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Update - Summer 2011
Hi! It has been a long time since I've been on this site! I quit using Sparkpeople in 2010 because of being inundated with email and most of the advice was geared toward people who believed that "diet" food including artificial sweeteners and fats are better than whole foods. I was quite disenchanted with the "medical" advice given out by the "professionals" on this site. It just wasn't for me.

I still do, however, check in once in a while and use the food tracker to make sure I am within a calorie range. I also enjoy seeing my friend's success. Now I'm checking in because I've had yet another eye opening life change! It is amazing how things take SO long to show up. I had the fibro and Hashi's under control - then all at once they knocked me down. I had a frozen shoulder and widespread pain- seeming over night. I was under doctors orders to stay home and rest because he attributed the attack to on the job stress- so my employer decided they didn't want to wait for me to get better. As I was healing (and looking for a new job) this past winter, my doctor was looking into other reasons why I still wasn't better. After testing, he diagnosed gluten intolerance. All of the whole wheat/whole grains that I had been eating to be healthy were actually hurting me and preventing me from absorbing the nutrients in all of that healthy food I was eating.

Now that I have a handle on eating gluten-free, I feel better - however the scale hasn't budged. I am going to begin tracking my food again just to make sure I am in a good range. So on with the new adventure!

Original Intro:
In my quest to find relief from fibromyalgia, somewhere along the line, I found clean eating. It makes sense to me that if your body is full of pollutants, it can't work well. Just as a car can't run with bad gas in the gas tank or oil gunk in the engine.

I kept clean eating in my mind, but never really acted on it until we took a vacation to Washington D.C. with the kids. We ran from day to night, and by the time the weekend was over, I was having trouble with the fibromyalgia in a big way! I knew something had to change. I refused to take any medications for the pain, so my doctor mentioned that dietary changes and exercise had helped others with the fibromyalgia pain. I started reading up on it and clean eating seemed like a good way to go.

It was difficult at first, and my husband and kids were less than thrilled, but in October 2007 we began slowly cutting out as much artificial, chemically altered food as possible from our diets, and replacing it with better choices. The big one was cutting out High Fructose Corn Syrup. That was not as easy as it sounds (check your lite yogurt, reduced fat peanut butter, "healthy" high fiber grain bread, and tomato soup!) Now, about 80% of what we eat is whole, minimally processed and/or organic. My children have each lost 10 pounds. They now choose water instead of pop, and read the labels of foods before they eat anything from a package. I am finally feeling well and have the health conditions under control. So now I'm working on undoing the damage so that I can enjoy the rest of my life. I have lost 38 pounds already, have not suffered from fibromyalgia pain in many months and don't plan on stopping this way of life.

Member Since: 2/13/2008

Fitness Minutes: 825

My Goals:
My goal is to be happy, healthy and enjoy life. When you feel good inside, you look good on the outside, and I want to be RADIANT!

My Program:
Mostly whole foods, or minimally processed. (except for Organic Chocolate Ice Cream ...that's my indulgence!)
Always eat breakfast with protein and whole grains. Drink lots of water.
eat small portions every 3-4 hours 6am until 6 pm.
***ABSOLUTELY NO artificial sweeteners**

Personal Information:
45 years old, from Michigan. Watercolor and pencil artist, mom of 2. Currently hooked on korean dramas.

Working to conquer Hashimotos Thyroiditis, Fibromyalgia and CFS as well as gluten intolerance.

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