"Let thy Food be thy Medicine and thy Medicine be thy Food" - Hippocrates

Monday, June 9, 2014

Stress & Fatigue: Is it Adrenal Fatigue or Starvation?

Sorry guys for not posting in a long time. My health has been all sorts of crazy lately. I've been super stressed and super fatigued.

Which brings me to another conclusion I have. Obviously I don't have food sensitivities. I know I do have low stomach acid. But what if my problem isn't exactly what I'm eating. What if I'm not eating enough?

I hate thinking that I could have an ED, but it's starting to make more sense to me. Sometimes I really can't eat enough, but the weeks that I do eat enough, my energy levels are better than usual.

I thought I had adrenal fatigue, which is when you're fatigued despite having lots of sleep. My energy is also a lot higher during the nighttime rather than in the morning. Which is not fun. Not at all.

It's almost unbearable to live this way. I have no motivation. No energy. It's a vicious cycle that I'm living in right now, and I refuse to keep living this way.

Now I don't remember exactly how I came across this, but I started researching and discovered that maybe all my health problems are from not eating enough. I mean, I know there are plenty of times where I definetly don't eat enough. Sometimes it's from stress and other times it's from my stomach problems. Which is what frustrates me most. If I'm hungry then why does my stomach hurt to the point where it prevents me from eating? It makes no sense at all.

But it could be from all the years I spent in high school and became super stressed out. Cause when I'm stressed, I do not eat whatsoever. I believe this is what led me to having low stomach acid. And I believe that not eating enough has caused my energy to plummet.

If you have adrenal fatigue, I suggest visiting this link:  https://gokaleo.com/2013/01/25/adrenal-fatigue-as-a-cover-for-starvation/

This is how I discovered that maybe I'm just not eating enough and maybe you aren't either. Hopefully we'll figure this out and beat whatever we're facing.

Monday, April 28, 2014

Food Intolerances & Allergies: You Most Likely Have 'Em

Do you suffer from stomach distress, insomnia, weight problems, or even constipation/diarhea? Does it seem like you've tried everything but can't find a rememdy.

Well, you might just be suffering from a food allergy/intolerance.

A lot of you might know by now that I deal with a lot of health problems. And by a lot, I mean a helluva lot.

My problems started when I was 14 and randomly dropped 15 pounds with no real cause. I even lost this weight before I went vegetarian, so my mom was still feeding me back then. Shortly before or after, I started having horrible PMS and developed rosacea.

It's been a few years later, and I now deal with even more problems. My teeth are decaying. I deal with adrenal fatigue, constipation, and horrible stomach aches.

I've tried literally everything. Eating more. Going gluten free. Adding more magnesium. Taking bentonite clay. I've tried all the obvious ones, but I think I've finally found what's wrong with me.

About a few months ago, I started digging into intolerances, and my symptoms lined up really well with them. I knew it couldn't be corn or soy because I honestly don't eat much of those two food groups at all.

I tried going gluten free for two weeks, but nothing seemed to change. I did go dairy free for a few days at that time, but I wasn't keeping a food diary. Now I'm back onto keying in on diary cause I'm starting to beleive it's a lactose intolerance.

Which leads me up to a few weeks before. I was doing really great with my diet, eating nothing but homemade foods. I ate nothing processed at all and no gluten. The only dairy I was consuming was butter.

But I still didn't feel right. I still kept getting stomach aches. So then I cut dairy out for a few days. I can't quite remember if I felt much better, but three days in, I stepped on the scale and had gained two pounds.

I thought to myself, how is this possible? I never gain weight that easy. I didn't even eat that much food! And mind you that on Easter, I stuffed myself with over two-thousand calories and dropped a pound! I didn't eat nearly that much on the day I stepped on the scale and gained weight.

I also found myself sleeping easier. Instead of tossing and turning for two hours, I fell asleep within an hour.

So could it be a lactose intolerance? Quite possibly, and that's why I'm going dairy free, starting tomorrow. If I gain over 5 pounds without even trying hard, I think I'll have found my answer.

Hopefully this will be a light in the tunnel to reversing my helath problems, and hopefully, if you suffer like I do, you'll look into food intolerances/allergies and find your answer as well.

Do you have a food intolerance? How and when did you discover it?

Friday, March 28, 2014

Peanut Butter Dough Recipe

So I had an ingenious idea today.

I've been needing ways to incorporate more healthy foods and calories into my diet, and so far, I've figured out that I should eat a good portion of my calories from fruits and vegetables. Next in line comes legumes.

I have it planned down to eating about 500 calories in fruits and veggies. Another 500 in smoothies. Another 500 in home cooked meals. So where would I get another 500 calories from?

Well lately I've been needing some type of food to take to work. I'm really picky about what I eat there. We do have a microwave, but sometimes certain foods just don't appeal to me. I know, I'm weird.

But I had a brilliant idea while sitting at work. What if I could take peanut butter and mix it with some type of flour? Wouldn't that make a dough, per say?

Well, I tried it, and it's brilliant!

If you mix your favorite peanut butter, and whatever preferable flour you choose. I personally chose oat flour because I'm trying to steer clear of wheat as much as possible.

And voila! You got yourself a peanut butter dough! Kind of like cookie dough, but obviously not cookie dough.

You can add whatever you want to this dough. Protein powder. Chocolate chips. Whatever floats your boat. And you can make the dough as stiff or as light as you'd like. That's the beauty of this recipe! Any recipe that's easily changeable is my kinda recipe.

And you know what else? It's easily fixable in under 5 minutes! Bonus points there.

Plus, you can make as little or as much as possible without doing crazy measurements and scratching your head! Just add flour until it makes a doughy consistency. Beautiful, ain't it?

Now I just need to add some pictures.

Anyone else have simple recipes like this? Preferably snack ones. Sharing is caring!

Monday, March 10, 2014

Acne & Rosacea: Make-up Tips

For someone who has long dealt with rosacea, I thought I should give my own tips for those of you who are struggling to find balance with such red skin.

My very first tip to give you is to ditch your commercial make-up. No, seriously, do it. First of all, you have no clue what's in that stuff. So many toxins that are aggravating your rosacea even worse. If you don't believe me, I am directing you to my post on scary ingredient in face wash. You need a kick start in opening your eyes to the world: http://kaistclaire.blogspot.com/2013/07/scary-ingredients-in-face-wash-acne.html

If you can handle it, I highly highly suggest to go without make-up for quite a while. This may be easy for some of you if you're in high school and have summer coming soon. But if you have a job, it might not be an option for you. But don't worry, you don't have to ditch make-up altogether to heal your rosacea.

Now that you understand how important it is for you to ditch your crappy make-up, it's time for you to find new make-up. I advise you to go on etsy.com and search on there. Lots of lovely ladies on there have developed some all-natural vegan cosmetics. I've used the brands The All Natural Face as well as Willow Tree Minerals. I highly recommend both.

Why vegan make-up? Do yourself a favor and not harm the animals. Not only are you harming them by buying L'Oreal, who tests on poor animals and makes them suffer, but you could be allergic to those animal products that may be in the make-up. You never know.

So now that you've gone all-natural, I have a few tips.
This one is super important. Do NOT use concealer to cover your rosacea. Just don't do it. It's an awful idea. Not only does it make your face heavy, but it makes it super oily. That was my first mistake with trying to cover my red skin. So what do you do instead? Just cover it with foundation. No, seriously, it works. Try it.

Second of all, use an oil to clean off your make-up. It works wonders. I discuss this here: http://kaistclaire.blogspot.com/2013/09/rosacea-acne-coconut-oil.html

Okay so maybe I lied, I didn't really discuss it there, but I did cover the topic of moisturizing your skin.

And I believe that's all I have to say about make-up for right now. Hopefully you find this useful.

Friday, March 7, 2014

Happiness: A How To Post

So you've found this blog. There's only one reason you found it: You're unhappy. Or maybe you're trying to cure your rosacea, but that's beside the point.

It sucks to be stuck in that inbetween space. The space where you feel like nobody gives two craps about you and you also don't give two craps as well. You count all the unlucky shit that happens to you. You expect the worst and receive the worst.

I know. I've been there.

So how do you get out of this space?

Maybe you're unhappy because you haven't reached your dreams, hate your job, feel unloved. You basically feel so paralyzed that you don't know what to do.

Well there's only one thing you can do. Stop comparing. Yes, I mean it. I know you do this. I did this way too often. I compared my unlucky streak to the brats around me who got everything in return for giving nothing. Why can't I be that lucky?

To be honest, I bet those people who are so-called lucky aren't so happy either. They just don't express it, and I guess, neither do we. They're a different type of unhappy. A selfish unhappy where they refuse to see how good they have it. Maybe they're tortured by how they got to this point. I don't know. We'll never know.

But all you can do for yourself is get up. Stop laying in bed. Don't think about other people's luck. Just don't. In your head, think about the one thing that makes you happy. It could be anything. A person. A hobby. A pet. You know there's a reason for your existence even if it's not that clear.

Weeks ago I was in your position. Feeling totally worthless and purposeless. Then I had a very scary moment of my life and almost had all my opportunities wiped out from underneath me. I thought about all the stuff I wouldn't have been able to do with my life. All the things I would miss. Most importantly my chance to become an author.

No, this doesn't just automatically happen. It'll take some time. Don't worry. It's okay to be unmotivated and not do things, but don't let this last forever. Give yourself some time to evaluate your life. Think about the things you want to accomplish.

Want out of your corporate job? Then think about your passions. What could you do that could get you out of this corporate job? Aim high in life.

Do you hate living with your parents? One option is college. Not for everyone, but if you have a passion that requires college, then go for it. Or get a job. Something that pays decent enough and room with someone. Do yourself a favor and stop living unhappily.

Maybe your depressed becomes your dreams haven't come true. But there's a reason why we don't accomplish things so fast. If we didn't struggle as much as we do (like authors), then we would have nothing to prove in the end. We would have no hard work to show off to everyone.

I know it seems like the light is so far away, but trust me, it'll come. I once thought I'd never see the light, but I see it heading my way now. It's calling my name, and I'm seeing the opportunities ahead of me.

So here's two quote for you to help your depression:

A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.
-Lao Tzu

If life was easy, where would all the adventures be?