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 😉