My brief period of feeling unwell last week made me reassess my eating habits. This is far from the first time I’ve thought about it, but maybe you’ll understand how it happens that you change something for the better, and then little by little end up where you started, or maybe worse. This has happened to me any number of times.
I guess I’m done with thinking that it’s a bad thing that I change something then undo it eventually, and I would rather think that the important thing is that I can redo at any time. It’s not like the last time was my last chance, is what I’m saying.
There are things I haven’t liked about the way I eat: I’d live on bread and dairy if I could get away with it, and especially if some of the bread was cake. I would drink infinite amounts of coffee if my body wouldn’t rebel. Sugar is a category all its own. I don’t even know what to say besides proclaiming my love for it and my interest in marrying it.
So, last Wednesday I found myself not wanting any of those things and then, well, I just didn’t start eating them again.
No, I guess that’s not entirely true. There is a tiny bit of sugar–less than three teaspoons a day, which is down from many, many teaspoons, but now even those 2+ teaspoons are feeling like too much. I nibbled a bit of mac & cheese early on, but just a little. I missed a wheat ingredient in something I ate later on. But I’ve been making a huge effort to stay away from wheat, dairy, sugar, and coffee. Remaking my habits to not include them.
Here’s the interesting (to me) thing: a few days in, my husband said my face looked so much better. The rosacea is calming down, it seems. AND? I don’t get stomachaches after I eat. AND ALSO? My sinuses are responding very well. I’ve been struggling for over a year and a half with some symptoms I couldn’t understand, I’ve taken a couple courses of antibiotics, and I wasn’t quite ready to go further with seeking out more treatment until I tried treating it like an allergy for a while. So, I tried some allergy medicine which helped a little, but there was still a troubling symptom I couldn’t get rid of. Right now, it’s gone.
I’m not sure if things will continue to improve, or even stay as good as they are. Maybe the improvements I’ve noticed were coincidental, and had nothing to do with my diet. I guess that’s possible. I’m very curious to find out, though.