Thursday, December 13, 2018

Near winter musings

Hello blogger land!  Winter has definitely started here in Minnesota, time for an update on this blog.

I am doing well, but I am now among the many people who are challenged by gastrointestinal issues. I found out about a month ago that some of the gut challenges I’ve had since summer are related to something called atrophic autoimmune gastritis. What this means is that the lining of my stomach is being attacked by my immune system and is thinning out.  On Tuesday I saw a Functional Medicine Internist who specializes in autoimmune recovery and nutrition. I will have a number of food restrictions including no gluten, dairy, soy, and corn among other things as my stomach heals.  I am learning how to cook and eat in a very different way and remain hopeful that I will be able to manage my symptoms and create greater longevity for the lining that I have.

As a result of my gastric challenges it is been very easy to lose weight for the first time in my life. I am simply not able to eat a lot and what I do eat is incredibly nutritious and not loaded with calories, fats, sugars etc. Now I have the converse problem of trying to stabilize my weight after losing about 15 pounds in the last 2 to 3 months. Despite my challenges in my G.I. system, I have maintained my exercise and strength training that I started last summer.  I exercise for 30 minutes almost every day and try to get to the gym to work on the circuits 2 to 3 times a week.  Cross country ski season has started and I am really enjoying that.

I also have the opportunity to travel to Spain (for work ) and the Netherlands (for pleasure) recently. Enjoy some pictures!  Take care of yourselves and have a great holiday season.


  1. Hello, Michele. It's E.Jane here. I was glad to see a post from you on my reader. I'm sorry to learn of your G.I. issues. I have had some of my own (acute diverticulitis), so I understand a bit of what you are dealing with.

    Yes, our Minnesota winter came early this year, and I can't say that I like it. I'm looking forward to two weeks in Florida in January and February. Take care of yourself and enjoy your travels.

  2. Hi Michelle, So good to see your post and sorry to hear about the stomach issues. Such irony when those of us with weight issues find ourselves NOT able to eat. Sounds as if you are doing all the right things and getting it under control. Interesting physician specialty. Had not heard of that before. Hope your sabbatical was all you wished for and you are refreshed! Take care, Sharon