Allergen Free Food Plan

After reading the brain book that I talked about in the last post I got back on the Allergen Free food plan, also called the AutoImmune diet. It’s not a diet to lose weight, although I have, and I’m skinny enough already! It’s a food plan for the rest of your life to stay healthy and intelligent.

Once you have an auto-immune disease, like Hashimotos or Diabetes type 1, or lupus or rheumatoid arthritis, then your body has learned to mistake parts of itself for the enemy and try to destroy it. Unfortunately it doesn’t unlearn this and so people with one auto-immune disease often go on to get more. The diet and supplement interventions in the brain book keep that process in check so that symptoms, usually due to inflammation, go away and you feel a lot better.

I knew some of this stuff before but I am healthier than most people my age so I was ostriching it (keeping my head in the sand). But now I’ve found out that my body can attack my brain I am on board for the solution no matter what it takes.

If you think that your intelligence has gone down a lot since your thirties you are probably right. Grains and dairy kill brain cells and they are not replaceable. But the good news is that the brain is so plastic that it can find other ways to do skills it has lost. That is how people recover from strokes. They don’t grow new neurons, they grow new pathways in the ones that are left.

Anyway, it’s only been about ten days and I was going nuts yesterday, I was so depressed. Cutting all the hidden sugars out of my food left me totally comfortless! I couldn’t imagine doing this while living with other people. If I had laid eyes on chocolate or any forbidden stuff yesterday I would not have been able to resist it. Fortunately there wasn’t anything in the house I wasn’t supposed to have so I made it through.

Really the only things I can eat are meats, fish and most veggies – excepting eggplant, tomato, potato,  peppers and mushrooms – the nightshade family.

I’ve been on a pistachio craze lately. I buy them at the Farmers Market and they are flavored. My favorites are Honey Mustard and Balsamic Vinegar. Can you guess why? Sweetness!! I’ve been going through a pound a week and convincing myself they were a good protein snack. So that’s all over now.

My appointment with Dr Flannery is not until mid February so I figure I will have evened out with the food plan by then. Hopefully I will be back to radiant health. I certainly hope I’m in a better mood. Quite frankly, I felt a lot more joy on the old diet – but that’s because there were lots of hidden sugars in it.

So, upward and onward, I think I hit bottom yesterday with the cleanse effect. It can only get better.

Ok, I just found an AutoImmune Cookbook and it’s amazing so now I have a long list in hand for the Farmers Market tomorrow and this feels a lot easier. I may even learn to like veggies I have resisted for a lifetime 😉

The Effect of Gluten and Dairy on the Brain

I just found out about a new book, “Why Isn’t My Brain Working” by Dr Datis Kharrazian. I downloaded it and it is really mind-blowing! He is a researcher, clinician and chiropractor and he has done studies that prove wheat, dairy and other grains can attack the cells of the brain leading to an auto-immune disease and degeneration of brain cells. It has long been known that allergens can attack your intestinal system and cause all kinds of havoc but the brain connection was not firmly established before.

The symptoms are classical, everything your regular doctor calls ‘getting older’-
depression, fatigue, lack of motivation, poor sleep, poor impulse control, stomach problems, bad pms, headaches, etc. etc.

I am really fond of my brain and I watched my mum’s brain go in the last years of her life. It was very painful to watch and I definitely don’t want to go there. PLUS I have noticed some signs of problems already. I forget words that I know quite well for one thing. That’s one of the early signs. He has case histories that are amazing and show that the brain is capable of recovery from very severe damage. You mostly need to go on an anti-allergy diet and I’ve done that before and felt really good on it – BUT, it’s difficult. I went off it after a year from pure boredom and also a resurgence of bread and sugar addictions after a visit with my family.

Family can be your worst enemies when it comes to diet change, even if they see all the improvements in you they still say, “Oh, just one won’t hurt,” dadadada. Basically it is either too much trouble for them or it makes them feel bad about their own crazy eating patterns.

So I’ve finished the book now and I’m really impressed. Actually, anyone who is having brain problems is not going to be able to get through it. There is so much chemical information about what is going on in your body and your brain. It is fascinating.

What convinced me to go and see a practitioner is that I have had low blood pressure my whole life and every doctor I’ve asked about it has said, “Don’t worry, no problem.”
Well, that didn’t make sense to me. Finally this book says it is very bad for your brain to have low blood pressure all the time so I’m adding salt to everything and taking licorice root powder to bring it up.

I will go to Dr Flannery, who is not far away and who lectures for Dr Kharrazian and keep you posted on my experience. I am already back on the strict anti-allergy diet that cuts out ALL allergens, not just dairy and wheat. It’s much more work but I’m getting into it and feeling more energetic already.

Welcome

I am looking forward to blogging on this site. Health is such a huge topic, I can talk about anything! I am still writing all the static pages but the blog will be a more spontaneous thing that I can use to update the information with all the new ideas I come across.

I’ve had a blog on the Weight Vest site for years but I have to limit myself to bone related topics there. Yet everything is related to everything. Today I was not only learning how to configure the website on WordPress but have it look the way I wanted it and I was getting pretty stuck in my head and obsessive and edgy. When I was walking with Dragon, my new dog, down near the beach I just let it all go and instantly felt better.

There is a eucalyptus tree on my walk that I love and standing next to that tree with my head against the beautiful peeling bark I can bring myself back into a space of acceptance of what is, and gratitude. Sometimes I used to climb up in the tree and sit above the people walking by and they rarely noticed me. I can’t do that anymore because Dragon thinks the world revolves around her and she doesn’t want to wait for me to talk to trees.treepam

Thinking back over my day there was such a contrast between the mental intensity of learning a new computer skill, getting things wrong a zillion times and starting over, being totally in my head, and walking with Dragon and being present with trees and the ocean. I love them both. I couldn’t do a Walden Pond thing, alone in a cabin in the woods. My computer is my friend and ally and I learn so much from it. I could easily live without a cell phone but not without my computer.

I have read a lot of lovely blogs by amazing women lately and one of them said that when she started she had only one reader – her dad 😉 So I will start out with a few friends and see where this leads me.

Move in Joy,
Pam