Sunday, March 4, 2012

Food allergy update

A week and a half ago I found out about my 29 food allergies. The very next day I changed the way I looked at food. That test was exactly what I needed to change my life. When you have a severe allergy like peanuts, you know you have to stay away from them in any form unless you want to die. I never had allergies like that, so I thought I could eat anything I wanted. Now my allergies won't cause ER-worthy allergic reactions, but they still cause problems. I don't look at them as sensitivities - "oh I can eat this every once in a while just not often". I consider them full-blown, I'll die if I eat them allergies, and it has worked fabulously. I've had french fries in my lap with no desire to eat them. I've drooled over cheese without succumbing to so much as a bite. I haven't so much as eaten a Lara Bar now that I know I can't eat dates. Even when shopping at Big Lots last night, if the package had something on my bad list, I put it up. There wasn't any thought on how I could deal with it, I just put it up.

Why am I excited about this? Because I still haven't been working out and I've lost 5 pounds. I feel I should have a party to celebrate. This has literally changed my life. I know it's only been a week and a half, but any other time I have changed my diet, I failed early on in the first week.

And the high-dose fish oil I've been taking for a little over a month is starting to work. I have more energy throughout the day, my brain isn't so foggy, and in general I feel better. Yes, the food is helping. But I was taking the fish oil to relieve inflammation, and the lifestyle change is doing that as well. Although my fingers are still swollen and painful, I'm hopeful that things will change.

I know my candida cleanse is working because I'm dealing with the 'Candida Die Off' symptoms. Things are getting worse before they get better because the candida is dying and flooding my system with toxins. But unlike a lot of people who give up at this point, I'm seeing this through to the end. To assist in the removal of the extra toxins, I'm going to start oil pulling today. I found flavored sunflower oil at Big Lots last night - I think that will make oil-pulling easier.

On a non-health-related note - We are house shopping today. Our apartment lease is up in 2 months and they have decided to increase our rent amount by over $100, so we're moving. We are looking at rental homes instead of apartments so the dog can have a yard, I can have a garden, and my kitchen might actually be useful. I'm hoping to find a place that has a 3rd bedroom I can use as a yoga studio/meditation room/gym. So wish us luck!

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  1. How wonderful that you are feeling so much better after learning about the allergies! And congrats on losing 5 pounds without even trying!! Keep up the good work!

  2. Glad to hear the change in diet is working so well! Good luck on house hunting, I think it's soo fun!!