i think i have suffered with food related allergies all my life.
however, it wasn’t until about 6 years ago that it came to light.
what started as a quest to answer a question regarding chloe’s health turned into so much more.
there have been a lot of struggles, arguments, victories and disappointments.
and then i got some answers.
i’m allergic to:
dairy (all forms including sheep and goat)
but there’s more…
i’m sensitive to:
and all chemicals used in packaged foods
(ie natural flavoring or spices)
which means i don’t eat any of those things.
if i do i get:
rash on my cheeks
low body temp
thyroid gets off
and more, which all escapes me at the moment
the main under-lying cause?
an over growth of yeast in my gut.
what? you ask.
yeast is, generally, naturally occurring in most peoples’ intestines.
but if you are eating foods that you are allergic to,
have been on multiple rounds of strong antibiotics,
(for women) used either the pill or IUD for birth control,
are under great amounts of stress
and have a high sugar diet
then you, my friend, just like me are a candidate for an overgrowth of yeast.
generally it’s candida but there are other yeasts as well.
i’m finally getting serious about it though.
last week i bought a program for reversing yeast overgrowth.
and since then i’ve been slowly preparing my body so that when i start the program next week it’ll be almost ready.
and i thought…why don’t i blog about it?
so here it goes…
the biggest factor is eliminating all sugars and starches from the diet.
this includes all baked goods (with a few exceptions and i’ll show pictures in coming weeks), potatoes and any foods that are high GI.
but as sugars and starches are eliminated more vegetables and low GI foods are introduced.
quinoa, kale, eggs (lots of eggs) are just starters.
so thankful i love those guys.
and as i’ve made this slow transition i’ve started noticing some changes.
my face is clearing up.
it still appears dry (making face make-up really not good…i just look scaly) but the redness isn’t as sharp and the “zits” are fewer.
also, i’m sleeping better.
i’ve had this constant problem in my shoulder for over a year now…but when i stay away from the sugar it’s actually getting better.
fewer flares of the enflamed muscles.
my mood swings are significantly less as well.
i’ve also discovered some new foods.
a quinoa salad (i don’t know the measurements but if you play with it there’s some good stuff)
quinoa cooked with water and a bit of salt (chicken broth would work beautifully too)
cool the quinoa then add:
herbamare (generous sprinkle)
1 leaf chopped kale
1 red, orange or yellow bell pepper
2 green onions chopped thinly
1 tsp raw apple cider vinegar
1/2 avocado on top
currants or raisins…i wonder what apple would taste like in it.
if you come up with any others please let me know and i’ll add them here.
make a lot of the quinoa then you can freeze it in smaller batches, though i wouldn’t freeze the salad.
it would turn the veggies to mush.
i had it with dinner (in lieu of potatoes) and for breakfast (with two fried eggs on top).
it’s filling (which i worry about weight loss…don’t really need to lose any) and really healthy.
so i’m going to go back to work now.
i’ll share with you as the experiment continues.