As of December I'm off the horrid pills/injections. Dana post-steroids is a mess! I've consulted with specialists and a plan has been developed. I have to eat real food. For a while I have to take a ton of supplements: fish/flax/borage oil, C0 Q 10, Linoleic Acid, Hyaluronic Acid, Calcium (3 types), Magnesium, Iodine, & a totally food-sourced Multivitamin.
Oh and don't forget the exercise... We're starting slow because of a past injury but we're progressively building up a routine.
I feel like an experiment and I want to share it. Here we go...
According to the wisdom I've received from many qualified professionals. I've gotta eat. The steroids robbed my body of vital minerals and vitamins. Despite being overweight I am literally starving.
Here's breakfast: Herbal Tea, Fruit Salad, Oatmeal w/ Honey, one cup of water.
I eat this while reading my morning devotional passage from My Utmost For His Highest followed by 3-5 chapters of Scripture.
I ate it all & less than two hours later I was so hungry my stomach growled & growled.
Snack Time: Carrot/Cucumber/Ginger Juice & more herbal tea.
I drank it slowly as I read friends' blogs, posted on my own, and caught up on emails.
By the way I HATE cucumbers but the juice wasn't bad.
About three hours after that more intense hunger. I fixed a Pesto Pizza. whole grain crust, prepared pesto, red onions, chicken, topped with thin sliced tomatoes. Peppers on the side.
I ate the WHOLE thing along with a salad.
Lettuce leaves w/ homemade hummus, pumpkin seeds & crackers w/ goat cheese.
I ate this while studying.
I am hungry again. I don't think my stomach has felt full for more than an hour.
Miso Chicken on spring mix greens, baked sweet potato, overly done asparagus (total accident)
Week One Rundown
The rest of the week went a whole lot like the first day...
I feel like I'm spending the majority of my day fixing food. Gotta streamline!
I ate & ate & ate... I also drank a lot of water. (About 3 quarts a day.) I added extra snack times & ate nuts (almonds & pistachios), bananas, yogurt with fruit, etc... I ate and then I ate some more. I ate as much as I wanted to eat. Hunger woke me up regularly at 2 am & I instituted yet another snack time & filled it with natural peanut butter on Sami Bread & an apple. Then I'd wake up hungry ready for breakfast.
No exercise yet. Not even light stretching. That starts next week.
I lost eight pounds.