Friday, March 6, 2015

Update News!!!!! Immuno88 Reactiv Bloodprint eating ~ 11 months later

  Before                                       Now

Life is about learning and I have learned a lot since my last blog on Immuno88 Reactiv Bloodprint eating. Last time I talked about how my life had changed dramatically but this time I want to talk about what I learned and update you on the changes. 


Quote of the day:

"The food you eat can be either the safest & most powerful form of medicine or the slowest form of poison" ~ Ann Wigmore


On March 19, 2014 I weighed 185 and started eating 100% according to my Immuno88 Reactiv Bloodprint Food Plan. This involved not eating 28 foods and removing all processed food.

My 28 reactive foods

Almonds, amaranth, banana, BEANS - green, kidney, pinto and yellow wax, cantaloupe, celery, cheese, cranberry, eggs, grapefruit, lemon, lime, MILK (cow, goat, almond), orange, pineapple, pork, pumpkin, rice, sesame, tangerine, wheat, YEAST- bakers and brewers


Changes in my weight and inches lost........

March 19th, 2014         185.7 lbs. (goal to lose 50 total)
October 5th, 2014        35.65" lost overall
October 12th, 2014      149.1 lbs (-36.6 lbs no exercise) 
January 26th, 2015      143.7 lbs (-42.0 lbs no exercise)
March 2nd, 2015          144.0 lbs (-41.7 lbs no exercise)
March 6th, 2015           42.75" lost overall 


Changes to my health when I ate 100% on the plan and when I ate 95-90% on the Plan..........

  • Steroid injections to thumb for arthritis so I could work
    • 100% ~ I no longer got steroid injections.
      • On this eating plan I worked solid (meaning approximately 6 days a week, 8-14 hour days) for 10 months before I started getting any pain.
    • 95-90% ~ Got my 1st steroid injection in my thumb February 10, 2015. 
      • Last one was April 8th, 2014. 
        • Usually I got them every time I had to work which averaged out to about 6-8 weeks apart. I didn't work much up to that point.
      • Pain came back within 1 month of going to only 90% of the plan.
  • Arthritic pain in any of my joints
    • 100% ~ None.
    • 95-90% ~ Thumb has started being very painful needing a steroid shot. Joints started to ache late afternoon.
  • Brain fog
    • 100% ~ Is down by 90%....actually within less than 1 week, it was so amazing my head went from feeling like a wet cotton ball to a helium balloon it was awesome. No fearfulness of making a mistake or forgetting what I was told or doing.
    • 95-90% ~ Effected if I am extremely tired, after I eat something I am not suppose to and it is still down by 85%. This could be more from fearfulness of making a mistake than actual need.
  • Simple and complex instructions
    • 100% ~ Remember without having to write everything down.
    • 95-90% ~ When tired must write things down. I review instructions often to not make mistakes.
  • Migraines 
    • 100% ~ Gone and for the 1st time in over 20 years they are more like a dull headache lasting only a few hours.
    • 95-90% ~ Migraines are back lasting 3 days at a time. Only had 2 bouts since mid January but two too many.
  • Thyroid 
    • 100% ~ Calmed down (the blob that moved every time I swallowed is gone) and I can swallow pills again.
    • 95-90% ~ Swallowing is starting to feel like a baby blob is there but still able to swallow pills.
  • Hair
    • 100% ~ Is not falling out like crazy.
    • 95-90% ~ Hair is falling out again. Greg did an adrenal test and starting an herbal plan for this.
  • Energy
    • 100% ~  Rarely get exhausted where I can't move and don't tire as easily when performing tasks.
    • 95-90% ~ After long periods of working need to rest for several days. Fatigue is present.
  • Sleeping
    • 100% ~ Without being in pain.
    • 95-90% ~ Sleeping is being disturb again and I can't sleep longer than 5 hours without back pain.
  • Stomach gas and bloating
    • 100% ~ Is gone.
    • 95-90% ~ Is back especially with gluten and cheese.
  • Elimination
    • 100% ~ Daily.
    • 95-90% ~ Constipation returns.
  • Esophagus
    • 100% ~ Rarely hurts.
    • 95-90% ~ Need to visit Doctor. Esophagus is starting to get painful to the touch at entry to stomach. Am hoping that being on food plan 100% will bring it back down but not willing to take a chance in case my Barrett's Syndrome has gotten worse. 
  • Touching
    • 100% ~ It no longer hurts to be hugged by someone but massages still feel like they are massaging a bruise.
    • 90% ~ Some pain with hugging depending on how tight they hug. 
  • My libido is back
    • 100% & 95-90% ~ Same.
  • Creativity is back
    • 100% & 95-90% ~ Same.
  • Cholesterol
    • 100% ~ Was drastically down.
    • 95-90% ~ Not tested.
  • All inflammatory markers are down
    • 100% ~ Down when tested.
    • 98% ~ Down more and in normal range but had only done for less than 2 weeks before getting tested.
    • 90% ~ Not tested. I started this after the 98% test.


Eating......

  • I ate 100% meaning no foods of the 28 on my list intentionally from March 19th, 2014 till Thanksgiving Day 2014.
    • This included when I was over in Gdansk, Poland sewing on costumes for work.
    • On Thanksgiving I had a small piece of pumpkin pie and yam pie and repeated this on Christmas day.
    • Only a few times have I had issues eating out. They usually forgot and added butter to the steaks and I would be sick for a day.
    • All restaurants have been supportive and many chefs have come out to talk to me personally.
    • I have made more friends everywhere I eat and they remember my needs when I come back.
    • I tweet my experiences with eating and allergy menus
    • My family and all friends are supportive. Even some have fun with it and tease me.
    • Movie theaters use coconut oil so I can have movie popcorn, I always ask to make sure.
  • Started eating 95% to 90% of the eating plan after I got home in early January, 2015
    • Noticed my digestion issues started coming back.
    • Started to not care about eating bad more often than not.
    • My hard wired beliefs started to dissolve the more processed foods I ate.
    • Weight started to climb.
    • Lethargy started to set in.
    • Arthritis started up requiring a steroid injection and continual use of ibuprofen which effects my stomach and throat issues.

Updates Comments and Observations........

  • People are very supportive
    • UPDATE ~ Not all people are supportive. There was a point that a select few started trying to convince me that what I was doing is dangerous. This I found highly amusing as all I was doing was eating organic food, especially no foods with more than 4-5 ingredients and no processed food. Also the more weight I lost and the better I felt some women began feeling uncomfortable and threatened by my new me. I find this sad that weight loss would start such a reaction in another women or significant other.
  • Once I made up my mind to save my life it just was who I became
    • UPDATE ~ I still believe this but notice that when I started eating foods I shouldn't, my brain started to say it's okay just this once which then because twice then thrice.
  • I no longer have cravings of any kind
    • UPDATE ~ Once I started eating off the plan especially processed foods I have started getting cravings that I have trouble controlling. This really causes a concern. What the heck is in the food that would cause me to crave them after I ate them again? It has to be more than my thinking process. It felt like I had no control and the compulsion to have too became disturbing to me.
  • My husband is amazing and very supportive
    •  He is so amazing he took the test as well and when I am crazy busy he cooks meals that I can eat.
  • I have 3 friends doing it as well. Oh wait make that 4 :)
    • UPDATE ~ I have 7+ friends/family now on the plan
  • Each of my friends have noticed changes as well and each is different. Ones asthma has been reduced by a lot.
    • UPDATE ~ Not everyone has had as dramatic of changes I have but they have all had changes and feel physically and mentally better. But to be honest only 1 of them is doing it 100% like myself.
  • I now actually feel like I want to workout
    • UPDATE ~ Due to a shoulder injury I caused upon myself I haven't been able to workout. I did have to take a steroid shot for it February 13th, 2015 and am in Physical Therapy. In a few weeks we'll determine if an MRI and surgery will be required. NOTE TO SELF: DO NOT lean out of bed and try to get your chapstick out from under the bed stand in an awkward position and fall further out of bed. Yeah I did that idiotic move :(
  • I eat what I need, fill up easily and am rarely hungry
    • UPDATE ~ Since I introduced food I shouldn't eat back into my life I now have cravings and want to eat when I am not hungry
  • Life is awesome
    • UPDATE ~ life is so awesome I want to shout from the rooftops "EVERYONE CHANGE YOUR LIFE....DO THIS!"
      • Professionally I got lots of exciting work sewing costumes in entertainment that due to contracts I am not allowed to talk about. My work hours tripled for a 7 month period.
      • This would not of been possible before I started the Immuno88 Reactiv Bloodprint eating plan. My immune system wouldn't of been able to handle this type of continued activity.
  • I can get on the floor and play with my grandson
    • UPDATE ~ now I have a granddaughter so I can get on the floor and play with both of them.


Goals meet........

  • Lost 42 pounds though I go up and down about 2 pounds
  • Hydroxychloroquine with the approval of my RA specialist was reduced to 1-1/2 pills per day. It is my understanding that this was done due to weight loss.
  • Shared this amazing Immuno88 Reactiv Bloodprint methodology helping others to be healthier.


My future goals........

  • I decided not to lose a total of 50 lbs. As I got thinner I noticed that my face started to look older and saggy. No plastic surgery for me. Also my legs got thin...bird looking ;) and my middle refused to get smaller.
  • Eventually be off my Hydroxychloroquine with the approval of my RA specialist, or at least get it down to 1 time a day.
  • Workout daily or at least 3 times a week.
  • Continue to share this amazing Immuno88 Reactiv Bloodprint methodology


Where to from here........

I have gone back to 100% on the eating plan and I will retest this month (March). I am very curious to see if I get some foods back and lose others. But I will randomly for very special occasions eat a tiny amount outside of the plan (example my big birthday coming up). 

The last month and a half has reinforced for me that eating any of the junky food will cause me to over eat them and start the poor eating cycle over again. Also it will kick off my RA and stomach issues. 

So it is very important that I use more self control. I realize that the junk food itself is creating these reactions within my body and brain so I have given myself a break, quite beating myself up but am strengthening the initial thought that starts me wanting to eat it.

I was feeling so good I almost forgot how bad I felt before but now I've had a reminder and it is time to pull myself back in and eat my Immuno88 Reactiv Bloodprint Food Plan.

After the doctor figures out my shoulder issue I will start an exercise program to build muscle so I no longer have bird legs and I won't be so susceptible to injury..

If you want to know know more about the Immuno88 Reactiv Bloodprint plan......
Please contact my son Dr. Greg Abbott who is a Chiropractor and Wellness Way Coach. His background includes being a sports performance coach for elite and professional athletes, a head coach for an elite youth baseball team, an assistant football coach for Lawrence University as well as playing Division I baseball and football in college. 

Greg along with the other talented professionals he works with are blogging, giving free seminars/classes and doing podcasts to meet their mission statement goals. 

Check out and contact Dr. Greg Abbott at: The Wellness Way also checkout his program: twwcoaching.com


Previous Blogs on Immuno88 Reactiv Bloodprint eating
March 20, 2014 Living in a Fog - Catching Up
March 22, 2014 Great Awaking - Are you Serious!
March 23, 2014 What to eat...Oh what to eat
October 13, 2014 YIKES!!!!! Immuno88 Reactiv Bloodprint eating ~ 7 months later


Stay tuned for my next blog which will be after I do the Immuno88 Reactiv Bloodprint retest........


Smiles sprinkled with determination and well-being,
Teri





Monday, October 13, 2014

YIKES!!!!! Immuno88 Reactiv Bloodprint eating ~ 7 months later

Wow...just wow. My life has changed dramatically since the last time I blogged. 


Quote of the day:

The root of all health is in the brain. The trunk of it is in emotion. The branches and leaves are the body. The flower of health blooms when all parts work together. ~Kurdish Saying


Last time I talked about shopping and eating out while doing the Immuno88 Reactiv Bloodprint Food Plan. I call it a plan because heck I don't know what it is. It is not a diet but it is a new way of looking at my eating life and above all it is a new way of feeling.

On March 19, 2014 I started eating 100% according to my Immuno88 Reactiv Food Plan. This involved not eating 28 foods and removing all processed. So you won't have to go back to previous articles, here they are:

My 28 reactive foods

Almonds, amaranth, banana, BEANS - green, kidney, pinto and yellow wax, cantaloupe, celery, cheese, cranberry, eggs, grapefruit, lemon, lime, MILK (cow, goat, almond), orange, pineapple, pork, pumpkin, rice, sesame, tangerine, wheat, YEAST- bakers and brewers


Changes in my weight, etc........


  • March 19th, 2014         185.7 lbs. (goal to lose 50 total)
  • October 5th, 2014        35.65" lost overall
  • October 12th, 2014      149.1 lbs (-36.6 lbs no exercise) 


Changes to my health..........

  • I no longer get steroid injections to my thumb joint so I can work
  • I no longer have arthritic pain in any of my joints
  • My brain fog is down by 90%....actually less than one week, it was so amazing my head went from feeling like a wet cotton ball to a helium balloon it was awesome.
  • I can remember simple and complex instructions without having to write everything down
  • Migraines are virtually gone and for the 1st time in over 20 years they are more like a dull headache
  • My thyroid has calmed down (the blob that moved every time I swallowed is gone) and I can swallow pills again
  • Hair is not falling out like crazy
  • I have energy and rarely get exhausted where I can't move
  • I don't tire as easily when performing tasks
  • Sleeping without being in pain
  • Stomach gas and bloating is gone
  • Daily elimination
  • Esophagus rarely hurts
  • It no longer hurts to be hugged by someone
  • My libido is back
  • Creativity is back
  • Cholesterol is down
  • All inflammatory markers are down


Eating......

  • I am eating 100% meaning I am eating no foods of the 28 on my list intentionally.
  • Only a few times have I had issues eating out. They usually forgot and added butter to the steaks and I would be sick for a day.
  • All restaurants have been supportive and many chefs have come out to talk to me personally.
  • I have made more friends everywhere I eat and they remember my needs when I come back.
  • I tweet my experiences with eating and allergy menus
  • My family and all friends are supportive. Even some have fun with it and tease me.
  • Movie theaters use coconut oil so I can have movie popcorn, I always ask to make sure.

Comments and Observations........

  • People are very supportive
  • Once I made up my mind to save my life it just was who I became
  • I no longer have cravings of any kind
  • My husband is amazing and very supportive
  • I have 3 friends doing it as well. Oh wait make that 4 :)
  • Each of my friends have noticed changes as well and each is different. Ones asthma has been reduced by a lot.
  • My son Greg, the chiropractor and the one who administers the test is amazing and very supportive walking through each phase of my journey making necessary adjustments to keep me moving forward. Check out and contact Dr. Greg at: The Wellness Way also checkout his program: twwcoaching.com
  • I now actually feel like I want to workout
  • I eat what I need, fill up easily and am rarely hungry
  • Life is awesome
  • I can get on the floor and play with my grandson


Where to from here........

I am continuing with the eating plan and I have hopes that when I retest next March that I will get some foods back. But to be perfectly honest I don't miss the foods as much as I thought I would. Once I got rid of the sugars and junk I felt so much better that even if I could I don't plan on going back to eating them. I know for me that eating any of the junky food will cause me to over eat them and start the poor eating cycle over again.

Feeling this good is worth watching what goes into my mouth.

Now I am ready to start an exercise program but 1st I need to get through traveling to Poland to sew costumes for Disney On Ice for 2 weeks and about 6 weeks of sewing for the Circus. So looks like mid-January I am ready to build some muscle.

My future goals........

  • Lose 14 more lbs for a total of 50 lbs.
  • Eventually be off my Hydroxychloroquine with the approval of my RA specialist, or at least get it down to 1 time a day.
  • Workout daily or at least 3 times a week.
  • Continue to share this amazing Immuno88 Reactiv Bloodprint methodology

Stay tuned........


Smiles sprinkled with excitement and well-being,
Teri






Sunday, March 23, 2014

What to eat...Oh what to eat

Trauma Tuesday
Tuesday before I could decide what to eat I decided to go through my kitchen to remove all I couldn't eat before heading to the store. Or should I say Kayce went into action. Well actually I would have to say she kicked butt because occasionally I had to sit while she went through everything. 

We went through all my food and medicine cabinets, refrigerator, and freezers. Seriously I can't believe how much was expired and how reading the labels opened my eyes. By the time we were done there wasn't much left. We did make a shelf for Phil when he is home. Let's just say the food up there takes a footstool for me to access. In the refrigerator we put rubber bands around bottlenecks and pink duct tape on lids so I could quickly see what I could use. All I have to say is thank goodness for large trash and recycling containers.

 

Now it was time to shop. I really love road trips to Madison usually I stop at Barnes and Noble to see Kat, Panera to see Josh, then head to Whole Foods Market and last but the yummy best Starbucks for the drive home. Surely, one more day wouldn't hurt so I decided to eat foods I couldn't have anymore. Yummy gluten free chocolate muffin with chocolate frosting, mexican food, I got so full that I couldn't get Starbucks.

Whole Foods Market has a great selection of organic foods I use for my anti-inflammatory and gluten free diet when I choose to follow it.  First isle we hit was the salad dressing and as you all know there are a lot of selections. Fifteen minutes later between the two of us we found two bottles that I could use, a type of vinegar and oil based. Really my least favorite salad dressing and now something I have to get use to. 

We spent almost two hours in the store reading labels and putting it back. It hit me hard that this was going to be the hardest thing I have ever done. Serious depression set in with all the things I couldn't do. Which having spent my whole life fostering the belief that I could do anything made me want to lay down and cry. Thank goodness I don't like scenes in public. It was time to go home I was done for this day.

Wednesday I discovered eating at home by yourself isn't hard when you have the correct food available but it is hard to make it taste good. Looks like I’ll be researching the internet and Pinterest for menu ideas and reading blogs to shorten my learning curve.

Later that night was girls bowling league and I wasn’t looking forward to finding something to eat as that was part of our ritual. My BFF, Kathy talked to the kitchen to see what oils they use for frying. No French fries, wrong oil. So after much thought, I got a grilled hamburger patty, lettuce, tomatoes and topped it with ketchup, after I checked out the label. Seriously you can't imagine the people that asked me what I was eating and asked how could I eat it because it was boring. Oh well to be honest it actually tasted good.

Thursday was quit a challenge Kathy and I went shopping to Janesville and out to lunch. Yes I said out to lunch. I decided that Famous Dave's BBQ might work as they had chicken, salad, vegetables. Wow imagine our shocked when I asked to see the BBQ ingredients and she mentioned they had an allergy menu. That was great so I pulled out my paper with the 27 reactive food restrictions and started comparing it with the menu. Who would of imagined it would take 20 minutes to find something I could eat.

This greatly upset me because there was a time I dated a man who was such a picky eater, no one I knew wanted to go out to eat with him. I swore I would never eat with someone like that again. Wow shock of all shocks I am now that person.

So I played it safe and ordered broasted chicken but would pull the skin off with the seasoning that I couldn't have, steamed broccoli and corn. I made sure they didn't put any butter on those. When the food was delivered I noticed the corn on the cob was shiny. I asked if there was butter on it and she said they hadn't put butter on it. I asked her to check because when I touch it, my fingers were slippery. She came back with an apology saying they soak the corn in water and butter. Kathy's husband was happy that day and Kathy was also because she got my corn bread. But seriously, kudos to our waitress Paige, for all her patience and understanding. She earned her 25% tip.

Starbucks was not an option so I drank too much soda before and during lunch. Wow not a good idea. All that sugar made me sick and bloated. I am banning myself from soda even though it wasn’t on my list.

So eating out is a challenge and I will need to look at menus online and see what ingredients are listed. After looking at the allergy menu and believe me they were very thorough, they even had the spices on it, I realized there are so many hidden allergens that we are not aware of in general.


Good things have been going on, I lost over 3 pounds already but Greg increased my calorie intake so I wasn't losing too fast and getting light headed. And dare I mention this out loud. Yes I must. Those who know me know that I don't like displays of body functions, passing gas, burping or discussing bowel movements. So I am breaking my unspoken rule to say, all my life I rarely had one bowel movement in two weeks and was always constipated.  Now I am having regular ones daily. So I am celebrating these two good things that come out of this week.

Smiles sprinkled with love,
Teri


Quote for the day

"Any change, even a change for the better, is always accompanied by drawbacks and discomforts." Arnold Bennett


Saturday, March 22, 2014

Great Awaking - Are you Serious!

In my last blog "Living In A Fog - Catching Up" I mentioned that something major had happened Monday that brought me back to blogging.  I received results on some blood tests I had done and was impacted more then 1999 when I was told I had Sj√∂gren's syndrome, RA, and Lupus. Even more than quitting my job due to my health issues in March of 2010 and was unemployed with no new job to go to.

Since the end of 2011 my health has reached a happy plateau with nothing major, I am working in costuming and loving the travel involved. My family is doing great with everyone healthy and happy. I have an amazing life with the exception that I can't lose weight it keeps fluctuating 5-8 lbs with me reaching my all time high, eating was causing me issues where I'd feel bloated, in pain and exhausted. Oh and the big one....my hair was falling out again. 

This last year I have spent a lot of time talking with my son, Greg and his wife Miranda, who are both chiropractors, about these problems and frustrations. We spent many days trying to figure it out while talking about my eating, sleeping and exercise habits. In January, Greg went to work for The Wellness Way where they specialize in Functional Medicine. After sharing my history with them they setup an appointment to meet me and ordered tests on thyroid, ferratin, hormones, cortisol, Vitamin D, and immuno 88 bloodprint for food reactive sensitivities. So I took my tests and patiently waited for the results. 

Last Friday we got part of the tests with areas we need to work on but nothing that was earth shattering. All of this would be addressed further at my appointment. Then Monday Greg got the results of the immuno 88 bloodprint. 

I love the way he presented my shocking (to me) results. The son I raised became the Dr. filled with understanding, compassion, and encouragement that everything would be okay. With a promise that The Wellness Way and my family would be there to support me. That as hard as this would be in the end I would be the healthiest I have ever been. I don't think he has seen or heard me cry in a long time and it warmed my heart that he listened patiently as I cried. And honestly I wanted to be stronger than I was but I was so shocked to see that I tested reactive to 27 out of 88 foods. Even more heartbreaking to me was the foods that I needed to give up in order to heal my body were the things that I enjoy the most. 

My 27 reactive foods
Almonds, amaranth (heck who knows what this is), banana (My sister Tamie will be happy about this), BEANS - green, kidney, pinto and yellow wax, cantaloupe, celery, cheese (excuse me I live in WI...the dairy state), cranberry, EGG (what no baked products, omelets or frittata), grapefruit, lemon, lime, MILK - cow, goat, almond (again excuse me I live in WI...the dairy state), orange, pineapple, pork, pumpkin (my favorite pie of all time), rice, sesame, tangerine, wheat, YEAST- bakers and brewers (Dang no more homemade cinnamon rolls but I can still bake them).

This is a horrible life change for me. I LOVE Starbucks and the one thing I would never give up is ice cream. Guess again. Also do you realize how many things have gluten, egg or milk products in them. All my candy, baked goods, Starbucks, ice cream, pasta.... BREATH.

My way of dealing with these kind of issues is first to cry so after I got off the phone I cried through the night. Then my second thing I do is talk about it and externalize it. So I posted to my Facebook friends that I was having a meltdown and why, knowing that they would support me and help me to move forward. My Facebook friends have never let me down that way. People started sharing that they had similar eating/health issues, others started praying for me and many started messaging me privately sharing recipes, websites, and some of their experiences. 

While I walk this path of healing it is my greatest desire that I can show others that there is hope and that there is a life on the other side of all of this. It is my mission in life to make a difference in any small way that I can. 

Smiles sprinkled with thoughtfulness,
Teri 

Quote for the day

Feeling sorry for yourself, and your present condition, is not only a waste of energy but the worst habit you could possibly have. - Dale Carnegie