Written by Bunmi. Friday, October 28th, 2011
I haven’t been feeling great of late. I keep feeling unwell and what’s worse, food seems to be a big culprit. It’s hard enough as there are so many foods that I already can’t eat. anyway ….. Recently I’m getting really bad nerve pains (neuropathic pains) after my meals and I’m feeling really unwell.
At first I thought that I was getting a cold (I still could be). Now I’m not so sure. Quite frankly, I’d rather have a cold than be food ill !
Anyway it’s 3am and for the 4th time this week, I’ve woken up mid sleep and so today I’ve decided to blog. Quite frankly I wouldn’t mind that I was unwell if it wasn’t for the horrible symptoms that I get. I get extremely bad neuropathic pains for starters, as well as the usual I’ve been fed gluten horrid symptoms.
Bloating, tiredness, irritability and just a general feeling of unwellness. I’ve found myself falling asleep really early in the evening too and exercising has been harder than normal. I’m just generally not myself. This can sometimes scare me as I worry that it’s another relapse of this dreaded auto-immune dis-ease (Neuromyelitis Optica) that I have and the worry is generally a relapse and a visit to the hospital. With horrid steroid and chemo like treatment.
I’ve learnt though in recent years the huge importance of natural and clean eating to make myself better. Right now the hardest thing is that I can’t put my finger on what is making me feel this way.
Generally if I feel like this I’ll know that I’ve eaten something, however I’ve done nothing but eat well and l haven’t eaten out and haven’t changed my very limited diet either.
As winter is approaching, I’ve been craving warm foods more including soups and potatoes (limited foods mean little variety) I’ve never really been a huge stodgy winter food kind of girl either although the other day, I did make some gluten free Moussaka and I had a little, baring in mind that I cant eat dairy, I substituted as much as I possibly could.
So anyway…. as I’m feeling as I am, I know that I’ll need to revert to really simple food and eating. I’ll need to go raw and eat as alkaline as possible. So it’s back to smoothies in the morning ….. (I’d just bought some Doves Farm cereal to try for breakfast but that will need to wait until I’m feeling better.) My lactofree milk will need to stay in the fridge unopened (luckily they have a longer than normal lifespan).
No more comfort freezer food either for the time being. I’ve been loving my gluten free fish fingers as something easy to eat with pretty much anything. Jacket potatoes will also need to stay put.
My day will now consist of the following:-
- Breakfast – a smoothie
- Lunch – a simple salad no dressing
- Dinner – I’m hoping a gluten free soup of some some sort or a salad again. I like variety so I’ll be getting the soup book out out recipes of the wonderful twitter/Facebook clan.
- Drinks will consist of lots of water. I don’t drink anything else anyway.
Like me, most Coeliacs or anyone with intolerances know their bodies so well that a slight thing out of sync knocks them for six. It’s never the nicest of feelings and it can make you question what, why, when. One thing I know for sure, the only way out for me is always rest, relaxation and eating as clean as possible. I’m not feeling so bad though, or feeling sorry for myself as I’m glad I know what will make me feel better so I’m on it. I’ll keep you posted…