Giddy-Up Buttercup!

Let me first apologize. I’m sorry that this post will be on the long side, but I just want to explain what in the world I’m doing with the blog. Since I’m not entirely certain yet, I’ might be a bit all over the place.

I’ve been struggling for years on my quest for health. It started with not being satisfied with my weight in college and morphed through the years into learning what I believe is healthy eating and then re-learning into a different belief. Same with exercise and certain life habits.

A few years back I started seeing a new Dr. and that has been a game changer. You can read about how I came to name my blog and about this Dr. HERE. He was the first doctor to tell me that sugar and gluten and corn syrup were horrible for the body. I felt better under his care but I couldn’t afford to keep seeing him so I stopped but tried to keep up with all I learned from him.

Fast forward a few years again and I go through a few month period where the exhaustion I experienced was debilitating. I was tired all day, every day. I also had trouble with my weight. I saw a new doctor who diagnosed me with “mild lupus”. To this day I’m not sure if I buy it since I don’t have enough prerequisite symptoms to fit the diagnosis (just psoriasis, Reynaud’s, positive ANA and low platelets). Either way, it wasn’t severe enough for me to take the drugs the doctor pushed because when I asked her how it worked in the body I was told that it wasn’t known. No thanks. Back to square one.

I saw more doctors than I can recall. All of them told me I was fine. Sure, I’m fine in a sense that I’m not dying or severely ill, but I wasn’t healthy. I could feel it, literally sometimes, in my muscles and my fatigue. I could see it in my weight despite what I believe is eating healthy and exercising.

Fast forward a few months and I’m just plugging along constantly tired and stressed with my myriad of random alignments that are make me “fine”. I start surfing around reddit one day and was looking into gluten free because I read that eliminating gluten has been helpful for some people with autoimmune diseases. A fellow redditer posted that I should try looking into the paleo subreddit. I do and immediately think these people are a bit extreme and it mostly ended there.

Since this post is long enough, if you’d like to know what exactly a paleo diet is, go HERE.

One day I was googling recipes and came across PaleOMG.com. It’s paleo-ish. It uses a few non paleo ingredients so I tried a few recipes and loved them! Through this site I found out about a new book called Practical Paleo by Diane Sanfilippo of Balanced Bites. I decided to give the book a whirl after coming back from vacation and within 3 weeks I lost weight and didn’t feel as bloated as I normally do.

Because of this book I learned that my body does not like gluten or cheese. I feel horrible afterwards, but I never realized it until I eliminated them for a few weeks.  I think I’m OK with dairy, but the Practical Paleo book has an autoimmune protocal that I want to try. It involves no grains, legumes, dairy, eggs, nightshades, nuts and sugar.

I rely heavily on my morning coffee WITH sugar during the work week.The notion of giving that up is a hard one to comprehend. My office is freezing and I love sugar. I know my body needs me to treat it better. Diane Sanfilippo also has The 21 Day Sugar Detox, so as of tomorrow I will be starting that and I will be implementing the autoimmune protocol slowly over the next week. Oh yea and because paleo and crossfit go together like cookies and milk, I will be joining crossfit on Monday.

The title of this post come from Robb Wolf. He has a flow chart that asks if you’ve tried eliminating eggs and nightshades if you still have autoimmune symptoms. When you look at “no”, he says to giddy-up buttercup. It’s a much more amusing way of telling someone to get on it!

So this blog will be me learning about food and my body. It’ll be me letting you know what level of cripple I am after each workout. How I feel without sugar (and other foods). This blog will also be recipes and anything else I deem applicable.