One of my biggest problems with blogging – if not my biggest problem – is that I start writing posts and then I never post them. The reason this is such a big problem is they are dated… It’s not like a recipe or a DIY, where I can just keep saving it for another day. Almost everything I write is like a journal entry; I talk about ‘yesterday’ or ‘this morning’ etc… Well, I don’t just want to chuck those because I do think many of them have good information in them and they usually also give background to future posts. Therefore, I will just start publishing them with prefaces… Like the date of when I started writing it 😉 So, I have done that with the post below…
18 January, 2017. Yesterday marked six whole years since I had bilateral knee replacement surgery (both knees at the same time). I’m amazed at all that I have been able to do since having this surgery. It has literally changed my life! I’ve run a 5k, skied, traveled the world, hiked, biked and most importantly chased after my toddler. I am so very grateful for modern medical technology!
Yesterday was also an important day because I visited (yet another) practitioner. I feel like this guy is my last resort. I was on the waiting list for this traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) doctor for FOUR months. My friend recommended him to me, as he has helped her and so many others with their autoimmune diseases. I am excited and hopeful. I had a nice, short appointment where he looked at my tongue, felt my pulse, asked some questions and then prescribed me £600 (yikes!) worth of herbs; all of which will be delivered today!
He recommended that I read two books:
- 10% Human, by Alanna Collen
- The Diet Myth, by Tim Spector
The thing is, we got talking about nutrition and how in TCM raw foods are not viewed as healing foods. We also talked about Paleo and why we don’t need to be eating this way (our gut microbiome has evolved with agriculture, etc). I explained to him that I feel better when I am eating mostly primal (paleo + raw/high-quality dairy). I am also currently on a ketogenic diet and am feeling the best I’ve felt in a while, so I don’t really want to eat another way right now. As a student of naturopathic nutrition, I am always conflicted with the hundreds of different dietary views, especially since there is usually always science behind each view. I see people do well on all different diets; from raw to paleo and everything in between. This just confirms, once again, that there is no one-size-fits-all diet. One thing that does fit all, though, is REAL FOOD. Regardless of veggies, meat, fish, fruit, etc., it should ALWAYS be real. And this is where the doctor and I agreed.
Besides diet, I am dealing with a much bigger confliction… I am currently still breastfeeding William and if he had it his way, he would live on breastmilk alone. We’ve had a very difficult time with him eating solids – pickiest eater EVER – and so it’s been very easy to keep giving him the boob. Now, don’t get me wrong – I’m all for extended breastfeeding; my plan has always been to breastfeed until William is two. However, after my appointment yesterday, I am thinking it might be time to start seriously weaning. In the past couple of weeks I’ve managed to get him down to just bedtime and middle-of-the-night feeds, but I need to cut these back as well. My reasoning is this: 1. I cannot take the most powerful herbs for my condition whilst breastfeeding, so the road is a much slower and longer one, if I continue to breastfeed. 2. I would like to have another baby and not too far down the road. My period has still not returned and this tells me that I’m still producing quite a lot of milk. If I do get pregnant whilst breastfeeding, this would mean another two to three years of not being able to try the powerful herbs. The questions I keep asking myself are, “Am I being selfish?” “Will forced weaning affect William psychologically later in life?” “Is it unfair to William?” “Is it ME who wants to continue breastfeeding?” “Can I manage with two young children in my current state?” I have many more questions running through my head, but I think you can get the idea…
I begin the “slower” path today and I am quite excited to see results. If you’ve read my last health post, you know that I have been trying Low Dose Naltrexone (LDN). Quick update: I don’t think it works for me. Doctors say it should start working within five months, but the only thing that has made me feel better recently is changing my diet. Anyway, I hope to keep a better journal about this new journey. Chinese Medicine has been working for thousands of years… Why not finally give it a REAL try??
P.S. Obviously, if you read my last post, you know I have stopped breastfeeding, but it was all part of the thought process at the time of initially writing this, so I left all that brain-chatter in here.