Okay, big changes have been happening. For one: I got a new job. Both better hours and better pay. Plus I only work with three people and we all get along. …so far, we’ll see how everybody fares the increase in summer business. For two: I think my gastroenterologist and I have done what we can with the gut so now I am seeing someone in integrative medicine. This doctor works with a health coach and does acupuncture. Now I feel that my actions and reactions are better charted.
The worst part is that I’m on an elimination diet … again. No caffeine. No sugar. No sugar substitutes. No eggs. All whole foods, so no bread (not even gluten-free), no sausage.
I was adding maple syrup to sweeten up some stuff, such as hot almond milk, because some diets allow this low-glycemic sweetener and I don’t react. Even though I was only having three Tablespoons a day, I was surprised that I naturally cut back to one because even that small amount was just getting a little too gooey-sweet.
For the most part we have eliminated FODMAP foods, histamine foods, high glycemic foods. I hardly eat any fruit and those are just blueberries, blackberries and cantaloupe. I still get a bloom, or two, or three, on my tongue which lasts about four or five days. Right now I’m blaming turnips, but I’m getting to the point where maybe I have cut through the inflammation and found the real geographic tongue. We’ll see. There isn’t much more food I can cut out. So if I can stick to foods that I have been eating for another two weeks, I think I can get a clean slate to start adding foods back in.
Furthermore, I have been running. Everyday I leave work and stop by the gym before I go home. I’m off work at 5:30 and I have my alarm set for 6:30 and when it goes off I get off the treadmill. I have to take my speed and distance for what it is. It differs because I don’t get out of work right away. Sometimes I get 45 minutes in, sometimes I only get a half-hour in. Right now my best is 2 miles in 28.5 minutes.
I’ve lost 12 pounds since January 23rd. I haven’t had a migraine quality headache since, but I have had withdrawal aches, pains, and cravings, especially with caffeine. I did have light to medium blooms on my tongue four different times, so I am still looking for that clean slate. I feel great except I need to have more variety of food. This is no way to live, although I am hopeful because I feel like I finally found what normal feels like.