Thursday, December 9, 2010

The McComb's Plan...What it's Done

About 2 months ago at this rate, I went on the McComb's Diet Plan. I mentioned it in one of my posts in November. You can read about the plan on the doctor's own website. I am not taking his supplements nor doing the sweating protocol on his website. Just the diet. Wanted to make sure that was clear...hehe

What has it done?

Eliminating sugar has been tough, but I have been very successful with it and am loving the results. I dropped about 10-13 pounds depending upon the time of day I weigh myself. This was really unexpected and not why I even did the diet in the first place. I do miss my Chai Tea Lattes at Starbucks, but the benefits of the diet far outweigh any emotional pleasure I'd get from drinking a Chai. haha

Aside from the weight loss, my skin is looking really good. Over the past 3-4 years my skin has been way more prone to break outs for some reason. Especially on my forehead and near the temples. Well I can say without any doubt that this diet has really helped my skin. I still have terrible problems with blackheads, but at least the pimples are gone.

My heart is no different. Sorry no cure for POTS here! haha The first week, I was having really strong sugar cravings and the dizziness (white outs) upon standing seemed to be worse. However that has normalized now and I'm not getting that anymore.

The mid afternoon crashes or need to take a nap is now gone. It took at least 2-3 weeks on the diet for this to occur, but I no longer need to take a nap mid-day. I think this has to do with blood sugar, but am really not all that sure.

This diet is very similar to how I was eating when I went on Dr. Mercola's Carbo Nutritional Diet many years ago. Interestingly I felt pretty good back then but the POTS was kicking my butt. I've also tried to lower my salt intake a bit just to see. My legs, especially the calves and ankles still seem puffy to me.

Will Likely Continue On

I plan to continue eating like this, but might allow myself to have 1 treat a week. I can let that be whatever I want, but it can only be 1. However I will certainly put an end to that if I start to notice problems.

What I Found Out...

I have found out that dairy is a major issue for me. My husband experimented making his own kefir and yogurt. Both of them made me so ill that I realize I must be allergic to the actual milk protein (Casein) rather than just being lactose intolerant. There isn't supposed to be any lactose in either of those (from what I've read), so it makes little sense that in 4-5 hours after ingesting, I get the typical bloating, gas and intense stomach pain. For 3 days after, I was passing pale stools that was likely undigested milk proteins and fats. Sorry for the details, but something is not right and that was a huge wake up call for me. No more dairy!

We will see how this goes.

In regards to my labs, I haven't heard anything. My doctor may be holding them until we see him in office. Money is tight so I have no idea when that will be at this rate.


Mary said...

Hi. Whenever I read your blog I wonder about diet. That has been the one thing that actually changes my health in a really obvious way. When I stay off wheat, dairy and caffeine I am so much happier and have energy! It is really hard though.

I used to make my own kefir and one day realized it was what was causing all my bloating and reactions similar to yours. And I thought I was doing something good for my body! All that work for nothing.

I haven't commented here in awhile so you might not remember me. But I am currently treating myself for hypothyroidism. I'm also doing chelation but I don't even know if mercury is my issue anymore. I used to think so and had 13 mercury amalgam fillings removed. Anyway it can be such a mystery sometimes.

I'm so glad you are feeling better Birdlady!

Birdlady said...

Hey Mary! I definitely remember you. :)

Yeah diet is definitely important for me. However it's still not fixing all of my gut issues and I don't know what else I can do. How much more restrictive can I get? haha

I tried taking thyroid meds, but it just made the POTS so much worse. I've given up on that one for me, but I know it has been a lifesaver for a lot of people.

It's funny you bring up chelation because I think I'm going to start up very soon. I'm not waiting for any tests or really doing anything, so it's a good time to try it out again. I think chelation takes A LONG time to work. I have years and years of heavy metals in my body from vaccines and dental amalgams. It will likely take years to get it out. Then once it's out your body has to heal from the damage created by it. I guess we'll see how this goes again. Chelation made me very ill!