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Offline Warren Dew

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Cautionary tales
« on: August 10, 2009, 08:28:24 PM »
I'm too lazy to keep a food journal.  However, every now and then I have a major cheat on the diet - with disastrous results.  I thought I'd keep track of them here.

So anyway, a week and a half ago, I wanted to finish a project estimate that was going to be discussed the next day.  I figured I'd just stay up and finish it, but it took longer than I expected.  I ended up staying up all night, eating about half a pound of dark chocolate to stay awake.  From a paleo standpoint, I guess that's a lifestyle cheat and a major diet cheat.

Anyway, I stayed awake pretty well, and the client was pleased with the estimate, so I was feeling pretty good.  However, shortly thereafter, I started getting a sore throat.  Then the sore throat was replaced by a head cold.  Then the sore throat came back, I started getting aches in bones and muscles, a cough, and eventually a bit of a fever.

I finally went to the doctor today, mostly because I wanted a strep test and antibiotics if the fever indicated strep.  They also tested me for flu, probably because of the swine flu epidemic.

Well, I had flu all right - I tested positive for influenza A, likely H1N1 or swine flu.  Not only that, though, I also tested positive for influenza B as well.  In other words, I had two types of flu at the same time!

No more chocolate all nighters for me!



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Re: Cautionary tales
« Reply #1 on: August 10, 2009, 09:02:11 PM »
Lack of sleep and the sugar load will weaken your immune system just enough to make you susceptible to the viruses.

76 Ways Sugar Can Ruin Your Health


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« Reply #2 on: August 10, 2009, 09:27:36 PM »
Wow that sucks Mr.Dew  :( Hope you are feeling better.

That's the reason I don't cheat. I am so afraid some ailment or bad food reaction is going to interrupt my training.  ::)

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Re: Cautionary tales
« Reply #3 on: August 11, 2009, 02:43:50 AM »
I've had two reactions so far, one for being lax about organic meat intake or rather non organic which i am sure caused dry red eyes & general tiredness for a few days & a desperate service station chocolate bar which seemed to render me almost incoherent for a good half hour.   :-\



I hope you feel better soon Warren!

 
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Re: Cautionary tales
« Reply #4 on: August 12, 2009, 04:55:55 PM »
Thanks, guys.  I do feel better.

My strep test came back positive, though.  I had a cold, swine flu, some other kind of flu, and strep all at the same time.

I'm not quite purist enough to refuse antibiotics, so I'll take them and hope they don't mess up my intestinal flora too much.

As for chocolate, I'll have to either give it up or find some of Kallyn's 92% chocolate.  There can't be much sugar in that!


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« Reply #5 on: August 12, 2009, 06:00:56 PM »
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My strep test came back positive, though.  I had a cold, swine flu, some other kind of flu, and strep all at the same time.

Wow you sure did get hit hard :(  Hopefully you'll have a quick recovery though! :)

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« Reply #6 on: August 12, 2009, 07:05:54 PM »

... I'm not quite purist enough to refuse antibiotics, so I'll take them and hope they don't mess up my intestinal flora too much...


Good.  Some people don't take antibiotics because they feel better in a couple of days.  The Streptococcus can appear to go dormant but can cause heart valve damage. It is rare in adults but it can happen.


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Re: Cautionary tales
« Reply #7 on: August 12, 2009, 09:20:54 PM »
Good.  Some people don't take antibiotics because they feel better in a couple of days.  The Streptococcus can appear to go dormant but can cause heart valve damage. It is rare in adults but it can happen.

I actually had to specifically ask for them, which was kind of scary.  Evidently the nurse was going to omit giving me antibiotics because I felt better.

Last time I had strep, I "felt better" after a while, but my throat was still getting more covered up.  I think my nerve endings had died off or something.  Once the antibiotics started working, my throat started hurting again, but the big chunks of yellow and white stuff coming up kind of convinced me that was a good thing and not a bad thing.
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Re: Cautionary tales
« Reply #8 on: September 08, 2009, 07:46:31 PM »
Gulp.

Well I just had some icecream. I did feel kinda lightheaded afterwards.

Hopefully I'll be fine. I'll just run a little harder tomorrow.

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Re: Cautionary tales #2
« Reply #9 on: October 09, 2009, 04:58:10 PM »
I had lunch at a favorite Chinese restaurant with friends today.  It was probably 80% paleo, with the following cheats:

- the bok choi was probably stir fried in peanut or soy oil
- I bit off the ends of three Chinese dumplings to get at the paleo insides
- I had a bowl of hot and sour soup, which likely includes starch as a thickener

Within a couple of hours, my intestines started knotting up.  It wasn't as painful as the gas I took for granted prepaleo, but it was still pretty bad compared to what I normally feel these days.  I guess I didn't know how good I've been having it.

I then had two bowel movements over the course of the afternoon.  Usually I have one every day or two.  They weren't diarrhea, but they were kind of sticky and yucky and hard to clean up.

My intestines are still a bit knotted, though they are getting better.  I have to remember to skip the hot and sour soup next time; I'm pretty sure that was the primary problem.

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Re: Cautionary tales
« Reply #10 on: October 10, 2009, 04:46:24 AM »
I've noticed other problems with Chinese food besides the ones you mentioned.

Soy sauce - commercial soy sauce is brewed with wheat.
Sesame oil - messes with your digestion if you're not accustomed to eating it.
MSG - nuff said.

And the starch used to thicken stuff is almost invariably cornstarch.  That's also what's used to bread meat usually, too.

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« Reply #11 on: October 10, 2009, 04:57:36 AM »
Yes, I can't tolerate Chinese food at all either. Really bad for my digestion, and there's always lots of burping, and a weird aftertaste that lasts sometimes all the way till the next day. I have that similar kind of lingering aftertaste with aspartame, strangely enough.

Warren, I hope you're feeling better!

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Re: Cautionary tales
« Reply #12 on: October 10, 2009, 07:33:10 AM »
I don't actually get sick, never have really. But when I cheat, I wake up the next day with a blocked nose. Although it does seem to be wheat and dairy only, had a few home made chips last night and suffered no ill effects.

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« Reply #13 on: October 10, 2009, 09:47:54 AM »
I've noticed other problems with Chinese food besides the ones you mentioned.

Soy sauce - commercial soy sauce is brewed with wheat.
Sesame oil - messes with your digestion if you're not accustomed to eating it.
MSG - nuff said.

Yes.  This place does not use MSG - or at last didn't last time I checked - and there's not a lot of soy sauce in the dishes, but there might have been quite a bit of sesame oil in the soup.
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« Reply #14 on: October 10, 2009, 10:51:58 AM »
I wonder if I should talk about the cake incident, even though it was three weeks ago.

I had been on the diet for two weeks and then fell off for a week. This cheat week ended with Chinese food (chow mein, fried rice, beef broccoli and two pieces of fried chicken) and a single-layer chocolate cake. I ate the Chinese Food and over the course of the evening half of the Chocolate cake. I was full beyond all reason.

Then the next morning, I ate the other half of the chocolate cake. By about noon, I wasn't feeling so hot. By afternoon I was vomiting every couple of hours and couldn't even keep liquids down. I was feeling very dehydrated, wiped out, a buzzing sensation throughout my hands and feet. By evening, I was wondering if this was warranting a visit to the urgent care center. Too late, it's closed. I don't feel well enough to go to the emergency room and wait six hours. Well I'll wait until morning. I tossed and turned in bed until about midnight when I finally drifted off to sleep.

I woke up  some time in the wee hours of the morning with sweet relief, the nausea was gone. The next couple of days, I was worn out but able to eat and drink.

That was rock bottom for me. The good thing that came out of it? Yeaaah, I don't like cake so much anymore.