Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Allergies...what I CAN'T eat!

Here's a list of everything I have had to exclude from my diet - be it uniquely because it has a bad effect on the gut, promotes inflammation or is an allergy or intolerance....(!!)
(I hope I can come back and edit this thing because I'll probably forget something!)

  • Wheat
  • Gluten, including trace gluten and ALL Grains...i.e:
  • Rice
  • Millet
  • Corn (maize)
  • Dairy including eggs
  • Sugar, honey and molasses any added sugar
  • Vegetable oils (so veg oil, sunflower, safflower, palm etc etc)
  • Yeast
  • Mushrooms
  • Soy (all soy products such as tofu, soy sauce, quorn etc)
  • Citrus fruit AND pineapple
  • Nightshade vegetables (Potatoes, Tomatoes, Aubergine, Peppers, Chili)
  • Most nuts (peanuts, cashews, hazelnuts, almonds, walnuts...and all derivatives like almond powder/paste/oil)
I think that's about it! At a glance it perhaps doesn't seem as complicated as the reality - for example,  no flour (wheat, rice, rye, spelt, millet etc), no wheat, bran, oats, barley,semolina, coucous, spelt, no bread basically, no pasta, no pastry, no added malt of any kind etc etc yawn yawn......! 
It also means no lentils or beans or pseudo cereals that carry the phrase "may contain traces of gluten" and, for me, it also means no rice or millet (which people generally consider gluten free) (IT IS NOT GLUTEN FREE)

Monday, March 26, 2012

How it all started...Allergies and illness...

After the birth of my son and after 3 months of breastfeeding, I very suddenly found myself with excruciating joint pains. It started in my hands but rapidly moved around my body. At first, it would be agonising in one or two joints each day, for example in one elbow and one knee...and very quickly took over my whole body. Within two weeks I was debilitated, couldn't sleep for the pain, couldn't take pain killers as I was breastfeeding, could barely walk and couldn't lift my baby out of his cot, hold him properly, cook, clean or anything!
Obviously, as per usual, GPs were no help, aside from a very useful blood test that proved the severity of the inflammation and pointed towards the onset of Rheumatoid Arthritis. I read about treatments for Arthritis and concluded that it's a bit of a nightmare - the medication is rarely much help and very toxic with many side-effects. To start such treatment at such a young age is really not a good idea and wouldn't solve anything. So I consulted a doctor who works mainly with homeopathy and he concurred with my plan of action and also told me I needed to detoxify. For this, he prescribed me a course of daily bicarbonate in water, Rosemary and Thyme oil and some other homeopathic granules to detoxify the liver (if anyone wants to know, I'll look up the name) I think this really helped to flush some toxins out of my body and away from my joints, got things circulating again. The inflammation went on for months and months but gradually got better and better...
Well, after much research, I realised that diet can have an enormous effect on the body - it can help to heal it, but it can also be the cause of whatever illness you suffer from. Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) or any poly-arthritis of an inflammatory nature is actually an auto-immune disease! This is commonly unknown, and it is wrongly labeled as a disease that affects the elderly....but there is a reason for that!
Basically, many auto-immune (body attacking itself as it tries to protect itself from something it considers as bad for it) diseases actually originate from a gut problem.