You probably read how old diet worked for me. So I have found out that I suffer from low thyroid, but that was not the thing that scared me to death. Blood test showed elevated level of TSH. Our family doctor explained everything about hypothyroidism, side effects and prescribed me some synthetic hormone pills (thyroxin). She said that it’s the easiest to handle and least dangerous chronic disease that I could have and that I should learn to live with side effects and take a pill every day until the end of my life.
At first I didn’t know how to react. I read that it’s mostly a female disease and found out that I had side effects for a few years already; it was just not showing on the blood test results before. I started to lose hair, I was tired all the time (I thought it was because I was overweight), and I read that I couldn’t lose weight as easily as before, which was true. I also noticed that I have poor memory. I decided to find some natural remedy or anything that can alleviate side effects. But as I said, low thyroid was not the thing that scared me. Around the same time I got my first hemorrhoid. And it was very bad one, external as I have found out later. I went again to our family doctor (nice older lady in St. Lawrence district) and she prescribed some ointment and decided to check veins on my legs. And she found out that I have very expanded external veins on my legs. They were buried in fat, so I couldn’t see them, although they were as thick as my thumb.
And although I had occasionally heavy legs and itching in lower legs, I didn’t have any other side effects of it. Since I’m sitting during all of my work hours and I was overweight, there was no wonder that I got hemorrhoids and expanded veins. That kind of veins is called varicose veins.That was my second chronic disease discovered in less than a month. The doctor sent me to do some additional checks and although they found that my deep veins were OK, vascular specialist talked to me and said that I have lots of small blood clots hanging from the walls of my veins and that some of them can get released into the blood stream and clog some vein. And I knew that my veins were already clogged because of my weight. And that can cause heart attack, stroke or pulmonary embolism. Well, this is scary!!!
Knowledge that I can get a stroke or heart attack any time prompted some serious diet planning. I wanted my veins unclogged as much as possible ASAP!! But this time I wanted to make a perfect diet, a diet that I won’t even know that I’m on, a lifelong diet. After some thinking and researching and after examining previous diets attempts, I decided to make an official draft for a diet that was supposed to work for me:
- I wanted to avoid all side effects I had in previous dieting.
- I wanted to include carbs in my diet because it was supposed to be a lifelong diet.
- I wanted to prevent future weight cycling. If it’s going to be a lifelong diet, then there won’t be any weight cycling, right?
- I wanted to have perfect solution that will allow me to never ever go back to my bad eating habits that ruined my health. Bad eating habits that I’m referring to here are processed and refined foods, sugary breakfasts (muffins, donuts), pop drinks and lack of whole foods in my diet. So, fad diets were out of the question. I mean, I couldn’t live on smoothies or steak and eggs until the rest of my life.
- I also decided to examine the mechanism of fad diets and weight yo-yoing and facts why people cycle their weight, when EXACTLY cycling starts (when exactly they drop the ball and why), why it happens and how long it takes them to cycle their weight. And I wanted to compare those facts with my own experience.
- I also wanted to discover why there are so many overweight people around me and understand the processes behind food intake. Thyroid hormone issue also prompted me to read about hormones in human body and how they affect weight loss. I was lucky not to have any blood sugar or cholesterol issues, but I wanted to find out everything I could about them because my brother and my father suffer from high blood pressure and my aunt (my father’s sister) died of cancer and she was diabetic for last 10 years of her life.
The last thing that hit my family around that time was information that our son has ADHD. He was born end of 2002 and in September 2008 he started primary school. After a few months we got a call from his teacher and she explained that he is not focused in school and has all symptoms of ADHD (Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder). A few months of consultations confirmed that he has ADHD. My wife started to search for anything that can help alleviate symptoms, hoping that we can avoid Ritalin and other medications. Nutrition search discovered that some foods can fuel ADHD. Also, our friends found out at the same time that their 3-year-old son is autistic and they already started to take nutritional measures to alleviate autism and that included gluten free and casein free diet. They said that he is noticeably better behaving since being on that diet (lower hyperactivity, less temper tantrums, he started to make eye contact and his speech improved) and we decided to learn everything we could about foods that fuel ADHD.
When I started my research, I kept hitting info about high sugar intake, blood sugar levels, insulin sensitivity, cholesterol levels, fast food diet that most Americans are used to, processed foods, ingredients in processed food and so on. It turned out that the same food that was causing my problems was the food that is fueling ADHD. Sugar, processed food and refined carbs. Then I compiled the list of whole foods that is healthy and can help with my problems and with my son’s ADHD. When I started to research each food more closely, I kept hitting web sites that dealt with superfoods. When the list was completed, I found out that all the food from my list were Superfoods. WOW!!!!