Tuesday, April 10, 2012

New wonder treatment?

I was perusing the Hashimoto's 411 page on Facebook and came across talk of LDN. What is this LDN? I wondered. I did a quick search and came up with this page: http://www.lowdosenaltrexone.org/index.htm#What_is_low_dose_naltrexone
And this video:
...I will have to research what LDN really does to one's body, but I like the idea of something besides diet that might reduce the amount of autoimmune flare ups.

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Day 6: Time for a change

So it turns out my friend Olelo has strayed off the diet, and I...can't blame her, actually. The recommendations, while apparently healthy for our guts and our immune systems, are heavily restrictive. Meats, organic. Some vegetables, organic. Very few fruits, organic. Coconut products, unsweetened. Fermented things. Salt, spices. These aren't the makings of a happy, creative chef. At least not this chef.

The effect of five days of eating only these foods has been to make me not want to eat. Dr. K recommends eating at least every two hours, but I simply don't want to eat something like a piece of steak or a handful of lettuce seven times a day. I've gone fairly long stretches of time without eating over the five days of this diet, and often when I did eat something, it was a small amount because what I could eat simply wasn't appetizing. Having to cook most everything I could eat from scratch wasn't always fun, either. So, in short, I have cut the time for this diet in half, from ten days to five, and officially ate food not allowed while on it today: white rice, corn, tomatoes, potatoes, to name a few.

I plan to sign up for the Personal Paleo Code and actually read Dr. Kharrazian's book. Wish me luck!

Day 5 (04/06) Food Diary

I made a smoothie with coconut milk, raspberries, strawberries, and blueberries. My experience with Paleo dietary recommendations kept telling me that I needed protein for my breakfast, but since Dr. K's diet doesn't specify how much protein one should be eating, I guess this was an okay breakfast. It tasted good, tangy from not having any sweetener. :) 
 And...some steak and carrots for lunch.
 A small bowl of orange pieces when I got hungry again did little to help.
 The I had lunch from Island Naturals: roasted chicken and avocado. Dinner I ate out again: red curry from Sombat's, which was coconut milk, spices, bamboo shoots, carrots, zucchini, and pork. I asked the waitress to leave out the sugar that is traditionally in curries. I also ordered their marvelous herbal tea.
 When I got home I finished the curry and ate a peach and some sweet potatoes.