Monday, September 15, 2014

Weight gain, food addiction, leaky gut and metabolic syndrome

Weight gain

I made a series of videos about food addiction, weight gain, leaky gut and the Metabolic Syndrome.
How it is affecting all of us that eat the standard American diet.

Metabolic Syndrome

Just in case you don't know what the metabolic syndrome is, it's simply a term that covers all the diseases that our diet has created.

You don't need to have all of the diseases,  just one  would mean you have Metabolic Syndrome.  The most common  is Obesity and a Leaky Gut.

My symptoms

  • Heart burn
    Who has Metabolic Syndrome
  • Spastic esophagus
  • Weight gain
  • Food addiction
  • Leg pain
  • Back pain
  • Arm pain
  • Shoulder pain
  • Inflammation
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Sleep issues
  • Cravings
  • Brain fog
  • Depression
    Joint Pain and Gluten Intolerance
  • Dry eyes
  • Dry skin
  • Chicken skin
  • Tired
  • High blood pressure
  • Thick mucus
  • Arthritis
  • Food intolarence
A huge list. It is now September 2014, I have been fixing the Leaky Gut since June. I am on the mend. All of the symptoms are gone or lessened. 
Symptoms others may have
  • High cholesterol
  • Thyroid problems
  • Diabetes
  • High blood glucose
  • Crohns
  • Celiac disease
  • Asthma
  • Autoimmune disorders
  • Alzheimer’s
  • MS
  • Lupus
  • Depression
  • Candida
  • Rosacea
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Alcohol cravings
  • And More

High Blood Pressure

I was diagnosed with high blood pressure January 2013. It was 175/88. I was deep into sugar addiction at the time. Also drinking wine a few days a week. I had the bp checked by the Dr. on a day after I had wine the night before. 
Blood Pressure Sept. 2014
Wine lowers the blood pressure while drinking it, raises it the next day.
I was given a beta blocker, it didn't help, I was told to take two.
I stopped all supplements just in case they interfeared with the medication.
I continued to eat sugar and enjoy wine.
I continued to get sicker.
July 2013 I had it, I was continuing to gain weight and getting sicker.
I stopped the bp medication, did it slowly.
I check the bp often, it seemed OK
My bp is now 102/64.
I can now try healing the rest of me.

Leaky Gut

It was obvious I had a leaky gut and may have had it for years. I remember how uncomfortable some foods made me as far back as my 20's.
The issues get progressivly worse over time.
I developed Gerd.
I had a Spastic Esophagus, burnt Esophagus,  and heart burn. It was pretty painful.
I started taking supplements, Digestive Enzymes, Probiotics and HCL with Pepsin. I started to mend.
Even if you don't think you have digestive issues it is still wise to take a probiotic, specially at bed time. 
I take a probiotic with every meal, in between if I get the painful burps,  and at bedtime. 
I also take lots of Vitamin B complex, Magnesium, Ataxathin, Vitamin D3. This leaky gut causes malabsorption of vitamins so I take lots of them.
Nutritional deficiencies in leaky gut,  vitamin A, magnesium, zinc, vitamin D3. 
I am on the mend.

YouTube Videos

I have more information about the ongoing cure for the Metabolic Syndrome, including Leaky Gut,  Food Addiction, Weight gain and Weight loss in my videos on YouTube.

Helpful links

I made a PDF  of links on Leaky Gut, Metabolic Syndrome and weight gain that I find helpful.  It includes my list of symptoms, causes and cures.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Home sewn a designer ready to wear jacket

I finally finished my designer jacket.  The inspiration jacket is made with a tweed, which I wanted but couldn't find in a stripe I like. My jacket is made from a suit weight wool/rayon with a vertical stripe. I had to cut it on the cross grain, which worked great. It also has bias cuts on the back, front and sleeves.
I love my new jacket, the fit is amazing and it is very comfortable. The sleeves are the greatest. The slim arm is perfect.
I did have a problem with the collar. It didn't sit right on my neck and I had to redo the entire thing, ripping out the edge stitching and top stitching was pretty hard to do with black on black, thread and fabric. I got it done and altered the collar shape to hug my neck better and redid it.
I used a Lekala pattern for the basic shape and fit but altered every single pattern piece. I first taped all the pieces together then redrew what I wanted changed cut it out and added seam allowances.
I love Lekala patterns because they fit so well and because I can add my own seam allowances. I use various sizes so I don't have to trim seams. I always use 1/4 for collars and neck edge, 1/2 for sleeves and if I have seams for detail they get 1/4 also. I use 1in. for zippers and 1 or 5/8 for body. Makes it easy for me.

Designer Inspiration

I really enjoyed making this jacket.
For the zipper bands I sew the zipper to the bands before I sew the bands to the jacket front. I then turn under the seam allowances on the facing and front bands, slip the lining under them and edge stitch the whole thing in place. Worked great. I did the same technique for the jacket lower band. I will be using this for everything I sew that has bands. So accurate and less stitching. I do make all seam allowances with chalk and thread trace them, sure makes sewing more accurate.

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Sew a Garment a Month Entry

Lekala 5425

My plan for March 2014 is a fitted blouse with contrasting yokes, collar and a slot seam on the cuff.
I will not be making it western style. I will remove the points on the yokes and adding a sleeve placket. I also will be making it longer and maybe making the collar a bit smaller and the band a bit wider. I have never made a fitted blouse before so truly this is a March Challenge.
My other challenge will be the front band and its edge stitching. I plan on making some sort of jig to press to so I can get the straight and even. Same for the sleeve plackets.
Lekala 5425
Lekala 5425


My Inspiration
Lekala 5425I have never made a slot seam so I thought I would give it a try with the contrasting floral fabric. The fabric is 100% cotton shirting from Stone Mountain & Daughter in Berkeley

Friday, March 7, 2014

Sew here I am

I have a revived new interest in my life. Sewing
I want to sew advanced level, I am not advanced. In order to get there I will be buying books, taking classes and learning what I can off the internet.
The internet has proven to be a great source for lots of different techniques.

 I really doubt I will ever be considered advanced and don't expect it. But, I can try.

Before I start a new project I work out the steps on paper then search for several different ways to get to the result I want.

Today I am getting ready to make a fitted blouse. I have never sewn a fitted blouse, not only that, I have only one in the closet. I will be looking closely at its construction as I move along.

I will be using another Lekala Pattern 5425, the one I choose is a western look but only in the yokes, which I have removed.

Pretty sexy number, I won't be wearing it like this.
I added 3 inches to the length and a cuff with a sleeve placket. I also shortened the collar by .5". I might make the front band narrower.

Why did I pick this pattern if I am changing it so much? I like its fit and the front neck area.
The other things are very simple changes, I don't think I could change the front neck or the fit.

Hopefully I will have this blouse ready to wear in 3 weeks. Yes, I am slow.