Archive for February, 2010
Looking back through this blog I’ve seen myself go through many changes. Changes range from lifestyle to physical to mental changes….and many more in between. I’ll admit, sometimes after reading through my posts and seeing what I’ve written, seeing what happened, and/or seeing where I am now, I feel like I look like an idiot who can’t decide what I want to do. Meh That’s the bad part of a blog I guess. You expose yourself. The good and the bad.
For over 1.5 years I’ve been a lacto-ovo vegetarian. I guess you can say I’ve succeeded in that change I blogged about. I like it and it’s worked for me. About a year ago I entertained the idea of taking that another step further and making a change to a “raw diet.” (I hate to use the word diet, because it’s not a “diet.” If you think about it, anything that you eat is your diet.) A raw diet is where you don’t eat anything that’s been heated/cooked. Technically it’s a form of vegan diet. Basically a lot of veggies, fruits, and nuts. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not a chincy diet. You’d be amazed at the combinations and recipes out there.
I love being a vegetarian. At the same time I’ll be the first to tell you, it’s easy to be an unhealthy vegetarian. As with my running, I’ve let my eating habits slip. I’ve gained weight and just feel blah overall. I want to feel healthier again. That leads me to the moment where I am now. I think I’m ready to try a raw diet. Since Monday I’ve been attempting a raw food diet. So far so good. This isn’t something I can do cold turkey like going vegetarian. However, I’ve done very well maintaining raw until a few pieces of candy each night.
So why am I doing this? The answer: why not? My other reasons -
I’d like to re-align my body to become healthier. If you think about it, I’m already halfway to already being raw by being a vegetarian. Even if this doesn’t stick maybe it can help with being a healthier vegetarian.
It’s been shown that going raw can help with chronic problems/diseases. I’m all for trying “holistic” options.
I don’t like to make food and actually go through the process of eating. I know, that sounds crazy. If I didn’t have to feed myself, and could receive my food through IV, I’d be happy. Don’t get me wrong, there are foods that I like, but it all just seems like a hassle for me. So the way I look at it, the easier it is, the less I have to eat, the better. I don’t want/like my life to revolve around food.
Although this will sound contradictory to my last statement, changing my diet may allow me to try different foods I may have never thought to try. I may not want to work for my food, but I’m always willing to try new things.
Going raw can also help with weight loss. Although this isn’t my main goal, I’ll take it if it comes.
I think it’s funny that my diet is basically what our Russian Tortoises eat. Heck, no veggies and fruit will go to waste between me, the tortoises, birds, and dogs (yes our dogs LOVE veggies and fruits).
So, that’s where I am. You never know what changes are going to stick and be lifelong or just be a personal fad. Either way, changes make us who we are and they make life interesting.
I had my 6 month check up with my urologist today. I can’t help but feel that I failed. You may ask, how can you fail a check up with a doctor? I have no idea, but I feel I did.
Number 1 – According to a test I’m not producing enough urine. In other words I’m not intaking enough fluids to flush the kidneys. My doctor said the number 1 reason in the US for kidney stones = dehydration. And I’m the poster child for that model. Great. I’ve tried to up my fluid intake with always having water/lemonade with me at work and using straws. Unfortunately my type of work isn’t the best situation to be drinking all the time. Not only the drinking, but visiting the can too. I’ll try to work on it.
Number 2 – In the past my stones have never been seen on radiograph, only by cat scan (there were approximately 2 in the kidney last scan). This time? Yep, one of the stones is showing on the radiograph. It’s either that or I have arthritis on my ribs. I wouldn’t put it past my body about having another problem, but chances are I don’t have arthritis in my ribs…yet. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing that it’s now seen on radiograph….but in my mind I think it is. My thinking….if it’s visible on radiograph, it’s larger than last time.
Number 3 – I’m currently on potassium citrate to inhibit the formation of stones. My citrates used to be really low, so we started supplementing. After 6 months of supplementing my citrates have risen. However, not enough. So now I’ll be on 2 tablets 3 times a day. Not real fun. It’s not a big deal, just a hassle to remember sometimes. In addition, more pills means more money.
So that’s my visit in a nutshell. Time to kick it into gear with more hydration and more potassium citrate, then I get to do it all over again in 6 months.