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crervin
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Food Intolerances : gluten, chicken eggs, guar gum, corn, maple syrup, fruit, histamines
Location: Chattanooga, TN

PostPosted: Sun Jul 16, 2017 9:14 pm    Post subject: 2 years into my strict diet... Reply with quote

I wanted to post a "where I am now" 2 years since I started a very strict diet. I hope this helps many who are starting and struggling since their diagnosis. Sorry, its probably going to be long😊....

It's been a roller coaster to say the least, but prior to my diagnosis I had been living with D for 6 years wondering what on earth was wrong with me. There were so many bumps in the road. Lots of money spent on supplements and meds that I couldn't take.

Now I have more energy than I've had in 9 years. Since the start of the diet in which I got to a very low weight, I have gained 15 pounds, my migraines have decreased significantly (suffered with for 25+ years), my hair has improved and grown, my mind has gotten sharper, brain fog is gone, sleep better at night, worry significantly less, and my mental state has improved by leaps and bounds.

I still eat everything from frozen or fresh, since I'm still having some histamine issues. I only take zyrtec liquigels once a week to help with major symptoms. It actually constipates me when I use it which is great. That is the only oral med that I take. My gut (and bladder, IC) still do a lot better without oral med/supplements. I use vitamin patches and have seen much improvement using them.

Since the initial stage of my diet, I have added several more veges and meat. I have added dairy back in (it's not on my avoid list from E lab), but in small quantity. I have also noticed corn doesn't bother me like it did in the beginning (going to test it later). It was also not on my list, but i still couldn't tolerate it at all in a flare.

I have stopped all caffeinated products and feel great (due to my IC) without them. I actually had to lower my topical mag after that. It's amazing how much caffeine products do interfere with magnesium. I don't have the "climbing the wall" feeling anymore. I drink at least 8 glasses of water daily now.

I am able to tolerate gf bread that my mom has been trying to perfect for me. I do really well with brown rice flour and duck eggs. There are also several gf muffin and pancake mixes at Food city that I now tolerate.

My family is doing so well with accepting my diet and my constant "go out to eat" husband prefers eating in. He just got back from a work trip and said he was so tired of eating out, that our home food is so much better. That made me smile!

One more thing, I have actually accepted a part time job this school year at my kids elem school. I haven't worked in 14 years not due to mc, but to raise kids. Once the diagnosis, I never thought I would feel like ever working again. Its very low stress. I don't think I can ever go work in my field again due to stress, and I am very okay with that.

This has been life changing for me, but I am at piece with the person that I am now. I am so very thankful to everyone here! You guys have taught me so much! I can't imagine my life without you guys.
You truly were an answer to my prayers .....thank you, from the bottom of my heart!

BTW, I cannot wait to see where I am at in 3 years....I pray that I am exercising, and back to eating salads and more fruit😘.
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Jul 2008 took Clindamycin for a Sinus infection that forever changed my life
Dec 2014 MC Dx
Jul 15, 2015 Elimination Diet
Aug 17, 2015 Enterolab Test
Dec 2015 Reflux
Sept 2016 IC
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Food Intolerances : Gluten, Yeast, Caesin, Soy, salad/raw veges and fruit
Location: Hunter Valley NSW Australia

PostPosted: Sun Jul 16, 2017 9:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Fantastic post Martha

I love seeing posts like this that show the hard work, embracing the changes is sooo worth it - and not just for the MC patient, it can benefit partners, children etc

well done on your hard work over the 2 years - wishing you bucket loads of awesome wellness and happiness for the future

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Gabes
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Food Intolerances : gluten, dairy, soy, corn, sugar, quinoa, rasberries, blackberries
Location: Florida

PostPosted: Mon Jul 17, 2017 8:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I am so proud of you!
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Food Intolerances : Gluten, dairy, eggs, soy
Location: Pennsylvania

PostPosted: Mon Jul 17, 2017 12:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Way to go!
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Food Intolerances : Oat, corn, rice, tuna, beef, chicken, walnut, almond, pork, chashew, white potato, eggs, soy, gluton, casein
Location: El Paso TX

PostPosted: Mon Jul 17, 2017 2:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

What a great story to read today. I am so happy for you that it is falling into place. Going back to work is amazing.....that thought has never occurred to me!

I too have been a duck egg fan for quite awhile until just recently when my source went away. I am now eating quail eggs (can order them on line) and liking them just as much, if not more.

Thanks for sharing your story. Very Happy
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Food Intolerances : gluten, dairy, tuna, chicken, oat, cashew, salmon
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 22, 2017 6:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Martha, I am so happy for you - your post made me teary. I wish I could see you in person so I could give you a hug! I am so happy that you are feeling so much better and I know you will have an ever better report in another year. Thanks for sharing to encourage those who are just starting out on this journey. pulsing hearts
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