It’s been awhile since I’ve updated you on my health journey, so I figured it was time to do so.
Concerning weight/composition – I’m holding steady at approximately 190 pounds, which is the lowest I’ve been since about 2014. I was actually thin as a rail then (probably too thin), but when Emily (my most recent ex) and I parted ways I packed it on. When I started my new health journey I was around 200 and some change. I’ve lost a lot more fat than 10 pounds though; I can feel it. I’ve added some muscle, especially in my upper arms (long a source of self-conscience for me). For once I have a fairly positive body image. Never did I think I’d be confident enough to sport swim briefs, but here I am (and oh how I wish pools were open right now)!
(Photo credit – Laina Eartharcher)
I’m also currently addressing nutrient deficiencies – most notably B6 and D, but some others also. I’m on heavy B-complex dosage as well as a heavy D dosage. My lack of these vitamins was a major player in depression and flat affect – I wasn’t making any neurotransmitters. My D deficiency was also a key player in my seasonal allergies.
Some other deficiencies are being addressed with food, most notably by having salmon twice per week, usually with kombucha for good bacteria.
A recent lab panel (the Genova Individual Optimal Nutrition, or ION panel) also revealed some significant heavy metal toxicity (most notably mercury, lead, and aluminum). We can’t deal with those directly yet, but hopefully in a couple of years I’ll be put back together enough and ready to undergo chelation. In the meantime, I’ve converted to all stainless steel cookware and axed tuna and other high mercury fish as to cease throwing fuel on that fire.
Concerning lifestyle modifications, I am now 100% smoke-free. I’ve tried having a cigar a time or two recently and my palate just will not accept the taste anymore. I can’t pull the intended flavor notes out of them anymore and all I’m left with is a pure, burning tobacco taste. It’s very unpleasant. I also don’t really enjoy hard liquor anymore either (unless in a cocktail). I tried having some brandy last week and didn’t much enjoy the taste. About the extent of my hard liquor consumption moving forward I think might be in the form of a green apple frozen margarita from Paloma Blanca here in San Antonio (like OMG – to die for!!!), which my last ones were on my birthday before shit got shut down. Other than that, I think I’ll stick to sorghum beer, wine or hard cider.
Which, of course, leads to the next point – we’re working hard to correct the damage done by the time period I drank very heavily as self-medication. I’m on natural remedies to correct excessive intestinal permeability as well as liver damage (which seems to be working – in 2018 my ALT was 64, indicating a liver in extreme distress; my recent ION measured it at 16). Of course, we have to resolve these before I can tackle heavy metal chelation, but in the meantime just dietary changes as well as the Pure Encapsulations LVR (liver support) seem to be promoting some mild detoxification.
I’m having regular chiropractic adjustments now to correct certain misalignments and such. I feel like I’m about 1/2 inch taller now. Oh, and my left knee? It’s given me grief over the years, but since getting it adjusted I’ve been pain-free. I can squat and lunge to full depth on that knee, as well as increase reps and resistance.
Lastly is emotional healing. I’m continuing to have two sessions of Neuro-Emotional Technique per week, and some stuff that’s surfaced is shit I haven’t thought about in years, even decades. It’s absolutely insane. Who knew it was still weighing me down? Alas it’s good to get those emotions cleared out.
I think that about covers it. I hope you all are well, and here’s to better health.