I started another post or two last week and never finished them. That usually means I have gotten off track. That wasn’t really the case last week. I did not do a lot of fasting, but I did stay on track with low carb eating. So I am feeling a little better about that, and my appetite has eased up a bit and my mind is getting in a better place. That is huge for me.
Last night was a little bit of a sleepless night. I went to bed earlier because I want to start getting up earlier. I woke up at about 1:20 and had difficulty going back to sleep. I didn’t really get back to sleep until 4:45 and then I got up at 6:00. I had a lot on my mind, but that didn’t seem to be what woke me up. Instead of not sleeping because there was stuff on my mind, it was thinking about stuff because I was already awake.
Yesterday I did a little reading about the kind of surgery I need to have on my Achilles tendon/heel. I have been thinking I need to go ahead and do it since my deductible has been met. But from what I read yesterday, this is going to be a pretty tough surgery and a pretty long recovery time. I could not tell how many people I read about had jobs where they had to be on their feet all the time, or whether they had desk jobs. The time off work seemed to be about 8 weeks. And some of those mentioned having jobs where they had to be on their feet. I’m wondering if I could return to work sooner since I have a desk job. And do I want to do that? I have an appointment on September 10 to see what’s going on.
One decision I came to yesterday was that the timing is not right – yet – to have this surgery. It is not a small deal. I do not have anyone to take care of me. Stephanie (who lives with me) is still very much in recovery herself and just missed at least a month of work. The house is not anywhere near together and that would be a problem, not to mention not being able to manage getting everything finished up, etc. It is just too much.
That was a lot on my mind last night. I was thinking about what I need to be doing to get things done so I can have the surgery when I’m ready. I wasn’t really worrying about it, but I was thinking about it because I was awake. I finally decided I would get up and make a list, at least, since I wasn’t sleeping anyway. Then I got back up and worked on some things on the list, since I wasn’t sleeping anyway…. I finally felt ready to sleep at about 4:45. I wasn’t stressing about it; I just couldn’t sleep.
So I am going to start trying to check things off my list to get ready. I never know if my tendon is going to get worse and I will HAVE to have the surgery immediately. I need to be ready – at work and at home. Before I had my knee replacement in 2015, I worked for weeks to get everything in good shape at work to make sure my files were in good shape and people would be able to find things, etc. Things are a pretty big mess in my area and I need to do that again. Part of it is because I’m a mess, but a big part of it is because we have been so busy!!!
I will also need to have plenty of meals in the freezer if I am to eat as I should after surgery. If not, I would have to eat fast food and convenience food, and that’s where I have been the last few months. That does not need to continue. For one thing, eating better and doing some fasting will help the surgery go much better.
That’s as far as I got yesterday. To follow up on that last thought, I firmly believe that eating LC/HF and fasting are the best things I can do to heal my body, at least nutritionally speaking. I experienced my body deteriorating the last few months because I just could not pull it together. So much has to do with inflammation. As an example, a couple of years ago my hands were extremely stiff and sore. Sometimes it was difficult to write with a pen or pencil, and just grasping things in certain ways was difficult. I had a “trigger” finger, where the joint kind of stuck in a closed position. When you opened your hand, that joint would kind of pop free, but was very stiff and sore. Not pleasant. After months of fasting and eating low carb, that had completely gone away. I wasn’t taking anything for it. I know that is what helped it. Now that is all back with a vengeance. It slowly worsened again over the months I was eating the typical American diet with lots of carbs and sugar. I know that diet affects me in the same way all over my body. I had gotten to feeling so much better, with much improved energy. It took a while to get back to the way I am feeling now. But I am here and I don’t want to stay here.
I am reading Dr. Fung’s (author of The Obesity Code and The Complete Guide to Fasting) book, The Diabetes Code. Remember, Dr. Fung is a kidney specialist. He treats people with end-stage kidney disease. He got so tired of treating people who were already at the stage where nothing could be done except treat the extreme damage that had already been done by Type 2 Diabetes, he wanted to find out how to treat people before they developed these horrible problems. That is where the book, The Obesity Code, came from (followed by The Complete Guide to Fasting). I am only a little way into it, but it is a very instructive. It explains why the drugs doctors give you to treat your blood sugar are not helping the disease of type 2 diabetes. (Type 1 Diabetes is totally different.) I don’t know if I have become diabetic in the last few months, but I do not want to go there. I am sure I was headed that direction, if not already there. I highly recommend this book. It explains the problem of insulin resistance and why diabetes drugs do nothing to treat that. They actually make it worse. Just because you have less sugar in your blood does not mean you are getting better. Many of the medications are forcing the sugar into other parts of your body where it is doing its damage – heart disease, kidney disease, blindness, etc. The answer is to remove the sugar from your body, and that has to be done through diet. (This includes not only sweets, but other carbs that the body readily turns to sugar.)
Once insulin resistance is healed, you can have certain kinds of sweets on a limited basis. Your body is able to process them again. But if you eat them constantly, like many Americans do, you will eventually flood your cells with so much sugar, you become diabetic again with all of the terrible results.
I can’t seem to get this post finished.
I have been struggling the last few weeks (started before I got back to LC/HF) with extreme fatigue, feeling like I could not access one iota of energy to the point where I could barely keep my eyes open at my desk. I mean, it was extreme. I began to notice it was happening at pretty much the same time every day. I felt like it was probably electrolyte-related, but my blood tests didn’t show that (although I had been supplementing electrolytes). I posed a question to my FB fasting group (got a million answers that barely related to my question – grrr), but did get some good feedback. One person rather definitively said I was low on sodium. She mentioned some reading she had done and I read up on it too. It talked about how being low on sodium mimicked “adrenal fatigue” (which some experts say is not even real). I decided this would be easy to determine if that was the problem, so I made a more concerted effort to increase my sodium yesterday. I went downstairs and got the only thing I could think of that was very desirable, and it was a sour pickle you could buy at the convenience store. It had some pickle juice in it and I drank the pickle juice and ate part of the pickle. When I got home I had a decent quantity of pickle juice. This morning I got off to work without bringing anything to help with it, so I just took some salt and added it to a bottle of water and drank it down. I have done that twice today. Guess what? “The thing” that has been happening early afternoon every day has not happened so far today. I think this might be it. In my reading, it said that if you are low on sodium, your body will waste its potassium stores to protect its sodium balance. My symptoms seemed to be similar to low potassium, so that made sense to me too. I think as I get my sodium level where it should be, my low potassium symptoms will right themselves too. (Some of the symptoms are the same.) I knew that you needed to supplement sodium when fasting and eating a low-carb diet, but I had not really focused on it when I was “off the wagon.” The thing is, I have had these symptoms (sometimes worse than others) for many months – back into last year. So I think it has been going on a long time. Time will tell, but I think I found out what was causing my symptoms. (Low sodium also explains the headaches, which had been increasing lately.)
With the reading and listening (to YouTube and podcasts) I have been doing, I am getting more motivated. I found out today when my high school reunion is going to be (October), and that is motivating to me to feel better and look better. I started a fast today and hope to go through tomorrow evening. I want to get moving on not only losing weight, but feeling much, much better, and that will help move things along.
Now I’m going to get this post uploaded!