Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Our New Health Blog

My friend Designated Knitter (aka Yarn Pusher) and I have started a team blog to chronicle our journey to lose weight and improve our health. It is called "Tending Our Gardens."

Her journey and mine will be a little different. I am also trying to implement things from a Nourishing Traditions perspective(raw milk, lacto-fermented foods, traditional eating), and how that is effecting my family. This kind of eating will automatically lower my carb-intake. Both of us have Poly-Cystic Ovarian Syndrome, which is connected to a hyperinsulinemia syndrome (aka Syndrome X), so our lowering our carbs to a point where our body can actually handle them, is one of our focuses.

So if you're interested, come by and take a look.


Des_Moines_Girl said...

I've never heard of Syndrome X. What is that?

I'm hypothyroid caused by Hashimoto's (autoimmune disease) so I'm very sympathetic to people who struggle with diverse and frustrating symptoms.

The Rebellious Pastor's Wife said...

Syndrome X is the name that they give to all the symptoms caused by hyper-insulinemia, which is rampant. It's a pre-diabetes condition that is caused by the body's eventual inability to process sugars/starches. Instead of them passing easily into the cell membranes, the pancreas has to produce a ton of insulin in order to force it in. Then, it still doesn't do a good job, and so all that remains is automatically converted to fat around the gut, etc.

There are lots of other side-effects. Increase in testosterone can cause head hair loss and hair growth where it is not usually common (moustaches, dark arm hair, chest hair, ec. on women). Also, skin problems infertility, miscarriages (I've had 3), heart disease, stroke, depression, lethargy (because of inadequate metabolism), fuzzy-headedness, etc.

There also is a correlation with hashimotos and other forms of thyroid and other endoctrine issues.