Saturday, April 26, 2014
Well it was tough week for me, as it is the week before my period. I exercised but I also binged almost every night and the sugar and carb cravings feel like they control me 100%. Bread and sweets make my skin rash much worse it seems, however when I try to resist I feel like I am in withdrawal. I cry, and get angry and anxious until I give in.
I need to take action! It has occurred to me that conventional medicine is not helping me in my quest for health and also that my skin condition and on-going struggles with IBS are possibly connected to at least one food intolerance that the allergist cannot indicate with the tests used. I am now considering alternatives to help me put an end to all this itchiness, irritability, weight gain and lethargy.
I bought two books to use as resources for getting myself back to vitality last night.
1. The first is a home remedy encyclopedia which outlines different alternative medicines revolving around whole foods. You can either browse by condition or by herb. I have wanted one of these for a while. One of the treatments is aromatherapy which I think would work well for me because I respond so well to scents.
2. The second is called the Clear Skin Detox. I had been looking for a sugar detox book but when I looked at the 21- day sugar detox and I Quit Sugar I was very intimidated by how extreme they seemed. They insist on cutting out popcorn, corn and wheat products, soy, limiting lentils, and cutting out fruit for 2 weeks.. I would like to try this but don't have the confidence that I am ready and am not sure if I believe in cutting out all those things at once. On the other hand I wonder if perhaps I have never succeeded in the past because I have been to "lenient" with myself and have not been clear on the "rules" etc. I may try this plan down the road, keeping in mind that this is not a forever plan.
My dilemma revolves around moderation vs total elimination. I like food diversity, baking and entertaining, I like rich foods on occasion and I also enjoy health food often. How do I decide how far to go? Many sources suggest embarking on an elimination diet to discover which food(s) are causing problems. I am scared at the possibility that I will have to do this in order to discover what is causing my problems... I am scared that I will have to cut out things I enjoy, failure to complete it, change and also people's reactions.
I haven't read much of this book yet but I will update my blog about it as I go.