To be in total awe of your body is wonderful. I knew that the body is an exquisite machine but I had never known that with my body. Never. Now that I have experienced the efficient machine God intended, I don’t want to let that go. This efficient machine is not just meant for other people; it’s mine too. I want to keep it. I don’t want to lose it. And then, I get a pissed when I think of all the years that I was robbed of it. I could cry.
There are consequences when I eat the wrong foods. I get, heartburn, nausea, aches, pains, sweating, headache, dizziness, vertigo, excessive thirst. Like diabetic thirst. Except my blood sugar isn’t that high. I get brain fog; I’m quite spacey, and my intelligence is diminished. To be clear, I believe my I.Q. is the same, but my intelligence is more accessible when I eat clean.
One wrong food and I stop losing weight. I retain water. When it releases, I experience an urgent need to urinate and I’m peeing every twenty minutes. Just like when pregnant, a swollen uterus presses on the bladder and creates an urgent need to pee. This makes sense when I think of an inflamed bowel, swollen lymph nodes, and other tissues pressing on the bladder. This experience can last anywhere from one to four days. From ONE wrong food. Many wrong foods and the symptoms overlap each other creating a vicious cycle where I could have only one good day a month.
I also experience inconsistent bowl movements ranging from loose to bound up.
I also get those geographical patches on my tongue, white sores on the inside of my cheeks. My tongue thickens, the fissures deepen, the scalloping on the edges increase in size and I can’t taste my food. That sucks especially now that I know what food is supposed to taste like.
If I keep eating the wrong foods, in a matter of days, I lose my hair in patches. I get anywhere from a dime to quarter size bald spots on my head. This process is slow. So slow that I will start growing a little tuft of hair in the center of this circle as I continue to lose it along the outer edge of the circle. It looks like a weird donut. Once the process starts it continues until some predetermined genetics tells it to stop for that particular spot. Correcting my diet mid-fallout does not help. I have to prevent it before it starts. The spot on the back left of my crown is usually about the size of a quarter. The one to the right of my part is a nickel. The one behind my right ear is the size of a dime. The one on nape of my neck to the right is about the size of two quarters. I have gone to the dermatologist and received steroid shots in my head.
Eating the wrong foods messes with my sleeping patterns. I used to snore, loudly, I’m told. So loudly that I moved into another room, because I was repeatedly awakened to tell me to quit snoring and roll over. My snoring didn’t bother me. It wasn’t waking me up, my husband was. Since I started my diet I have quit snoring and moved back into my bedroom. I eat the way I eat because I like sleeping with my husband.
Low energy levels even when I get enough sleep is one of the first signs that I ate something wrong. My guess is that this has more to do with disrupting circadian rhythms and the inability to reach R.E.M. rather than snoring and sleep apnea.
I also don’t have the highs and lows of adrenal dysfunction anymore. My peaks and valleys were so extreme, I would often stop and wonder if I was bi-polar. The peaks were great until I hit the wall with some anxiety filled consequence, some of which I still can’t live down. I have burned bridges with some of my relationships because of this. I do prefer being alone. When I am alone, I go at my own pace and it’s alright to make mistakes. I don’t have to handle other people’s embarrassment that is result of my high-strung ditziness.
Okay, so, my tongue swells and the lymph-nodes in my neck and chest swell. I feel buoyant. So buoyant that I feel like that my boobs and double chin will run into each other. That swelling takes up room. All of that creates the snoring, the throbbing, the shortness of breath.
When I wonder why I am short of breath or have heart palpitations, even though I don’t smoke and I didn’t overexert myself, I start thinking about all the lymph-nodes in my chest wall and how my lungs have to press up against them when they are swollen.
I didn’t think I had trouble swallowing until the inflammation was reduced in my neck.
I don’t hear my heartbeat in my ears anymore.
I used to see stars. I had suspected rising blood pressure because my readings are usually on the low-end. One day I saw stars right after I checked my blood pressure while waiting at the pharmacy. I checked it again and my blood pressure actually lowered. Surprisingly.
Skeletal; I felt frail. My teeth weren’t as anchored as they should have been. At one point I would clench my teeth and wonder just how strong was my jaw? My dentist was always telling me that my gums were at -4 and I had to watch it because it is a precursor for periodontal disease. Not anymore. Now it is in reverse and I can tell a difference. Not only do my teeth feel securely anchored but my jaw feels stronger. Also back when I was in the other bedroom by myself, I would lay flat on my back without a pillow all night. Rolling over on my side would knock me out of alignment. …I really did feel frail. Like my joints were loose. I do not feel as frail as I did a couple of years ago.
My feet hurt. Besides joint pain, I would stand up and have to wait for my weight to distribute over my feet before I could start walking. I hobbled. I don’t hobble anymore. Not because I am losing weight, it’s because I don’t have inflammation getting in the way of what my body is supposed to be doing.
I used to get a tingling sensation that started in my shoulder, skipped my elbow and felt it in my fingers. Not anymore.
I’m not kidding when I say I am growing younger.
Because of this strict diet, I quit going to the chiropractor routinely. My reasoning? My lymph nodes quit swelling and quit pushing everything out-of-the-way and knocking me out of alignment.
Sometimes when I think of the simplicity of it all, I just want to cry. It’s like duh, accommodations need to be made for the swelling.
Speaking of lymph nodes, those tender lumps under my armpit went down. My doctor always blamed shaving for those lumps. I don’t do routine breast exams because I had always felt lumps. Lumps that weren’t cancer. I should be doing routine exams because my Grandmother died of breast cancer before I was born. She was young.
My migraine quality headaches. I used to think they were skeletal; spinal. Now I think they are lymph nodes in the back of my neck that swell then push up on my skull and makes everything collide with my brow bone.
I also have a dot behind my shoulder-blade that I can never reach, but that doesn’t stop me from backing up to any door jamb or corner to press on it anyway. I have another one on the other side of my back between my spine and shoulder blade. This one I can reach and the massage is more effective.
Sciatica. I believe a swollen lymph node presses on the sciatica and makes nerve pain shoot down the leg.
I used to have aching in the upper calves behind the knee.
All of these are gone.
Swollen ankles. This has been my favorite, favorite, symptom to eliminate. I actually have a feminine turn between my calves and my feet, instead of a thick cankle. I can see an ankle bone. I still have pockets in front and behind the ankle bone, but I expect this to be an area of improvement as time goes on. (I don’t know what the pockets are; fluid, fat, tissue, lymph, ???)
This strict diet isn’t a wonder cure where one thing fixes all. Gluten gives me room spins. Tomatoes give me nauseating heartburn. Citric acid makes me sweat profusely. But, even then I’m not treating a thousand things. I’m treating one thing, I’m preventing inflammation, and inflammation makes everything go haywire. It make sense when I think about it. Inflammation presses on my bladder, it presses against my lungs, it makes my throat smaller, affects the size of my ear canals and makes me dizzy, and swells between my joints and makes them hurt.
Once I eat something wrong, the effect lasts for days. It could be a week. This isn’t; be uncomfortable for a few hours and start again tomorrow. I have to let it run its course. It may start with heartburn. It may start with a backache. The migraine may subside but I still experience inflammation.
Usually I can tell the episode is over when I break out in a refreshing sweat and I instantly feel wonderful. Sometimes this happens at 9:00 pm then I am up for another five hours because I feel good. Feeling good is energizing. It’s like letting down the flood gates and the energy flows. Then I’m either cleaning, crafting, or writing all night.
Another reason to stick with the strict diet? It’s temporary. This can’t last. We have to find out what is going on, because this is no way to live. The more that people are on board with this the more that the medical community, scientists, have to take a look at what is going on. I know I am not the only one. Who else is out there?