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Chasing the Thigh Gap

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Haha, not really! I’ve never had a thigh gap; even when I was a hundred pounds back in the eighth grade. However, I am trying to heal myself of hypertension and Hashimoto’s disease. I’ve immersed myself in nutrition and paleo blogs for the last three weeks. There is so much information out there.

Three weeks ago I came across Dr. Terry Wahl’s book, The Wahl’s Protocol:  How I Beat Multiple Sclerosis. It is very well written, and such an encouragement that I decided to implement her protocol right away. By right away, I mean at lunch that very day–even though my husband and I were attending a Paul McCartney concert that evening. I had such a feeling of “I can do this” that I had to start right away.

I sat down and ate three cups of romaine lettuce, one cup of broccoli, one cup of radishes, one cup of carrots, and one cup of tomatoes (yes, that’s six cups). I figured I could eat the rest of my vegetables for dinner. I also decided to start avoiding gluten and dairy, so my favorite ranch dressing was out. In order to get all these veggies down, I needed a chaser which turned out to be two salmon filets. TWO! What was I thinking?

Fast forward a few hours to me with a raging headache in a hundred and ten degree weather trying to enjoy our date night. Needless to say, I was not hungry for dinner. My headache intensified in spite of all the water I drank. Right before the concert started, I ate a slice of Little Caesar’s pizza (yes, full of gluten and topped with tons of greasy cheese). After chewing and swallowing two bites, my headache immediately disappeared. I am sharing this because that is the first and last headache I’ve had in three weeks.

I had breast cancer twice. I’ve struggled with high blood pressure and weight and fatigue and acne and arthritis. I’ve chalked it up to hormones and “just getting old”. On day five on the Wahl’s Protocol, my blood pressure was 109/77 ( a few weeks before it was 198/125 on medication). On week two, I actually started running on the treadmill again. This week, I’ve noticed that my hair–which had been receding and solid gray along my hairline–is growing back all along my hairline…and all the new hair is black, and the gray hair seems to be fading back to black. This seems so crazy to me!

This is such an exciting journey I’m on! And I’ve learned how to incorporate all those veggies and leafy greens into all my meals. My goal is to get off of my blood pressure medication and my thyroid medication, but I’ve gone down a size in jeans already. So…a thigh gap may be in my future! Haha.

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