A Lack of Blogging!
As the weather starts to get colder, with biting winds and frost in the mornings, it makes me feel like its been ages since I have posted anything on my blog! I do feel slightly guilty, as I promised myself when I unleashed Noodlechips, that I would keep my posts regular. However, my excuse is a pretty good one as I have been to see a private specialist for my chronic helath condition and as a result have been focusing on the treatment plan that has been devised for me (and boy it’s taken some adjustment!)
Now, if you have read my ‘About ME‘ section, you will know that I said that I don’t intended to discuss my condition and its ups and downs on my blog. However, this topic isn’t really about my condition as such, It’s more to do with diet and how what you eat impacts on your body. You see, part of my diagnosis discovered a dairy and wheat /gluten intolerance and I’m awaiting confirmation to see if I have fermenting gut. When the doctor explained these intolerances I was surprised to find out that these are likely linked to symptoms that I experience, such as feeling ‘foggy headed’ and suffering with poor sinuses and cold symptoms, to name just a few!
The specialist, who has spent many years researching CFS mentioned that many people suffer symptoms caused by intolerances but don’t make the connection or never get diagnosed. It was this that got me thinking about how I could help other people to live a happier and healthier life!
As a result of these findings, part of my treatment plan is to follow something called a ‘Stone Age diet’ * which is sometimes referred to as the paleo diet. Now I want to just clarify that the term ‘diet’ is used here to mean ‘a food regime’ rather than something followed short term to lose weight or detox. This is something that for me personally, I have to see as a life change and accept that I may never be able to eat the foods that i am intolerant to. If I am lucky, there may be a chance that in the future I will be able eat some of these ingredients in small doses.
How Can This Help You?
So, how does this help you? Well, since I’ve been to see the specialist, I have done a bit of research to educate myself on living with an intolerance and possible fermenting gut as well as looking for recipes for following a Stone Age diet. It’s through this that I realise how hard it is to find recipes that consider any of these things, let alone all of them together! To give you an idea of the complications, next time you go shopping, take a look at the ingredients in some of the items that you put in your basket! You’ll find that almost everything from sausages to stock cubes, contain wheat/ gluten and/ or dairy and it’s enough to drive anyone crazy!!
With all of this in mind, I thought that it might help if I shared my experience as well as the links/ useful information that I have found, to help anyone else who may be going through a similar situation. So, if you want to find out about intolerances, then click HERE, or if you want to know more about the Paleo diet, click HERE.
I will also be adding recipes that I have either come across or have made up as I’ve gone along, that can be made if you suffer from wheat, gluten or dairy intolerances, for those without intolerances, the recipes can be adapted to add all the naughty little things that I can’t have, so keep a watchful eye on my recipe section!
*My Specialists recommended a stone age diet, which is slightly different to a paleo diet. The principles are the same (cutting out processed foods) but it is a little more basic and tweaked based on her experience working with CFS patients for over 30+ years. That said, I ususally just refer to my diet as ‘paleo’ as its more commonly known.