Well, today I am 55 years old. I hope for big changes in the coming year. It has to get better….
I am now reading Wheat Belly Total Health, which is the follow-up book to Wheat Belly. I am convinced I am on the right track.
I have to admit something. I am having more headaches than I would like. Most are much milder than they had been, but I am still having them too often. Given that they have decreased greatly since removing wheat from my diet, I do not think the answer is that that was not the answer (or at least a huge part of it). I have two theories as to why I am still having them as much as I am. Dr. Davis makes it clear that it will take a while to reverse the negative effects of wheat consumption and the destruction it has had on your body. I am a person who obviously had/has a lot of inflammation. So I think it is likely that it will just take some time for this process to have its full effect. The longer I do what I need to do, the more my body will heal, the more inflammation will decrease and the less headaches I will have.
The other theory, which could be part of the other one, is that there is another food I am eating that also contributes to headaches (which there is no dispute are caused by inflammation). It could be dairy. I may have to remove that from my diet if I am to become headache-free. Or some other food, like cured meat (although I did not eat enough of that before now for that to be the life-long culprit). I would like to fast a couple of days, at some point, and if this continues, I will add back suspected foods one at a time and see what effect they have. In the meantime, maybe I will try a couple of days without dairy (when I do not have pre-prepared foods that contain it) and see how I feel. I have a pretty intense headache today, compared to how it has been, and it could be something I ate last night.
I made a cheesecake for my birthday. The recipe is from the Wheat Belly book. It has no grain or gluten in it, so that is not it. It does have a lot of dairy, though (cream cheese, sour cream). Another culprit could be sucralose. He says sucralose is not so damaging as other artificial sweeteners, such as aspartame and saccharine. I have had better luck with it than with stevia on getting the taste to be pleasing, so that is what I used in the cheesecake. I also am still drinking SF Monsters, which have sucralose. Getting off of those is coming, but I wanted to get past my sugar withdrawal first. One thing at a time. Looking up sucralose, that may be the culprit. So I may have to move up my getting off the Monsters and always use stevia instead of sucralose for a treat. Now that I have gotten a degree of freedom from the headaches, when I do get one, it feels like more of an affront. THEY ARE MOST UNWELCOME.
No changes on pain levels. Not so much the bad sciatic pain today as the all-over fibromyalgia pain. I don’t like that because I hurt more just sitting in the chair. The other, at least it mostly hurts when I’m on my feet (unless it is getting really bad). This afternoon has felt like a desperate search to ease pain. I took my pain med. Still hurting. I feel all tight all over, so I took my muscle relaxant. Still hurting. I took an anti-inflammatory to help with inflammation. We will see. I just want to lay down and not have to think about it so much. About an hour more and I can go home. I am so over this.
I’m not doing anything special for my birthday, that I know of. Maybe over the weekend. My kids are low on money. My boss was generous, as usual. Honestly, I might use what he gave me to pay off the small remaining balance on a credit card. I have a goal to get out of debt as soon as possible. My son has been borrowing my car for a long time and I finally told him, why didn’t he just start making payments to buy it from me. To tell you the truth, the way it is looking, I don’t want to drive it anyway. I walk (or now scooter) to work, and I live with my daughter, so most places I need to go, we do together or I use her car. I plan to use the payments my son makes to save up for a down payment on another car. As soon as I have the other debts paid off, I will use that down payment and get me a car with the smallest payments possible. Then I will try to pay it off as quickly as possible. I don’t need a new one. I don’t drive much; I just need one I can depend on when I do need one. Anyway, putting the BD money toward the cc balance will free up the $50 a month I have been paying on it to put toward paying down another balance.
Another motivation for me to get out of debt: Ultimately, I want to eat organic foods only. Right now, I find them more expensive than I can handle with my current financial status. When I am out of debt, I will have plenty to work with and intend to go fully organic at that time. The pesticides and chemicals I am exposed to could also be part of the lingering headaches. We have paid a high price for civilization. Not that it is all bad. But it is not all good, either. All I know is, I want to do everything I can to feel better.