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2014 Unprocessed – getting my health back on.

by Caz on January 14, 2014 · 14 comments

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Time for me to update on my plans for  world domination  (maybe not just yet) to heal my body through clean eating, removing chemicals from our home and de-stressing.   Okay, sounds like a massive task when I write it down like that – but honestly it’s not.

A quick recap just in case you missed my first few posts last year.  I have Hashimoto.  It’s a autoimmune thyroid condition that can really mess with your body up.   Compared to many I have a fairly low level of symptoms but have been told I’ll have to take medication for the rest of my life.  (Not so comfortable about that).  I’ve been researching and reading books, blogs and forums for the past six months and about two months ago decided it was time to take the plunge with some serous dietary changes.

Since then I have committed to a process food free lifestyle and to falling in love with my kitchen again.  I’ve also gone mostly gluten free (before the gluten free experts  amongst us throw up their hands in disgust I realise that statement is full of wrongness – but I need some more time to fully transition) and in fact mostly grain free.   I am still eating dairy, eggs and nuts – but have plans to undertake an elimination process at some stage this year to work out if my body is reacting to either of these know allergy spikers too.

I am also slowly removing toxic chemical from our home.  One  by one I am replacing products with things that are known to be more natural and healthier for us and the environment.   And finally I’m trying really hard to reduce the stress in my life.  Not an easy thing right now – considering what’s been going on around here. But I am making a conscious effort to stop my stressing ways in their tracks.

Here is what I can tell you two months on.

  • I can sleep again.  Hallelujah!  I’ve been struggling with sleep issues/insomnia for years – especially while the pmt monster lurks within.    But I have slept better in the past two  months than I have in 10 years.   I give a good  bit of the credit for this to an awesome natural product I road tested called ReDormin (by Flordis) which I believe helped me reset my body clock.  But all in all I’m pretty sure clean healthy unprocessed living is restoring my sleep in an ongoing way.  (Cannot tell you how much that has changed my life for the better).
  • Acid Reflux is totally gone.  Again I have been suffering from this for years and had come to the point of taking regular prescription medication to deal with it.    But not any more.   I don’t even have a hint of indigestion left.
  • More stable blood sugar and less hunger.  I can go for much longer without getting hungry – but when I do start to feel hungry it hits with a ‘Feed Me Now’ punch.
  • Smoother Skin. I have always suffered from dry skin but am suddenly noticing it is feeling and looking much better.  No more flaky dry bits.
  • My taste has changed.  Cutting out processed food and refined sugar seems to have changed my taste.    For example I used to hate the taste of Stevia (natural sugar substitute) but now it tastes lovely.  I also keep giving the kids natural non-sweetened food and telling them how amazing it tastes only to have them pull sour faces and roll their eyes at me.
  • Weight loss I honestly don’t want to make a big deal about this because it’s not why I’m doing it – but I have lost some cms along the way.  The weight is coming off my mid-section at double the rate of the booty.  I don’t weigh myself on demoralising numeric scales but do measure my waist and hips when I feel my clothes getting looser and they are down about 5cm an 3cms respectively.  Not bad considering I don’t restrict calories and eat loads of yummy healthy fats every day.

So, what’s next?   Definitely keeping up with  New Years commitment not to eat any processed or boxed foods in 2014 and continuing to live a cleaner more chemical free  life.     The proof is in the pudding  - my body is loving this lifestyle.   I really want to test my tolerance to eggs and dairy – but frankly I’m still a little scared to remove them all from my diet, even temporarily, because it seems so restrictive.    Need to get my head around that one a bit more.

It’s also my plan in 2014 to visit a local naturopath and get some advice about supplements and other things that might be stopping my body healing naturally.  And finally I’m going to get back into my gentle jogging and walking.  After running my first 5kms late last year I’ve slacked off and gone back to just the occasional walk.   I know gentle exercise is important and makes me feel great – so I’ll be pulling my joggers back on and preparing for my first official 5km run – hopefully in march.

How’s your health going?   Share your story with me in the comments – I’d love to hear about it.

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1 Lisa Wood January 15, 2014 at 2:45 pm

I love the sounds of your 2014 plans :)
Funny enough but I came across a video the other day of a lady who is in her late 70′s and only eats Raw Food, home grown and eats only Vegetarian. She looked amazing, and I have been craving a more natural raw food for some time, thinking its time that I got some of your determination and changed my eating plans as well because I want to feel better. And like you its not about the scales, its about feeling better, sleeping better and clearer skin.
Looking forward to following your journey.
Cheers
Lisa
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2 Caz January 18, 2014 at 3:24 pm

Thanks for all those lovely comments Lisa :) Your input on the coffee pod maker makes me think – with all the healthy eating I’m still missing things. Keep me up to date with your eating plans – I find it really inspiring hearing how other people go :)
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3 Trish January 15, 2014 at 11:19 am

Well done Caz. I am interested in how you go and I’ll be following.
I am working on reducing processed foods too. I doubt we will go GF though . Too much resistance from my men folk.
I cut cordial and soft drink or processed juice is a rare treat for my children.
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4 Caz January 15, 2014 at 11:46 am

Thank-you Trish :) It’s all about one step at a time for me too. And working out what works for my body – rather than just listening to all of the hype. Now – must go read your post about ReDormin.
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5 Jenny January 15, 2014 at 11:06 am

I’ve been thinking for a while about combining a Raw Food Diet with the Paelo Diet – basically all natural foods, mostly raw vegies, very few grains (can’t give them up completely!), some meat and no processed foods. It’s just so hard to start to start. I am starting to be inspired by people who are doing this, but doing it slowly. I realise now that you don’t have to do it in one hit – slowly replace things already in your cupboard with healthier alternatives, and slowly start to cook more. Thank you for sharing, it confirms what I have been thinking – it IS possible and it DOES get results, even overcoming long term problems. Now I just have to find the courage to start.

Jenny

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6 Caz January 15, 2014 at 11:44 am

So please to hear that Jenny. I am convinced slow and steady is the way to win this race and yes the results speak for themselves. Would love to know how you get along – please pop back and update me :) My only advice is to take one little step at a time and gradually change your focus. A lot of people with thyroid conditions go on a very strict elimination diet – I simply couldn’t face it so didn’t. This approach is much more my style. Good luck with it :)
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7 Carly W January 15, 2014 at 6:45 am

health … hmmmm … frustrating visit with dietician and expensive and frustrating visit with gastro specialist.

No one seems to care about my health but me …. so I will continue with the Low FODMAP diet and do my own research.

I hope that things are improving for you ….xoxoxo

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8 Caz January 15, 2014 at 7:00 am

Hey Carly, have you had much improvement will you’ve been FODMAP? Love to hear how its going and how you’re managing it.:)
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9 Carly W January 15, 2014 at 7:59 am

Hi Caz

yes and no …. was feeling pretty good .. but finding packaged GF bread is not good for me. So now I’m making everything from scratch.

Oh how I wish I had a thermomix ….. so many suitable recipes and it doesn’t take up space! I have a tiny kitchen.

I’m keeping a very detailed food diary and doing lots of ‘online’ research. Lots of conflicting information but I think that is because everyone is different and IBS manifests itself in different ways.

Your posts bring a smile to my face and are always helpful. Thank you so much.
xox Carly

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10 Caz January 15, 2014 at 8:30 am

Yeah – I can’t do GF bread either. Tapioca flour is not good for your thyroid. I’ve just gone off grain – apart from some rice. Over the past few days I’ve taken the dairy our of my diet too. Been having dairy withdrawals – who knew that was a thing. I totally understand what you are saying about all of the conflicting advice. So confusing. I’m trying to listen to my body and will be going to a naturopath soon. Keep going Carly – we can inspire each other :)
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11 Michelle January 14, 2014 at 8:18 pm

Wow your post is so inspiring! I’m worried I eat too much packaged food therefore my family does as well. I must admit I don’t know where to start if I were to do this. Any tips? You must be so proud of yourself!

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12 Caz January 14, 2014 at 8:23 pm

Hey Michelle, I’m the same. Having done some research and reading I know my family is eating way to much processed food. I’m going easy on the kids for now and hoping to lead by example. Starting to make healthy snacks to stock the cupboards and spending much more time in the kitchen making meals every day. That way they’re getting more fresh and real food without even knowing it. My only advice is to start simple and take small steps towards change. So far just deliriously happy I’m sleeping well and have no more reflux. My healing my body is fully is going to take a long time :)
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13 Kristen January 14, 2014 at 1:53 pm

Love your work Caz, and your approach is fantastic. Small, manageable steps will ensure long term success!

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14 Caz January 14, 2014 at 8:18 pm

Thanks Kirsten :) So far so good and looking forward to more.
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