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Day 616 – 1yr 8mths+ – Terrible

I feel terrible! I havent slept well for afew days now. I am so desperate that i am skipping zumba (2nd week now) to get home to eat some drowsy antihistamine in order to sleep -_- I just get SO FIDGETY in bed. I dont know why. Been trying deep sleep guided meditation but doesnt seem to work. I am also fidgety during the day. Like i feel an urge to shake my leg, or repeatedly stab something with a pen, move my hands etc. It feels like theres some pent up energy or something, sigh. And the more you let it indulge, i feel that u feel your blood vessels dilate and become more frustrated like you’re gonna bang a wall and explode. Terrible.

I am so gonna tell my naturopath that on friday this week. I think my body is still harbouring some histamines. Today i drank a cup of oolong bubble tea (sugarless) and felt alittle more itchy than usual. Must be the DAO-blocking effect.

Today i also learnt that estrogen causes histamine release and vice-versa 😦 This explains my usual worsening of symptoms pre-menses.

Also learnt that lectins makes leaky gut worse and also causes histamine to be released more.

I am so sold that i am histamine intolerant.

What i ate today:

brunch: banana, rice with beansprouts, cauliflower and cabbage, oolong tea with tapioca pearls

dinner: rice with dark green veggie and pea sprouts

Yesterday:

brunch: roast pork rice, papaya

dinner: rice vermicelli soup with little veg, lean pork and chicken

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Day 613 – 1yr 8mths+ – new keyboard!

hehehe. Bought a new keyboard. Logitech G105! Old keyboard is ancient and getting stiff.

So i guess i might blog abit more huh? XD

skin updates: I started taking 5000iu of vitamin D3 yesterday. Hmmm, I cant say for sure that my sleep has improved. Well people on the ITSAN forums mention improved sleep with vitamin D3. And i want better sleep.

Sleep was 10% better yesterday. I hope it continues to improve.

The area near my lips are oozing. How annoying. It actually irritates me quite alot. I cant even relax quietly at night, i need to keep wiping the area with tissue 😦

Also, I’ve been systematically taking quercetin with meals these few days. I feel kinda good. Calmer i feel. Less itch….

Also, I wonder if i have anxiety episodes. I know everyone gets them. You start scratching lightly, then u scratch more and harder and before you know it, the skin is spewing blood and you’re mad and wanna bang the wall. I GET SO RESTLESS! It happens often during bed time for me :S

I feel like im still not done with the flare. Still in period of misery… I hope my period comes quickly and goes quickly without any big events :S

What i ate today:

Brunch: roasted chicken breast rice with alittle cucumber

Dinner: Pea sprouts (YAY DAO!) and 2 marinated spicy chicken drumlet and some sweet potato leaves

snack: 2 ang ku kueh, salut kueh and lapis sagu, afew slices of papaya

Yesterday:

snack: 2 ang ku kueh, papayas

Brunch: rice with beansprouts and cauliflower

Dinner: Rice with veg and sweet sour pork 3 slices

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Diet – what do i eat now?

I admit my diet was lax pre-flare 1 week ago. But now, im quite back to eating strictly. As per instruction from Naturopath – no dairy, soy, gluten, eggs. She told me to avoid those and i was like “okay! I am already not eating 3 of the 4!” 

But theres actually more that i do not eat.

Reduced:

  • Corn
  • Processed food
  • Nuts
  • Chocolate
  • Candy
  • Orange?
  • Meat (chicken, pork)
  • Chilli
  • Potatoes
  • Nightshades
  • Coffee
  • Fried stuff

Definite NO:

  • Seafood & crustaceans
  • Fish 
  • Beef/goat and other non chicken / pork meats
  • Deli meats
  • Cheese whatever
  • Alcohol

What i usually eat:

  • White rice and other rice noodles
  • Cabbages
  • Brocolli
  • Mung Beansprouts
  • Long beans
  • Cauliflower
  • Dark green vegs

im afraid to eat fruits now. Im not sure if watermelons and such contributed to my previous flare. Or if it was really a beans lectin issue. 

Written on 20 Sep 2016, day 610 – 1yr 8mths

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Day 609 – 1yr 8mths – Terrible

Been feeling terrible these few days. Yesterday i started a new probiotics that my naturopath recommended. Last night i totally didnt sleep well. I keep waking. I also realise recently i have been quite restless. I will get so frustrated/anxious and start scratching myself on the neck/arms/fingers.

My right palm is totally terrible. Past few days i woke up with my palm cracking. Cracking. Its like SO dry til the skin splits. Been spamming moisturisers like crap but its still dry. Must be the TCM dampheat herbs.

I also bought a new tube of Cetaphil intensive moisturiser. I liked the old version, it seems they have secretly releaased new formula now. By secret i mean, the packaging is new but it doesnt say “New formula”. It just mentions “new look” which is misleading.

At work, colleague has been away the past week and office has been relatively quiet. Good.

 

What i ate:

Today:

Brunch: White rice with long beans, cabbage, cauliflower and alisan tea with pearls

Yesterday(sunday):

Breakfast: Fried rice vermicelli with fried chicken wing and cabbage

Lunch:

Dinner: White rice with dark green veg, beansprouts, sweet sour pork

Snacks: 2 small organic apples, slice of papaya, half cup of chinese barley

Sat:

Breakfast: Rice noodle strips with fish dumpling

Lunch: Yomogi herb dango, red bean paste mochi daifuku. Rice vermicelli with 3 vegs.

Dinner: Rice strips horfun with lean pork and sweet sour pork.

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Day 610 – 1yr 8mths – Lectins

Today someone in the health champions facebook group shared a post which gave me an AHA! moment. It was relating to the Paleo diet and why they do not eat legumes(lentils, beans) as part of the paleo diet.

Then i found out about lectins. This is a informative website about lectins. This website shows how lectin causes or worsens leaky gut. So apparently all the food im allergic to maybe high in lectins. And it also gave me a possible explanation to why i had a flare afew weeks ago, which beans (garbanzo chickpeas and mungbeans) were suspected.

This further confirms all my doubts that the root of the problem is in my gut…

I began to eat a more vegetarian diet upon watching videos from nutritionfacts.org, which mentions firstly, meat causes inflammation because of endotoxicity in the gut because of existing leaky gut. Then i found eating a more fruits and vegetables and less processed food diet leads to lower overall inflammation. Great. thats all i wanted. So i did. Then i realise my protein intake is low because of excluding meat. I need a protein source right? I was thinking not to rely on protein supplements, because, i want to eat in a sustainable way and i should find wholefood sources of plant protein. And there it is. Beans. Beans surprisingly moderates blood sugar too, according to nutritionfacts.org, which is extra good! So i started with chickpeas. Mini flare. Then mungbean soup. Another flare. There may be other factors and loose diet adherance but this is too much of a coincidence i think?

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Day 600 – 1yr 7mths+ – Naturopath visit

Visited the Naturopath as recommended by my TCM. 

Why?

It feels like the central issue has not resolved(food sensitivity and such) which is probably a problem of the gut. So, im hoping to get some gut healing.

So i retold my story and history, she assessed that i have histamine intolerance. So for the first session, her plan was to remove offending food and get the clogged systems breaking down the histamine.

She prescribed UNDA stuff and a cream, probiotics, quercetin and DAO enzyme. She didnt have the DAO so i’ll pickup another time. 

Im in a sad phase now (still flaring) so i told her i dont want to introduce too much supplements at once but i felt its still quite alot. 

I also asked if its okay to continue my TCM alongside with the medicine and she said its fine. I was surprised to be honest.. 

The session came up to a whopping S$385 (consulatation was $195). Expensive ikr. My wallet is bleeding. Next appointment is in 3 weeks…

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Day 595 – 1yr 7mths + – Salicylate Flaring?

I’ve been miserable! The past week was terrible and til now its still kinda terrible.

I wonder if its a salicylate overload flaring? On Monday, right after i posted the previous post, that night i cut the box of icecream mooncakes which i bought and ate a small piece of it. It was a durian mooncake and strawberry moon cake. I ate 1/4 of the strawberry mooncake and 1/8 of the durian mooncakes. According to my TCM, durians are food that makes people flare. Well its 1/8 and its not even the VERY real kind where u can taste the fibre and stuff.

Then it was downhills afters. The next day, my right cheek got a reddish patch. I woke up and kinda panicked. It was alittle oozy. But it remained that way (dry) for the week.

I suspected the green/mung beans. But it seems to NOT be the flare candidate. Its low salicylate and low oxalate. I read abit on beans (since the last flare involved a coincidental? chick pea) and found both chick peas and mung beans to be low oxalate too. What is it then? Sweet potatoes? Maybe. It was a new food. Its medium in oxalate as i read.

I also ate quite afew slices of watermelon, now that i remember. It was a “High” salicylate fruit. But so is tumeric, which i have also increased eating recently(for decreased inflammation).

Sigh. Today i searched abit online and found people talking about histidine and salicylate sensitivity. BUMMER! Im trying so hard to eat vegan and thus, i believe my amino acids levels is lower than eating meat daily on every meal. Meat is inflammatory, Sigh. What im really trying to do is eat without my body freaking out. I just wanna calm it so that it can concentrate on healing!

Need to bump up protein yet cant eat meat… Need to heal/lower salicylate sensitivity yet maintain low inflammation…

Yesterday night i was writing out my diet points for my TCM to send to a naturopath and i realise i have a shit ton of sensitivities! Probably even more.

I react to: bone broth, gelatin supplements, b complex supplements, salmon, egg, milk?, yogurt, butter, cheese, deli meats like ham, pepperoni, stir fried cucumbers, guava & plum powder, coconut water, prawn…

During my flarish period on friday i bought a cup of green tea with tapioca pearls to drink. I think i also reacted to that. Apparently tea is high in oxalate. Or maybe its just my flaring itch. I’ve been having day time itches! Usually i dont itch during day time. Maybe a light scratch but past week was madness. I will scratch and scratch my arm/fingers and get some bleed marks 😦

Fingers crossed. I hope my condition improves.

Problem areas:

Neck, left arm especially, chest, right palm & fingers, near toe area on both feet, right calf patch…

Sleep is still sane enough, thankfully.

What i ate today:

Brunch: Slice of papaya, Rice vermicelli with bean sprouts, cauli flower, cabbage

Yesterday:

Breakfast: Rice with bitter gourd, cabbage?

Dinner: sweet sour tomato sauce pork, stir fried rice strips (hor fun) and cup of barley

Sat:

Breakfast: chocolate matcha bun from Johan, fish dumplings with meepok noodles, tea without sugar

Dinner: Rice with long beans, cauliflower, cabbage (i think)