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Diagnosis Help!

Gracious alive, I believe I have found my own food allergies (but I need your help!). My story:

Until 5 weeks ago, I ate a primarily vegan diet, with a focus on strictly raw vegan eating for 2 months. Never had I enjoyed such an ease of digestion and adequate waste removal in my life. Wonderful, wonderful feeling and completely worth experiencing at least once in your life. Now that said, I have since re-introduced a plethora of food items. In this process, I realized today that my indigestion issues over the past few weeks could be stemming from consuming certain products again for the first time in months.

In fact, my indigestion symptoms, upon thinking, reminded me of all these allergy-related symptoms I read about in blogs I came across while searching for brother-friendly recipes (he’s a celiac). Abnormal bloating and feeling just weak and sickly really put me off the past two days more than I feel okay with. It suddenly reminded me of experiences from elementary school, experiences when I stopped feeling hungry after a point. I realize this may seem odd, but my stomach could go eight hours without any sense of hunger, though my energy and adrenaline would just continuously spike. Really odd, I realize. I just always felt super “full.” Or now, I think, rather bloated.

Contemplating this more, I reason that I must be either allergic or experiencing an autoimmune response to some food(s). My brother is a diagnosed celiac, so it would not be unreasonable to think that I have some gut issue. On top of this, Reynaud Syndrome is an autoimmune disease I already have, so there might be even more sensibility in looking to food allergies/responses.

Would anyone be willing to share how they tested themselves or others for allergies? Perhaps what the symptoms were like? The internet is only so helpful with its inexhaustible, vague descriptions of symptoms… I might have every disease if I tried hard enough. 😉

Thank you loves, YYLady

PS- this is gorgeous:

images: fall, pink


Mo Money

Been a while since I typed, huh? Yep. A change in plans, friends.

Between the move and all the drama, the status of the Coconut Diet is TBA, lovelies, TBA. In the meantime, I am eating like I plan to post-diet. Weird way to go about it, I know. Even though I will likely not receive all the nutritional benefits, due to my sorry state of affairs in the body, it is much better than feeding myself junk in the name of botched plans, right?

To begin, I thought you should know my weekly budget for all my food (bfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, beverages) is $70 (roughly $3.15 a meal, and two 98 cent snacks). I can probably get it down much more when I start into making my own stuff, but until then, I spend mo money. What did I buy with $70 this week? Let me share (org = organic):

1 each org red & green bell pepper
2 org head romaine
2 lb org baby carrots
6 org corn cobs
1 bunch org parsley
1 jar org kosher dill pickles
1 jar org sauerkraut
6 org peaches
3 lb org black grapes
8 slices org, grass-fed-source swiss
12oz pastrami
6 org sprouted tortillas
1 can each org black and red kidney beans
1 can coconut milk
1 jar red curry paste

Wish I looked that fabulous buying it! In case you do not know, my food philosophy treats meals as medicine. When I buy food, I am looking for the best medicine out there. This is why I buy organic, grass-fed, etc. How do I save money doing this? Couple things:

I buy… locally produced, in season, fruits and vegetables.
I list… fruits as a number on my grocery list, buying what is on sale.
I limit… meat intake to one to two meals per day, preferring eggs.
I choose… the simplest recipes, easily turned into multi-meals and sandwiches.
I compare… prices on every item, because cents add up to cover taxes.
I stick to my list and meal-plan to maximize efficiency.
There you have it.

Menu Plan for the Week:
Bfast- Fried Egg
Snack – Peach or Grapes
Lunch – Rachel sandwich + pickle + carrots
Snack – Peach or Grapes
Dinner – Spicy Curry Burrito + salad w dressing

Super excited for spicy! If only I had the time to make feasible variety… too bad I am a summer transfer student. 😉 Pictures up tomorrow.