greetings! New to the forum and looking for some suggestions.

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Jennifer H.
Joined: 7/18/2014

Good day, My name is Knowla, I am a 40 (yikes) year old, mother of 4 young adults.  

I suffer from migraines (sometimes several a week), IBS, sore muscles, fatigue and many other syptoms that something is wrong. 

My journey for better health started 8 years ago, at almost 260 lbs, I purchased a diet online and lost almost 90 lbs in less than a year. Motivated by my weight loss, I quit smoking and managed to stay away from all junk foods, and began walking several times a week. During that time, nothing but the scale changed for me, so I decided to take the doctors word, that only medication could manage all my health issues. 

Until about a year ago, when my last child moved out of the house. I quickly realized.... I need a life. (one that is full of energy and good health) 

So, for the last year I have been working out 3-4 times a week and back to watching what I eat. However, my weight and size kept going up, my health is decreasing and my mind is in a constant state of fog. 

After many plee's to my doctor, he suggested I work out harder, gain a stricter diet, and cut out gluten (he said it could be a possiblility) As I left there, I felt like a failure and believed he was right; I just needed to work harder. 

A few months ago, I stumbled across "fat sick and nearly dead" and I felt some hope. I bought a juicer and started juicing. It was great timing as I had a new medication perscribed and I no longer was able to tolerate food in the morning. I began juicing, after a week my head felt clearer and some digestive problems started to work themselves out so,  I bought myself the NB for my birthday gift. 

Here I am, three months gluten free, on weight watchers, blasting on juicing twice a day, eating 85% of raw foods, lean red meat once a week and skinless chicken breast or fish 4 times a week, 3 liters of unflavoured water a day(or flavoured with herbs and veggies or fruit). I work out 3-4 times a week, walk 1-2 hours a day and nothing but a little weight has changed.

AND.....

I still get a lot of migraines, my energy has little improvement, my muscle and joint pain is the same, and I find I do not heal quickly from workouts.  Just an example, I worked out last Monday and I must have pushed my self a little harder than normal in the gym because, I have not been able to walk until today. (today is manageable pain) I am still tired, foggy, my dress size is going up, I now have pre-hypertension and I cannot lift any more weight than I could a year ago.

I get the oddest look from the doctors when they tell me all the things I "need" to do to get healthy, and I reply..."I do that"; it seems, dispite my dedication to my health, I am not making any headway.

Worst part is, my fiance is not a great eater (far from it) yet, he is healthier and has more stamina than I. 

Now it seems they are grasping at straws, and blindly picking a medication and assigning a label.

Any suggestions? 

Thanks, 

Knowla 

 

Hey there, thank you for reaching out. It sounds like you need someone to help overhaul your diet. Without understanding what you are eating on a day to day basis it is hard to say if you are getting enough calories, getting the right amount of calories, the right balance of carbs, protein and fat. Restricting your diet can be just as harmful as eating too much. As you increase physical activity it is important to look at nutrients, depending on your type of activity carbohydrates may be more important in your diet. Fat intake is important, so many people avoid fat, but you really need it. Here is a great link to find a dietitian in your local area: http://www.eatright.org/programs/rdnfinder/