I have not been having anything really happen on the MS front, just the typical tiredness, intermittent numbing and lost vision. ; D
BUT, I am fully into my new food regimen (dairy and gluten free) and wanted to talk a little about what I have learned and my experience so far, at least all two weeks worth.
- Make sure that you have support for the diet changes. I am so thankful that P loves me enough to make the changes in his life as well. He has been extra careful not to contaminate anything I eat by washing his hands and making sure not to stick his gluten covered knife in the PB or margarine. He has also managed to eat every dinner as gluten & dairy-free, making sure that I get the leftovers (over him) for lunch, since I cannot "run out" to get a gluten/dairy free meal easily. Some family has already complained about my changes, so it is good that at home I feel supported.
- Plan your meals ahead. I learned very quickly that if you do not plan, then you go without. Nothing like coming home after a full day of work and whatever else comes your way to find you have no plans for the meal. Paul and I sit down together, plan out the week's meals and then go for a grandiose shopping spree. I also purchased two allergy cookbooks, one gluten free woman who used her slow cooker every day for a year and made a gluten-free slow cooker cookbook from it (which allows me to have dinner ready by the time I come home) and another family friendly recipe book (which has easy to make gluten & dairy free recipes, easy being the key word). This helps with the transition of it all.
- Make sure to take your supplements. Well, this is not for everyone, but after all of my blood tests I found out I was anemic, B12 deficient, and D3 deficient. I am also no longer eating yogurt (and I could not stomach the soy yogurts) so I needed to get my "probiotic" acidophilus as well. I am currently taking a Omega-3,6,9 supplement (for the health of my nerves), D3 supplement, Multi-vitamin, and an acidophilus complex.
- Don't concentrate on what you are missing. It would be easy to get sad about the things that I cannot eat anymore, but instead I am trying to focus on what I can eat. I am forcing myself to make made from scratch meals every day and guess what, my belly has actually appreciated it. I won't be surprised if I lose some weight with the strict diet that I am following.
- Get a food that you can treat yourself with. Right now I am obsessed with the Gluten, Dairy, Nut, Soy free Enjoy Life Snickerdoodle cookies that P found me at Giant Eagle. They are delicious and have great ingredients. Even P stole a few and could not believe how good they were.
- Lastly, know that you are taking care of yourself. I was never a strict diet watcher, not super concerned what was in food (I liked healthy foods but I loved buffallo wing night as well). I was surprised to find that gluten is put in things like salt and dressings to thicken them up cheaply. I was also surprised that gluten is used in a lot of preservatives (almost all of your packaged foods), so if anything, I am even more happy to have made this decision. Even pre-packaged gluten-free foods are for the most part fairly healthy, simple ingredients, so I know it has to be better for me.
BTW, those are gluten-free rice noodles.
Tinkyada is the only brand to try (otherwise you will have a mushy mess).