birthday cake for most to enjoy?  Stay tuned!  Keepin’ it Healthy for Him!

“For to set the mind on the flesh is death,

but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace.

Those who are in the flesh cannot please God.”

Romans 8:6

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