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Beef Sensitivity or Allergy

I’ve been pretty busy, but I have a couple things I’d like to bring into the discussion about food sensitivities and food allergies.

Last year I noticed that beef was starting to bother me. I was a bit surprised about it as I don’t really eat a lot of beef and couldn’t understand why the little bit I was eating was starting to bother me.

And to be honest, I was annoyed. Once again, hit with a food sensitivity! But being who I am, I also wanted to find out just what would cause me to develop yet another problem with a food I have eaten throughout my life.

My husband battled cancer a few years back, so I’ve been extra fussy about where our meat comes from. I’m not a fan of those huge factory farms and have never been comfortable with buying meat that I suspected was from those factory farms. For the most part I’ve drastically reduced my consumption. But he’s a confirmed ‘meat eater’ so after his run-in with cancer I decided that not only did I want to buy local meat, but it had to be organic and raised ethically in a clean environment.

Knowing that the beef I eat is clean, organic and local, left me wondering what was going on.

So off I went to find out what causes trouble with red meat. Lo and behold, not only do some people have immune or digestive related intolerance to red meat, but tick born infections are causing a rise in red-meat/beef allergies too!

At this point, the problem seems to be located more in the Southern United States. Supposedly if you are bitten by a Lone Star tick and develop a meat allergy it should abate in 3-5 years. But! If you are bitten again, the allergy could be more severe and last longer. If you live in the South; have been bitten by a tick, and if the bite is healing very slowly, and you develop a sensitivity to red meat or beef, then you may want to be tested for tick born infection.

I’m adding a link about tick bite related meat allergy.

And a side note: If you live in New England, as I do, you are still at risk for contact with the Lone Star tick as the distribution map at this link will show, they have moved up into Northern climes.

I was once again tested for tick born infections as I was again bitten last spring. The tests showed nothing new. So, with no tick born illness at the root of things this time I decided to pursue genetic testing. I had more than one reason why I did this and that will be the subject of my next post.

~Amy

 

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To all who do not agree that there could be such a ‘beast’ as ‘night shade’ sensitivity:

*Warning…this a rant – a huge rant – against care providers that dare to devalue our experiences and/or diagnosis. It is not pretty. ~Amy

A few days ago I had a “alternative health care provider” sweep into my journal on a wave of righteous indignation because their client came across my ‘night shade’ list and that person is not happy that my list is posted online. It seems that my list may have caused that care providers client to think twice.

I absolutely will not apologize for that.

Let me make something perfectly clear.  Do not come into my journal and spout off foolishness like the following: “(btw fibermyolgia isn’t a real disease just another pill to push just like thyroid disease and all the others)”

*My apologies for the misspelling. It is not on my end. I put this in as it was written to me.

I will shortly be 56 years old. I have battled chronic illness since my childhood. I was ‘diagnosed’ with fibromyalgia when I was barely out of my 20’s and I know full well that I was given that diagnosis because my medical team had no idea what else to call ‘it.’

Many of us that battle chronic pain illnesses that are lumped under the umbrella term of Fibromyalgia know this perfectly well. Do not insult me or anyone else by referring to fibro as a ‘disease’. We know it is not.

Do not insult us by implying that we are feeding into the FDA and big pharma. We are not.

Do not come into my journal and assume that I’ve only sought help and treatment from conventional medicine. You made an incorrect assumption.

Do not come into my journal and assume that I’m on a plethora of pharmaceuticals. Again, you made an incorrect assumption.

Do not come into my journal and assume that I’ve never sought help from alternative care providers. You would once again make an incorrect assumption.

Do not come into my journal and assume that the alternative treatments I have rejected I rejected because they were taken ‘wrong’ or without the correct oversight. Again, you made an incorrect assumption.

Do not come in here and ‘humble brag’ that you would love to work with me and provide proper nutrition, care, and oversight. You again make the incorrect assumption that I don’t already have someone on my care team that does just that.

Do not come into my journal and toss your credentials around over and over again. Trust me, those of us that live this life have had professional credentials shoved down our throats until we are blue in the face. Again, you incorrectly would be assuming that my care is not being overseen by professionals with similar or the same credentials.

My aunt died of Lupus. One of my cousin’s body makes no T3, three of my cousins and I have Hashimoto’s, my nephew was diagnosed as a child with a thyroid disorder and my sister-in-law had thyroid cancer, her sister, my other sister-in-law also has Hashimoto’s. If you have ever lived through the terror of a thyroid storm you would not dare to utter the inane foolishness that was spewed into my journal.

My granddaughter has Celiac disease, Type 1 diabetes, and Alopecia. I spoke only about my Hashimoto’s and Fibromyalgia, I haven’t added the other medically proven auto-immune disorders I have. Do you think my family has enough auto-immune disorders for you to take us seriously?

Do you really think we are into big pharma willingly? If you even think of breathing a ‘yes’ to that you would be very, very incorrect.

Between us all we’ve spent more time being scanned, screened, tested, and medicated to ‘choke a horse.’

I have finally been ‘released’ from twice yearly screening for Lupus. I have auto-immune disorders (one is ‘named’, the others are considered complications of having auto-immune disorders) and my care providers have never been able to completely ‘nail down’ exactly what is going on with me. Hence the umbrella term of “Fibromyalgia.”

I have surrounding me an amazing team of caregivers now. It took many years to pull together a team that I trusted. I can walk into any of their offices with a list or a printout and discuss with them my concerns when my body suddenly goes haywire again. Even if one of them does not agree with me, they will listen to me, and work with me. And that is exactly what my team did when I approached my last elimination diet.

I was told that technically there is ‘no such beast’ as a “Solanine sensitivity.” But my team was willing to monitor me and listen to me and more importantly they wanted to hear how things went for me.

At the time I did not allow all of the postings from the health care provider that came into this journal on their wave of righteous indignation to go online as I was mortified to realize that one of my care providers has similar credentials. And I think the absolute world of my provider – I absolutely do not want anyone to come into my journal and see fibromyalgia and thyroid sufferers devalued by someone with those credentials and then leave my journal with that in the back of their mind.

(After a lot of thought I decided that “care providers” interference and opinion is not in the spirit of this blog and was removed.)

The “practitioner” was “not okay” that I will not post or link research or views that oppose this page. With the click of a mouse, or a visit to a decent library, anyone can find an opposing view, in fact that is why so many do land here. They were searching for an opposing view.

So don’t badger me and claim that I am not being fair because I will not add your sincerely held viewpoint on this page. You, the care provider, should be providing that balance. And you should be providing that balance in a way that brings assurance and trust into the lives of those in your care.

What that “heath care professional” did not seem to realize is that when they posted to my blog, they logged-in with a social  media account, and as such they made available to me, the blog owner, the ability to see their e-mail and IP address (this is to help blog owners report spammers if the need arises). So I followed that person’s social media account link and I was not impressed in the least with what I found (*Warning, if you plan to wreck havoc with a blog owner as a ‘professional’ your link-back had better look professional at the very least.).

I should not have given that “health care professional” a voice in this blog. And so, for the first time ever – I have removed most of that person’s dialog, and all of that person’s link-backs.

So, on that note, if you come into my journal and do not like what you see, then leave. You will not be given a ‘voice’ in my blog if your intent is to wreck havoc. Simple. My blog, my choice.

This journal is not ‘finished’ and it may never be. Since I had started this journal I had a beloved family member diagnosed with cancer (I lost her in September of 2016), another member just underwent an emergency heart procedure (He is doing very well), another has aged to the point that we monitor her closely for health changes to keep her safe, and another is slowing losing his battle from the effects of his exposure to agent orange when he served in Vietnam (He is now in an assisted living facility).

Multiple elderly family members still need my continual attention, and I’m doing it all with very limited pain. As I said. My care team is awesome! They listened to me. They worked with me, and because they let me follow MY gut instincts I am a soon-to-be 56 year old caregiver living with the least amount of pain in my lifetime ever.

So believe me when I tell self-righteous care providers, don’t humble yourself into thinking you can help or ‘cure’ me. Don’t leave messages of pity that you are sorry you could not have the chance to ‘help’ me. Do not flatter yourself and post such ‘humble-brag’ foolishness on my page. My team worked with me to get me to where I am today – absolutely no righteous indignation involved, no devaluing me if they didn’t agree with me, and absolutely no condescending remarks ever.

And when my team could not find an answer I went in search of an answer myself and brought it back to them so they could oversee my care while I tried a different approach.

I do not have time for a foolish battle with an indignant care provider. Period.

For some of us Solanine sensitivity is a problem. We don’t fit into a nice neat little box. We probably never will. If you don’t agree with us. Politely shut your mouth and walk away. What does it hurt you if we choose not to put something into our body that we are suspicious of? It does not hurt you and you know that.

And don’t come in here and blame me if your client/patient is hesitant. Good for your client for researching, thinking, and following their gut instinct about their own body.

Those of us that live this life have seen more providers than most people could ever imagine; been asked to try more than our fair share of pills, herbs, plants, diet regimes and the like, as well as a dizzying array of alternate and conventional approaches … and let us not forget all the testing, screening, scanning and blood work we have endured. Our care has been tweaked, and amended, and tweaked over and over again. Ad nauseum. We do not need your condescending attitude. Period.

Another thing – exotics. They are expensive. Many of us are on limited budgets, we have to pick and choose wisely, and you would be surprised how often we put off the purchase of something to buy an herb, supplement or exotic blend that we hope will help us.

So I’m going to tell you all a story (and this is going to really tick off the provider that came in on that wave of righteous indignation if they are monitoring my journal hoping for another swat at me):

I was once on an herb that can only be harvested in South America. But I found out, two years into my use of that herb, that it was not being harvested sustainably, nor were the indigenous people being compensated fairly for their work. So I went online and started to look for a company that harvested responsibly and paid their workers fairly. I found one, and so I used them as my provider since at that time none of my alternative care givers happened to carry that particular herb.

While researching other treatments for what I was using that South American herb for (I was still feeling guilty about my use of that herb as I knew that even though I found a ‘good’ company, there were more than double that were not, and my purchase of that herb was feeding into a ‘need’ that companies were taking advantage of) I found out that there was an herb, local to me, in great abundance that should help me in the same manner and at less than a quarter of the price. So I went searching for someone locally that might carry it and two towns over I found a lady with an herb shop that grew, harvested and prepared this herb for her shop herself.

Now I’m not saying that local fresh herbs can always replace every exotic herb out there – but I am saying do your research. And do not let anyone put you on a guilt trip if you don’t want to use something that you are not convinced about.

One other thing about alternatives: Many of them are not covered by insurance, those of us that seek alternative care providers and remedies may not be able to hold a full time job. We are making a huge sacrifice. I have watched with horror as prices for various items have shot up exponentially due to ‘demand.’ I feel that many alternative remedy suppliers have fallen to the same greed for the almighty dollar as big pharma.

And as to finding an alternative provider, I have to pay full price out of pocket. I am one of the ‘lucky’ ones in that my insurance covers one of my alternative choices, but to go to a provider of their choice is a highway drive of two and a half hours one state over. Not something that is acceptable for a chronic pain suffer. So I found a provider closer to me, but she and I would have to jump through so many hoops for even the remote chance that my insurance would cover at least part of her care to me that I decided not to put the both of us through more hoops. So I pay out of pocket.

But! My medical flexible spending account will cover my visits if I so choose. My provider does not have the machine that can take my medical FSA card, so I have to submit receipts to be reimbursed. But on a week when I wasn’t going to have enough money to see my provider otherwise, I have the option of seeking the reimbursement.

Those of us that live this life make extreme sacrifices, often while trying to maintain very worn out and pain riddled bodies. We have to navigate though a mountain of paperwork, tangled networks of office personnel (that often have no idea how to help us fill out that required form), sit through hours of obnoxious music on the phone while waiting to schedule appointments, and miles of hallways and highways to get the care we need.

So do not come into this journal and make anyone that lives this life feel guilty because one of us decided that we didn’t want to navigate down the path you chose for us.

I want everyone that ever stops into my journal to use your mind. I question, question, and question some more. I research for hours sometimes. I am insatiably curious – and I know what has worked and what has not worked for me over the years. I keep notes and I bring them with me when I need to head off a problem with my body with one of my care providers.

And especially, if you have a choice and do not feel comfortable with someone on your team. Get a second opinion or go seek out someone else.

My first rheumatoid specialist was amazing. He was a researcher that was on the leading edge of research for alternative therapies. I never once walked out of his office with a prescription. When he retired the hospital set me up with a ‘fresh out of school’ specialist that declared at our first meeting that there is no such thing as fibromyalgia and post-lyme syndrome and she sat down to write out a couple prescriptions for me – I walked out of her office before she ever got her pen out of her pocket.

I was sent to an endocrinologist that was considered one of the best in this area. It took me two days to fill out his questionnaire prior to my visit. He sat down, flipped through it, asked questions, but didn’t really ‘listen’, tossed the questionnaire aside, asked me about my other providers, again didn’t really ‘listen’ – snottily ran off his credentials to me, making it clear that he and only he was going to provide my care and then asked me: “So, do you want me as your doctor?” I looked him in the eye and firmly said, “No.” He was shocked when I then got up and walked out of his office.

One of my other specialists flipped insanely fast through my records, wrote a dizzying amount of notes in the margins, peppered me in high gear with questions, grunted in acknowledgment – and then stunned me silly when 20 minutes later he ordered a battery of tests after telling me what he suspected. When the results came in…he was correct and I had another ‘piece of my puzzle’ worked out.

My point is, if you don’t like how someone is treating you, and if you can choose to seek out another provider, do so. If for some reason you cannot, and believe me, I know what it is like to either be stuck in an insurance plan you cannot get out of, or live so far away from alternative providers as to make finding another one difficult, then speak your mind! It is YOUR care – not their care.

I am doing great because I stopped letting other people walk all over me because they had the credentials that I didn’t. I am doing great because I was able to assemble a health care team around me from multiple disciplines that care about my outcome and me. I am doing great because I was not afraid to research, and follow my gut – even if my process led me ‘out of the box.’

Don’t ever give up seeking answers. Ever.

With healing thoughts for you all as you journey towards better health,

~Amy

*Updated to reflect the loss of my mom – and now kept in her memory, it may seem odd to honor her with “fightin’ words” … but my mom was a fighter, she overcame much throughout her life, and she is the one that taught me to fight tooth and nail for what I believed in. From my youngest years up until a few months before she passed away, she was the one that drove me to see all the specialists; have all the testing done, to the ER when the doctors were wrong and I reacted badly to medications, or during the times when the muscle spasms were so severe that I was bent into a human pretzel. She was with me through all my surgeries and medical procedures, she was with me the day the doctors thought I had MS. She endured every inch of my pain-filled, illness laden, journey with me. Cheered me on when we finally got answers, and held me up when the battle was exhausting me to the point of wanting to give up. I never did.  And it was because my mom never gave up on me.

Thank you mom.

An Update

My mom’s been in a battle for her life the past few years – so her battle takes first place in my life – leaving my blogs falling to the wayside. My apologies for the long wait-times for those that have asked questions. I sincerely appreciate your patience.

I’m still hanging in there. This winter, although mild for our area, has been tough on me. I came down ‘sick’ two weeks before Christmas, and it’s been a battle to stay well for more than a few days at a time. My sinuses keep ‘stinging’ like I’m coming down with something, and within a few hours of the stinging feeling, I end up with a head-ache. My constant battle with insomnia and exhaustion has been…well, exhausting more than usual.

I see an acupuncturist weekly now. This past year the pain in my cervical spine was excruciating. With the neck pain came debilitating head-aches. The whole ‘kit and kaboodle’ was beginning to cripple my days even more than they normally were. I ended up having a lot of blood-work done as I felt like I was battling with Lyme disease again. I was worried about a ‘knot’ at the back of my head too. So I was sent for a CTscan, an MRI, and a whole new round of specialists.

And even though it is not supposed to happen – I had another thyroid storm over the summer. Leaving my thyroid hormones all off kilter and needing to be straightened out yet again.

The good news: no tumors in my brain, no benign cysts or tumors in my sinuses (again), no blood clots, or signs of any forming. A nice healthy circulatory system. The bad news: I now suffer from degenerative disk disease. As if I needed another ‘medical tag’.

But today, I want to take a moment to talk about acupuncture.

I was ‘needle-phobic’. Having been one of those kids that tested positive for just about every allergen under-the-sun meant that I have very vivid memories of lots and lots of allergy shots. To this day, I have to look away when I get a shot, and especially if I need an IV line. Needles still upset me.

My very first specialist tried valiantly to convince me to try acupuncture for pain relief. I would not. Not just because of my ‘needle-phobia’, but also due to there being a lack of acupuncturists in my area. Fast-forward nearly fifteen years and I had no trouble finding a good acupuncturist within an hour of my very rural community, and in the same state as my residence.

I’ve been going for nearly two years now. I started to see her just about the time my mother began her battle with cancer.

Through acupuncture we’ve been able to:

  • reduce the frequency of my allergy and asthma attacks dramatically
  • been able to ween me off medication for my fibro-related pain
  • been able to ween me of medication for my bladder related pain
  • avoided more cortisone shots for my Morton’s Neuroma
  • reduced my carpel tunnel pain dramatically
  • been able to ‘drain’ my sinuses and ears
    ⇒ I have suffered chronic sinus and ear problems since my early childhood
  • been able to help me avoid muscle relaxants and opiate-based pain medication for my degenerative disk disease

Now ironically, my insurance would have covered the cost of me seeing ‘their’ acupuncturist, a two-plus hour drive into another state for me. When I called them and asked if they would cover the one I had found, forty-five minutes and within my state, they gave me a rather difficult time.

I finally asked the woman I was talking to: “Do you even understand what a two-plus hour, both way drive, will do to someone that is suffering through severe fibromyalgia related pain?”

Her quite ‘*itchy’ answer was: “well, we cannot guarantee coverage if you won’t go see an acupuncturist we approve.”

I hung up. And people wonder why those of us that live with chronic conditions don’t ‘advocate’ for ourselves enough. You get sick of dealing with the clueless, faceless, mindless, entities that sit behind desks and worry more about profits and numbers than they do the people behind those profits and numbers. Add being sick to emotionally ‘getting sick of’ fighting for ourselves…well. We just plain give up sometimes.

The good news is that my medical flex spending account will cover the cost of my weekly visits. It comes out of pocket either way, but I can get it reimbursed. That helps, as sometimes I have to be sure a reimbursement is on the way before I go again.

At one point I was responding well enough that I was able to ween down to every-other week. I hope to be able to do that again in a few months. We seem to finally have made some progress in reducing my neck-pain.

And once again I want to talk about my diet. I have been feeling awful. I really did not want to do another round of elimination. And this time around I had a suspicion about what is wrecking havoc and causing such a drastic inflammatory response. Red meat and cheese.

I had let too much of both creep back into my daily diet. I now only use a bit of butter. And have drastically reduced meat. I rarely ate fish or turkey, so no biggie. Almost no ‘processed’ meats because I learned years ago to avoid them. Only grass-fed local pork, beef, lamb, and chicken. I have eliminated almost all meat from my diet. I’m feeling better.

I am having a hard time seeing my dinner plate in particular without at least a small meat portion, so I’ve started to use a bowl! But this too shall pass. I am so very familiar with adjusting my diet that this has been one of the easiest adjustments I have ever made.

I do wish I didn’t have to avoid goitrogenic and nightshade foods. I find my diet to be very limited sometimes. Again, this too shall pass, as I learn to make more vegetarian dishes.

~Amy

 

 

 

 

A Little About Oats

I am asked about oatmeal quite often by people I meet in my daily life – and recently found a question about oatmeal in particular in my Lyme Blog. As I thought about it I decided I should add that information here.

I can eat oatmeal if I am cautious about where it came from, meaning where it was processed. Cross-contaminated oats are a problem for me.

So, the big question! Do oats contain gluten?

Scientific evidence accumulated over 15+ years has noted that oats are completely safe for the vast majority of celiac patients. Oats are not related to gluten-containing grains such as wheat, barley and rye. They don’t contain gluten, but rather proteins called avenins that are non-toxic and tolerated by most celiacs (perhaps less than 1% of celiac patients show a reaction to a large amount of oats in their diets).

So, oats can be in a celiac’s diet as long as they are selected from sources that guarantee a lack of contamination by wheat, rye or barley.

Some who add oats to their diet may experience GI symptoms. This may actually be a result of the increased fiber that oats provide instead of a reaction to the oats themselves.

About Avenin:
Oats contains similar amino acid sequences as wheat gluten and can evoke the immune response of celiac disease for some people. Oats storage protein toxicity is not the same in all varieties of oats. At this point in time there is no way to predict ahead of time, which people with celiac disease will or will not be able to successfully consume oats without an immune reaction.

The problem is that oats are often cross-contaminated with wheat and barley. Common oats, without a wheat-free assurance, are not appropriate for those with celiac disease. This includes most national and store brands of oatmeal. Oat products testing below 5 parts per million of gluten may qualify to bear the CSA Recognition Seal for Innovative Products.

Steel Cut Oats that are processed through a burr grinder are less apt to be contaminated as it is easier for the processing company to clean the grinder equipment to reduce cross contamination.

I suggest that you rinse steel cut oats before cooking to remove grain dust that may contain residue of other grains (I know, it’s a hassle – but better to be safe!).

A growing number of oat products are handled so as to eliminate cross contamination in the field, and during transportation and processing.

When shopping, search for oat products that are grown, transported, processed, and packaged to be free of contamination with wheat, barley or rye.

Products that contain oats qualify for gluten-free certification through the Innovative category of the CSA Recognition Seal

Program.

Just a quick note…

Over the past year I have added acupuncture to my journey.

I started in late 2013 with once a week visits.  A little past the six month mark I was able to move to every other week.  In 2013 someone very close to me took very ill. Her journey and her battle is much more important than mine right now. I do not know what her journey will bring – but it is very, very important to me that I be there for her.

I would like to discuss my experiences with my acupuncture at more length as I was very, very surprised to find that my response was so, well, for lack of a better term: Good!

I still have to be very cautious about what I eat. And last summer brought on a nasty ‘thyroid storm’, probably due to my worry about my loved one. I got through it. I rested, I was cautious with my diet, and I practiced something else I was introduced to: EFT also know as “Tapping”.

I bought the book: The Tapping Solution, and downloaded some of the audio’s that were appropriate to what I’m going through and have added that to my ‘self-care’.

I see a therapist at least once a month as I cope with my feelings. It is very, very tough to watch someone you love battle a long-term illness and be helpless to ‘do anything’ to change what they are going through.

My sincere apologies for taking so long to answer the many responses that came in response to my ‘night shade’ list.

I myself am still trying to get the: solanaceae/nightshade/asterid connection straight and I am sure my notes show it. What I do know is that plants in those various orders/families/sub-families tend to make me sick and experience pain. It is as simple as that and I work to keep them out of my diet.

What works for me – may not work for someone else. What I react to – may not trigger someone else. It is simple, the whole point of my journey has been to find a way to eliminate and keep track of what I eliminated to see if it was causing an inflammatory response, which in turn would eventually bring on physical pain.

Learning my triggers is an ongoing process. Taking care of my mental and physical health is very important. And rest, make that R E S T, is extremely important and difficult to follow through with. One thing I have learned living most of my life with inflammatory problems is that rest seems to be the one that goes awry first.

I will try to get back with my experience and thoughts on acupuncture in the near future.

Kind regards to all,

~Amy

Days 13 and 14 – No Test and Test New Breakfast Addition

Record my weight as soon as I get up and then start my day with my dandelion and *milk thistle supplements taken with 8 oz of warm water with lemon juice, and a teaspoon of Benefiber*. (*New addition to my morning drink of my own choice.)

Breakfast:
Smoothie made of:

  • Silk Coconut Milk
  • 1 pear
  • 1/2 cup of blueberries
  • 1/4 avocado
  • Chia seeds
  • Local bee pollen
  • 1 tsp of raw local honey

I was also allowed a rye cracker with almond butter with the smoothie. Decided to save that for another meal.

Lunch #1:

  • Mixed greens , sunflower seeds, and crumbled goat’s milk cheese.

Lunch #2

  • Spicy Vegetarian Soup with left over veggies added

Snack:

  • 1/2 pear and handful of almonds (The plan called for a chocolate covered pear slice with the almonds – but I have decided to skip making the chocolate covered pear slices as just eating one at snack time would drive me crazy due to my love of chocolate of any sort.)

Dinner:

  • Lamb
  • Roasted winter veggies
  • Mixed greens salad, with 1/2 pear, sunflower seeds, and Pecorino Parmesan. (I was supposed to have grated carrot on this…just could not make myself eat more dayumed raw carrot…so I roasted my carrots in with my winter veggies and had them that way.)

Dessert:

  • 1/2 ounce of dark chocolate

Dessert #2:

  • 1 rye cracker with almond butter

Been catching up on the Bones series. So I was up later than usual and decided to have the cracker and almond butter that I skipped earlier in the day.

I was so glad to have something different for breakfast today! Sometimes the menus seem a bit monotonous to me. …Raw carrots, avocado, and shiitake mushrooms are definitely not usual fare for me so keeping to the menu can be tricky for me as I don’t want to go off course too badly and wreak havoc as I try to sort out what foods are causing my body to react against them.

~*~

Day 14 – Test New Breakfast Addition

Record my weight as soon as I get up and then start my day with my dandelion and *milk thistle supplements taken with 8 oz of warm water with lemon juice, and a teaspoon of Benefiber.

Breakfast:

  • 3/4 cup of cream of rice cereal (Less than 1/4 dry)
  • 1/2 cup of blueberries
  • 1/4 cup of kefir
  • tbsp of golden flax
  • tbsp of Chia seeds
  • tbsp of local bee pollen

Lunch #1:

  • Left over veggies with goat’s milk cheese

Lunch #2:

  • The mixed green salad I skipped at lunch #1 – tossed into my Nutribullet with some Trader Joe’s Berry powder.

Snack:

  • Rye Cracker with hummus that I was allowed with lunch (Verses the salt-free potato chips that I never eat, and would not eat even though it is ‘allowed’.)

Dinner:

  • *No meat – only because forgot to take out chicken in the morning. Then I took a long nap and didn’t feel like un-thawing chicken late in the day.
  • roasted herbed squash blend with Manchengo cheese
  • mixed greens salad with 1/2 pear and sunflower seeds.

Dessert:

  • 1/2 cinnamon poached pear

Dessert #2:

  • rye cracker with almond butter*

*Decided that since I skipped my dinner protein I wanted some type of protein before bed.

Days 11 and 12 – No Test and Test New Vegetable

Had so much to do over the last few days of the week and over the weekend that I have some catching-up to do on my journal!

Day 11 – No Test

Record my weight as soon as I get up and then start my day with my dandelion and *milk thistle supplements taken with 8 oz of warm water with lemon juice.

Breakfast:

  • 1/2 c blueberries
  • 1 c flax granola mix
  • 1 teaspoon of chia seeds (and my local bee pollen).
  • Silk Coconut Milk

Lunch #1:

  • Spicy Vegetarian Soup

Lunch #2

  • Kale with carrots, avocado, and sunflower seeds. *Used my pre-cooked and frozen kale cubes and tossed the whole thing into my Nutribullet.

Snack:

  • 1/2 Apple with Hummus (I swapped the apple and carrots between lunch #2 and my snack. I cannot stand eating the amount of raw carrots this program calls for – so I do a lot of switching between meals to get the foods in that the menus call for. )

Dinner:

  • 1/2 herb crusted chicken breast
  • roasted 3 squash and carrot mix on a bed of mixed greens. (Instead of the Vegetable Timbale recipe from the Plan as it called for a lot of shiitake mushoom and I am just not a fan of mushrooms of any sort at this point. )

Dessert:

  • 1/2 poached apple

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Day 12 – Test New Vegetable

Record my weight as soon as I get up and then start my day with my dandelion and *milk thistle supplements taken with 8 oz of warm water with lemon juice.

Breakfast:

  • 1/2 c blueberries
  • 1 c flax granola mix
  • 1 teaspoon of chia seeds (and my local bee pollen).
  • Silk Coconut Milk

Lunch #1

  • Leftover roasted veggies over mixed greens

Lunch #2:

  • 1/2 Apple with hummus

Snack:

  • 1 rye cracker with almond butter (I ended up swapping part of lunch with my snack – meaning my carrots were in the veggies mix from lunch #1 and instead of having my cracker with almond butter at lunch #2 I had it for my snack and made my apple and hummus lunch #2.)

Dinner:

  • 1/2 herb crusted chicken breast
  • steamed kale, broccoli, and green beans* (the new test veggie)
  • Mixed greens salad with the other half of my apple from lunch,  sunflower seeds, and Pecorino Parmesan.

Dessert:

  • 1/2 ounce of dark chocolate