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A little bit of everything

October 22, 2009 Leave a comment

I was reading Elana’s Pantry and came across this post.  Another woman battling fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue who is seeking improvement via her diet.  It’s crazy, isn’t it?  How many of us are out here suffering, losing our hopes and dreams, and living in daily pain?  Who knows if our fibro, etc, caused our food intolerances or our food intolerances caused disease?  I have no idea.  But I’ve felt the difference in my body enough to know they are connected somehow.

It’s amazing how many people I’m reading about who are managing their fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, epstein-barr, lyme disease, ms and lupus through dietary changes.  It just blows me away.  Why aren’t more people talking about this?  Am I just listening in the wrong places?

I think about the heightened suicide rate in people with fibromyalgia.  Or the women with fibro that went to Dr. Kevorkian to die because they had no hope.  And I was getting there…I was getting to the place of “what’s the point?”  If living means pain and only being able to do the things I love about 5% of the time then how long do I really want to go on?

Well, help came in the form of someone else with fibromyalgia who told me that I had to change my diet.  It took me over a year to screw up the guts to try it.  That’s crazy, isn’t it?  I just never thought it would work for ME.

Even though I currently have shingles and have a long way to go on this road of tuning into my body, I feel better than I have in years.  It’s crazy…and wonderful, too.

Okay, a little food.  The other day I made something I’m gonna call:

Sticky Almonds

  • 1 to 2 cups almonds
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • agave syrup
  • sea salt
  • optional spices…I used cinnamon and a little chili powder.

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.

Mix the olive oil, the agave and the spices in a small mixing bowl.  Dump in the almonds and stir to coat them.  Spread them out in a single layer on parchment on a baking sheet.  This is when I sprinkled sea salt over them.  Stick them in the hot oven for about 12 minutes…but watch them because you don’t want to burn them.  Just get them warm and fragrant and utterly delicious.

Let them cool and then try not to eat them all at once.  Ha!

This morning I made myself gluten-free oatmeal with raisins, dried cranberries, a little almond milk and mashed up Sticky Almonds.

It was a little taste of heaven.  Thank you.

A really good day

October 8, 2009 Leave a comment

Yesterday, I had Princess Ramsey over from 11:30 to 8:30.  That’s a long time of babysitting plus to make things harder, she got sick during the day.  Poor baby got so unhappy that she went to hide on the dog’s bed under my computer desk and fell asleep!

That’s the bad news.  The good news is that my energy level outlasted her.  I ate simply and cleanly with a protein shake for breakfast, leftover chicken soup for lunch and a crock pot roast with roasted veggies for dinner.  Snacks were fruit.  Easy, right?  Plus before she got here I did some dishes, picked up a little and took a shower.

It was crazy.

When I was in the shower I lost my balance and fell over.  Yeah, I’m so graceful.  I rammed my back against the facet head.  Ouch.  I immediately panicked because these small falls have caused flare ups that last for days.  But guess what?  No big problems.  It’s sore just where I hurt it but no “pain echo” and no flare.  I just cannot believe the difference.

Some days I want to go on a speaking tour or write a book or something because I wonder how many other people are out there with fibromyalgia that could be helped by eating differently.  It’s changing my life.  Not just back to where I was BF (Before Fibro) but better than I remember feeling for a long time.

I’ve decided to try and focus on the big four; gluten, soy, corn and dairy.  I know I can get away with eggs in small amounts…same with cheese but I’m still trying to avoid these for the most part.  Soy and corn are the hardest because they sneak in the weirdest places.  Like corn in my table salt (dextrose).  And soy in the tuna fish.  But compared to what I’ve been putting into my body for a long time, the idea is “progress, not perfection”.

And compared to how I’ve been living for the past 4-5 years, just avoiding some foods and focusing on others is pretty dang easy.

Hallelujah, can I get an Amen!