The craziest thing happened on Day 3 of my elimination diet.
My itching nearly stopped.
Not completely, mind you, but noticeably better. For the first time in two month, SOMETHING was working.
My skin didn't feel as tight and I had some hope that I was definitely making huge improvements. While I was still itching, it felt more like dry skin and not like something pulling my skin apart from the inside out. The urgency of it was almost gone. It was bearable.
Unfortunately, I've had a headache since Monday (I think due to eliminating caffeine) and I'm concerned about how long that's going to last.
Also, because I'm seeing a holistic doctor, I'm getting a holistic approach. Meaning, he's treating the whole body from the inside out. Supplements, nutrition, adjustments, acupuncture. It's hard to determine if it's one or two of these things that's helping or if it's literally all of them working together.
Day 5 I had to tell my doctor I can't continue with the acupuncture. It's not covered by my insurance and it's crazy expensive. He adjusted my neck, shoulders and back and told me to be vigilant with the diet and supplements--without acupuncture it would take longer to feel better.
And ugh. I believe him. Last night, some of the urgency in my itching was back. I have NO idea what it is about acupuncture, because believe me, it's not something I would've ever sought out... but I'm starting to wonder if it really was the difference maker.
In terms of the diet, I am still struggling a little. I found out I can have almond butter as long as it's "clean" (no added sugars, etc.) I literally ate some yesterday with a spoon.
This is what the "diet" looks like. It really is a diet in my case because this particular way of eating probably won't be a way of life for me. Healthy eating, yes, but this is more of a medical prescription so I feel okay calling it a diet.
Plus it means that one day, perhaps I'll be able to drink coffee again. One can hope. Anyway, here it is:
Shall we have a moment of silence in honor of all the foods that are not on this list?
I'm doing okay, though. Slowly, but surely figuring it out.
This week, I whipped up this, which I've been making and eating forever.
Years ago, a lady at our church was battling cancer and she switched to a very clean diet because she wasn't able to do chemo (and because she believed eating cleaner would help her in the battle for her life. And it did. This is no joke, friends. I pray we can all grab a hold of this before we get too sick.) and she told me one of her favorite things was this recipe (if you can call it that, it's so easy.)
It's easy, it's clean and it last for days (though when you're tired of chicken, it does get a little bit hard to choke down...but then, what doesn't?)
All it is is:
- boneless, skinless chicken breasts
- chicken broth (organic is best)
That's it. You throw these all together in the crockpot, sprinkle the basil over all of it and let it cook all day. If you can do noodles, you could certainly add those for more of a chicken soup (and you might want some onion too.)
The thing I'm learning is that food doesn't have to be fancy. It has to be nourishing. At this point, for me, that's what matters. Nothing else. Is it good for my body? If not, I want no part of it. The cost is just too great.
So tell me, do you have a website or resource for healthy eating that you really love? Help a girl out over here, I'm super desperate for new ideas!