For people suffering from Orthostatic Intolerance, Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia, Mast Cell Activtation or EDS. Follow me as I document my struggle towards better health.

Best Day EVER!!!!

I am in my last month of Dr. Levine's exercise protocol and I would like to make the announcement that today I have felt GREAT!!! Last week I was pretty tired and weak but today. W00t!

What a great day is like:

  • 5:30am woke-up and watched the weather channel on TV
  • 6am got kids up and made breakfast: omelettes with spinach and cheese, chopped up fruit 
  • 6:45 made lunches for school
  • 7:15 made tea (ginger and lemon)
  • 8am went for power walk (yes WALK!) on trails around our house through woods, up hills BPM >130
  • 9am finished walk
  • 9:20 rested 
  • 10am snack, took mini-chainsaw and pruned trees for winter damage etc
  • 12:30 picked pine cones out of golden retriever's fur
  • 1pm lunch
  • 2pm went back to pruning
  • 3:30pm snack, meeting at house
  • 5pm pick up kids 
  • 6om shower, snack
  • 7pm write on blog
  • Make dinner
Oh yeah baby!  This is how the other half lives... I totally forgot!!!

Evil Marmite and POTS

Mitch just posted on my previous Marmite blog to let us know that Marmite actually is loaded with MSG.  Now before you freak-out and throw your hidden stash of 6 Marmite jars in the bin you may want to know that MSG is actually a naturally occurring element in many foods.


A pizza with mushrooms, cheese and tomato sauce, for example is loaded with MSG because it the food it contains has the MSG built-right-in.  Marmite has lost of glutamate because of the yeast content.  That said, if you feel you are sensitive, and many people with Postural Orthostatic tachycardia Syndrome and Orthostatic Intolerance do have food sensitivities, then definately avoid Marmite. (thanks Mitch for the info)

Here is a really interesting post on MSG that I found and it specifically references Marmite.  You can find it here...

The following is an excerpt from the article which lists the MSG content in food which I found really surprising:
[per 100mg]
roquefort cheese 1280
parmesan cheese 1200
soy sauce 1090
walnuts 658
fresh tomato juice 260
grape juice 258
peas 200
mushrooms 180
broccoli 176
tomatoes 140
mushrooms 140
oysters 137
corn 130
potatoes 102
chicken 44
mackerel 36
beef 33
eggs 23
human milk 22