Wow. Dramatic title much?
You may (or may not) be wondering at my lack of posts during the last weeks of July.
Well, after I came back from Myrtle Beach…
My stomach was feeling great! I took a week off of eating fats, because I had a feeling that I wasn’t digesting them very well. That meant no almonds, no oil, and no pistachios! Instead I subsisted on…
Bananas, beans, carrots, raspberries, prunes, chicken and protein powder.
The only time my stomach hurt during the whole trip was the day I drank a lot of almond milk (almonds… duh!)
Then when I got back, the almond butter returned!
Along with bloating, stomach pain, “bubbliness” and a whole lot else. Still not as bad as before, but unwelcomed nonetheless.
On the Monday after my return I drove an hour for a homeopathic/naturopathic appointment.
During the consultation the naturopathic nurse took my health history, asked a lot of questions, then led me through an electrodermal reading where she tested different accupressure points in my body.
With this she determined that I had a mold allergy (which I already knew). She found that my body was deficient in vitamin B and C. I also lack choline which is a neurotransmitter helping with short term memories. Iodine is another level that she tested, and because I rarely use salt I am not getting enough.
The two biggest revelations though were when she told me I had hypoglycemia and an overgrowth of candida. I knew what both were prior to this appointment, but I had no idea that some of my symptoms were being caused by them!
Hypoglycemia is where your blood sugar drops if you don’t eat every 2-3 hours. This explains why I had difficulty focusing during Calculus and band (right before lunch), as well as English (which I had at the end of the day). My mom said that hearing this diagnosis she was surprised that a managed to get still get all A’s.
Then she explained more about candida to me, which is the real kicker. Candida covers all of my symptoms! Caused by an imbalance in my gut (from overuse of antibiotics) symptoms range from allergies to stomach and gi problems, to fatigue and cold extremities, candida can even cause irregular periods!
This appointment was very enlightening, and I left with a list of supplements, vitamins and special instructions to help me beat these BEASTS!!
At first I just started taking the supplements, then I jumped head first into the anti-candida diet. Phase One.
For phase one I am supposed to be following the Atkins diet, but with my food allergies and nut issues that would be nearly impossible. Unless I starve!
Here is a sample of what I eat when following the anti-candida diet:
Green, sprouted lentils from Whole Foods. To cook, boil 1 1/4 cups of water in a small pan the add 1/4 cup of lentils. Cook in boiling water for five minutes. Then cover, remove from heat and let set for another five minutes.
With hypoglycemia I am supposed to eat smaller meals more frequently, preferably something with protein.
For lunch I wanted to use up some asparagus tips that I had in the fridge, and BAM, instant salad. Warm asparagus tips, cold chicken chunks, and fresh crunchy lettuce.
For my after lunch snack, I need something quick and super simple.
Much the same as lunch with vegetables being the main focus. Kale and green beans. Not much protein, but I needed something easy in my stomach.
Thanks Peas and Crayons!
As you can pretty much see from my post above, vegetables are this summer’s staple. I’ve also been digging protein powder and stevia (I finally found a version that doesn’t aggravate my stomach! STOKED!!)
Another staple this summer that happens to be non-food is Disney Channel.
Yes, I know I’m eighteen. And I know that I am going to be heading off for college in a week… But Disney Channel has been an unexpected, but totally awesome perk of babysitting! The shows are so wholesome and uplifting. Just today I watched Radio Rebel, a movie featuring Debbie Ryan. Was it cheesy? Yes, but in a good way. She reminded me the important life lessons of being yourself no matter what anyone else says.
Tell me something that you like to do, that others may not be super supportive of. For me, that would be reading. I read constantly. Blogs, books, newspaper articles, internet articles, health posts, magazines… Information is always at my fingertips. Learning is what I love to do. Does that make me scattered? Yes. Do I always make sense? No. But that is who I am. I like being “in the know.” When I don’t know something, I look it up. That’s me.