When A Diagnosis Gives You Back Your Life

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Five days ago I started an elimination diet for thyroid dysfunction after I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s Disease.  The photo on the left (where I look like a serial killer) was taken on Sunday (day 1). The photo on the right was taken this afternoon (day 5).  Neither photo has a filter, and the only makeup I am wearing in today’s photo is lipstick.  Even I can tell that the difference is fairly amazing.

So what causes the difference?  A diet that has no sugar, no dairy, no grain, no fruit, a considerable less amount of vegetables that I am used to eating, way more protein than I want to eat – which forces me to drink twice the amount of water than normal.

This is what has happened to me in the last 5 days:

  • I had a really rough start – I woke up having a panic attack in the middle of the night, and ended up in the emergency room.  I can’t 100% be sure that it is diet related (considering it happened on the first day), but eating animals is not natural for me – so it might be related. A little valium and some rest, and I am fine.
  • My skin is a lot clearer, and brighter.
  • My eyes are clear.
  • I am hungry all the time. I am obsessed with food now. If I am not eating or cooking, then I am counting down the minutes until I can be eating or cooking. I hope this passes soon – I am so tired of looking at photos of food on pinterest and instagram.
  • I have lost 7lbs in 5 days (without trying).
  • I walk faster
  • For the very first time since I have been living with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome I don’t have huge dark circles under my eyes.
  • I don’t crave salt! Seriously for 20 years I have basically wanted to have a salt lick installed in every room in my apartment. NO MORE!
  • I am still exhausted but its a different kind. Its the kind that is caused by over scheduling ones self.  I understand its early days still – but I am hopeful.
  • Today, I feel pretty.  And I can’t tell you the last time I was able to say that.
  • I smile

I feel a little like I am getting my life back.  I have a long way to go, but I am definitely healing. And a healing journey makes me happy.

One final lesson that I learned  – a single cinnamon red heart is enough to cause a headache for an entire night. So now we know, sugar really is detrimental.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A New Start

I got tired of waiting for Monday to come, so I thought I would start on the elimination diet today.  I’m still overwhelmed about what to eat/what not to eat, but I’m getting a better sense of it than I did a week ago.  So I decided to just jump in.

This is what I have eaten today:

Rocket tea latte – its actually quite delicious, I adapted it from a Ketogenics cookbook, and just removed the ingredients that I can’t have.  Basically it consists of black tea, coconut oil, protein powder, vanilla, and cinnamon.  The only problem I had, was that it took me so long to make (kept trying to find things I could use as a substitute – and found none), so it wasn’t very hot when I finally got to drink it. But I will get better at making them. It looks like this

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Then I made muffins – and they aren’t at all delicious.  But they are healthy. They contain no dairy, no flour, no sugar, but they do have a ton of egg yolks, and cinnamon in them. I ate one – and promptly put the rest in the freezer, where they will remain until I remember that I should be eating healthy and don’t feel like baking. I won’t share the recipe, because its guaranteed that you will hate them.  But to prove to you that I made them – here is the evidence.

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I also ate a little bit of spinach salad, with a tiny bit of chicken on top – but since that is almost normal eating for me, I chose not to take a photo.  I might document it for lunch tomorrow though.  Depends on how I am feeling.

Lastly, here is the photo of me- without a filter, without makeup, without even combing my hair – to document the beginning of this journey. I will try to take photos at least weekly to gauge the process. If I look less than thrilled, its because I just ate one of those muffins.

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Now I am off to get ready  to go to the movies where I can have bottled water and maybe trail mix with carob. I’m really not sure about that one, will have to research before I leave.