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
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.