As you may remember, about 4 weeks ago, I went to a Chiropractor, Nutritionist and Wellness Doctor to see if we could figure out what was wrong with me. I had my follow up appointment this week where we discussed his findings based on my blood work, hair sample and urine. Fun stuff, right? Well, the good news is, is that there is nothing drastically wrong with me. Although that is a relief, because really who wants to be clinically sick, I admit I was a little bit disappointed because there wasn't a clear answer of what was causing all my symptoms. I wanted it to be clear and precise. HA! I knew that wouldn't be the case, but I was hoping ;-)!
But the doctor did find some things from my tests. There are many (about 50% of the 52 items tested) that were slightly lower or higher then they should be. And a few essential elements that are completely out of whack! Interesting enough most of the items that are off a bit are associated with fatigue, inflammation and joint pain. So I was at least reaffirmed that what I have been feeling, hasn't been "all in my head".
I also tested hypoglycemic. Which this one really shocked me because I rarely feel that I have low blood sugar. I actually thought I did well without eating since there are many times that I "forget" to eat when taking care of the boys. I don't get the "shakes" or dizziness but I have been moody, depressed during times and agitated more over the past few years then I have ever been before. But come on, I assumed that was because I am constantly running after 2 small children, like most moms.
As for my feet? There isn't an answer for that yet :-(. But instead of jumping the gun, the dr. wants me to go 2 weeks strictly on this new regimen he has me on and see if that helps. He is hopeful that my feet pain are associated some how to what I have been eating or lack of. If I am not feeling better after 2 weeks, I will go back in and discuss more options (and $$$$) to find a reason for my feet pain.
So where does this leave me? Well here is the fun stuff that I get to do for the next 8 weeks (*sarcasm of course):
- The doctor believes I may have a milk or soy allergy, presenting itself in the form of my "seasonal allergy" symptoms and migraines. He has decided to take me off all soy and limit my milk to minimal consumption. But pretty much I need to try to stay away from milk products also, but if I consume a little bit he isn't too worried.
- He has put me on a hypoglycemic diet. Which means I have to eat a few bites of food every 2 hours!! This is going to be a hard one for me! So I have set my phone to go off every 2 hours as a reminder, that is if I have my phone on me when it goes off! Which is another issue all in itself!
- I am allowed to eat only 1 fruit a day due to the hypoglycemia and the rest veggies! This one bummed me out the most I think, because I am more of a fruit eater than a veggie eater.
- He has me off all enriched ingredients (such as enriched flour). So pretty much it has to be completely whole grain or I can't eat it! So no more cakes, cookies or other yummies at least for the next 2 months.
- I have to drink 3 quarts of water every day.
- And lastly I get to take a boat load of vitamins, minerals and supplements and when I say boatload:
So that's where I stand right now. Fun isn't it? But I keep telling myself it is only for 2 months! Right? I can do that. Especially if there is any chance of my body getting back to the way God intends it to be!
So call me quacky, but I'm going to do it!
Since I have to do this for 8 weeks, I will be keeping you updated with all my quackiness, trials, mess ups and successes!
Next up: finding the right foods (oh it has been a fun journey so far *sarcasm again ;-))