Days 34-58: Unstoppable…Almost

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By the next appointment two weeks later, the clean eating and glysen and zinc have kicked in. I walk in and, unprompted, tell him that everyone should be on these supplements, I feel awesome. I’ve also noticed some weird things, like my senses of taste and hearing are much better. So far, I tell him, I’ve reintroduced eggs (fine); dairy (fine, but I did later notice that if I go overboard with it, my inner ears feel blocked and itchy); fermented foods (I don’t eat a lot of these anyway but keeping vinegars entirely out for three or four weeks was more challenging than I thought it would be); and nightshades (tomatoes, peppers, potatoes, eggplant), which I realize I can eat, but not really the quantities that I’d had before. I stay away from gluten (I’m pretty sure this is forever, but Doc’s not so sure), and caffeine, and booze, and coffee (he says that even with decaf, the acids in it will work against my gut healing).

Then, between that appointment and the next one, there’s the sugar.

Damn, sugar.

Sugar is my downfall. It is my crack. Once it’s in this body, I crave it incessantly. So, while I felt great at that last appointment and for a short time after, I let myself have candy one night at the movies…and then I went home and doused a bowl of berries in sweetened condensed milk. The next day, I did the same thing with the berries and got yogurt-covered almonds and banana chips before work — crack disguised as something not quite as bad as Mike-and-Ikes. For four days, I snuck sugar in whenever and wherever I could. I woke the fifth day with my skin looking gray and noticeably more wrinkled, like I’d aged 10 years in a week. My head hurt, as did my stomach, like a hangover from too many White Russians. My joints ached, too, in my fingers and toes. It was very real and very bad and I knew that the culprit was sugar. Ugh.

I totally set myself back, so it felt. I’d been so good, then pow. Total knockout. That bleak Thursday morning, I swear off sugar and it is hard, really hard, for several days after.

When I tell Doc about it, he doesn’t do any retests, saving me some humiliation. He adds trace minerals to the supplement mix and keeps everything else the same.

By the next appointment, I’m not back to totally awesome yet but I’m closer, about 85-90 percent awesome. We talk some more and he thinks I’m continuing to make progress but before I leave, he adds Vitamin A to the supplement mix for lung health.

{Photo credit: MADE WITH LOVE BY RYAN MCGUIRE, http://www.gratisography}

{Note: These are my own experiences with applied kinesiology, which clearly aren’t meant as medical advice for anyone else. But I know a lot of friends and family members are grappling with a huge variety of autoimmune issues and other ailments, so I’m happy to share my experiences. And if this is your first visit and you’d like to follow chronologically, click here. Otherwise, enjoy!}

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