9 weeks ago, (one of) my doctor(s) asked me to stop eating meat and a few other things because of a blood test that supposedly showed I was intolerant. I know many of you are vegetarians, but not I. Not ever. Meat is a staple, something easy to heat up and my main source of protein. Also, so much food waste. Jars and jars of bone broth and meaty meals in my freezer. I cried on the phone with her, but agreed to try because why not? I have been doing so poorly lately that my husband has gone off to the Sunday farmer’s market to get me a chicken in case this elimination is contributing to my symptoms.
The problem is… when a doctor tells you you are intolerant to something, it worms its way into your brain and sets up camp in the deep recesses, causing a bit of almost-imperceptible anxiety when you eat the thing in question. It happened to me when IgE blood tests showed I was allergic to eggs and tomatoes. They didn’t show up again on subsequent tests and I eat eggs all the time now, but there’s always a tiny voice hissing, “Is this egg contributing to your issues? Don’t eat too many!”
It’s the same thing with that dangerous and evil AIP diet. It was bad for me and I’ve been eating grains, dairy, legumes etc. again for years, but … but… all the stuff you’ve read just sits in the shadows of your mind, whispering: “Is this making you worse??” And that’s even when the grains are gluten-free, the dairy is organic and the legumes are soaked. Fuck sake.
So, anyway, we’re roasting a fresh chicken for lunch and we’ll see how it goes. Fingers crossed it doesn’t make me worse. Or, if it does, that I recognise and can identify it, because god knows I’m an expert at ignoring any reactions so I can continue eating my favourite foods.
I HAVE BEEN A VEGETARIAN FOR OVER 35 YEARS NOW– BECAUSE OF HEALTH REASONS—– & HUBBY HAS BEEN ABOUT 25 YEARS NOW—— BOTH OF US DO SOOOOOOOO MUCH BETTER BY FOLLOWING THE DIET THAT IS BEST FOR US—- AND WE ARE BOTH OVER 70 YEARS OLD NOW– AND NEITHER OF US TAKE ANY RX DRUGS WHAT SO EVER & HAVE NOT FOR YEARS & YEARS & YEARS!! — NOT MANY OUR AGE CAN SAY THAT!!! DIET & NUTRITION & NATURAL HEALTH– IS BEST FOR US!!
fingers crossed for a delicious, symptom-free chicken lunch!
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I totally empathise with this. Even though I know I don’t react to gluten in any way there is so much online about the evils of gluten, and so many zealots spouting that it’s the devil, that I still sometimes have a slight wobble about eating it! The thing is, having tried cutting it out I a) felt *terrible* and had no energy in the world and b) *did* react to buckwheat, a gluten-free grain! Once someone plants the seed that something is “bad” for you it’s so hard to unknow this information, even if it’s untrue.
I’m pesco-vegetarian for ethical, not health, reasons and do still eat fish because when I’m having a bad patch health-wise it’s too hard to prepare a nutritionally balanced veggie meal. But of course, fish is a high histaimine food! However, I’ve never reacted to it and have to keep telling myself that otherwise I’d stop eating it for no reason.
Hope your chicken was delicious 🙂
I’ve had a similar thing…but not with food. I ran out of a supplement (L-Cartinine tablets) and didn’t rush to replace them as I wasn’t sure that they were having that much of an impact. 10-day’s later I’m regretting that decision.
I hope the chicken worked and you’re feeling on an upward trend. Carefully sourced meat is a very different thing from mass produced meat that I think it deserves a separate classification. Good luck.