Hello, all. Well, last week I wrote about fibromyalgia and its possible relativity to gluten. I’ve been researching the topic, and I’ve continued to avoid all gluten products as well. Here’s the scoop.
In my research I’ve read that doctors are also finding a common link with many fibro patients: trauma. Whether by abuse or an accident, many people seem to develop fibromyalgia after a traumatic experience.[i] Hmmmm…. Interesting. Well, I don’t know if this is what indeed triggered my case, but it’s an interesting theory. Several years ago, I was driving along at night when a man crossed the center lane just before passing me and hit me head-on. I wasn’t severely injured (Thank God), but I sustained enough injuries to warrant a trip to the ER. A week or so later, my hands and fingers began to tingle as if they were asleep. This persisted until I saw a chiropractor, who said I had a pinched nerve. I’m not sure when the fibromyalgia started, but I know it was after the accident. Months, even a couple years could have passed- I don’t know. I can only remember the many, many times I had checked for bruises that weren’t there. Sometimes, I’d actually have a bruise, but because I’d gotten used to the pain, I wouldn’t know it till someone pointed it out to me. … Makes me think.
On a different note... I actually made it to four miles! Yep! Four miles! The best part is that in that four miles I did an 18 min one mile walk on the elliptical machine! This is such a personal triumph for me. The first time I walked into the gym three weeks ago, I could only (barely) do 2 min 50 seconds before I stumbled off the elliptical machine. I just know I’ll make it to 20.
I am feeling stronger every day. I have much more energy, and I feel better. My skin, hair, nails, everything seems to be healthier too. I don’t miss sugar. Gosh, I can’t believe I don’t miss chocolate. I don’t miss salt either. I almost made oatmeal for breakfast yesterday morning, but opted for a really good soup. Don’t get me wrong- Oatmeal is a fantastic. I love oatmeal... but then again, I’m avoiding gluten. (It’s still an adjustment that takes some getting used to.) But, I can already feel the difference. I don't feel sluggish anymore.
I've also adapted a new way of eating that I think is really helping. I focus on eating as the Italians, Greeks, and even the French do. From much of my reading about international cuisines (I love to cook), it seems that mainly in America do we focus on the protein in the dish and build the menu around it. Elsewhere, the meal focuses on fresh vegetables and fruit, and protein is the side dish. I also read that because of this most Europeans eat more than 5 servings of fruits and veggies a day, whereas Americans as a whole eat three or less. I thought this was interesting, so I implemented this new style about two weeks ago, and boy, can I feel the difference. I'd recommend it to anyone who wants to feel better. As a matter of fact, I've even recommended it to my own family. My sister loves the idea, and my parents are trying it out too. ...I know they'll love it.
Well, that’s pretty much it for now.
……………….. Later yesterday……
I did 25 minutes! Yay me!
[i] National Fibromyalgia Research Association, “Trauma”, http://www.nfra.net/fibromyalg