I'm a 42 year old female. After a recent trip to the dentist, I discovered that I have bone loss and my gums are receding (from overbrushing). She doesn't think that the gums are diseased, but I do get a lot of tartar, especially between the front teeth. After years of skipping breakfast and lunch, bingeing on fast food, and drinking soda and iced tea, I decided to turn over a new leaf.
I've kicked the soda habit and I've been off soda and all sweet drinks for 2 months now. I've also been off of all sugary, sticky foods (with the exception of dark chocolate) and I'm off of high fructose corn syrup. I'm taking vitamins C, E, folic acid, calcium, and coenyme q10. And drinking water throughout the day. I've been on my new eating regimen for 3 weeks. Here's a typical day's meals: Breakfast:
banana, milk, hardboiled egg, shredded wheat Lunch:
water, carrot, wasa whole grain flatbreads, cheddar cheese, garbanzo bean salad (with broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, cucumber, dill, parsley, olive oil), sunflower + sesame seeds Dinner:
chicken, zucchini/ broccoli, mango, pineapple, milk, side salad, potato/ whole grain pasta Snack:
almonds, dark chocolate
Here are my questions/ problems:
1) I am so tired this week...but my mood is good. You'd think that I'd feel like an 18 year old by eating all this good stuff.
2) I have a tingling (sometimes burning) sensation in between my teeth (especially the front ones) after I eat crunchy carrots and salad. It's not pain. It's just a tingly sensation like after you eat a mint. My mouth does feel really clean. What could be causing this?
3) I am so hungry. Last weekend, after a huge breakfast of healthy foods: scrambled eggs and zucchini, whole grain toast, fruit salad, milk...I ate lunch 30 minutes later...a healthy lunch, but shouldn't my body be able to hang in there a bit longer? Am I eating enough food?
4) I've been doing a lot of research on calcium. Since I drink a lot of milk and eat a lot of diary, I'm only taking one calcium supplement per day. What foods interfere with calcium's absorption?
5) When will I start seeing physical results of my new eating regimen? Although I haven't had anything sweet or greasy in months, my husband noticed that my pores were full of blackheads! When will this all clear up?
6) Of course after I started, there was something on the news about taking too many vitamins. How can you make sure that you're getting just the right amount?
7) I'm not trying to lose weight. I'm really trying to improve my overall health (especially my teeth and gums.) How can you make sure that you're eating the right foods to address certain body conditions? I want all those vitamins getting up there to my teeth and gums.
My cravings for soda and fast food have totally disappeared!
So, it's been surprisingly easy to stay on this regimen. Last week, there were two boxes of delectable donuts laid out in front of me. I just admired them and then ate a carrot instead.
So far so good.
Thanks for your help.