First things first. 2018 has been the best year of my life. I’ve been basically asymptomatic, off of all medications, and feeling better than I ever thought possible. I haven’t been depressed since last February. That’s coming up on a year free of depression. I literally didn’t think that was possible. This Christmas was the best my Dad and I have felt ever. That should be the takeaway here. It’s winter, we aren’t on antidepressants and we had a great time on vacation. Life is awesome. The support I’ve found going through these random food things has been amazing. I’m spoken to so many people who have also recovered or are on the road to recovery and it makes my day, every day. I am confident that I can figure out how to reintroduce new foods eventually, so stick with me until that happens. I’m hoping I’ll be able to figure that out this year.
Now for the negatives: I am NOT less sensitive on this diet. Neither is my Dad. It is not solving all of the underlying problems, whatever they are ( I now know one is C. Diff – gross).
We went out to eat in Palm Beach, Florida, (where we spent some time before Christmas), and the steakhouse that we went to didn’t scrub the grill. I never eat out because you can’t expect a restaurant to be careful enough. I literally got bloated WHILE I was eating. I could feel it happening. They later told us that the grill probably had olive oil and garlic on it. That’s it. I wouldn’t even classify those foods
I was bloated for almost a week, my digestion was completely screwed, and I had massive brain fog the next day. Massive. My mood didn’t get hit right away, it was just brain fog. It literally felt like my brain had been replaced with cotton balls. I lost my sunglasses, I didn’t know what floor of the mall I was on when we went shopping. It was intense. Then the day after that my mood took a turn for the worse but the brain fog lessened. I felt iffy for about 3 days. Very minor compared to how it could be. I wouldn’t say I got depressed, just a bit more volatile than usual (I’m normally very stable) and a bit weepy. Really manageable and not disastrous at all but still definitely noticeable. Mostly it was the digestive stuff that concerned me. My skin also broke out on my chin and my shoulders and it never breaks out:
Here is my stomach today after eating:
Still kind of bloated but a lot better. So yeah, I’m not less sensitive. Which means, while this diet does heal leaky gut, that is definitely not the only issue that’s going on. We’ll see what happens after the gut flora transplant. I’m hopeful. Maybe that’ll at least mean if some plant matter TOUCHES my meat I’ll be