What a week, whew!
Do you ever feel like you say that at the end of every week? Yeah, me too.
Did you also end this past week with a camera up your rump? Really?! ME TOO!
What a coincidence.
So yeah, I did the colonoscopy/endoscopy again. After I told you about how frustrated I was to find out the past doctor had done the Celiac Biopsy incorrectly I took a few days to wallow, 1 more day to whine & all of the above to be completely & utterly pissed off. I grumbled to P, my parents & my good friends that “I’m done with doctors! I just can’t go through that all again!” and they nodded, and said “I know.” Then I made the appointment. At least this time I had a great recommendation of a caring, young, woman GI in DC.
That was yesterday. If you ever need a colonoscopy you have my complete sympathy. Or I guess it would be empathy. I can never get those right. It’s not so much the process itself, you’re knocked out cold & while it is a smidge scary it’s really not too bad. The fasting & cleansing however, whoaaaaa Nelly, (no offense Nelly) that is pure MISERY. That’s all I have to say about that.
After the procedure the doctor said my bowels looked “pristine”. I know, right? There weren’t any signs of Chron’s Disease or Ulcerative Colilits which is really great news. The biopsies take around a week to get back.
I could just wait to get those before making any dietary changes but thanks to you guys I actually know better, much better. I have been absolutely floored with what I’ve learned these past few months about the immune system, particular inflammation, & it’s direct relationship with diet. Short of eating junk food every day or pounding back energy drinks I haven’t really given too much weight to how foods can affect a person’s sickness with the exception of having some sort of allergy or intolerance. I know how sick I’ve felt & I wanted a pill, heck even surgery to fix me, I truly did not believe a diet change could make a profound impact. Now, now I’m not so sure…
The first book I read that really changed my view was this one, ‘The Lupus Recovery Diet‘. It’s really about diet & autoimmune diseases in general, not just Lupus. I thought about it, & actually believe most of it to be true but I just wasn’t ready to go that far yet. While I highly recommend reading the book to gain a basic understanding of healing inflammation through diet changes, they’re solution is a vegan gluten-free diet. Yikes! No meat, dairy OR wheat? I’m just not that desperate yet I guess, that’s a heck of a commitment, especially when you still have to cook regular meals for your very finicky family. Right around when I was finishing the book & mentally bookmarking it as a last resort gameplan a few of you were so sweet & wrote to tell me about the Paleo Diet. Hence the title of this post. And you thought it was about the colonoscopy, shame shame…
This diet is one I think I can really commit to doing.
Wikipedia describes the Paleo Diet as this:
“The paleolithic diet (abbreviated paleo diet or paleodiet), also popularly referred to as the caveman diet, Stone Age diet and hunter-gatherer diet, is a modern nutritional plan based on the presumed ancient diet of wild plants and animals that various hominid species habitually consumed during the Paleolithic era.”
Basically, no dairy, grains or processed foods. Basically. There’s more to it of course but I like the idea that I can eat meat & I can eat veggies. I tend to naturally like meals that don’t have a starch anyway, I just usually add one to our dinners to keep us full. There is also an autoimmune version of the diet, The Autoimmune Paleo Plan, that you can do for 30 days to get control of inflammation & the ‘leaky gut’ that often triggers it. Then you transition to the regular Paleo Diet. And that, that I’m going to go for. I have to. I’m so sick of not being able to do what I want & currently western medicine can’t seem to help me.
Now that the GI workup is done I’ve pretty much hit the end of the road with my local doctors. Several of them have recommended I see a team at the Mayo Clinic so I’ve decided to do that as well. My appointment isn’t until the first week of January & I just can’t stand the thought of feeling lousy over my favorite three months of the year…Halloween, Thanksgiving & Christmas. So cavegirl it is until January!
If any of you would like to try it along with me let me know, I’d love to keep in touch with recipes & tips!
And to all of you who keep encouraging me with new things to try like this diet ‘thank you’ just isn’t enough…most of you I’ve never even met yet I know your words come from a place of genuine love. You rock.