More good news!

Firstly, my car is finally repaired after that accident.
“But Ealasaid,” I hear you cry, “that was two months ago!”
Yes, yes it was. But the body shop kept ifnding more and more things that were wrong with it, and kept revising their date on when it would be done. Lucky for me they also agreed to cover my rental car after the insurance stopped and waived my deductible. Hooray.
So that’s good.
Also in the good category, I met with my nutritionist today and starting Thursday I get to reintroduce foods to my diet! It works like this…

  1. Follow the crazy diet for a week.
  2. Pick one of the following foods and have some of it on the eighth day after starting the diet.
    • Eggs
    • Beef
    • Pork
    • Peanuts
    • Citrus
    • Strawberries
    • Vinegar
    • Chocolate
    • Alcohol
  3. On the ninth and tenth days, go back to the crazy diet and note any weird reactions (gastro-intenstinal distress, headaches, pain, rash, etc) to the new food.
  4. If there’s no reaction within three days, the food may be added into the diet. If there is a reaction, keep avoiding that food.
  5. If there was no reaction within three days or once the reaction has stopped, pick another food from the list and repeat the cycle.
  6. Repeat until all foods in the list have been reintroduced.

Apparently gluten, dairy, and tofu have to be reintroduced in a special way and he wants me to basically avoid the other stuff on the list (sugar, caffeine, artificial sweeteners) permanently, although the restriction will probably ease up once I’m healthier.
So basically, if I don’t have any serious reactions, I get to repeat the same three day cycle over and over until I get all the foods back. I get to reintroduce ’em in whatever order I want, but he suggests I do the proteins first. I’ve been really headachey since starting this and he thinks I’m probably having low blood sugar problems from not eating enough protein. I now am supposed to have protein with each meal or snack, and eat at least every four hours during the day. Whee. He’s also given me a crazy adrenal supplement, since he is pretty sure my adrenal glands are exhausted. The supplement contains: Vitamin C, Thiamin, Riboflavin, Niacin, B6, Folate, B12, Pantothenic Acid, Zinc, Copper, PABA, Lemon Pure Form Bioflavanoid Complex, Choline Bitartrate, Inositol, Siberian Ginseng extract, Rosemary leaf extract, Naringin, Hesperidin Methylchalcone, Rutin, DHEA, and Pregnenolone. One tidbit in the supplement’s favor is that the extracts say they’re standardized at specific concentrations. That’s something. I’ll tell ya, though, I am not terribly interested in taking a ton of these things – just one bottle of the adrenal stuff cost me almost fifty bucks. That’s cheaper than the fibro meds my doc prescribed, but unlike my fibro meds it’s not covered by my insurance.
So, that’s what I’m up to. Wheee!

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