Saturday, March 22, 2014

The Artist's Play Room #98

So this last week has been a pretty good one, I finally found out definitively that all the work I've been doing in the past six months on my health is actually working! YAY!! It was never a sure thing since I had tried so many, many things in the past two and a half years to find out just what the heck was wrong and why I couldn't get better. As I've said here before, I have a gluten sensitivity, it actually could very well be Celiac disease but since I'm gluten free, I can't do any comprehensive testing to prove it without re-glutening my body for several months. Let me say, that's a horrible idea, I was sick enough as it was and adding gluten just to get a "yes" on a test seemed, well, stupid. The protocol is the same for gluten intolerance and Celiac, JUST DON'T EAT GLUTEN! 

For the last six months I've only eaten eight foods, carrots, celery, zucchini, squash, chicken, canned tuna, romaine lettuce, (rarely)GF bagels and olive oil. I've done this because there was no real way to tell what else my digestive system could handle and these foods are the "least reactive" of all foods (95% of people do not react to these foods). Yes, it's been quite a harrowing experience but well worth it since before I started this regime no matter what I did I was ill and in pain and putting on weight. My digestive system was so confused, it thought many foods were actually gluten, any food that chemically "looked" like gluten at all was a reactive food. On top of that I was reacting to most other foods because they were what are called FODMAPS, essentially short chain carbohydrates that don't digest well if the gut isn't healthy. And wow, was my gut UNHEALTHY.

So, six months ago I started taking a boat load of supplements, probiotics, prebiotics, glutamines, glutamates, vitamins, digestive enzymes, unhealthy bacteria "blockers" etc. In the mornings it was like having a meal of pills before my actual breakfast! hehehe. By Christmas, three months in, I got to test a few foods to see how my system would handle them. I chose onions (good GOD, add some damn flavor to stuff, ya?), peas (yay for Tracey King's Mushy Peas recipe!) and cornbread(used as stuffing for the bird). I was so darn thrilled to find that I didn't react to the new foods! (Ok, I must confess, I did also add chocolate, I mean, I'm human and it was Christmas right?) 

I went right back onto the regime after Christmas and have just had it confirmed that I have lost a significant amount of weight in the last two months!! The reason that's great is that the major symptom of this whole illness for me is the inability to lose weight no matter how few calories I eat and how much exercise I do. I'm finally on the other side of this thing and my insides are finally healing. I couldn't be happier, seriously. So, here's my celebration of being able to once again eat mushy peas a la Tracey Fletcher King. ;o)

Mushy Peas
1 large bag frozen peas
2-3 fresh garlic cloves
2-3 tablespoons butter
salt and pepper

Boil the peas with the garlic cloves until cooked, about five or so minutes. Drain them and add the butter and pepper (fresh ground is best). Use an immersion blender to blend the peas until they are "mushy". Add salt and more pepper to taste. (if you shouldn't have salt, add more garlic, it'll boost the flavor.) Use as a side dish or a dip/spread for crackers or chips. If you can handle a few more calories, add a tablespoon of mayo to about a half a cup of mushy peas for a really decedent dip!
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  1. So glad you are seeing some results finally... It has been a. Tough road but you have hung in there... So happy for you...xx

  2. Wow! That is wonderful!! I have just been reading a book on the anti-inflammation diet and not eating gluten is one of the suggestions. I am so glad that has worked for you. I might have to try that and see if it helps me. You are inspirational! :)

  3. Praise the Lord! I'm so glad your hard work is paying off, and that you are starting to feel better. Your pea strings drawing is marvelous, and the recipe sounds very tasty.

  4. Wow, that is quite some life you've been leading behind the scenes. Happy to hear that you're coming out the other side with some good results! Wishing you well for the next stage, roll on the next eight foods!! Have a great week
    Wren x

  5. You deserve all the healthy rewards especially after struggling and changing so much ;D
    You must feel so good and to be able to fit some chocolate in there too...whoohoo!
    I'm so pleased for you and McMuffy sends you her love too ^..^

  6. It must be such a relief to feel you're finally making some progress! YEA!
    My daughter had the genetic testing done to see if she and her kids had the genes for reacting to gluten 5 years ago, and when the results came back, I went off gluten with them!! My main symptoms were brain fog, some excess weight, anxiety.... all shifted once we went of gluten! also still fine tuning what foods are best for us, and take a supplement handful daily.
    May you continue to improve!

  7. Glad to hear you're feeling good!

  8. I'm proud of you, your determination, and your example you TRY to set for me to eat healthy. God bless you and keep you well.

    Love, Your Sister from another Mister,


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