We all know that eliminating foods from your diet, especially foods you eat all the time can be really hard discipline wise. I blogged about my constant cold-like symptoms about a week ago and was planning on giving you a one week update to let you know how I was feeling on my dairy and wheat free diet.
I planned ahead and purchased the things I would need for the week to get through it without eating dairy or wheat. Of course, it meant I had to cook separate meals from what my family was eating. But I was prepared because I was tired of feeling like I had a cold all the time and eliminating one of those things from my diet would be better than having constant cold-like symptoms.
Scott and I were discussing allergies at dinner one time and he told me that he had an allergy test done which showed he was allergic to 34 of 37 things he tested for! Holy cow! That’s a lot of things to be allergic to in this world. But it got me thinking that I may just be allergic to dust mite. I have to admit, I hate dusting. Its not something I look forward to or want to spend time on. However, when you are trying to get to the bottom of why you feel gross all the time, you’ll try anything. I was on a mission and I decided to keep a food journal along with how I felt each day after eliminating wheat and dairy.
Day 1: Instead of milk in my coffee, it was almond milk and almond creamer. No toast or butter, instead it was organic chai oatmeal, or a hashbrown I cooked in the toaster oven with olive oil. Lunch was veggies fried in olive oil and rice noodles. My sinuses were still very runny and I used half a box of kleenex. I didn’t expect to feel good on this day because it takes a few days for anything you eat to fully leave your body and get out of your system.
Day 2: I had the same meals for breakfast and lunch. At dinner, I made my own pasta sauce with a dairy and soy free creamer and chicken broth. It was alright, but not my favorite thing. As far as how I felt, no change at all. I still felt pretty crappy and used half a box of kleenex.
Day 3: This is when I expected to feel a little bit better…I mean just by a little….but still no change to this horrible post nasal drip.
Day 4: No change, I’m still blowing my nose like crazy, but I get the crazy idea to vacuum and dust everything and buy a hypoallergenic pillow and dust mite free casing for it. I’m still not eating dairy or wheat but still no change in how I feel.
Day 5: We go to church, I spent all day the day before eliminating dust in my house with a medical mask on my face so I wasn’t inhaling anything. I laundered all the bedding on the allergen setting in my washer and dryer and dusted every surface. Our tradition after church every Saturday evening is to pop a pizza in the oven. I had a terrible headache at church and realized it was probably because I didn’t have coffee. So I think I’m going through caffeine withdrawals. I take a little rest on the couch when we get home, my husband pops a pizza in the oven like we do every Saturday night, and I was into my third bite of pizza when JJ says, “mom you’re eating dairy and wheat!” At that point, I was like crap! I guess I’ll just enjoy my slice and start again all over next week.
Day 6: I wake up with my sinuses completely clear! I had the best night of sleep in probably six months. So at this point, I’m thinking if I’m allergic to dairy or wheat, I wouldn’t be waking up feeling this good after eating pizza.
So there you have it. I have to be allergic to dust mite. Since day six, I have continued eating dairy and wheat and have still enjoyed days with little to no nose blowing with today being the best day so far!! I feel normal!
So now I know what I have to do! I have to wash our bedding each week on the allergen setting on our washing machine. I have to keep my room dust free along with any other areas I spend a lot of time in. I will also be investing in hypoallergenic and dust mite free bedding. You can buy mattress protectors, sheets, and comforters that are dust mite free, so we will be getting those in time.
I guess I’d rather be allergic to dust mite which forces me to have cleaner domestic habits than be allergic to dairy and wheat. Admittedly when I realized I wasn’t allergic to dairy. I bought a tub of ice cream! LOL!
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