So I went back. I cancelled last week when I was supposed to go but I went this time. Keep an open mind, Mike. Keep an open mind.
Since the last visit, I had binged on the foods that were found to be poor for me. Apparently, sugar, dairy and gluten were on the naughty list so I have resolved to stay off them until Christmas. I opened up and smashed back lasagne, lollies, soft drink and ice creams and more. Then it was D Day and since then I have been good. We bought a smoothie making Nutribullet thingee and I have been using this religiously every morning. For the first time, I have been looking forward to breakfast. It is easy too.
Yes, it does have a lot of natural sugars from the fruit but it can also have spinach, sunflower seeds, flax seeds, cinnamon and more. That is my daily dose of sugar for the day.
Giving up dairy has been easy as I spent most of my life not eating it. I have never had a yoghurt or milkshake or used butter. Will miss my cheese from toasted sandwiches and nacho’s (plus sour cream here) but that is about it. Cheese is like the gaffer tape of food, will fix anything. Berries seem to the same for sweet stuff for me.
Gluten has been hard. Miss pasta, bread, burgers etc but the main thing I miss is the convenience of gluten products. Lunches out and about at subway or a burger or a sandwich or a full loaf of fresh bread. Still working on the alternatives but sushi has been my go to at the moment. Have eaten a lot of that in the last fortnight.
I did have one blow out meal where I ate junk food. I ate fish and chips. I did stick to the diet and searched for a gluten free batter for my fish and had a scoop of chips. Man, I enjoyed it. Perfect for a night home alone on the couch watching Netflix. Then for the next few hours, man, I regretted it. I felt full, bloated and sluggish. I do often feel like this after fish and chips but I had not felt this for a while so it sucked. I also realised later that there may well have been egg in the batter of the fish, which was an oversite on my behalf. Eggs have always been on the naughty, list like nuts. Millie later commented that I was a lot scratchier that particular night than I had been for a long time. A long time in my world is a week or two.
Besides that night, my skin has been holding steady with the gentle trickle of the steroid from ointments and prednisone plus light treatments. Not sure which is responsible but my money is still on the steroids. My skin is requiring a lot less moisturiser at the moment and the redness has reduced. I have spots tho. Have had a return of the staph spots on my forehead, one like a bindi, one beside my right eyebrow and one on my neck. Still under control but working to get rid of them.
My stomach has improved but still not back to “regular”. Feel a bit of bloating and tightness still but a lot better. I was informed by my GP Doctor that the antibiotics I was on, Roxithromycin, can have a semi laxative effect. This may have meant my bowels got lazy and let the pills do the work. Not now they need to slowly wake up and get back to their job. This makes sense.
Anyway, I returned to my Airy Fairy person and went through a similar series of events to last time. No bike lights but a couple of pen lights, a couple of vibrating thingees that moved around various parts of my body; stomach, hips, head, chest. Felt good on the head like a massage. Had the old cranial alignment again which is pressure on the top of my head and a massage of the roof of my mouth and gums. I continued to get some essential oil sprayed into my mouth at regular intervals, had to bite down on a wooden iceblock stick and give a few high fives. Keep an open mind, Mike. Keep an open mind.
During the session, comments were made that my inflammation had gone down but there were some issues with my gut still. A tap on the stomach and the armbar test and that showed I needed probiotics. So I have got some to trial for a month to reset my gut after the antibiotics. My plumbing system is still a little on the erratic side so hopefully, this helps. My GP doctor also recommended these and it makes sense. There was some questioning about my ability to let go of hurt and my gallbladder (which my dad and aunty have had removed). The upshot was that I need to address the gut and stabilise it to help reduce inflammation. To also be mindful of my sugar intake, even the natural ones and possibly mind the nightshade family (potatoes, tomatoes, eggplant etc).
Overall, my stomach has improved and I have managed to adapt to the diet pretty well. Breakfasts are a success and I am getting more fibre and nutrients into me than before. My energy levels are better and I am sleeping better. I feel I am more focused and more productive as well. My skin is doing well but while on the steroids it is hard to say. Juries out on that one but I am wanting to use this window of calm to try and sort out the internal matters to provide a nice stable base. I have just popped a couple of probiotics so we will continue to see. I feel I have taken a step forward. Next appointment in a fortnight.