Monday, February 27, 2012

Food Allergy Test Results

I was in for a surprise when I got my food allergy test results this past Wednesday. For the few days prior, my thoughts were wrought with fear that I may be allergic to garlic or nuts. I even started designing my garlic and nut super-villain tattoos. Thankfully those weren't on my list.

The shock came with the 29 other items on my list!

Moderate allergies
Baker’s and brewer's yeast
White mushroom

Broccoli Buttermilk Carrots Casein
Celery Cilantro Cinnamon Cod
Dates Iceberg lettuce Kiwi Lamb
Millet Onion Oregano Parsley
Plum Potato Raspberry Rosemary
Sage Strawberry Swiss cheese Turkey

I was upset to see so many yummy foods on the list, including my go-to meat, turkey, and some of my usual spices. I was glad to see celery and onions, though. I’ve detested them for years and I always get laughed at for hating onions. Now I have a legitimate reason for hating them! I can live with this list. Well, I don't really have a choice, but I can look at it positively. I have created a list of fruits, veggies and herbs that I can use. I am building a large collection of recipes that do not use any of the items on my list. They are going into an organizational recipe/meal planner binder I'm working on (and I will post more details about it later).

The nutritionist recommended that I do a candida cleanse due to my allergies to yeasts. I started the day after I got my results. I have temporarily eliminated all sugar, fungi and fermented items from my diet. It has been an interesting few days, but I think things are going pretty well. Menu planning is definitely going to be key in the success of this endeavor.

While searching FoodGawker for new recipes that fit my dietary restrictions, I suddenly realized that my turkey allergy extends to more than just Thanksgiving and lunch meat. I could give those up. But I have to give up turkey bacon, too :( Since I detest pork bacon, I guess I'm just SOL. My secret love affair with bacon has come to a tragic end.

I started the cleanse at 227.4 pounds, and 3 days in I was already down to 225. From what I have read, allergy symptoms, especially from candida, can get worse the first couple of weeks into a cleanse, so I’m preparing for the worst and trying to get some blogs written before my hands get worse. And I’m doing a lot of recipe searching!

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

It will happen - I think!

I've had a vitamin/supplement series idea running through my head for awhile. It's a lot easier to manage PCOS naturally when you know what to use, dosages, the good brands, etc. But more importantly, why take it? What exactly does it help?

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I recently realized that I was taking over a dozen supplements a day, and I couldn't tell you what some of them were for unless I did some research. That's crazy. It's very important to know the reasons behind anything you put in your system. We have to make informed decisions to provide our bodies with the best care. If we don't know why we are taking something, then it wasn't really an informed decision, was it? That's why I stopped taking everything, and started from scratch, one at a time. This way I know why I'm taking it, what effects I'm looking for, and I can determine if it's working or not.

But I need your help. This project can't reach it's full potential without help from you. What supplements have you tried? How have they affected you? Please leave me a comment or send me an email with the subject 'Supplement Blog Series' to courtneysaville (at) gmail (dot) com.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Hopelessness and Allergies

I've been feeling overwhelmingly hopeless lately. DH and I are both disabled and not fit to work, but we aren't disabled enough to be recognized by the gov't. Since we are not working, we cannot afford insurance to cover medications I need to become remotely sane - although they never really did work. Every day that goes by is just another day where I realize that I am having to rely on my 77 year old grandfather, who will probably end up working until the day he dies because he is the only one in our family who gives a damn and supports us, even if he really doesn't want to. I've been trying so hard to lose weight in an attempt to feel better. I figured if I didn't have to carry around so much weight, I might feel better. Well gaining 8 pounds in the last 2-3 weeks definitely isn't helping.

I've been sitting here for hours scouring the internet for some piece of advice I haven't heard before, something that might make me feel better. I guess I did find something, but I'm not getting my hopes up - if I'm wrong, it hurts less this way. I've read some interesting articles/blogs/research lately that shows a correlation between my perpetually swollen fingers, stiff joints, and my depression and bipolar disorder: FOOD ALLERGIES. I know that going off gluten did wonders for my gut, but what else could I be eating that is causing so many problems? My grandmother paid for a food allergy test yesterday. The blood test checks for 110 different allergies, covering the typical foods one might eat. The results should be available within 3 weeks. I'm so very afraid that I may have a nut allergy, which will be a nightmare for me, since nut flours have been my go-to flours since I went gluten-free. Or could I be allergic to kale, even though I have perfected my super spicy kale chip dehydrator recipe? I'd be happy to be allergic to red meat and chicken - it would be an excuse to become a vegetarian, something I can't do now because of my husband's love for anything meaty. My fear is that I won't have the willpower to eliminate anything the test might reveal as bad for me. I still eat some gluten, even though I know what it does to me.

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I've seen enough rain lately - a rainbow would be a welcome change.