on 12-17-2011 at 02:20 PM (491 Views)
I am almost at the four week mark for being off dairy and gluten and peanuts, almonds, kidney beans and yeast.
I do feel 'better'...but I also still feel pretty terrible. My face is clearing up from the acne soooo amazingly, but I still look dull, flat, bloodshot eyes, dark circles under them. I am having issues with my energy...I am not sure why. I have low B12 issues, and recently stopped taking my pills because the one brand had lactose in them and the other has sorbitol. I might start taking the soribitol ones again, just to see if I feel Any better. I have been eating eggs to try and get some B12 that way but don't think I eat nearly enough....and I don't want to eat more than I am already.
My energy levels might also be from very low vitamin D levels...maybe? I don't know...or it could be that for the last four weeks since my diet change, I have been eating a lot of gluten-free processed foods and not enough fresh foods.
My last post I mentioned that I was going to try and start with having 1 piece of fruit every day. I have done this. ...I had forgotten how yummy bananas are, and raspberries....and how sometimes apples don't taste as strong as I would like. While this has been great overall, and very good for appetite control, it is not enough to notice any huge improvement in how I feel.
I knowwww I need to incorporate more fresh greens, salads, smoothies etc than what I am. I am not sure why I am making this such a big deal in my head! ...apparently I am way better at quitting certain foods than starting certain foods, lol.
That said, I am really glad I have made the changes I have made. The other major issue is yeast...I tested very high on yeast, which means my body is sensitive/reactive to it...I have had issues with yeast since puberty basically...and since I have met so many other women with the same problem, I thought it was just normal. I didn't realize that actually many women don't suffer from it at all and that it isn't actually normal. Gah! ...what a rather lame epiphany, lol. While I have long quit yeasty breads, etc on my own because I just know that trouble it causes me...and through this test, I was told to quit yeast, she didn't mention anything about quitting sugar, which feeds yeast, and I tend to have plenty of refined sugar products. I have done some research on this and believe I will have to do some experimentation with respect to fat and sugar and so on. But I am going to start simple....with quitting refined sugar. Maybe that's all I need to do. One woman I have met said that she also can't have any grains, non-gluten or otherwise...and maybe she said no starchy foods either, although would have to check. Maybe the yeast is part of my energy problem.
So anyways....I am not regressing in my baby steps which feels so good, but I know I have to move forward from here and I don't see the point in waiting. I like to make my baby steps substantial enough to notice...for example with having a piece of fruit everyday, that did help me overcome my aversion to it, but it wasn't big enough of a step to reap any serious physical rewards. I am not sure what my next step will be...I would like to get to the point where I am raw all day and have a half raw supper and raw into the night. I am just not sure if I should just go for that straight up, or take a smaller step towards that.
Also, given my yeast, sugar problem, I don't want to incorporate any raw desserts into my raw plan...just fruit dishes...I want to avoid all syrups and honey and stuff. Perhaps I will make my next step to be just quitting refined sugar products all together. Maybe research and consider stevia.
I need to force myself to have salad or green smoothies someway though...I know I need some green infusions daily. I might try for raw till supper...that would be 2-3 pieces of fruit and a salad? I am Really, Really struggling with this right now....WHY??
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