I’m getting ready to embark on a six week program, Dr. Mark Hyman’s Diabesity Prescription.  A six week diet and lifestyle change.  I will be eliminating caffeine, alcohol, dairy, sugar, and flour from my diet.  I am already a lacto-ovo-pesco vegetarian.  On Monday, July 12 I will be a gluten-free, dairy-free, sugar free, pesco vegetarian.  This is why I chose the blog name WHAT IS LEFT TO EAT.

I’m anxious.  Anxious I will feel deprived of good food.  Anxious of the withdrawals.  Anxious of mood swings.  Anxious of failing and falling back on old patterns.

I’ve been feeling quite sick over the last year.  I was faced with some difficult decisions about my career which lead to a great amount of stress.  The reality was I had to shut down my business and find a job in the corporate world.  There were also a couple of major losses during the year that were added stressors.

Some symptoms come and go, others are getting worse, but overall I feel really bad most of the time.

  • Chronic fatigue
  • Chronic stress
  • Sugar cravings
  • Chronic yeast infections
  • Headaches
  • Numbness in my left foot (caused by L-5 herniation) worsening. When I try to walk or exercise my toes, feet, and calves cramp badly.
  • Muscle fatigue, pain or weakness and cramping
  • Aching and stiffness in joints
  • Edema.  I’m puffy, and getting puffier in the afternoons.  My ankles swell, and the skin feels so tight it hurts.  The edema is worse in my right leg than my left.  My hands get really swollen as well.
  • Lack of concentration/focus and memory
  • Weight gain without my diet changing
  • Skin rashes
  • Itching skin
  • Soft, cracking, brittle nails and ridges
  • Burning eyes
  • Bad acne on face and scalp
  • Thinning hair
  • Sensitive to cold
  • Constipation or diarrhea
  • Depression
  • Mood swings
  • Strange white patterns on my tongue

All of this has led to low self-esteem making it very hard most days to stay upbeat and focused on my work or personal goals.  I’ve been searching for good doctors to help me figure out what is happening.  I found an allopathic doctor this past February who was the first one to start investigating my symptoms and started a series of blood tests.  My cholesterol was high and he diagnosed me border-line diabetic.  He also diagnosed me with a Vitamin-B12 deficiency.  Explaining this may be why my foot feels more numb than other times, and is in pain most of the time.  Although the numbness is mainly from a herniated L-5, but it has been getting worse over the last year.  Last Thursday I went to see a new gynecologist for my annual check up.  She looked at the lab results from February and March.  If my thyroid levels are where they were then, she says she would be treating me for hypo-thyroid.  She sent me down for new labs to check my thyroid.  I hope to have those results soon.

I just want to feel better.  Feel better enough that I can start exercising again and get back into shape.  I want to be healthy in life.  I want to be happy and enjoying life because dammit – I just got engaged.  This should be one of the happiest times of my life.  Sometimes I feel like I’m faking happiness to mask all the pain and the sadness.  It’s got to shift.  Things need to change.  Which is why I decided to start Dr. Hyman’s program and figure out for myself what my body needs.

I realize I do better with large feats when I have an audience.  So, I’ve started this blog to hold me accountable to this goal.

If it happens to help someone else in the world.  If you happen to relate to my story and it’s helpful to you, please let me know.  If you have kind, warm, loving wisdom to share, please do.

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10 Responses to Introduction

  1. Esther says:

    You have all my support and encouragement I can give you. I think it’s great that you are brave enough to take these steps and I’m wishing you nothing but improvement and happiness.
    Big hugs,

  2. KellyA says:

    Jessica just sent me your link. I am here cheering for you!

  3. Lucinda says:

    thank you all for your support.

  4. fi says:

    CC, this is fantastic!!! I’m here to cheer you on, every step of the way. 🙂 You are a complete inspiration for tackling this head on. I LOVE that you’re sharing it on your blog. You are going to be such an inspiration to me over the next 6 weeks (and I hope you continue with this blog well after that too!) I’ll be visiting often – I know that you’re going to succeed and come out of this happier and healthier than you possibly could have imagined.

    On a side note, I also think that this blog is going to really help me too… I’ve got 16 weeks of marathon training ahead of me now and whilst looking forward to making progress, I’m a bit anxious about it (I know there will be some tough days to get through)… so, I relate totally to the fears you have. It will be so inspiring and motivating to visit here and see how you’re doing – looking forward to reading about your successes and the things you learn along the way. Go for it, girl! You can do it! Lots of love, Fi xx

  5. Tina says:

    Oh Cinda!! I’m so proud of you that you are taking back your health. You do deserve to feel good in your body and I know you can!! One day at a time sweet lady. I’m here for you waving my pompoms and sending encouraging and loving thoughts!!!! xo.

  6. Leonie says:

    Wow, talk about a “coincidence” (quote marks cause I don’t believe in ’em). I was just reading your website after Christine spelled it out, and now it turns out we have something in common: a vitamin B12 deficiency! My B12 levels still dip below the lower boundary sometimes, and I’m determined to get there! I feel so much better when I’ve got the B12 sorted.

    Just want to add a quick note: B12, in me, mainly came forward in the shape of this weakening tired feeling. I’ve read it can cause depressive moods as well. It might have a much bigger effect on you than the foot issue only. For me that was such an Aha Moment – I’m not crazy! I can heal this! I’m not imagining things! I hope your change in diet will make you feel better soon.

    Go you for being so proactive about your health! 🙂

  7. kelly says:

    Yes, yes, I relate! But haven’t had the courage to make many changes yet. I feel like I can’t take much more loss at the moment and don’t want to give up much in the way of food, though actually, I don’t get much enjoyment from food.

    I really support you and am sending you lots of positive wishes. I have faith in you.

  8. jana says:

    I love you; am so very happy for you that you are documenting your journey here; darling pic btw 🙂

    I am sorry it’s taken me two whole weeks to get going on reading this.

    I am proud of you beyond words and love you dearly my friend.

  9. asleeptodream says:

    “Sometimes I feel like I’m faking happiness to mask all the pain and the sadness.”

    I completely understand this and would like to know what is like to live one day without physical pain, which in turn causes depression for me too. I will be following your adventures into health and commend you on taking the big leap into the unknown. It is so difficult to take that first step sometimes into trying to get to the bottom of our pain because it can be so exhausting just dealing with the pain itself. I hope this path leads you to good health!

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