Since the end of February this year I have been working with my naturopathic doctor Stephanie Trenciansky to help alleviate my chronic stomach issues. I already was a non-meat eater and a non-gluten eater but there was still something bugging me enough that I had to talk to somebody about it. My doctor had given me dicetel for when my stomach was upset, but she never actually worked with me to get to the bottom of it. So during Christmas when I went a bit wild HELLO WINE,CHEESE, COOKIES and CHOCOLATE, I made my way through my entire prescription of 50 or so dicetel.
So that was a good short term solution that still left me fairly miserable. So off I go to “Dr. Steph” in Langley to try and find a long term solution. We do the vega testing which shows I can’t eat anything. While I didn’t quite cry, I wasn’t exactly jumping for joy. Going on this diet meant a significant lifestyle change. No sugar, no booze, HELLO, no chocolate, no coffee, no wheat, no many many other things.
So I just got off the phone with Dr. Steph this morning . After a re-test we always do a follow-up call where I get the usual question. How are you feeling? I’m feeling great. How are you sleeping?Awesome. Your stomach? Excellent except for the cioppino incident. What was that? Oh, Capers puts tamari in their cioppino and I didn’t read the ingredients . And? Well it was disturbing and painful for several days. It reminded me of how I used to always feel. So when can I eat cheese again? Never. Really. Why would you want to? Because.
Because. That’s exactly it. Because it’s habit. I actually realize I don’t really miss any of these things. Truthfully, the longer you’re on the diet, the easier it gets. One because you feel so damn good and two because things are re-introduced into your diet the longer you’re on it. So, for example, I can have chocolate once in awhile. Excellent. Coffee too. And I discovered I can eat kamut which I didn’t think I could. Also rye. Hey, things are looking up.
And the only time I actually cheated was with alcohol. First there was the spontaneous and accidental “how did I drink those two double vodkas so fast” incident followed by the hell I feel like having a drink incident. I take probiotics twice a day and something else called phenolic medicine. This is the first year I haven’t had allergies and I feel like a million dollars. What else can I ask for? So I don’t get wheat, cow dairy, or sugar anymore. I can deal with it.