This month I'm doing a 30-Day Blog Challenge. Each day I will offer up a serving of what's in my heart in the moment. My wish is for you to receive a delicious blessing, and my hope is that you will feel inspired to leave a precious morsel of that in the comments. Thanks for stopping by!
Today, on the final day of my blog challenge, I woke up with a severe case of Hives all over my body. Yesterday, I thought it was a mild case of poison oak. Not so. After much research and a trip to the local drug store to buy an antihistamine, I realized that my radical dietary change from vegetarian, gluten-free to Paleo put my body into shock. Something about over production of histamine and a reaction to ketosis is what put me over the edge into some pretty scary territory. My body has reacted as though there's an enemy about and it's called out the troops to purge it out through my skin.
It's been quite humbling, to say the least, in that it made me appreciate the absolute gift of being healthy. When health is gone, nothing else matters. It sharpens the focus to a very small point. All the resistance, mumbling and grumbling about all the little things that aren't working abruptly come to a halt. What's left is the desire to be okay, to not have to go to the ER in anaphylactic shock.
So it's been quite a wake up call which I haven't fully processed yet. I even ate some grains to see if I could calm my body down, placate it by giving it food that it was used to gaining its energy from.
Funny how the healing crisis of the arthritis in my hands would lead to an entirely different healing crisis, all because of an attempt to heal the first crisis!
Now what? THAT is the $64,000 question. I was pinning a lot of hopes on this diet being the answer to the pain in my hands. I guess it's back to the drawing board.
I'm a sensitive soul, especially when it comes to my body. I don't handle most prescribed drugs well. I'm allergic to many antibiotics. My body doesn't tolerate any heavy duty pain killers. My stomach is sensitive to foods that haven't been properly handled or washed or cooked. It's as if I have a subtle energy detector in my stomach and if something comes in that doesn't pass muster, out it goes. I've had more bouts of food poisoning that I can count from all different kinds of food (a few times after eating really healthy-looking meals made with lots of veggies).
So, I'm going to have to really listen carefully about next steps. Perhaps I'll create a whole new diet called The Intuitive Eater, that has you eat what you feel is right for your body that moment or that day. If somethings feels right for your body, eat it. If it doesn't, eat something else. No concepts. No plans or agendas or outcomes….only listening to what your body needs.
The main flaw in a diet like that is that many people often eat certain foods for emotional reasons (me included), so you would have to be able to discern what is behind your food choices. What's your motive or intention? If it's to numb yourself or escape, then it's probably not going to be healthy.
Our natural tendency to choose good food has unfortunately been tampered with through advertising and external pressure. It would be interesting to shut all of that out and see if we can discover what our natural tendencies are.
Not too sure if I'll be able sort this all out. But I am willing to tune in a bit more and not act so rashly or jump on a popular bandwagon that seems to have answers to my problems. I'll being moving a bit more slowly this time.
My hands still hurt. For sure, this is a message that needs my attention, however, I'm not sure yet, how best to respond. I'm trusting in time an answer will come. Hopefully, sooner rather than later.
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