I don't want to jinx myself, but I just have to say that this has been a really great week. I'm almost completely recovered from my cold and the spring-like weather has been nothing short of phenomenal. Seventy degrees in the middle of February? Are you kidding me? I actually took a walk on Main Street between jobs the other day, just enjoying the sunshine. But the best part of the week was definitely getting the results back from my health scan with Deb. I mentioned doing the scan in my last sharepost but didn't have much information yet. On Thursday, Deb and I sat down so we could go over the lengthy printouts and discuss the suggested protocol. Here is what I learned, briefly:
- I am lacking in many vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and enzymes
- My hormones are out of whack
- I have borderline allergies to gluten, dairy, honey, and garbanzo beans
- I'm not digesting certain animal proteins
- My biggest physical stressors are related to food and emotions
- I'm over-exercising
These are only the main highlights, but the results were incredibly detailed and somewhat overwhelming. We went through each section one-by-one, and Deb explained everything to me. Some of it I already suspected (like the hormone thing and the dairy allergy) but some of it was truly shocking. Not digesting animal protein could be part of the reason why I'm having trouble losing the weight, but I never thought of that. The test jogged my memory back to a book I read about eating for your blood type. It said that A blood types should be mainly vegetarian, and get most of their protein from eggs, beans, and vegetables. I kind of shrugged it off when I read it, but now it has me thinking. Perhaps I should take a look over that chapter again.
The other shocker was the part that said I was over-exercising. When I told Deb that I had actually not been going to the gym as often, she offered up a fairly simple explanation. She suggested that a few years back when I drastically changed my diet and started with regular exercise, I may have lost that first thirty pounds because that's exactly what my body needed. Now, I may be in this plateau simply because it needs something different. Deb said it's possible that when I work out to the point of pain which makes mere walking difficult, I may be putting so much emotional stress on my body that it just doesn't respond. It's almost like I'm subconsciously padding myself to protect against pain. I know it seems really far out there, but I am open enough to dive that far out if it means I can get some answers. It does make sense though, and I've been wondering for a long time now if I haven't been overdoing it in the gym. I have started to back off and learn to say enough's enough when necessary. This is a good start. The diet is the next puzzle piece.
I am lucky to work in an environment where my awareness of food and nutrition can stay current. But knowing what not to eat is only the tip of the iceberg. I know not to eat high fructose corn syrup, trans fats, diet foods, or anything artificial or processed. I learned that years ago and my body responded beautifully when I took those things out of my diet. Now, it appears that I have to discover what to eat, not based on conventional holistic wisdom (that part is easy; eat organic, whole foods, etc.), but based on the physiological nature of my own body. So that's where this health scan comes in. I'm very fortunate to have been offered this service. Now I can start an experiment to see how I respond to eating or not eating certain foods based on my personal makeup. If I am truly allergic to something in particular, it may be as easy as eliminating it in order to not only lose the weight, but also to feel better physically and emotionally.
I have always believed health is connected to everything we eat, feel, do, and see. But sometimes that left side of my brain takes over and just wants things to be in black and white. Now I have exactly that...a printout with specific suggestions and protocols for my health. I'm starting right away with diet changes and supplements, so I'm really excited to see where this goes. I'm not putting all my eggs in one basket, but my motto seems to be "why not?" these days. It certainly can't hurt.
Published On: February 22, 2011