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My Health Care Plan and Action

What am I doing right now? I am four weeks into my new health care plan of action. I am working on my next big goal, and I believe I am right on target for my life purpose and mission.

My goal for this past birthday was to be healthiest I have ever been in my life. What I achieved over this past year (August to August) is getting all my information collected and processed and I am now at the point of action.

I came back from my UK adventure ready, with all the charts, graphs, journals put into a plan. I began.

Pre-week #1
I took all of the processed foods out of my diet
I began to write in my journal and set a pattern that worked
I re-read the Eat to Live cleansing diet for the 3rd time.
I finished off all of the goodies I brought home from my trip
I had a massage for my knee pain so I would not get distracted

Pre-week #2
I dropped 100 calories from my diet
I knew I wanted to be waited on for my birthday weekend so I scripted the food I wished to enjoy on my weekend.
Switched from sugar to whole fruits for sweet.
Dropped my exercise routine in half
Had a massage and facial instead of breakfast in bed and the spa threw in painting the toenails for fun.
Completed JD’s self 2.0 process for the second time.

Week #1
Eating 5 servings of fruit a day, 2 large salads with 6-12 veggies included.
Eating 1 cup of beans per day
Eating 20 raw almonds or walnuts a day
Adding ground flax seed and sesame seed to my food 1Tbsp.
Still having my Kidney Health tea at 4pm (wanting no kidney stones)
Discovered still some dairy products in my food list – removed the items. Also found that my Marion berry Vinegar had corn syrup – removed the item.
Started work on Tom Volker’s employment questions and exercises from his blog.

Week #2
Miss placed my journal and my business check book. Started a new one
Had 2/3 cup cooked long cooking oatmeal on Sunday morning with peach and blueberries
Dropped back exercise to short, short walk because I was feeling light headed, extremely hungry, and grumpy.
Needed to stay very close to the bathroom
End of week used Potassium Broth and made lentil soup to change out beans and alleviate gas and bloating without medications.

Week #3
Had a dinner out this week, made a compensation plan
Stopped the Soy Yoghurt too much pro-biotics!
Had 2 pieces of whole fruit for breakfast and moved apple to afternoon with tea to assist with hunger issues
Back to walking 5.5 miles two days a week.

Week #4
Routine feels like normal eating.
Added 3 days a week 5.5 miles of walking and observed that on walking days I am less hungry.
Made a Glucose Index Pizza with whole wheat and fresh veggies, no cheese, as a treat and to bring balance again to my speedy GI track!
It worked; moved back up a pound in weight.

Successes:

  • Cleaned my system out and discarded all the American Diabetes Diet Information and Glucose Index materials.
  • Have not had swollen ankles, knees or hands for two weeks straight.
  • Have gotten rid of the 18 pounds I gained on the Metformin medication trial. (Took me 7 months!)
  • When I get a headache, I can immediately relate it to what is happening to my body.
  • My bloated face and neck are not bloated anymore.
  • My bloated belly is decreased by 2 whole inches.
  • Only the muscle behind my right knee is contracted and painful.
  • I seem to have an infinite well of patience with myself right now.
  • I can control the crabby behavior.
  • As my walking increases more control of emotions.
  • My meditation practice is deepening and refreshing.
  • My food bill per week has dropped from $50 to $35.

Almost everything I eat is Organic and lots of it is homegrown.

I am not just skirting the edges and being health conscious, I have taken over 100% of the responsibility for my own health and well being. And I am enjoying it.

I am appreciating Julie’s support and all her information sharing via email, and Evita’s good words and good archives section of her blog.

I want to conclude with a comment JD made to me on one of his posts – It was very affirming and energizing to me

I think you’re leading an important path. If there’s one pattern I’m seeing, it’s that more people are becoming their own best doctors and they play a more active role in shaping their own health. DIY (Do-It-Yourself) health seems like a growing practice.

Feel free to stumble or tweet…

Here are some related posts you might also enjoy:
10 Thinks I have Learned About Celiac Disease
Anatomy of a Fat Cell
How we Make Decisions and Changes
Personal Health Records

I am looking forward to your much appreciated comments – thank you.

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26 Responses to “My Health Care Plan and Action”

  1. Talon Says:

    You should be so proud, Patricia. What an accomplishment! And so empowering. Your approach was brilliant.

    I like JD’s DIY healthcare statement.

  2. Cath Lawson Says:

    Hi Patricia – That is brilliant. You have made excellent progress in only four weeks. I have been lazy for the last few weeks and this has inspired me to get off my butt and do some walking.

  3. Vered - blogger for hire Says:

    Wow. Your diet is certainly healthier than mine! You have inspired me to make some changes too.

  4. Julie Says:

    You’ve so much to celebrate, Patricia! The way you’ve outlined your steps and the current results is so motivational—for everyone. You’re very welcome for the encouragement, but don’t for a minute think it’s one-way. 😉 You’re inspiring me to get back on my own track, too!

  5. Patricia Says:

    Talon,
    It is almost lunch time and I am so hungry – I need motivation all through out the day – thank you for your kind words.

    Cath,
    I have been reading and researching since last March when I did the Metformin test and became so ill with depression, muscle spasms, huge weight gain and all over and nausea for 6 days of hell – I have been researching the Food Industry and Food for years…..This is the same diet I was put on in 1971 after having the growths removed from my kidneys – It worked well then (I stopped in 1979 for pregnancy) I believe it will work again now – Walking is my saving GRACE …

    Vered,
    I was dreaming about your Pita bread last night! They just called to say that my free range/organic chickens will be ready for pick up on Monday. My partner needs these to stay healthy, It made my mouth water because they are so delicious. Maybe by the New Year I can have a few of my favorites like chicken.
    I think you have more discipline in your routine than I do
    Thank you for your encouraging comment.

    Julie,
    I am already getting such an energy boost it is great – I can feel that my knee is healing too – oh this would be so wonderful.
    BP has been normal all week and I must figure out when to have another Glucose fasting blood test.
    I wrote to Tom Volkar that I think this is my “big thing”
    I am so glad you were on Twitter Saturday morning…

  6. Evita Says:

    Patricia this is all so fantastic to hear! You made a plan, put it in place and really carried it out so well.

    And the best part is you seemed to have addressed all the important and big things that hinder our health like refined sugars, lack of fresh produce, exercise, etc.

    Ooooo I cannot say how happy I am for you! I loved reading your synopsis of how much changed in your body. I love that because it is always so wonderful I think to see how fast our bodies lean toward a healthy and natural way of life and they have a great way of showing us.

    And the best line Patricia and the one that is going to take you through always was when you said:

    “I have taken over 100% of the responsibility for my own health and well being”

    This is probably one of the best things any of us can do for ourselves if we are serious about changing our health and maintaining ourselves in the best shape we can. So congrats again – you are a shining inspiration…hey speaking of which, perhaps you would like to be featured in the Evolving Wellness in Action section?

    P.S. Thanks so much for the mention :) I am so glad you are finding useful info there and feel free to ask me anytime you have any questions or need any kind of support :)

  7. Patricia Says:

    Evita,
    Thank you for all the kind words and all the research and archives on your site – I’m keeping on coming back and back and roaming around.

    I would love to be featured on the Evolving Wellness in Action Section – thank you for asking.

    Thank you for offering your continued support

  8. Davina Says:

    Patricia, you put me to shame… me… a nutritionist. You are an inspiration. I wish I had your willpower. But then again, when you WANT to do something you will find a way. You’ve shared some great tips here too that will probably help those lurkers who aren’t commenting. Way to go!

  9. Patricia Says:

    Davina,
    Thank you for your great words…no shame- enough of that in the world…No will power at times too! You are a dear!

  10. Mama Zen Says:

    Wow. Seriously, wow! I can’t tell you how much I admire your dedication and discipline.

  11. Tess The bold life Says:

    Hi Patricia,
    Wow you are an example to all. Rock on!

  12. J.D. Meier Says:

    Way to go!

    I really like the fact you shared your plan. It’s an opportunity to combine wisdom of the crowd + wisdom of the experts. It sounds like you’re keeping informed and balancing with your own insights.

    It looks like your approach is very consistent with Dr. Fuhrman’s recommendations.

  13. Patricia Says:

    Mama Zen,
    Thank you, but we will see how it all turns out – health will be the reward I am counting on. But encouragement is what I need. Biscotti just arrived at my house …will power be strong :)

  14. Patricia Says:

    Tess,
    Just following your good example! Thank you

  15. Patricia Says:

    JD
    Thank you for your good analysis – that truly helps. I think I am only cheating on the salad dressing….It is more like 2 tablespoons than 2 tsp. but I am cutting back.

    I am saving the West 4th Hill for my next plateau!

  16. Meggin Says:

    Hi Patricia!
    I also have decided to be healthy this year and since May 5, I have lost 40# and MANY inches. I have quit the SAD (standard American Diet) and am reading labels and limiting sugar (ALL) to only 10 tsp/ day. Believe me, it is hard to do with all our processed foods, but it is worth the challenge! I feel and look much better and I still have 20# left to go. I am able to do water aerobics, work out with weights, really helped my tennis game and even have started Zumba classes! I feel fabulous and I do not crave sugar or carbs like I used to. I am eating lots of fresh foods and I do still eat protein in meat, but have added lots of legumes and nuts to that also. Isn;t it marvelous!
    I also got two new dogs in June who LOVE to walk MILES a day so that helps too~ lol!!
    Hope to see you soon!

  17. Meggin Says:

    BTW, the wonderful spritz salad dressings are very tasty!!

  18. Dot Says:

    This is fascinating and I’m so glad it’s helping you so much. I hope this will continue to improve your health!

    I seem to have missed out on where all this came from, though. I’ve found that information on diet is so confusing and conflicted. Some of the non-traditional information seems not to be very well researched, and the traditional information is suspect because it comes from a government supported by the food industry. Can you talk more about your sources?

  19. Jannie Funster Says:

    Has it really been over whole 4 weeks since you came back from the UK? Seems to me like just a week ago.

    If I were you I’d be very very, very proud and happy with myself and my health its own reward. Amazing plan and results. Inspiring to me too.

    100 calories less day at 365 days. divided by 3500 is 12 lbs of weight loss.

    And ain’t JD one super guy?!?

  20. Evita Says:

    Dot, if I may help a little with your question…. I am sure Patricia will have more to add.

    I know it may seem confusing today as there are a lot of things being thrown at us where diet, nutrition and health are concerned. Is it margarine or is it butter? Drink coffee or not drink coffee and the list continues….

    And you are very right, the traditional info is laden with government and big company influence, like the whole milk thing.

    And in fact this is why I left formal teaching and decided to dedicate myself to helping people achieve optimal health, or at least great health in the most easiest and natural way as a holistic nutritionist.

    So here are a few quick guidelines to make eating and being healthy easy, that don’t need any study approval:

    1. Don’t fuss about ANY numbers – when we eat a natural and diverse diet of wholesome food, all numbers work out. Nature is kind and eating wasn’t meant to be something we need a “degree” in.

    2. Go natural, wholesome and organic when it comes to ALL food

    3. Drop processed food and all fast food, yes this includes refined sugar

    4. Re-condition your mind that healthy eating need not be expensive, hard or time consuming

    5. Fresh fruits and/or vegetables should be the main part of every meal, not the side dish

    I am sure Patricia will point you to Dr. Furhman’s book “Eat to Live” – this is probably one of the best and most comprehensive places to start

    After that the sky is the limit. As people are waking up to a more natural and healthy way of life, the amount of high quality resources just keeps growing…

    Hope that helps, I am also available if you have any other specific questions. Always a pleasure to help in this area – it is my passion :)

  21. patricia Says:

    Meggin,
    Thank you for coming on by and making a comment – I have been monopolizing your comment section on FB – so sorry.

    I thought you looked amazingly healthy on your new facebook picture and now I know you have been working out and taking on a new lifestyle. Sometimes hard to do when running a Restaurant for sure.

    I am so proud of you and all your efforts.

    I am glad you have found what works for you- oh we are amazing women! and change artists

  22. patricia Says:

    Dot,
    I am hoping too this will improve my health. I was a vegan eater in 1971. I married a man with Celiac Disease and produced two children with each variation of the disease. I have been studying food and researching behaviors for food for 28 years.

    I was persuaded when pregnant to eat differently – including meat and cheese ( cheese is something I have never liked or milk) I have always exercised.

    I ground the grains to make the bread.

    I have always wanted to be healthy.
    After my Ovarian Cancer bout in 1994, I kept gaining weight, no matter what I did. I tried Weight Watchers and Gained 24#s…I tried Optifast and was a counselor – gained 81#s as soon as I stopped.

    I did the American Diabetes Diet with a Dietitian for 3 years and have come so close to having diabetes with every passing year.
    I did the Glucose Index program for 9 months. Now I was 100#s over weight…

    I took Metformin for 6 days and gained over 18# was to ill to function so they took me off it – cold turkey

    I am following Dr. Fuhrman’s Eat to Live book and eating what feels right to me. I have needed a couple more days of grains than he has allowed for.

    My body is liking this – with some bad moments (cleaning out days I just have to stay close to a bathroom all day) and some gas problems…I am very slowly losing weight and gaining energy.

    Julie has been emailing me behind the scenes as has JD…

    I have written several book reviews about food books on this site and am currently reading Pollen’s book In Defense of Food.

    I am using my journal and my DS Brainage player to relieve stress in the moments of stress – not waiting until later…

    I am visiting Evita’s blog and especially archives weekly.

    I am going to keep blogging about what I am doing and looking at what everyone is sharing.

    I think getting healthy is my “big thing”

    I get distracted, but I am doing better at getting back on task daily now…
    I think I am writing about 10 posts in this comment.
    I am going to keep sharing here on PW….and keeping posts up to date.

    I am focused on ME, finally after so many years of healing others and cooking for them.

  23. patricia Says:

    Jannie,
    JD is one super guy and his writing info really does work – if you do it!

    Yep! I have been home for quite a while.
    Walking 30 minutes a day for one year is equal to losing 30 pounds a year.

    I think I have been over exercising – 2 hours a day of weights and swimming and 6 days a week for years….and years….

    I do not think I was over exercising for the amount of stress I was enduring and attempting to cope with and retrain.

    I found out about kidney’s and stress hormones – it is no wonder I need to strengthen my kidneys and they give me stones in my pathway…and pain…

    I am just one body – one container

    One fear I had starting out this time, was that because fat cells hold the emotional hormones given off – would I have to feel all those emotions again as the fat cells opened and released.
    The Medical Intuitive said “some” but not all – I could handle that

    My post “I have been there…” was some of that emotional release that just bubbled up when I witnessed something on TV

    Glad to find you here – Thank you Jannie for your comment and I appreciate your support

  24. patricia Says:

    Evita,
    Thank you for sharing with Dot….Yep we do not need all this study we just need to clean up our bodies and eat “real” food.

    I am eating 2Tblsp of Olive Oil a day and 2 Tblsp of vinegar or lemon juice a day on my salads Dr. F. only suggests 2 Tsp. a day – Actually I find if I just eat the carrot and the romaine, and the broccoli and the celery – plain I do not need any dressing at all…and I love my cup of Kidney tea ( which is heavy parsley)

    Julie suggested I just eat lots of little meals and that is helping me too.

    Every eating plan has removed whole fruit – at 5 a day there is no sugar craving at all.

  25. Barbara Swafford Says:

    Hi Patricia,

    You’re awesome. To think you have been planning for this and then to put it into action and have such success. You deserve a huge pat on the back.

    That’s true what JD said about many people using DIY for their own health care. No one knows our bodies as well as we do. And the more we read, the more we find out it’s often what we’ve been putting into our bodies that is making us sick.

  26. Patricia Says:

    Barbara,
    Thank you for coming on by – I really have had 23 years of DIY but of taking care of others. I am being very selfish right now and putting ME #1….all the time – that is the primary difference. I used the 21 days of the trip as my transition to this state of selfishness and it has worked well.