Yup, you read that right, six vials. That is how many vials of blood the phlebotomist took from my big veiny arm today. Six vials with no food in my tummy, even tougher. In her words, “that’s a lot of blood.”
After feeling continued stress with the tum-tum and gaining a lot of weight in a short amount of time it was back to the awesome Dr. Wong to see what to test next. This week, my friends, we are testing for hormone levels and adrenal fatigue! You’re excited aren’t you? I was also sent to the lovely natural apothecary (is that redundant?) to obtain several neat and wallet shrinking products—
Fancy Pants Probiotics with every strain in the L and B strains of probiotic matter. I take one pill once a day and these are refrigerated.
Pathway Super Enzymes complete with Ox Bile. (You need to click this video link just to hear the lovely British accent.) Yummy! I am still finishing my Rainbow Light brand digestive enzymes but they are plant only based and the doc said I needed the pancreatic enzymes as well. I take these with every meal. I’m also supposed to take a tsp of apple cider vinegar with each meal. I’m going to have to figure out a travel plan for this at school.
A lovely new multivitamin that contains folinic acid not folic acid as there can be genetic sensitivities to folic acid. I take two of these every day. I literally bought myself one of the old school daily pill boxes to try to keep myself straight.
Hopefully these new supplements, plus a gluten-free diet (fine, she say’s huffing and puffing) will help me figure out the root causes of my lethargy, weight gain, and lack of motivation. For now I’m going to try eat GF as much as possible as well as peanut free and legume free but will try some grass pastured dairy and some yogurt. I’m not sure how long it will take to figure this all out, but hopefully I will feel more motivated in the upcoming weeks. And hopefully I can stop burping like a 19 year old boy with a keg of miller lite….but that might be asking a lot.
I have started reading “It Starts with Food” from the fabulously attractive folks at Whole 9 Life. This is really interesting so far and I love the way they translate the science of eating and digestive “issues” into human English. I’m looking forward to really digging into ideas for how to make paleo eating a reality.
And so off I go to grab some more water and pray that this breakfast doesn’t make me feel like ralphing….awesome.