Thursday, April 8, 2010
Dairy and hormone free! Whipee!
I woke up this morning in a panic after sleeping through my alarm for the second day in a row! I don’t know what my problem is this week but I can’t seem to get my butt out of bed on time. I woke up two times in the middle of the night with a strange cramping in my lower abdominal area and I noticed that I was really hot when I woke up. My body temperature has been doing strange things lately. I wonder if this has anything to do with my new diet change? I decided not to go to the gym last night (for the 6th day in a row) and instead went to the local natural grocery store. While I was there, I picked up some packets of Superfood to mix in with my fruit smoothies so that I don’t have to take wheatgrass shots in the morning, I will just drink the powder. I also looked through a few books on healing foods and how you are supposed to eat your vegetables. I had previously read that it was best to eat them cooked, so that they were warm and your body didn’t have to use up as much energy to digest them warm as it does when you eat cold food. One of the books in the store stated that some vegetables are most nutritious when eaten in their fresh “cold” state and others when they are cooked. Now I am all sorts of confused and am really going to have to work on eating raw veggies. I have never been a raw vegetable person unless the one veggie is dipped and covered in ranch or some other yummy, dairy infested dip. Don’t’ act like you don’t all do it! We feel good and tell ourselves we are eating “healthy” by eating vegetables but we are actually wiping out all the nutritional content of the vegetables by disguising the greens in ranch or some other equally yummy cheese dip. The books also discussed all of the horrible hormones that are now present in most of the foods consumed by Americans each day and stated that everyone needs to eat at least 2-3 servings of fruit/vegetables a day. I definitely wasn’t doing that before I changed my diet. It was coffee or a Diet Dr. Pepper (or “DDP” as we call it in the office), whatever I had time to grab on the go for lunch (with another DDP) and for dinner it was whatever could be made in the shortest amount of time. I took care of myself on the outside by working out and having good hygiene but never really considered my diet as part of taking care of myself until my diagnosis. After changing my diet, I now have a fruit & veggie smoothie in the morning (fertility diets state that it is best to only eat fruit/veggies before noon….and it doesn’t taste as bad as you would think…suck it up), a healthy salad for lunch with a caffeine free green tea and fish & vegetables for dinner. I am amazed at how much more energized I am during the day and how light on my feet I feel. My walk feels more “lively” and I find it easier to be in a good mood. I feel great! I am happy to see these results since the new grocery store is causing my wallet to be much lighter then it was before, but I am happy to make the change if it will help me heal the damage to my body. I figure that if I am not able to get pregnant on my own, I will be in the best shape I have ever been in (inside and out) for IVF treatments which will give us a much higher chance of success. On the subject of eating healthier, check out this article entitled “Benefits of Soy for Children.” It compares nutritional content for regular milk with soy milk and lists the reasons why soy milk is much better for us, for example soy milk is much lower in fat and is hormone free. I found it very interesting http://www.justmommies.com/toddlers/feeding-issues/benefits-soy-for-children. You think you are doing a great thing by drinking milk but you might want to see what you are putting in your body. For an update, I had cramping similar to what I woke up with last night, through most of the day yesterday which was also another reason I decided not to work out. When I got home from the store I used the restroom and noticed I had a large amount of white and some clear thick CM. It seemed much clearer and thicker then it had been the day before. Not really sure what this means though because I also read in one of the books at the grocery store that taking vitamins can make tracking changes in CM difficult?? It is still a change from previous months….so I will take it. I also have a bad headache today and noticed that my boobs are really sensitive….do I sense ovulation coming? ..maybe?