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Well. Serves me right!

So. Christmas has been busy and stressful. Have had family staying throughout, slept on the sofa as gave my bed up. And various air beds everywhere. Max people including me has been 12 plus my mum (87)) on the big days.

I'm tired, the last few I am driving home today a trip of 135 miles, then back home.

Most of my time has been cooking and laundry

One bad incident with my daughter (still feeling shocked over this, but not something I wish to share).

Now, as I've mentioned, I have multiple sensitivity to food (allergic) so a lot of the food prepared was not available for myself. I have been ok with that though and was naughty a couple of times and had a chocolate or two!!!! Things weren't too bad.

..... Then yesterday evening set up a cold buffet and succumbed to a mini pork pie (wheat, pork, are bit out for me) and have suffered, digestive wise since. Then earlier this morning my ectopics decided to shout loudly and my hr has raised from a reg 56bpm to between 80&90bpm.

Nothing more, but mad that I did eat it after being so good.

Stomach has been showing its disapproval too with frequent visits to the small room.

Cross with myself but learning a lesson.

Same with fresh orange juice a month ago.

Will be going back to work on Tuesday, for a rest lol. X

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Meant to say that clearly, some of my food allergies have an impact on my afib.

Generally symptom free, or at least not aware of anything

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Overdoing it generally, stress and food intolerance little wonder your heart has taken its revenge, sorry to hear that and hope things settle very soon. New years resolution - may need to be learn lesson from all you have done, it's clearly too much, give yourself a well deserved break. The pork would have done it for me alone !

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The list of intolerences I have is quite extensive. Pork and beef I had already reduced myself, the tests confirmed that. So tea, coffee, chocolate lobster, prawns are all out and white sugar and white potatoes too. A lot of the free from stuff is put of bounds as it has potato starch in, chocolate to compensate for the bland taste etc. Orange and oranges a a severe no, no.. After the afib I switched to caffeen free and now cut out. I'm still pleased with my will power, catering for 12 for 2weeks, some with their own food issues has been a full time mission.

I'll just move on with a lesson learned I guess both on what I eat and how many visit (may go away next Christmas).

Apparently my Christmases are awesome but doing them for 40yrs, I'm thinking it's time to pass this over to someone else and I can watch TV instead. Lol

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Have you thought about therapy for extreme masochism?

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Well that's made me laugh out loud πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚. I suspect that may well be the case and probably need intensive care. Thank you for the belly laugh. πŸ‘β€οΈ My dogs were a little confused!

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That was what I hoped for when I wrote it! But seriously you need to think a bit more about your own needs and health and less about pleasing other people. Have you tried probiotics for the digestion?

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Not if they're dairy as loctose intollerant too unfortunately. I've actually been very good and have got to grips with not eating the offending items of food. Am now an avid reader of all ingredients. The temptation of the pie was too much but now a valuable lesson. Hence I'm not doing large family gatherings AND the catering. Just too much and too tired x

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I do not think they are anything to do with dairy. They are good bacteria which have often been diminished in our guts by bad diet or destroyed by courses of antibiotics. A good one to start with might be Saccaromyces boulardii which is a sort of friendly yeast. With probiotics I think it is better to start low and with limited strains and work up slowly. I try not to eat much manufactured food as it's a drag reading all the ingredients and these things are usually nutritionally deficient.

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Thanks I'll take a look

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I love the way our bodies moan and tell us off! But do we always listen?

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I like to think that I listen, lol. But I always think I know best, sometimes to my detriment.

My digestive system is now almost back to how it should be, I've slept well and will now be back on track reading ingredients on packets etc.

It's quite surprising what things are added to some items and I do wonder. For example some pre packed chicken (I take for lunch to work) will have potato starch in I have to use only certain brands/types or fresh cooked. I'm guessing to keep it moist perhaps but not something expected. It's in lots of things and white potato is something I can't have!

Right now, ectopics have settled and hr is back to 56bpm. Digestive system is settling well and nearly ok

Steering well clear of pork pie now πŸ‘

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Pork pie lol. Thats a killer for me and indigestion. Like sausage rolls from Greggs. God it wont let you enjoy anything 😣

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So true!!!! I occasionally thing "what's the point, so unfair and want my life back" but then the reality is my life is so better now and there are more positives, life is just on a new track.

Fresh orange juice did the same about a month ago as a B&B while I was waiting for the cooked breakfast minus the sausage and bacon and berating that there was no almond milk or gluten free cereals that everyone else was tucking into.

Had totally forgot it was on my list of allergies and boy was I ill!!!!

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You poor thing. I totally sympathise. My first and luckily one f few AF attacks started at a Christmas. In-laws, children and their partners etc etc too much of everything esp stress it all took me over the edge and I have now have had two xmases away abroad in the sun. It was total treat and unlikely to happen again. But I’ve learnt hugely

Our AF means we must must must stop arranging and managing such epic entertainment extravaganza . Sleep is key or at least high quality rest and small amounts f food and let someone else run around. Why is it that our children ( adult ones too) kick off at Xmas.. I’m a psychotherapist so don’t ask me !, I really understand how you feel when it happens. . Xmas is not a good time for women.

Time for resolutions ,

E

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I have actually told everyone that I'm not doing any more Christmases. They think it's a hollow threat, so they will be surprised. I spent a fortune on food and gifts, buy the biggest real tree each year (a tradition from a local forest with hot chocolate, hot turkey buns and roast chestnuts lanterns and music) I missed all of that out I can't even have the tea or coffee so I felt left out in a way this year

Done all of this for 40yrs since my first was born and this year was HARD WORK. Was not as enjoyable or easy as in the past.

Next year will be different.

The driving was too much too as I collected most family and took them home. A total of 1405.4 miles clocked up so a lot on fuel too. Most live over 140 miles away as none can drive. My eldest lives in holland. I may go there instead next Christmas, you never know, and leave the rest here

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You’ve more than done your bit! Just go is my advice, anywhere. I love Xmas but relief of no prep and no device rations is massive !

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Def go away for Xmas. You won’t look back ,,

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Oh my goodness! You deserve a medal! 13 adults and 6 grandchildren did me in on Boxing Day! And that was just the 1 day!

You take good care of yourself - only 1 go at this life - enjoy and love yourself more.

Happy healthy new year 😊

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Thanks. I'm taking this on board x

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Two new phrases for you ' I am getting far to old for all this' closely followed by ' the local vicar has mentioned that he is contemplating putting stained glass pictures of me in the local church - shouldn't be too expensive'

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No words for that.

Thanks πŸ‘πŸ˜œ

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In my head I'm 21 😁

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It is all to easy to put yourself and your needs last when something like Christmas comes along. I have learnt from trial and error over the years that digestion/vagus nerve play a part in my PAF episodes. I am learning the trigger foods but do I always listen to what my head is telling me. NO! Part and parcel of being human I suppose. I adore pork pies but I know they don't like me, so I reluctantly leave them alone. Every cloud has a silver lining though. One of my grand-daughters lost a tooth in a mini pork pie over Christmas and had Β£3 from the tooth fairy. So they must be good for something. Keep well and a happy and healthy New Year to you.

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