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  • in reply to: Increased blood pressure? #9095
    Finngarian
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    Thank you Matt, I did read the Leningrad post earlier today while looking around for answers. It is really hot where I live right now too and that is probably putting a strain on me as I’m usually quite uncomfortable in the heat. Thank goodness for central air!

    I’ll check it again sometime in the future but won’t worry or obsess over it… good to know that it’s a pretty normal response to refeeding.

    in reply to: The High Cost of Health Care #9049
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    I’m an RN and I have NO IDEA how much procedures and stuff costs. Found out that one simple CT scan will run you about $900. (Son had one in the ER.) We are usually all pretty healthy here and I have a pretty good idea of how much doctor visits and stuff will cost, but the couple of times we had to use the ER we should have taken bets on the total… Inpatient stuff must be horrid, knocking on wood nobody uses that here!

    Off to read the article… perhaps some competition would be good for the rest of us.

    in reply to: Vegemite, Marmite, Promite.. Salty Spreads #9048
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    I put it in something – I can’t remember what now. I think it was a Jamie Oliver recipe. Beef and onion pie maybe? Can’t remember!

    in reply to: 99 and higher temperature #9017
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    I’m there at times, I can feel it when I am :) Pleasantly warm but if it becomes uncomfortable I just have a little water.

    One day last week I was near 99 first thing in the morning, and that was even at the start of my cycle. We might need a Hot Chicks thread soon, Matt!

    in reply to: thinking about quitting #9016
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    My kiddos didn’t sleep either and I really struggled during that time… SBC037 said it exactly – ALL the suggestions to make it better sounded impossible, even trying to arrange a girls’ night out was stressful and overwhelming! It seems like it goes on forever, it really does… now mine are 8 and 6 and sleeping great so I sleep well too… I really suffered when they were little, I wish I’d known to eat more back then but I was terrified of getting fatter… yet here I am, fatter, but feeling so much better… take care of yourself as well as you are able, in whatever way makes sense to you right now, your little ones need their mama to be well.

    in reply to: Insomnia #9010
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    I was taking an over the counter medication (Unisom here in the US) to sleep every night for many years and now I can sleep with no medication.

    I have heard from other people that it can be really hard to stop the prescription sleeping medications, some folks need to carefully and slowly wean off them. If you are looking to get off the benzodiazipines, that can be tricky, I have some information about how to do that safely, it can be difficult if you’ve been taking them regularly.

    I can say that getting my body temperature up has pretty much cured my insomnia. I couldn’t sleep well for probably 15 years at least. I had my children at age 35 and 37 and they were poor sleepers, so I didn’t get much sleep during those years. I wound up with mono that went chronic and felt unwell in general for a long while. I am certain that lack of sleep was a big part of my problem, but the low metabolism actually prevented me from getting good sleep too.

    Finngarian
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    Oh gosh, thanks so much for that Matt. Really lifted my spirits. :) I can’t get over how much better I feel just from eating more. It’s really still quite amazing to me. The other day we’d gotten home from traveling and I didn’t eat like I needed to, and I really felt it later on. So amazing that it was something that simple, after reading and hearing for years and years that fibromyalgia had no cure and I figured I’d never sleep, ever without drugs.

    in reply to: Alcohol tolerance #8867
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    Haha, I’m with you, I’m a cheap date! Was cheap before, still cheap! lol While my weight and temp have stabilized, I really haven’t seen much of a change in this. I did notice that a few glasses of wine turned my hands into lava though!

    Finngarian
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    Yep, I was scared of the gain as well… especially since when I started I needed to lose about 60 pounds already and now it’s more like 80 :(

    However, let me tell you the other things that happened. Perhaps this will help give you the courage to go ahead with this. I now can sleep for the first time, without medication, in about 15 years. I have had lots of symptoms of hypothyroidism and have had fibromyalgia for 20 years. (I am 44 so close in age to you! Also had my kids at 35 and 37.) I am seeing a big reduction in fibromyalgia pain and the fatigue from that is slowly lifting. My moods are much more stable now. Libido is great! My digestion is humming along very well and I can eat just about anything without any issues. My temperatures are consistently running in the mid-high 98’s now, up from 96’s. Sometimes I’m even 99! My hands and feet are warm. The dry skin on my feet that was like velcro and stuck to my socks is going away. My hair and nails are growing like weeds. My skin looks better at 44 than it did at 16. I’m becoming more engaged in life because I finally have the energy to do so. My teeth are even whiter with no help at all from chemicals and a few inflamed areas on my gums have spontaneously resolved. Periods are fine with no PMS and no cramps.

    I’ve put on weight, yes. But please look at all the health changes I’ve listed above. The gain was worth it, IMO. Just having a spontaneous and instant end to the chronic insomnia was HUGE. I’d take the weight gain any day just to sleep. I cannot wait to tell my doctor how I CURED my insomnia. She probably won’t even believe me! I’ve seriously taken medication nearly every night for so many years. I don’t need it anymore. (I did use some while traveling but I don’t sleep well in weird beds… perhaps that will change as well.) And to be taking less medication for all the fibromyalgia pain is HUGE. I can only assume that the weight will come off as my body heals.

    If you need to take it slow, it’s fine, and I’ll be here to support you when you do. :)

    in reply to: Gum Recession #8854
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    I wanted to mention that since I’ve been eating for heat my teeth are whiter and the two spots on my gums that have had chronic inflammation despite not having anything there to make them inflamed, are suddenly completely normal. I noticed that a few weeks ago when I was flossing. I normally have to baby those places with the floss but I don’t have to anymore. And I was a daily flosser too!! That never made those inflamed areas go away.

    But eating a lot of sugar did!

    in reply to: Tiny red dots #8853
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    I’ve got them too and I’ll keep an eye on them and see if they continue to improve like the rest of my problems have!

    in reply to: Spontaneous weight loss? #8850
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    Hello MilaMonster, thanks for your reply. The restrictive eating was no accident – for the past 30+ years I have tried to lose weight on and off, starting at around age 13 when my pediatrician put me on a diet. I then added 5 inches to my height in a year, and my weight was perfect, but the damage (mentally and metabolically) had been done. I’ve had horrible body image since then, always thought I was fat, always kept going on diet after diet and eventually stopping because the weight wouldn’t come off and I was sick of feeling so horrible not eating normally. Of course I didn’t know about raising metabolism back then so I kept trying over and over, then I had two babies and now here I am. If you can call bad body image an ED, then yes, that’s what it was. There was a problem before the mono but I’m sure the mono did not help, it continued to flare up from time to time for at least a couple of years after the daily symptoms went away. I’ve had normal thyroid tests since I was about 20 years old, and now I know that all the hypothyroid symptoms I have experienced all my adult life were from dieting and slow metabolism. Now I finally have a reason why I have felt like shit for so long despite always having normal blood work. All I needed to do was eat. So simple!! I wonder if my doctor would believe me if I told her.

    I really like your analogy of lungs rebuilding themselves, helps me to put things into a different perspective. I did read about the Minnesota experiment and I try to keep that in mind when I start to feel discouraged. I am glad to see so many markers of healthy metabolism, I just really do not want so much fat on my body, that part is discouraging most of all… like I mentioned I am truly very overweight, it’s not just me thinking I am when I’m not. Oh how I wish I could go back to that time when there was truly no problem with my weight and just accept myself the way I was. There are so many things I would enjoy so much more if I didn’t have to lug all of this around with me. I keep trying though! I certainly am engaging in life and not sitting around waiting to be thin in order to do things I enjoy.

    Thanks, and best wishes on your healing journey as well.

    in reply to: Cholesterol #8684
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    Back before I knew better, I’d try eating as little fat as possible in an attempt to lose weight (I’ve always been “too big” even at 5 foot 7 and 145, why???). I would always be STARVING. And not just hungry all the time but a really uncomfortable, hollow-feeling type of hungry. I started adding more fat to my diet about a year ago and I noticed that I felt a lot better… now since Eating The Food I’m eating a LOT more and I just continue to feel better and better physically.

    It is true, I can be very satiated on a meal of sushi – very little fat in that although I tend to choose fattier fish. This also makes me wonder how much our heritage plays in the amount of macronutrients we do the best with. My family comes from about 100 miles south of the Arctic circle so I wonder if it’s just in my genetics to feel better in general on a higher fat diet.

    When I said I felt it was harmful, should have clarified that – diets cannot be one size fits all and going on a low fat diet is what started the 30 year crash in my metabolism. :(

    in reply to: Just Starting Today… questions #8480
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    I’ve been doing this since late February and at first I felt like a car trying to start. Eventually things got
    better and this morning my temp was 98.8, nearly ready to join the hot chicks club! In any case, give it time and be patient, you are already seeing positive changes! :D

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    in reply to: Vegemite, Marmite, Promite.. Salty Spreads #8377
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    Love vegemite on hot buttered toast!

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