Well, I never thought I'd say it, but I think we're giving up dairy at our house and cutting out wheat. For a while, at least.
I love my butter, raw whole milk, milk kefir, cheese and homemade bread. :(
I still think that these things can be good for you if you eat balanced diet and are sure to stick with all "real food" ingredients, but I seem to have developed an intolerance to them so....I don't know.
It's kind of a long story, so get settled...
I've noticed over the past year to year and a half that I have been catching an increasing amount of colds, whereas I rarely struggled with that before. I've also had 2 brutal sinus infections (the last one was when I discovered colloidal silver). The real wake up call for me, though, was last week when I suffered some kind of allergic reaction that scared both Dennis and me.
I broke out in hives like crazy, which is really unheard of for me. On the second night, my mouth even started to swell up, which was enough for me to drive to the emergency room at 10:30 at night. Once I got there and sat in the waiting room for a couple of hours, the swelling began to go down, so I decided to come back home. I was fairly certain that I knew what the doctor was going to do - give me some sort of steroid shot- and I especially wanted to avoid anything that drastic because I am still breast feeding. (I did keep a box of antihistamines at my side, though, just to be safe.) I told Dennis that I didn't want to get take any medicine unless I felt like my life was in danger. Yes, you can poke fun at me now if you want to...I will understand. :)
The next day, I went to our local Whole Health Market and talked to the wholistic specialist there. (I'm not sure what his official title is.) He sent me home with some enzymes to help my body process whatever allergen was in my system and to block the allergic reaction. I also got a comfrey tincture to put in my bath water.
I'm so thankful to have a place like this to go to locally.
The comfrey provided some immediate, temporary comfort. I could tell it worked because there was a distinct line where the "angry redness" stopped right at my neck, where the water in the tub started. I know it could be a coincidence, but the first day I took the enzymes in the morning, my hives went away until early evening. This happened for two days, until I started taking them twice a day - once in the morning and once early afternoon. The day I started that, the hives went away and have stayed gone.
I still don't know what caused the reaction, I hadn't really been around anything new. I also stopped using all skin care products, except for castile soap, on the first day I broke out. I'm slowly reintroducing them all now that I'm better. My theory is that my immune system was just compromised and something just "tipped it over the edge."
So, short story long, I did a consultation with the specialist at the health store, and he has a very different approach than I've had previously and, while I have a healthy sense of skepticism, I'm going to do as he recommended and give it ten days - starting on Monday.
He recommended a special "healing diet" based on my blood type and other observations. I will be practically vegan for those 10 days, loading up on beneficial fruits and veggies with very little grains. I'll get my protein from fish and (organic) soy. Yep, it's kind of the opposite of what we usually go for because we have such fast metabolisms that we usually go for calorie and fat rich foods.
Maybe my system just needs a break from processing all that rich food. I don't know. Dennis did a consultation, too, and he'll be doing a diet specially prescribed for him. He gets to eat mean, though. Lucky dog.
So, what do you think? I have a lot of healthy friends who eat like this all the time. I usually consider soy to be the devil...
There are so many opinions out there. Have you ever been surprised by something you thought was healthy and wasn't (at least for you)? Or vice versa?
I guess we are all so different, and our bodies all need different things to thrive.
Oh, by the way. I just finished reading "Half the Sky", and it's been an eye opener for me. I'll write more about that next week. My book for February is meant to accompany "Half the Sky". It's called
"Half the Church." So challenging to my mindset about the role of women in society and the church! (Click the picture to learn more and order a copy! - It's linked up to my affiliate code.)
Now, if you'll excuse me, I'm going to eat some pizza, because it's not Monday yet. ;)