These restaurants must think I’m nuts. I walked into a Pho place the other day and asked if I could get a shrimp and rice bowl. Yes, no problem. Wait, is the shrimp marinated in anything? Yes, oyster sauce, sugar, salt, etc. Whoops, that won’t work. Well, we have our plain boiled shrimp that we put in soup although it really tastes horrible, you DEFINITELY don’t want that.
No, I do. Thanks.
At some point when this is all over I am going to gorge on a large pizza, donuts, coldstone, and a pan of brownies all to myself. Then bathe in a tub full of apple martinis.
How many vodka bottles would that take, ya think?
My health/diet issues have persisted. From last year, I went on my clear liquid diet to eliminate all foods to try and figure out what in the heck was driving me crazy. I went on clear liquid, then only eating veggies, and persisting until I found out that chicken was a problem, and had a few cheat days.
And that pisses me off, I wonder if that is correct. Because I have been eating chicken this whole week and having problems but I thought chicken WAS ok… UGH!
Back to my problems. Oh wait, we were still on them. Anyway.
After my elimination diet I found out that I could eat fish, rice, and veggies and bread and technically be fine. I would cheat every 2 or 3 weeks with ice cream and other things and just ‘accept’ that sometimes it would be bad. A few months ago I just got SICK of it though. I had other problems that I felt were related to the food issues and decided to get back on it. I thought that I was having a problem with Candida which played havoc with infections and also internally. It could cause leaky gut and other issues which seemed to be exactly what I had. It was just so frustrating so I resorted to trying some crazy witch doctor medicine. OK, it was not THAT crazy but I was desperate. It was pretty crazy stuff too. It was making me feel REALLY sick but I kept feeling like I had to try it for a few months. After I was on it for two months I decided that I was going to go to a holistic/naturalistic doctor to help me through all of this. It was a good decision, I hope.
My natural health center in Orange County, CA is run by two women, one of which is named Dr. Suzanne Tang. She is so knowledgeable and helpful I really have high hopes. I USUALLY always start out with high hopes so I do hope that continues. LOL
She did all sorts of tests… LOTS of test… which for a variety of things told me that I have extremely low Iron and Vitamin D, have chronic yeast in my system, my intestines are in very bad shape, and I’m sensitive to about 18 different foods which include sugar, wheat, yeast (both kinds, brewers and bakers), pepper, and white potatoes. Crazy.
The short story (this is already pretty long) is basically NOT EATING ANY OF THOSE THINGS for 3-6 months to keep them out of my system while we heal my insides with a variety of helpful vitamins and pills. Then, later introduce them back slowly and at that point I won’t be ‘sensitive’ to them. I’m not allergic to them, I’m just sensitive.
At this moment it is SO frustrating because along with the items that my blood has told me I’m sensitive to, other things still bother me. And figuring that all out is SUCH a bitch, I swear. Two weeks ago I got all my pills that I needed to take and I had a reaction to them in plus I was trying to ‘stick to the diet’ in where some things were making me still sick.
The past week I have been on eggs, white/brown rice, veggies, chicken and fish and STILL feeling terrible. After reading my post last year, I’m kicking myself, maybe the chicken is bothering me. So once I get back to even, I need to slowly introduce my pills back and figure out which one is causing me trouble. THEN slowly introduce other foods that don’t cause me problems.
The list of foods is long that I can try, it’s just finding out what else I’m sensitive to is extremely hard. And being really weird food that I actually have to COOK. Strange, I know. For instance my new list includes some fruits (apples, peach, pear, strawberries) but one of those was possibly making me crazy. I was trying nuts (cashews, almonds, and walnuts) but one of THOSE was driving me crazy. I was excited that I could have bacon until I realized there is SUGAR in bacon (WTF?) so maybe Trader Joes has no-sugar bacon. I was REALLY excited when I found crab sticks (similar to string cheese) until I realized imitation crab meat has wheat and sugar in it.
I’m trying to grin and bear it right now but I’m at the two week mark where I would be diving into a warm bagel or being weak and going for Coldstone. I’m hoping if I sign up for 3 months of this I can actually get back to a place where I can eat those foods again. Mmm, carbs.
I can’t deny that being skinny is an awesome side benefit. I’m below 150 and maybe in the next three months (I need to start exercising more) I will get down to my ‘drivers license weight’. The downside is I am having to be around new people that I don’t know and looking like an IDIOT as I smile and order water with lemon and food with NOTHING ON IT while I try to explain I’m not a crazy chick doing some crazy lose-weight diet.
Or maybe I should be. What do you think?
I’ll be the one stocking up on vodka though.