Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Y'all... much has been going on since I last really wrote something, that even if I wanted to write about it all, I wouldn't know where to start.

I have to start somewhere, so I'm going to keep it shallow this time and talk about food.

I'm allergic to yeast.

If you know me in real life, you know this is borderline tragic.

So much so, that when I first found out I was allergic to yeast--nearly four years ago--I buried the slip of paper the nurse gave me describing all of my allergies and promptly forgot about it.  And then I continued eating all of the yeasty bread all the livelong day, for years on end.

It wasn't until a little over a month ago, when I was feeling like total and complete crap (for lack of a better word), and digging through old medical records to take to my new doctor, that I found the little slip of paper about the yeast allergy.  Ugh.

Feeling as awful as I felt, joint pain and fatigue and all, I figured I should do all that I could to get better.  Including eliminate all the yeast from my diet.  I was desperate, so I basically did it cold turkey.  (Well, cold turkey, after easing into it for a couple of weeks didn't do the trick.)

I got rid of the yeast.  And I'm pretty sure the yeast die-off made my skin rebel.  But,  I stuck to my guns and my skin cleared up.  I also started eating more fruit and vegetables, and taking supplements (including probiotics and fish oil).  Side note:  after just a couple of days of taking the fish oil, my joint pain basically disappeared.  (There have been studies that showed that lupus patients have been put into remission by taking fish oil supplements.  Not that I'm back in lupus-territory, but I figured if fish oil could knock out lupus, it could knock out my joint pain as well.  And it did.)

My diet is far from perfect.  I'm still finding other ways to eat carbs--tortillas for breakfast and lunch for days--but my ultimate goal is to vastly reduce my wheat and sugar intake (yeast is always present in/on your body, and it looooves carbs and sugar) and to increase my fruit and vegetable intake.  I feel so much better and much less bloated now that I've started to make changes to my diet.

I'm also loving the yoga.  I signed up for the Holy Yoga video service, and have been practicing at home about four times a week.  That, however, deserves its own post, so I'll end here:

Stop drinking only water, and use a little wine because of your stomach and your frequent illnesses. 1 Timothy 5:23

What?  No good?

So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God. ~1 Corinthians 10:31


Jessica said...

It's interested reading these things in retrospect. So glad that you've gotten into some healthy habits that make you feel better. I take fish oil for my inflammation too!