Heavy Metal (Toxicity)

I was listening to the ketogenic girl podcast a few days ago.  fast keto podcast  Check it out, BTW, the is lovely and has interesting content.  Anyhoos, I was listening to episode 50 which was all about breast implant sickness.  Now, I don’t have breast implants.  But I do like learning just for the sake of it.  As the lady described her symptoms my interest was increasingly peaked.  Aches, pains, chronic fatigue.  She mentioned that any implant in the body could cause a debilitating autoimmune response.

Lightbulbs started going on over my head.  I had a bunionectomy done when I was only 11 or so.  Years of dance and genetics meant I was the unfortunate kid with horrible feet that were flat and deformed with big bunions.  Cry a little tear for me, please.  Well, it was in vain because that bunion grew back.  Oh yes.  So now I was left with a big, unsightly bunion with a gnarly scar and two steel/nickel screws embedded in my bone.

All this time I have struggled with chronic fatigue and a weird array of symptoms.  I’ve developed celiac’s disease.  I’ve had issues with my thyroid.  I’ve been anemic.  I’ve had random bouts of hair loss.  All this time I was trying to detox my body and I have been quite possibly being poisoned from the inside out.  Lovely.

I started googling and learned that most metal implants at the time were stainless steel bonded with nickel and other metals.  Nickel is carcinogenic.  Nickel is proven to cause inflammation and auto-immune issues.  Another dot that I connected is the fact that I have a contact allergy with most metals.  I can’t wear jewelry without my skin burning and even things like metal buttons on my clothes bother me.  That’s a major sign of toxicity.  ://thesmartchoice.com/autoimmune-diseases-metal-implants-devices/

I visited a podiatrist as a woman on a mission.  He x-rayed my foot and suggested a far more complicated procedure than I wanted.  Titanium plates and screws.  Image result for hell no gif

I politely asked to skip any more metal.  Please and thank you.  He agreed to go in, shave down the bone, and remove those blasted screws.  It won’t fix the root of my foot (teehee) problem but it will a. Make my foot less hideous and b. get the metal the heeellll out of there.

Will it improve my health?  I am cautiously optimistic.  I am reasonably hopeful.  I believe it enough to go under the knife.

My surgery is scheduled for the 19th of December.  I actually pretty excited.  I’ll be out of commission and unable to HIIT my workouts (I’m so punny, I know) for about 6 weeks but I’ll find a way to manage. 😉



Age in Reverse

Yesterday I came across this photo of my husband, his mother, and I from 2011.  This was 7 years ago.  I would have been 24 or 25.  Still a youngin’ by any reckoning.  I was taken aback though, because I seriously look younger now, at 31. oldcicic

Yes, I know, my husband is really tall.  It leads to awkward hugs and a constant battle over the driver seat settings in our cars!

At the time I was dealing with severe chronic fatigue.  It was starting to dawn on me that I had celiacs disease.  But it took a long time to give up wheat.  It took time to grieve the fact of all that I had to give up.  I loved pizza and pasta and sandwiches…and just eating like a “normal” person.  Plus, at the time, the gluten free options were limited and pretty gross.

I knew my potential future though.  I come from a very large Irish Catholic family and virtually all of my dad’s 10 sisters had MAJOR auto-immune health problems.  Lupus, celiacs, hashimotos, R.A. just to name a few.  I didn’t want to live sick and die young.

I gradually made changes as I learned.  I went from eating a standard american diet to a more natural anti-inflammatory diet.  I cut back on sugar (I was a major sugar junkie!) till I eventually cut it out together.  I also have to avoid preservatives, MSG, carageenan, nitrates and soy lecithin.  If I eat any of these triggers I will feel like absolute death.  My body is just hyper-sensitive to inflammation.

Instead of feeling sorry for myself because I have to eat a very limited diet, I choose to see it as a gift.  It forces me to be accountable and eat well.  I mostly embarked on my health journey in order to feel better.  I’ll be honest, I’m not there 100%.  I still have days were I feel exhausted.  I still slip up and eat food I shouldn’t.  But I’ve come so far.  My health issues started me on a path not only towards healing, but towards optimized health.  The journey has been tough at times, but I’ve learned so much along the way.  For that I am grateful.

Not to toot my own horn (ok, maybe a little!) but I think I look younger now then I did then.  When you take care of yourself, it shows.  Especially as you get older. 20180510_0909142132568400.jpg

Make smart choices to feel better today.  Make those smart choices into your habits and routine.  Those smart choices will have a cumulative effect, one of them being a more youthful appearance, and who doesn’t want that?!