I am happy to report that after a week of beginning my journey to put my EBV in it's place, that I am FINALLY starting to feel more energetic. In case you missed my post last Monday, Diagnosis = EBV, I was diagnosed with EBV last week. You can read the post to learn more about EBV. Anyway, my course of antibiotics is done. THANK GOODNESS!! I tell you, it is tough for someone that purposefully eats every 2-3 hours, in order to keep my cortisol levels in check, to have to skip eating for 2-3 hours BEFORE and at least 1 hour after taking a medicine!!! It was a twice daily sorta thing, so mornings were easy. It is that darn early evening one that was killing me. I was pretty run down last Tuesday-Thursday. Friday was much better, and then I was feeling great over the weekend! Today I am a little tired, but I still have a pretty good amount of energy. I went in for a follow up appointment, and the doctor was pleased to hear that my energy is coming back. I have to go again in a few weeks to make sure I continue on this uptrend. If things start to regress, it may mean that my EBV may be causing some other (possibly more serious) health issues.
What am I doing? First, I am really focusing on my diet. As a coach, I know that what I am eating will have a HUGE effect on how my body runs. My doctor suggested that I stick with a high protein, low carb, low fat diet. I typically follow a similar eating plan anyway, but right now, I am being extremely mindful of all of the foods that I am eating. I have cut out bread and pasta almost completely. We did have pizza on Saturday night, but I made sure that I kept my carbs EXTREMELY low early in the day, so that I could indulge with my family. I am sticking with carbs such as sweet potatoes, organic granola (with my yogurt), and corn tortilla chips (as my junk food treat). I am still drinking my Shakeology for breakfast, but I am adding in a small glass of carrot juice to boost my Vitamin A and my body's immune system. Per my doctor, I am also taking 2000mg of Vitamin C, along with my ActiVit multivitamin (my high quality multivitamin), again to boost my immune system. I was also given another B12 injection at my follow up appointment today. After much research, I am going to try adding in some other supplements to help my body fight the virus, including olive leaf extract, licorice root, and astragalus root. I am also increasing my use of coconut oil, raw ginger, and fresh garlic (things I use regularly anyway). I am still researching and looking to try new ideas. I have created a Pinterest board for my EBV, for those that want to learn more too.
Right now, I am just taking it one day at a time. I am making changes that will improve my health, and eventually help me tackle my weight loss more effectively. I am still exercising 5-7 days a week (currently alternating between T25 and Body Beast). As always, I am still drinking LOTS of water!!!