Testing Out Soy

As I mentioned yesterday, I reintroduced soy into my diet. Now, I realized I forgot to tell you how nutritional yeast (nooch) effected me when I added it to my rice. As far as I know, nothing happened! I had suspected it as the cause for night sweats, since it is high in Vitamin B, but I also put it on something, like corn or tofu. So, last week I put it on brown rice, which I had been eating during the elimination diet, and I am happy to say I did not have any night sweats!

So, back to soy... as I mentioned I had edamame and soy sauce at lunch and then tofu for dinner (everything else I ate I have eaten before on the elimination diet). There was no bloating or additional joint pain or fatigue at all that I experienced, however, last night I did sweat a little bit. Not like my "drenching the bed episodes" that I normally have but enough that the bed was  a little damp and my hair was a little wet. Now I am not quite sure what to make of it since I did have that little bit of wheat that came in soy sauce. My guess is that it would not be that effective, but I am not sure. I plan to eat my normal elimination diet today and tomorrow and then on Thursday, I will introduce wheat and gluten. I am curious to see if there will be any sweating the next 2 nights or not and especially once I introduce wheat and gluten. 

With the soy I did not noticed an increase or decrease in energy. I was slightly grumpy (read exasperated) with trying to find a way to work out and have it be A) not painful and B) somewhat enjoyable, like "me time" or "a sort of meditation". Since I will be doing more walking, I thought to include Kitty in my walks. Well, Kitty has never been an easy dog to walk. She pulls constantly and is reactive to any dog or cat that is nearby. We have tried a shock collar and a harness and are now trying a choke collar. The choke collar works the best because it generally leaves some slack in the leash, because she doesn't want to be choked. However, trying to re-correct her while we walk is tough on my wrists and so instead of it being a nice walk with my dog, most walks are incredibly frustrating and leave me in pain. She has never had obedience training and at 10 years old, I am not sure that would do us much good. So, needless to say, I was not in the best mood when I got home from out walk. Then Tyler was home and I wanted to do yoga (and for me, in order to focus, I like there to be quiet). I was going to use the Yoga for Arthritis book but I didn't want to read and then try to do the poses. That's the difficulty with any workout that is written down for me. The stopping and starting can be annoying, which is why I like instructor-led classes or videos. So, I started to look for youtube videos. I searched for "yoga for arthritis" and kept finding videos that were not really leading you through a complete workout. It was just demonstrations of poses and it quickly went to the next so I would have had to pause in order to actually do the workout. Finally, I just searched "yoga" and found "Yoga with Adrienne" and wow, it was just what I needed. Tyler kept Kitty from whining at the door, and aside from the TV playing Robocop in the living room, I was able to find the grounding I needed and have a relaxing and restorative workout.

Anyway, I think working out in the morning is probably going to be my best bet for getting alone time and not having distractions keeping me from getting it done but man, I cannot wake up in the mornings. Any tips on how to make yourself get up?


  1. Thanks for sharing your journey and your struggles and successes so honestly, Stacy!

    My only (very lame) tip for how I went from being a late sleeper to total morning person (no alarm!) was:
    a) marry a morning person
    or if it's a little too late for that
    b) go to sleep ridiculously early. Whatever that means for you so that you get enough sleep by the time you need to wake up. You may have to phase it in, either by going to bed 15 mins or so earlier each day OR on the other end - just waking up early until you get to the point that you're just naturally tired at an earlier time. For me, this means that I go to bed by 9:30 most nights and wake up by 6. But some people need more or less sleep. The key is not sacrificing the restorative sleep time for the benefits of your workout - or at least finding where those two balance.

    1. Thanks Lori! I have to admit I was a little timid to be so honest but I just figured this is sort of my version of a journal and maybe my struggles can help others.

      Thank you for the advice. Tyler is actually pretty good at mornings but he gets up later than me because he works later than me. I think sticking to going to bed between 930 and 10pm every night will help so I can be up by either 5 or 6am. I hit snooze a lot so I think I need to turn off the alarm and immediately turn on my side lamp because otherwise the room is too cozy and I'll drift off again. I just hate to risk waking Tyler up but I know I need to find something to get me in the habit or just getting up. Maybe the light thing will be temporary. Thank you for the suggestions!


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