One Last Hurrah

7/07/2016

Thursday night emotionally I was a little off due to work, so decided to indulge in
some Häagen-Dazs ice cream - my favorite flavors and cone!
(Brownies ala mode and cookie dough in a waffle cone with chocolate and rainbow sprinkles at the top)

It was satisfying on so many levels. 
Worth every bite.

That night I got to thinking that I may hear some news on Friday 
that could really alter my future food choices.

I decided prior to the functional medicine 
doctors appointment to enjoy an 
egg and cheddar cheese crepe. 
I also purchased my favorite gigantic chocolate macaroon cookie. 
Since I was crunched for time, the cookie had to wait until after the doctors appointment.

Welp. 

I am glad that I allowed myself one last hurrah.

Based on the blood tests, I am highly allergic to wheat/gluten.

How the test is done, the foods are grouped in category levels. 
A category 1 food is not as damaging to the body as a category 4 food. 
In one of the tests, there are a total of 6 categories.

Garlic is a class 4 for me. 
I’m not upset about this one. I don’t really care for garlic. 
Eating out is going to be extremely challenging now. 
I will have to continually make sure food isn’t made with garlic.

Other foods I react to are the following: 
Strawberry, Peanut, Apple, Beans, Corn, Eggs, Orange, Tomato, Soy, Green bean, Radish, Kiwi, Yeast, Mustard, Licorice, Cilantro, Hemp, Fig, Pineapple, Honey, Cabbage, and Brussel Sprouts.
Dairy and I also don’t work. No more milk ice cream. 

To also heal what is going on with my gut, the doctor has suggested 
I eliminate High FODMAP foods.
Here is the list:
Vegetables: artichokes, asparagus, beetroot, celery, garlic, onions, leek bulb, legumes, pulses, savoy cabbage, sugar snap peas, sweet corn
Fruits: apples, mango, nectarines, peaches, pears, plums, watermelon,
Grains: cereals, crackers, pasta, bread
Nuts: cashews, pistachios

There is also a ton of other things I should avoid including GMO foods and processed foods.
The new diet is pretty much just real, organic, and unprocessed foods.

I topped Friday night off with one last cookie, 
a Lenny and Larry’s snicker doodle protein cookie, 
which I have been dying to try. 
It was absolutely FABULOUS. 
Probably the best flavor they make.

I totally was paying the price for all of my cheats.

I have to take another test for the doctor to see what exactly is going on with my small intestine.
Everything may change again depending on the results.

This is a continuous process.
I have been eating in a way that has been making me feel sick for years, 
so it is going to take time for me to feel better.

Right now I am focusing on being as diligent as I can 
with sticking to no gluten or gluten-free products.
Some gluten-free products are full of junk – read the nutrition label!

I recently bought toothpaste, shampoo and conditioner that do not contain gluten. 
I am now looking to buy some makeup that is without gluten. 
People feel mixed about using gluten free make up. 
I figure why risk anything when I know I have an issue with gluten.

It feels good to have answers.
Now it is my choice. 
Do I continue to harm my body?
I think not.

In order to be healthy, I need to be consistently disciplined.
There are no cheats allowed this time.

Time to get super creative for the next 2 months.

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