What a week…. Normal people don’t decide to start a super-restrictive eating plan a couple of days before their birthday and then have all kinds of family things to deal with at the same time. If there was ever a time some food and alcohol would have made a day better, it was yesterday, but somehow I stuck to my plans on my birthday…
Things have remained the same since Monday. I still itch and turn red after I eat. Today, I have separated food items to see if I could find out what’s causing it. So far, the grapes have been fine, as have the potatoes and the carrots. Essentially all that is left is the chicken, and I will try that towards the end of writing this (I want some time separation between each item to see if something happens).
I have stopped taking all medication to see if that’s it. I don’t know if that’s a good idea, but I haven’t seen a change in my blood pressure without the medicine, as compared to with it, so I think it should be fine. I probably shouldn’t have stopped the Cymbalta, it turns out, because I am really sore all-over and there’s really no explanation for it. My back has been hurting more than it used to, and sometimes I feel it in my neck and shoulders. I went to Tae-Kwan-Do on Monday and my muscles just weren’t like usual. I felt like someone who has never stretched, when I was perfectly warmed-up and ready to go. It was so painful to me. My left hand hasn’t be as numb as I’ve experienced before, but it really hurts. Yesterday, I went for a massage and it was the same thing, everything was so tight. I don’t know what’s going on, but maybe the Cymbalta was doing more than it seemed like it was.
I also miss the wakefulness medicine, but last night, even without it, I slept a few hours without waking up (it took forever to be comfortable enough to fall asleep) and it may have been more if it wasn’t for that silly work thing I have to do… As far as not being able to fall asleep, that’s unusual for me, but it has been a pretty stressful period since I started this eating plan. Maybe that’s responsible for the soreness too?
I don’t want to reintroduce the medicines right now, as they only complicate things. But, I may need to give them another chance after I start getting some answers, especially if my blood pressure starts increasing.
So about the chicken… it didn’t seem as dramatic as I’ve felt it over the past few days, but I definitely felt some hotness to my face after eating it. Maybe that’s the problem? I’m so limited on protein sources on this eating plan, I don’t know what to do…. dark meat turkey will likely be similar (I would think), I don’t thin I can do “liver and organ meats,” which is why I didn’t mention them in the last blog. I guess there’s always the fish options that I am willing to try, and/or checking out “rice protein” or “pea protein” to see if they are low FODMAP.
Never a dull moment….