I was suffering from severe pollen allergies this past month, thanks to an early spring and higher than usual pollen count. Before the allergies hit, I was getting virus after virus since the late fall. I figure I had about 8 low grade viruses, which I rarely get. I realized that my immune system was compromised and that things would only get worse unless I changed my diet. I have intense cravings for sweets and I know that sugar was probably causing some or all of my issues. So I cut out the cookies and desserts. In their place, I bought the highest concentration of dark chocolate and ate a small piece whenever I had a sugar craving. It worked!
I also decided to eliminate wheat products from my diet and go gluten free. I focused on easy to digest food a la hunter and gatherer style, like chicken or turkey protein and plenty of mixed green salad. I got off all starchy vegetables like potatoes. 24 hours hours my skin was glowing and I started to feel better. 48 hours later my allergies were gone. Brain fog also disappeared after 48 hours and I stopped forgetting things. I lost 5 pounds in the first five days since I wasn't eating any bread and crackers and had probably cut my calories in half by doing so.
A week later, relatives came to visit and I lost my will power not to eat sugar when we went out to restaurants! In3 days, I gained back all the pounds, my allergies started to return, and my brain fog returned full force. Oh and my skin lost its glow. All this just with the addition of sugar, mind you!! I managed to stay off of gluten during their visit. When they left, I resumed my low sugar diet and within 24 hours I felt better again. The pounds are harder to lose this time around, but my will is made of steel. I am fed up with feeling lousy.
Hope this helps people out there suffering from poor dietary choices. Blessings to all of you, Becky.
Can anyone tell me whether quinoa is a grain or a seed as I am trying a grain free diet, thanks