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Would you give up chocolate, booze and coffee for your health?


“She turned to the sunlight    And shook

Okay, so I’m back on a restricted diet. Not by choice but by extreme necessity.

My sinuses and I assume, my nasal polyps have been quite bad for months now; 18 or so actually. I was  getting on with life but the past couple months, my health has declined to a point where I am having sinus headaches, my ears are blocking up and aching and I’m not sleeping well. And I need sleep.

So, as of July 23 I stopped eating sugar, wheat, dairy, most fruits, booze, coffee and most processed foods (when you give up sugar, wheat and dairy that cancels out processed foods anyway). Now, I will admit to having a couple beer and 2 cookies since but those were my only slips.

Although a miracle hasn’t happened (yet), I do feel better. I actually slept through the night once since *fist pump*

I really need this sorted out as I cannot get an appointment with my chosen ENT  until early next year.

I hope I can find some relief through changing my diet (again) and lessening my booze consumption. I know I don’t want to be on a restriction forever though – it’s too depressing. Life without cake, coffee or pasta? I don’t think so. But so far, what I am eating is fine. Believe it or not, I haven’t even had any craving for anything besides beer (a telling story there!!).

I keep a diary of everything that passes my lips. Here’s an example (on a day I didn’t have a beer or a cookie!!):



Lemon & hot water

Ginger tea

Almonds and walnuts

2 large oranges (for vit C)


Green tea with lemon

Seeds and nuts


Celery with sugar & salt free peanut butter


Gluten-free (and sugar free) pasta with homemade sauce and meat balls

Ginger & lemon tea

Celery with peanut butter


I know this doesn’t look like a lot of food. I was busy doing housework all day and when I’m in that mode, I just go with it. BUT, after this day, my sinuses were quite clear and I slept through the night.  Yep, another *fist pump* coming your way!

I am also doing nasal washes and Apple Cider Vinegar inhalations, which contributed to a large release of mucous after the first try. I have a photo but I’m sure you don’t want to see it. Moving along…

A ripple effect to this is having to make separate family meals. I am in  the process of figuring out which meals I can make for everyone that doesn’t have any sugar, wheat or dairy involved. Tonight it will be Chicken and Mushroom Risotto (the boys can add the parmesan cheese on top). Until I have a handle on this, there won’t be any desserts made (by me anyway).

I like my food and life just isn’t the same with my favourites but for now, I’ll do what I need to do to just breathe.





Author: Jennifer Morton

Perth Travel Writer | Photographer | Canadian | Nomad | Home Cook | Glutton | Serial Planner

2 thoughts on “Would you give up chocolate, booze and coffee for your health?

  1. Recently I discovered I had an intolerance to yeast. For the past 4 months I have eliminated yeast, dairy & sugar. I can’t believe the change in my body, no more rashes, my skin is no longer scaley & rough, my sinuses are clear & I no longer cough up a piece of phylegm every morning! I have been under the guidance of a naturopath throughout my journey & a month ago she advised that I could start to challenge myself & re-introduce things slowly. I thought I would go back to my old ways, but the benefits of my new food journey far outweigh the negatives of feeling that you are “missing out” on something! The weight loss has been slow, but the journey has been about optimum health & friends are now starting to notice the changes in my appearance. I can’t ever remember feeling this healthy in my lifetime! Good luck with your journey Jen.

    • That’s awesome! I have been on so many restricted diets and I always go back to “normal” eating in the end. I know I feel much better (though my sinus issue never goes away with diet change alone) when I’m off wheat, dairy, booze and sugar. I just can’t imagine my life without coffee or chocolate though!! So happy that you’ve found a new, healthier way of life! Be careful when re-introducing the old foods though (if you choose to) it only takes 1 piece of cake or a couple of biscuits to get you hooked on sugar again. I know from experience. Thanks for reading.

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