In no particular order, a few things I have learned over the past six weeks:
- Sugar and Starch are not so great for my body. They seem to promote inflammation and bloating.
- I am reactive to Black Pepper. Bummer! No wonder I was getting burning, searing stomach pain "Every time I eat!" We're still not clear on nightshades, so time will tell.
- I don't particularly like turkey broth.
- I do like wild salmon. Yum!
- Salt is amazing. Like, really.
- Also amazing? L-glutamine. I feel like my life is being transformed. I will refrain from giving you the gruesome details, but I will say that my digestive system is much happier these days. I mix it with some broth a few times a day. I was scared I would react to it, as I get terrible migraines with vomiting from MSG. My ND reassured me that it should not cause that kind of reaction, and to my great relief, it hasn't! Quite the opposite in fact.
- Not amazing? Bovine colostrum. I know it can be a miracle product for some folks, but I am no less allergic to cow colostrum than I am cow milk. The sooner I wrap my brain around the fact that I can *never*cheat and eat cheese or milk chocolate without consequences, the better off I will be.
- I can, in fact, survive without coffee, soy lattes, and chocolate. However, the withdrawal process is absolutely brutal. Even after the initial physical symptoms had passed, I wanted the earth to open up and swallow me whole for a week or two.
- It takes more than a few days to recover from chronic autoimmune conditions. Even when you go into a regimen expecting it to take months, it can be brutal.
And the big one:
- Waking up with a glimmer of hope is a huge step. If I can have even one day at baseline, it means that there may be more of those days in my future.
Thanks to my family and friends who have been giving me so much moral support in my attempts to find health and wellness.