4.29.13

Better a patient man than a warrior, a man who controls his temper than one who takes a city.

Proverbs 16:32
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yellow dye

Confirmed by food experiment that this is my culprit.  Would never have gone that way! I am thankful my dr knows better than me!  🙂 Not sure if there are other culprits, but yellow dye encompasses all my trigger foods other than  inorganic apples.  Hmmmm….

I am so excited to finally move past experimenting and hopefully lose some of the gross bloat weight (yeah, tmi, but well, its fine) I have put on.

Upon researching dyes I have found it is believed that yellow dye can lead to many diseases and behaviors including cancer and ADHD.  If this is true, shame on the companies who would dare put these in foods…especially those that children eat.  I also found that yellow dyes are derived from petroleum.  We sure know how to put healthy stuff in our bodies!

Why are these things in food now when they were not so many years ago?  It is frustrating.

I am in step 1 right now…realizing what is causing my body to react.  The following steps will be to take care of cleaning out the pantry and making it more healthy for the whole family.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tartrazine

4.27.13

I am currently reading “The Power of a Woman’s Words” by Sharon Jaynes.  It is quite convicting and eye opening.  Sometimes I feel as though my opinion is necessary for others to hear so they can see every angle of a situation, see how someone may be hurt by their actions, or see how they may get hurt from someone else’s actions.  All this is true.  There are necessary times for these conversations.  However, I am a woman, and like many other women I like to know what is going on, have some control, be a protector, etc.  I have to learn that I do not need to know the details of every situation, I should never be in control of anything (that is God’s job) and while it is honorable to try to protect, I need to make sure I am not misguided in that approach or trying to take control.  What I need to focus on is using my words for good…building people up, encouraging those that drive me crazy, and speaking Biblical truth.  In other words I need to love others and speak to them as Jesus would.  No small task, but one I would like to improve on daily.

 

Colossians 3:16

Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.

weekly update

The human body amazes me.  So much progress made last week (likely all water weight) and seemingly all because I had no allergic reactions.  I had reactions more days than not this week and almost all of the weight is back on.  People can say what they want about water weight, but when it doesn’t belong there, you want it gone.  It is real weight, it does effect the tightness of clothes and make a stomach unrecognizable.

The dr. is pretty sure that it is yellow dye and carmel coloring and I am pretty sure I agree.  The only unexplained phenomenon right now is apples.  Because I did not test positive to them with the scratch test.  However, so many storebought items that make me sick contain yellow dye.  I have to be better about reading labels.  I did not even expect it to be in italian dressing or vanilla frosting.  Just another reason to make my own food at home.  😉

So I am discouraged again this week after such a success last week.  I still have 10-14 pounds to go to reach my goal.  My workouts are great…have a few intense ones that I love… and if I tape my foot most of the day I can do a lot with it.  There are swelling days and normal days, but in general all is well.  I guess I can say the same about food at this point.  Swelling days and non-swelling days.

I think after the extreme weight losses and gains and swellings my body has been through I can rationalize the point I am at now.  But, no more excuses.  I have a game plan that is healthy, slow and steady, and yellow dye free.  I am hoping the results come now and stay.

Be back next week!