(Following on from my previous posts "Wish Me Luck!" and "Wish Me Luck! Update #1")
Just two weeks to go before I’ve eliminated everything on the ‘Avoid’ list (all grains, alcohol, nightshades, legumes, dairy, eggs, nuts, seeds (including coffee) and some spices) and included everything on the ‘Add’ list (nutrient-dense things like fermented foods, bone broth, probiotic drinks).
This week I stop eggs, refined/processed sugars and oils, and food additives.
I’m expecting to miss eggs a lot and I was dreading cutting out dairy last week but it has been easier than I imagined.
My sleep has improved through various changes to my old habits. I’m getting a full 8 hours, compared to 5 or 6 before, and the quality of sleep feels better. Also I’m not waking up in the night to pee, despite drinking a LOT more water, which may be a sign of normalising blood sugar.
The best thing is I’m experiencing less pain! I’ve had chronic OA pain for over 20 years and taken 8 Paracetamol and the odd codeine every single day for all of that time (including the18 months I’ve been on Pred) and at long last I can see the possibility that I might be able to stop taking them.
I also have a bit more energy and veuve. I feel like I’m taking more Pred but I haven’t altered my dose.
I’ve lost a few pounds and gained a couple of spoons! So I’m thinking a little dsns taper down to 9mg might be on the cards quite soon...
The experiment is still has a long way to go before the gradual reintroduction and careful testing of the various foods, and it’s definitely getting tougher, but it is going very well so far and for now I’m so pleased I’ve taken on the challenge.
Thank you for all the support and encouragement you've given me here. I really appreciate It and it has made a huge difference to my being able to do this and stick with it.
Wish me luck!
(For more see: Wish Me Luck! Update #3)