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Homesteading for Health!

by Heidi on August 14th, 2009
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I had a bad experience with our last doctor (read: he was an insensitive jerk) and as a result would not go back to see him. Fortunately we moved house and far enough across town that it warranted finding a new doctor. I promise we didn’t just move because I hated the GP!

Anyway finding a GP around here is tricky to say the least, they are all full and with waiting lists. Back when we moved (a year and a half ago) I had added us to the list of a practise based nearby. I promptly forgot all about it, till they called a few weeks back and said they had an opening.

So a week or so ago we went in for our meet and greet and she is so nice! Easy to talk to, friendly, interested in weight management! Most importantly a doctor I am prepared to go and talk to! She pointed out that we were over due for our annual health checks and so today we went back.

What a difference! I now have a doctor who isn’t trying to fill me with pills! My back which has been such a huge problem for years is responding well to the “homesteading” treatment. Apparently, and no-one had actually mentioned this to me before, office jobs are very bad for bad backs! Here was me thinking that all this gardening and other manual stuff would just mean more pain killers. But no! I take hardly any pain killers now, and as a result my stomach is a million times better and I dont need daily antacids!

And I could say to her that right now the depression seems to be under control. The Native Remedies MindSoothe is working and I am feeling more balanced and able to cope. Now how much of that is down to the pills and how much is excitement over our upcoming plans we shall have to wait and see.

We discussed my weight and she is doing all the blood work to check out my thyroid and such, but she feels that I am mostly doing the right things. I need to be eating 5-6 meals a day, every 2-3 hours with protein at every meal, and having a bigger breakfast. Apple soup is NOT sufficient. This whole eating lark is complicated!

It will be interesting to see how my cholesterol etc compares to 2 years ago, so I think I will have to call up and see what my records hold. At the time all the doctor would tell me was that they were all bad – but he never got any more detailed. Did I mention he was a jerk!

I am hopeless for needing validation and right now I feel like I got couple of gold stars on my report card! Perhaps I should hold onto my excitement till we see what my cholesterol is! :)

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  1. I am SO glad for you for finding a good doctor! Hmm, I seem to have recalled commenting that more protein might be in order, especially for breakfast. :-) I wouldn’t be at all surprised if we get to do the happy dance with you on the cholesterol check, too. You’ve been working outside and eating better; the numbers should reflect that. Hurray for you!

    Comment by Michelle — August 14, 2009 @ 9:08 pm

  2. After the good advice from you and everyone else, I spent quite a bit of time looking for sources of protein after my last post and have added a lot more to my diet but apparently not enough. I have also added two snacks to my routine but one is an apple – who’d a thought an apple would not be a perfect snack? Anyway a few more modifications needed to the diet but I think I am getting there. I really appreciate the support.

    Comment by Heidi — August 15, 2009 @ 7:28 am

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