A week or so ago I put up a post entitled “Wish Me Luck!” because I was just starting a challenging 6 Week food elimination programme designed to support people with auto-immune inflammatory illnesses, including PMR.
I was so impressed by how many of you responded and so grateful for your brilliant support. Thank you!
It's all going well so far. The meal planning is challenging but I'm starting to get the hang of it.
I avoided all grains last week and increased healthy fats. This week I continue with that and also avoid legumes and nightshades, and add bone broth. I'm not vegetarian at the moment otherwise it might be harder to follow this nutrient-dense plan without lots of supplements.
The programme takes an in-depth look at general lifestyle habits too and one change I've made is to set a regular bedtime, with time allowed to wind down quietly before bed. I already had a regular waking time which I've kept. I’m learning to appreciate how vital good sleep and rest are with PMR. I'm already sleeping better and for more like 8+ hrs, and going back to sleep more easily if I wake in the night, which I often do. As well as pain this waking in the night could appparently be caused by blood sugar imbalance, which this way of eating is gradually addressing, so I’m hoping this might improve.
I've lost 5lbs, which I expected without any grains, and I definitely have less pain and stiffness around upper spine, neck and shoulders 🙂
So far so good! 👍
Next week Dairy and Coffee will be added to my Avoid list. That will be...interesting! 😝
(For more see: Wish Me Luck! Update #2)