Here I am
I've run into a few of you around the board so you'll know that I began this WOE back in September due to pain issues. So far so good! I've seen a huge reduction in pain levels and length of pain flares. But I'm still determining dietary pain triggers and I also have other things that contribute to flares such as cold weather it seems and excessive physical activity.
Being laid up with pain for a few years I put on about 20+ pounds. I've always been very thin and never had to struggle to stay that way, so the new weight was a burden. I'm happy to say I've lost it all with this plant-based diet and I'm back to my figthing weight.
The pain is down and the weight is off but I am left with a body that feels abused, beaten, broken, injured to its core. Prior to this WOE, exercise, even slow walks, greatly exacerbated things so I'm really out of shape, very weak. I started a gentle yoga class in the fall and have mainly been working on flexibilty to this point but gradually I'm able to do some poses and practice them outside of class time. It's helping.
Majority of time outside of work for the past 3 years has been devoted to pain management, in the form of hot baths, cold and hot packs, lidocaine patches, and the occasional pain reliever and muscle relaxer. My dependence on the meds has drastically reduced since I began this WOE, but my daily get-myself-out-of-pain-and-moving schedule still looks something like this:
5:30 am - 10 to 20 minute walk, 30 minute HOT bath, 1 hour of stretching/meditation
Lunchbreak - 10 to 20 minute walk, 20 - 30 minutes of stretching/meditation and lower back exercises
8:00 pm - 10 to 20 minute walk, 30 minute HOT bath, 40 minutes of stretching/meditation, plus ice packs, heating pad, lidocaine patches for the night
Well, pain is drastically reduced but as you can see still an issue and requiring a good portion of my day to manage!; there's definitely room for improvement so I will continue to work on I figuring out what works for me diet-wise. Not much else to say right now so I guess I'll just post my menu for today.
B - green smoothie, heavy on the greens
snack - brown rice cake w/ peanut butter
L - pinto beans and brown rice, 1/2 sm avocado
snack - 5 saltine crackers (bad-got gluten!!) and 10 baked corn chips
D - steamed baby broccoli, potatos mashed w/ rice milk