The dog woke us up around 4:30 to go outside and I always have a hard time going back to sleep after being awoken. Age? Regardless, I laid there thinking about all of the things I have been doing and the progress I have actually seen. A thought came to me me; When I went to see my “anti-aging doctor” for the first time he put me on Folate. I have the MTHFR mutation and do not convert folic Acid to the active form of the vitamin, folate is the active form. I take 800 mgs a day of that and I noticed that it helped with my daily anxiety. Not the whole “OMG – something is going to happen” anxiety, but the daily constant anxiety I walked around with in life.
After I started taking the folate and was on the Testosterone cream I started feeling so good, I thought I try to add breads and stuff back into my diet. Maybe I was having gluten issues due to this MTHFR thing. I seemed to tolerate it, but looking back – I never really had the tummy trouble most people do when they are gluten intolerant. I feel it in my joints and my limbs swell and just an over all blah. SO if I look back over time – I can tell you that I have struggled HARD CORE to lose weight since I started on the BHRT protocol. Well, lying in bed at 5AM tring to go back to sleep it dawned on me! Even when I was following a low carb diet I was struggling to lose weight because my daily meals very often included Carb Balance wraps/taco shells. They are wheat based. Lots of additional fiber.
Now that I have gluten back out of my diet – I’m losing weight. I’m still only exercising 30 minutes a day. I’m eating around 1500 calories a day and slowly but surly it’s coming off. I truly feel like I am going to reach my goals this time! The swelling is going away in my hands – they are a bit puffy today, because I had a Mike’s hard lemonade last night and I think that is made with wheat – so those need to stay out of the house.
SO while I can’t say I love waking up at 4:30 – I do love that my brain seems to think all the thoughts at that time of day 🙂
I have a couple pictures to kind of highlight my shape when I am vs when I am not eating gluten 🙂
If you ever see me trying to make excuses as to why it’s OK for me to eat Gluten – STOP ME!!!!