Monica Whaley

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Additional Results

Posted on March 19, 2011 at 2:40 PM Comments comments (2)

I’ve noticed a few other results I’d like to share. Well, really, I don’t know that I WANT to share, but I think I should. ;)



I have been remarkably good about avoiding wheat and starting to rid myself of other grains. My respiratory issues are all but gone! I'm not having to use either inhaler, and am doing very well. I did have a few wheat items here and there, and thought nothing of it. Then my uncle asked if I’d been more flatulent (...

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No Wheat, No Cravings

Posted on February 25, 2011 at 12:50 PM Comments comments (5)

So, if you don’t know, I’ve been sick with a respiratory thing since the 1st week in January. No, I’m not kidding. Needless to say, I’m sick of being sick. I’ve been reading a LOT about the over-use of wheat in the Standard American Diet (SAD, if you can believe it), and had already decided to try to cut that out. I read further and found out that too much wheat can contribute to Candida issues (which I have in abundance), IBS, and respiratory issues. Whadya know...

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Not Quite Paleo

Posted on February 11, 2011 at 3:19 PM Comments comments (2)

I’m still not sure how to proceed, but I’m learning more. I remain skeptical about some aspects of the paleo, but apparently, I’m not alone. For instance, they say no potatoes, legumes, or grains, but there is quite a bit of evidence that both paleo and modern hunter/gatherer (HG) groups all these things. In fact, a mortar and pestle was discovered at a site that claims to be 30K years old, so they o...

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Ever Diligent

Posted on February 4, 2011 at 1:12 PM Comments comments (1)

I have now finally learned the error of not being diligent about reading food labels. I knew this , but I had a rude awakening. I bought Sara Lee whole wheat bread, thinking it would be super healthy, etc. Everyone knows that whole wheat is the best kind of bread. Imagine my chagrin when I read the label and the THIRD ingredient was hfcs?! How depressing.

Not Sold on Paleo

Posted on January 26, 2011 at 2:27 PM Comments comments (2)

I think they have the right idea, but it seems to be a little imbalanced still. The hard core paleos say that grain, dairy, legumes, beans, sugar, salt, and flour are off the table (hee hee), but I’m not convinced. If you look at current hunter-gatherer groups, they are a lot healthier than we are, and they DO eat some of those foods.


According to “Hunter-gatherer diets̵...

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Posted on January 14, 2011 at 8:56 AM Comments comments (1)

After a realy good conversation with my friend Megan yesterday, I think I need to clarify some things from my last post (even for myself). I am ABSOLUTELY NOT saying that we should avoid all chemicals. In fact, we need many of them in the forms of medicine, etc, not to mention the ones that make up our body anyway. It is important to remember that not all chemicals are bad (i.e. medicine) and not all things natural things are good (snake venom might be all natural, but I don’t want to d...

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Paleo Pathway?

Posted on January 11, 2011 at 6:33 PM Comments comments (2)

Recently. I’ve become aware o fsomething called the “paleo lifestyle”. It goes by several other names as well:

  • Paleolithic
  • Neanderthin
  • Caveman
  • Stone Age
  • Hunter-gatherer
  • Primal
  • Low-carb

This all started with an blog I read from someone who had decided to try going without soap and shampoo due to an article he read from someone who lives a paleo lifestyle. In a nutshell, it says that we didn’t &#...

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Progress Update

Posted on October 20, 2010 at 2:20 PM Comments comments (2)

Well, I’m taking more steps toward being more temple-minded. I went grocery shopping the other day, which doesn’t seem like much. My boyfriend can tell you how much I dislike grocery shopping. However, I’m very aware of how much it affects my food choices. If I have food at home, I don’t eat fast food. I prefer to get organic as much as possible, but since that can be expensive, I’m trying to figure out when it’s beneficial to get organic versus when itR...

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TV Junkie Reform?

Posted on October 4, 2010 at 3:26 PM Comments comments (1)

First, I need to apologize for the hiatus. I was pretty severely depressed sometime last month, and it’s taken me this long to start to get back on track, not only with my blog but also with my Bible reading. Thanks to Angie and Matthias, that is coming back under control. Moving on...


Anyone who knows me knows that I watch TV as much as possible. I have it on even when I’m not watching. I assume this stems from when I was younger and my mom had to work late. I ...

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Camp Bulldozer!

Posted on June 23, 2010 at 1:50 PM Comments comments (0)


So, it seems the initial nerves have worn off. Why “bulldozer”, you say? Well, Matthias shared with me today that he’s decided that’s what I am when I’ve gotten something into my head to do. For example, when we went to DC a few months ago, I got the idea to make travel binders for the kids with fun things to do during the trip. I may have gone a little overboard. I got bind...

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Victoza Hope?

Posted on June 19, 2010 at 12:02 PM Comments comments (0)

My awesome endocrinologist is trying a different injection medicine on me called Victoza. I'm wary of having too much hope, but I think my clothes are a tiny bit looser than they were. :) I’ll be very upset if this doesn’t work either. She said the next step would be an off-label use of another diabetic med, which means insurance may not cover it or not all of it. That means I couldn’t take it. I can barely afford all the crap I’m taking now! So, I’m just going t...

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Leptin A No Go

Posted on March 13, 2010 at 10:50 AM Comments comments (0)

I spoke with my endocrinologist about leptin therapy, but it is still in the research stage. She said she didn’t even know where, which lead me to believe that if she did she would have tried to get me contact info. Anyway, I’ve been looking online for other ways that I might increase my leptin; of course there are supplements, but they’re not cheap. I’m going to try to find some more natural ways of making my body create more leptin. Apparently, fish and vegetables ar...

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PCOS Update - Leptin

Posted on January 27, 2010 at 6:19 PM Comments comments (0)

As I’ve mentioned, my endocrinologist started me on Byetta about three months ago. I have since GAINED about 20lbs. ICK. I’m going to see her again on Monday, but she said I could stop taking it. I’m still taking the Metfomin; while I stopped losing after 35lbs, at least I wasn’t gaining anything more.


I was doing some research online about insulin resistance and found some information about leptin therapy. “It appears that, if one cannot make...

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Depression and the Clown

Posted on October 9, 2009 at 8:23 AM Comments comments (0)

I’ve mentioned that due to neurofeedback and avoiding HFCS, I’ve been feeling really good. I haven’t felt down in a long time (weeks). Then yesterday came. I got in the car to go to my mother’s for another treatment, and WHAM! I felt worse than I have in months. I didn’t care if I drove off the road, I wanted to go home and go to sleep, and it hurt to move or think. Where on earth did it come from? I called Matthias and my mom, and was better while I was on phone...

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Walking the Temple

Posted on September 8, 2009 at 12:32 PM Comments comments (0)

I still haven't had a coke, or even a craving for almost a week now, so that's awesome! I?m doing pretty well about staying away from sugar in general, HFCS and artificial in particular. I?m not sure how much of this is the new med or God, but either way I?m glad. I?m looking into getting better tennis shoes so I can walk more, too. I have VERY flat feet, so I can't just get any old shoe. I?m starting with inserts for arch supports, and that may be enough. I?ve also started wearing my pedomet...

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Devil in White

Posted on September 5, 2009 at 12:49 PM Comments comments (1)

This may not be news to many of you, but it was to me. Due to a recent health condition, I was looking for information online that might aid me along with the medicine from my doctor. All the information I found said I should avoid all artificial sweeteners, High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS), bread, refined flour/sugar, etc. Those are things I should already have been avoiding due to my insulin issues from PCOS. Now I have more incentive. I have gone about one week into avoiding ...

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Pass Me a Shot!

Posted on September 4, 2009 at 9:26 AM Comments comments (0)

You heard me. Now I’m giving myself shots twice a day. The metformin is working, but not enough, so my endocrinologist (aka, Gift from God) decided to start me on Byetta. It helps your body to produce the right amount of insulin at the right time. Some people have issues with nausea temporarily and bruising at the injection site, but I started it yesterday, and have had no problems so far (knock on wood).

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Go Metformin!

Posted on December 12, 2008 at 2:41 PM Comments comments (0)

As of yesterday, I've lost 26 pounds, which is a first for me in 20 years!!!! I can't thank my endocrinologist enough. I feel like I finally have some control over what my body's doing. YAY!

Sleep Study

Posted on November 15, 2008 at 12:44 PM Comments comments (0)

I?m not sure if I mentioned before that I went in for a sleep study. I did it because one of the times I was getting blood drawn at my endocrinologist; I read a poster that listed the symptoms of sleep apnea:

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Sleep, Blessed Sleep

Posted on September 20, 2008 at 12:33 PM Comments comments (0)

I've been having trouble sleeping for almost a month now. I've always had trouble getting to sleep, but usually once I'm there, nothin will wake me. I may have mentioned that I did the first of two sleep studies to see if I have apnea. Well, the doc gave me AmbianCR to try to get some sleep till we figure out what's going on. I finally took one last night and actually slept the WHOLE night. I can't tell you how I needed that. With stress, hormones, and lack...

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