Muffin goes to the doctor

For the past few years, I have been struggling with feeling so utterly tired. I’ve wondered if it was my anti-depressant medicine… or something else. The doctor ran blood work and ran other tests 2 years ago to see what, if anything it might be. Most people want to just brush it off as: Well, yeah you’re tired. You’re a mother.

Monday, I went to the doctor (a different one) and we discussed my exhaustion.

He asked me about my diet.


I knew I couldn’t get away with this for much longer…

He made some suggestions:

and also:

and also:

But then he uttered words that struck fear and terror into my heart:

He told me to get off sugar (and he wrote it on his notes for me like this: Get off sugar!!!!)

Is he CRAZY!!!???

So my new eating habits, to improve my energy and moods will be this:

~ eat nuts and seeds
~raw foods
~omega 3 foods
~no sugar

~chromium picolinate
~ american ginseng
(I asked him about these while breastfeeding, and he ok’d it)

Pray for my family…


  1. Karla . . . I suffered from being anemic for years and therefore have had to take iron in order to boost my energy level. While my iron levels increased, I never really felt like the supplements were aiding my fatigue issues. Last year when I went for my physical, the doctor told me I was borderline Vitamin B12 deficient, and suggested a Vitamin B regiment that is helping immensely. I take 1 tablet a day of a Vitamin B 100 complex and it does wonders. It may be worth looking into as well. And it’s not overly expensive . . . about $13.00 CAD for 100 tablets. All the best with the new food changes in your life.

  2. Good luck! Looks like it will be some big changes, but just imagine how it would feel if you have more energy!

  3. It will be misery at first, I will not lie.
    But the benefits and rewards… you will not believe. You will feel better, look better and just never want to go back.. oh, you’ll be tempted.. and giving in a bit, not a problem.
    I send you love and strength Karla.

  4. Mrs. Fussy Fussypants says

    Omega 3-6-9 supplements changed our lives! ;)

    You know how I gave up junk food for Lent? I feel so much better. I’m staying off sweets!

    ok, maybe a little heart healthy dark chocolate here and there! ;)

    Tomorrow when I tell you I’m not giving up sweets remind me of my promise. KTHANKS?

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  6. Oh Karla… I fear that I’m going to hear the same thing! I’m praying for you because I’m with you in the (non) liking of vegetables.

    I did see my doctor and he discussed the need to lower my cholesterol and guess what?! I’m supposed to do a lot of the same things. More fish, more veggies, more Omega oil…

    So the first thing I did was to take an fish oil (make sure it’s coated and that it is Omega 3.) And then I started praying that I would like vegetable more… Guess what? I do! God’s been fully faithful to change my attitude AND taste buds. So as always, I say you should give it to God and let him handle the rest for you. (He can even handle the no sugar thing.)

  7. Cahleen 何凱琳 says

    I like your blog so much, and I don’t think I’ve ever left a comment before. Or have I? I can’t remember. Anyway, I’m right there with you on this one. I need to give up all that junk food too. Why does junk food have to taste so good and healthy food have to taste so boring?

  8. stephanie says

    I wish you hadn’t said anything! :) I’ve been fearing that was my problem as well, but am I going to the dr. for an official diagnosis? Uh-uh. But, seriously, I’m right there with you with the exhaustion that I can. not. conquer.

  9. Beth@Sportsmomma says

    First of all- You’re blog title alone could be a WFMW for me!! :-)

    I hear ya on the whole tired and dragging thing. You can check out my post here about the supplements I take. I’ve been able to go off all of my “real meds” and I feel so much better. Not dragging and sluggish like I was before!!

    Hope all goes well with your transition. No sugar- I don’t know if I could do it!!!!

  10. Megan (FriedOkra) says

    No doubt it’ll be tough at first, but you will definitely feel better. Definitely! And feeling better is much more addictive than sugar, anyday.

  11. I’ve read that taking in sugar gives you a lift, but leaves you lower than you started. I just started experimenting with the Super Foods regimen, lots of veggies, fish, chicken, turkey, very little sugar, exercise – sounds about like what he told you. Oh yeah, they also promote SLEEP! something I struggle to make a priority – hope you see a change quickly, and maybe with spring around the corner there will be enough fresh veggies to entice you.

  12. Karla-
    Don’t dismiss the idea of the anti-depressant causing it. I was soooo tired when I was on mine and they tested me for everything and suggested everything but getting off of it. It also raised my blood pressure. I am now off of it and I feel SO MUCH better. I still have fatigue some days, but nothing like before. Now my fatigue is related to when my allergies flare up.
    Hope the diet helps.

  13. Anonymous says

    Amazing how many women feel the same way. I have suffered terribly from exhaustion and a while back went for several test myself to see what the cause might be. So, they told me too much caffeine! Can you imagine that. I do not have a weakness for sweets but drink A LOT of coffee with a teaspoon of sugar in each. They also said I am not taking in enough calories. I may try your diet. It will be worth it to feel like I can function for an entire day. Maybe you can share some recipes that might help. I am not really crazy about fish.
    Hope you feel better soon.

  14. Karla, I have to “ditto” what Melanie said about the anti-depressants. And being off sugar and any caffeine will help with alleviating symptoms of depression as well. I know, I’ve been there. I also lost weight when I went off my anti-depressant (even though they kept telling me that my weight gain had nothing to do with them…HUH!)I have a whole soapbox about this, but I’m not going to get on it here. (which I’m sure you are thanking my for :).
    I’ll be praying for you as you make this dietary transition…YOU CAN DO IT!

  15. Michelle Smiles says

    Off sugar? Cold turkey? Couldn’t that be dangerous?

    Seriously, good luck. I believe in everything in moderation, I just have trouble moderating the good stuff like sugar!

  16. Oh no! I’d just die without my sugar!!!!!!!!!!

  17. CastoCreations says

    I feel your pain. I really do. Sugar has been part of my life forever! Until about four weeks ago.

    I didn’t eliminate it entirely but no more desserts every night after dinner. No snacking on chocolate at work. No more white bread.

    You WILL notice a difference although it will be extremely, extremely difficult at first. It truly is an addiction. Going off sugar does result in withdrawal. So good luck! :)

  18. Kudos to you and your doctor. The changes he suggested will certainly improve your health even if you don’t notice feeling better right away.

    By the way, you look especially lovely today, too!

    P.S. Please excuse me if I sound like a mom.

  19. Becoming Me says

    That’s a big challenge but I know you can do it! Do you have to go cold turkey or can you eat sugar in moderation?

  20. The Flip Flop Mamma! says

    Karla, this is exactly how we’re eating (except for the fish) and I’m here to say that you will def have more energy!!!

    check out my new food blog! And add a green smoothie to your routine!!

  21. The Flip Flop Mamma! says

    P.S. instead of using sugar, use agave nectar or honey!

  22. Elizabeth...mommy...etc says

    seriously, you’ll feel better…even though i eat sugar and shouldn’t lecture you at all! but…i’d also just track how much wheat and gluten you get…bet limiting those 3 things: wheat, gluten, sugar…you’ll feel brand new. but the hardest part is sticking to it…i never can! i say that as i just drank 1/2 a coke and i have hershey kisses sitting her next to me…

  23. Oh, what does HE know? You probably need more sugar, not less…. I need to start eating healtheir too, although the idea makes me want to curl up in the corner with my precious bag of sugar and cry.

  24. My name's Straight Shooter... says

    i. think. i. love. you.

  25. you totally just saved me a copay- was about to go to the dr about all the tiiiiireeeed! but i think i’ll try your ‘prescription’ first and see if it makes a difference. thanks for sharing!

  26. It is H.A.R.D, but I promise you’ll feel so much better. I weaned myself off of sugar a couple of years ago and it was the best I ever felt! I use past tense because now I have a tiny bit every day in my tea…and I’ve gotten way off track with sweets lately. Yikes!

  27. oh amanda says

    Wow! It will be worth it, tho!

  28. Cut out obvious sugar holders first and see if that helps. There are a ton of “sugar hiders” – foods that have sugar that you think dont.. so those will be harder to cut out. :(

    I hope you feel better soon!

  29. I had to laugh Karla because I’m right there with you! I recently went to the doctor and my cholesterol is a bit high – so yeppers – I have to change my eating habits too. I’ve been eating lower fat foods for a week and I feel good but I’m always hungry! HA HA
    I think in addition to fighting the frump you need some Weight Wednesdays or something on nutrition –

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