Archive for the ‘Experiences’ Category

Moderation and Frequency of Meals: Podcast Studies

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I just started listening to this podcast called Cut the Fat. I have heard two episodes (out of order) so far and wanted to share what I learned. The first podcast I listened to was a review of a book called Unleash the Power of the Female Brain by Dr. Daniel Amen. I put the book on my to-read list, but meanwhile I will share two things that stuck out from the interview with him. The first was a question of the type of food we put in our bodies (it relates to fueling our brain properly). The interviewer asked something like, Is it OK to just have this one treat every now and then, something like a once-a-month burger and fries? Continue reading

Thyroid Hormones

I am posting this because I have discovered this problem in myself and hope to help others who might be struggling with seemingly unrelated symptoms that could add up to something that you may want to get checked out. In the last few months I have steadily gained weight without changing anything in my diet, have been very fatigued at least a few times a week, am super-sensitive to cold temperatures, and lose more hair than normal. The fatigue part is what made me worried because it has appeared only recently; the hair loss and cold sensitivity I thought was just part of my genes or something and I have dealt with that for years. And the recent weight gain I linked to the fatigue, because whenever I didn’t feel well, I ate, thinking that hunger symptoms were showing themselves in other ways besides stomach growls. And when I felt tired, of course I couldn’t exercise but had to rest instead. So I have been consuming many more calories than I have been expending. No mystery there. But having the continued fatigue and weakness on a regular basis made me think I had a blood sugar problem at first so I went in for bloodwork. Continue reading

What I Learned From My Homeopath

  1. Eat three meals a day instead of snacking frequently all day. This is because when we put time between meals we are giving the digestive system time to recuperate and rest. If you are regularly bombarding it with bits of food all day this rest won’t get to occur. This is going to be hard for me to change. For years I have been a grazer.
  2. Eat more raw food. I actually experimented with this in the last few weeks by keeping a food journal. I noticed that when I ate even a combo of raw and cooked foods, my energy levels dropped in the afternoon and I also wasn’t able to stay awake past 8:30pm. If I had a very small percentage of raw food in a day, I’d be crashing by 6:30pm and would sleep solid until 6am the next morning. On the days I was able to consume at  least 90% raw foods, not only did I not have my 2-o’clock slump time, but I stayed up almost until 10pm and still wasn’t all that tired as I made myself lie down for bedtime! It was awesome. It still is awesome since I am sticking to it now! Continue reading

Favorite Recipes

I have compiled a list of my favorite recipes that I have made recently and even included a few photos. There are resources at the end, such as recommended cookbooks, local Phoenix restaurants with accommodating menu options, and other information. Here is the pdf file:

Annie’s Favorite Vegan Recipes

Heartburn & Hangovers

Not that you should be getting these problems if you are on a clean diet (as in high-alkaline and low-acid) and are a non-drinker and non-smoker. But if you happen to have a slip-up, I forgive you. And I will even be so kind as to share with you what has worked for my own slip-ups in the past. Continue reading