MLACS: An Update

So I wrote my previous post a month ago. I hired the coach I spoke to because he is very knowledgeable about the hormonal issues I’m dealing with and uses diet, lifestyle and supplementation to heal the body, along with working closely with functional medicine docs. He wrote me a program, which at this point consists of an anti-inflammatory diet and a boatload of supplements–I take about 50 pills a day and that’s not including all the powders and things I have to drink!

I dropped 14 lbs in 4 weeks, even with my Thanksgiving “cheat”. The crazy part is I dropped 11 lbs in just 2 weeks–so much water I was holding due to inflammation. It’s ALL about my food, because I’m not exercising at all. I’m just working on healing my endocrine system.

I’m gluten-free *and* dairy-free now, for the forseeable future. Gluten was obviously not a problem (I’ve been gluten-free for 7 years) but it has been an adjustment going dairy-free again (I was dairy-free for like 11 months of breastfeeding and prior to that was dairy-free for about 10 years as a bodybuilder). Luckily “paleo” and “whole 30” diets are popular now so there are lots of great recipes out there that are GF/DF. I made paleo sweet potato casserole and a paleo pecan tart (pictured) for Thanksgiving.

I’m still making food for my family, but I have to eat what’s on my program. BG is old enough to notice and I’ve explained to her that Mommy is doing her best to be healthy so I have to eat the foods that are best for me, to which she responded “So you can live a long time and be here for your babies!” And I said “Exactly!” It’s sad that she worries about me dying young, since my Mom died before she was born. She always tells me to stay healthy so I can be here to help her with babies when she’s a Mom (she’s obsessed with being a Mom).

Truly, I will do ANYTHING to be healthy for my kids (and future grandkids) ❤.

It’s a lot of work though, taking care of myself (high maintinence as I am). On top of caring for everyone else. Especially during the holidays. During a pandemic.

I’m teaching BG virtual kindergarten, while also trying to entertain and enrich my toddler LS. We don’t go anywhere due to Covid, so it’s just me and the girls at the house all day–no trips to target/grocery store/parks/the gym/the mall, etc. And now the weather is cold and wet (rain yesterday, snow today!) so we don’t get to play outside every day. I’m having Mr. MLACS install a swing and a trapeze in the playroom and we have mats, so we can have “recess” indoors.

Will write more later (will share holiday ideas to entertain kids). Gotta go!

XOXO,

MLACS

MLACS: A New Chapter of Chronic Illness

Well guys, maybe you thought my troubles were over since I’ve lived the last 3 years post-colectomy in relative peace health-wise. But no! I’m back with a brand new chapter in the neverending story of my medical trials and tribulations.

My hormones are ALL f*d up.

I knew they were “off” as my TSH is higher than it has been in years, I’m lethargic and I can’t lose weight. I went to see a “hormone guru” NP that some moms in a local fb group recommended. Had labs done and had a follow up visit last Thursday. I was completely unprepared for the news I received.

My hormones are all very low. Progesterone, estrogen, testosterone, DHEA, and Free T3. But most disturbingly my cortisol is very low and my insulin is fairly high. The NP was quite concerned and prescribed me several supplements including pregnenolone, berberine, ashwaganda, and DHEA. She also said my B vitamins are low. And she told me to eat a high fat diet and eat at least every 4 hours.

Part of my current problem stems back to my adolesence when I was diagnosed PCOS. My sex hormones have always been imbalanced, with evidence being facial hair, long cycles, skipping periods, easy weight gain/difficult weightloss, and extremely low progesterone (which probably caused my first miscarriage).

And as for the cortisol, I have been on high dose corticosteroids (which mess up your adrenal glands) too many times at very high doses and my adrenal glands have shut down. Which is dragging my entire endocrine system down. Screwing up my thyroid.

I’m told my body is in crisis mode.

I had no f*ing idea.

I’m a 40yr old mother of 2 small children. Everyone expects you to be tired and sore. I thought I was just getting older and recovering slower postpartum after having LS in 2019. I’m not in pain. I’m functional as long as I have a steady stream of caffeine. I thought I was doing just fine.

I was shocked and it was a lot to absorb. I knew I needed a diet and exercise plan, so I called a friend who is an expert in the health and wellness industry and she pointed me to her own coach, who she said is a “hormone guru”. I wasted no time contacting him and set up a phone call for Sunday. We’ll see what he says.

XOXO,

MLACS