I’m a hot chocolate addict!

I’m a cold-natured person, and I love warming up with a mug of hot chocolate. I’ve bought packets from mainstream brands like Swiss Miss and specialty brands like NibMor. For a long time, I even made it myself with two parts sugar to one part cocoa powder in a mug of hot water. Hot chocolate is one of my favorite beverages, but I have to be careful due to cocoa’s high copper content. I discovered a very different experience with one brand of hot cocoa mix over another, and each had very similar ingredients. Read More →

My nutrition “helpers” when needed

Due to balancing copper and zinc in my diet, my body began rejecting my supplement regimen because it was now too much. I had to make drastic changes to my regimen in order to prevent the symptoms that the excess supplementation was causing, like fatigue and severe acne. I believe I have finally settled on a good regimen and am hoping to remain settled on it. Read More →

April 2007

This month, I celebrate ten years since I began my weight-loss journey.  Back in April 2007, I was disappointed in my body and the way I looked, and I resolved to find a way to change it.  I’d been working out sporadically and inconsistently except for on Saturday mornings, and I resolved to try fitting in a morning workout every day.  I started with 8-minute Tae-Bo workouts and went from there.  I gradually worked in dietary changes and added longer, more intense workouts.  Over a three-year period, I dropped around 40 pounds and for the most part have been able to maintain it.  I’ve recently put on about five pounds, which I believe is due to my dietary changes to balance copper and zinc.  Getting those balanced has forced changes in other areas, like my supplement regimen, and these drastic changes I

April 2017, taken after my intense morning workout

believe have had an impact on my weight.  I’m hoping I can still maintain a decent weight for years to come by maintaining a healthy diet and exercise regimen.  Shortly after I started my blog, I posted about my weight loss, which I had accomplished before I went gluten-free.  If your body tolerates wheat and gluten, then you do not need to go gluten-free to lose weight.  Burning more calories than you consume is what will ultimately allow you to lose weight.  Eating a healthy, balanced diet will give you the fuel you need to get through your workouts and help you to do all that you need to do throughout your day.  Also, indulging occasionally in treats you love should not derail your efforts.  It will keep you from feeling deprived.

 

 

 

Here is my original post on my weight loss, I Didn’t Need the Gluten Free Diet to Lose Weight.

I was just fine on my thyroid medication for many years. However, first going gluten-free and then modifying my diet to have a better copper-zinc balance have caused quite a few struggles. So many symptoms and changes have made it hard to determine whether or not I truly need my medication, and the fact that some people have been able to go off their medication by making these changes doesn’t make it any easier. Now, I think I’m finally getting the message that I’ll be on levothyroxine for life. As much as it would be wonderful to be one of those who can go off medication because his/her thyroid is perfectly healthy, I don’t believe it’s meant to be in my case. Till death do us part! Read More →

A vitamin or mineral imbalance, such as a copper-zinc imbalance, can cause side effects that resemble malabsorption, a condition where damage to the gut prevents absorption of vitamins and minerals. In the case of a vitamin or mineral imbalance, however, the condition of the gut may be completely normal. The problem arises when a vitamin or mineral is extremely out-of-balance with others, causing deficiencies in other vitamins and minerals because your body requires them in higher amounts to compete with the vitamin or mineral being consumed in excess. The imbalance could be mistaken for absorption problems. Read More →

Beef patty (zinc), mashed sweet potatoes (copper), and okra

In order to prevent copper toxicity from recurring, intake of copper and zinc need to be balanced once excess copper has been removed from the body. Making sure there is sufficient intake of zinc to balance out copper intake should prevent excess copper from building back up in the body and causing a return of symptoms. Below, I outline how I’ve decided to approach keeping them in balance in my own diet. What you may have to do may be completely different. See a doctor or nutritionist for any specific questions about your own health. Try my ideas at your own risk. Read More →

When I switched multivitamins back in December, it allowed me to uncover another significant and hidden health issue, copper toxicity. My multivitamin was not the cause of my iron deficiency, and it was not out-of-balance. My diet was. I was consuming many high-copper foods and in excessive quantities. Even though I consumed foods rich in zinc, I didn’t do so often enough to counteract the amount of copper I was consuming, and I became zinc-deficient. Read More →

Compounded medications are prepared by pharmacists specially trained and are usually prepared for patients who have allergies or who need a medication in a certain form factor (e.g., liquid vs. tablet) or with a certain formulation. Since these medications are prepared for people with allergies, I certainly never expected to react to a compounded medication I was given! Read More →

NOTE: Please read my post Killing Myself with Copper after reading this one.

I recently discovered that my problems with iron deficiency were due to the multivitamin I was taking. It contained minerals in amounts that were preventing my body from absorbing iron. Switching to another brand of multivitamin has helped me greatly. This is something I want to share in the hopes it will help others, because I probably had the issues for years but didn’t realize them until recently. Read More →