The best medicineDisclaimer- in my following post, I will be talking about people with physical discomforts, which they may be treating with medication. I am not qualified to speak on matters such as diabetes, cancer, MS, or any other chronic illness.
I'm taking a break from sharing my weight with you this week, in part for reasons any woman would understand. But I have been using that same reason as an excuse to eat sub optimally, and feel like crap for it, and that's what I want to talk about. I've been mostly paleo for about a month now, but cheated over Easter. My best friend brought over matzoh brittle. On Easter itself, my husband made pizza, because our nieces were visiting. And they brought pita chips. I ate all those things on Sunday. On Monday, I woke up with the runs. I want to note I *chose* to put all the foods in my mouth and do NOT blame the people who brought them around. No one can make you eat something.
Then, major PMS. I bought a pint of coconut milk ice cream and ate most of it. Yeast infection. And gassiness and bloating. Lots of bloating.
So here is what I know-
I have breathing if I consume dairy or peanuts.
Dairy and wheat give me the trots.
Too much sugar gives me yeast.
Logically, I must avoid these things as as much as possible, NOT eat them anyway then take albuterol, epinephrine, lactaid, Gas-x, Imodium and monistat to make up for it. I DO avoid the dairy and peanuts and I DO use an inhaler if I accidentally consume them, but for the other things, if I eat something I know I shouldn't I suffer the consequences, then think twice before eating it again.
I know, how un-American of me.
Here's the thing- for years before finally eliminating wheat, I told myself I did just fine on it. Then I give it up for a month, then I eat some, and I discover- no, I wasn't. I think many of us in first world countries are in that boat- we have NO IDEA what is affecting our bodies because we are used to being miserable, and/or used to popping a pill to counter act the things we shouldn't be eating. Sometimes it takes a few weeks to clue in. Even with people with no intolerance to real food- we ate so much artificial food products we've desensitised ourselves.
I would love to convince every one I know to take one month and eat ONLY real food- no dyes, no trans fats, no high fructose corn syrup. And I wish that an order of magnitude more for everyone popping antacids or anti-emetics on a regular basis, or for parents of a kid on ADHD meds. I know it's easier not to. Sometimes, some people find it easier to be miserable that make changes. But the benefits are worth it.