I have not challenged a new food this week because I have had more pain. I have not had the ability to even think about a new food with my head pain. This week has been worse pain wise and I am just not able to plow through the pain like I have been able to. It may be the holidays are wearing me thin and I dont have the reserves to take on the same amount of pain.
Chronic pain is some thing new for me and its taking a lot of adjustment. I am mostly eating lamb, brown rice, and sweet potatoes this week because I don’t really have the energy to make much else. I am lucky to have a great partner in life who has had dinner made for me so I don’t have to do it.
I hope that after the holidays I can challenge Coconut Milk again along with a few others. This week will be a mulligan but thats how life goes at some times with chronic pain.
It has been a bit since I updated. So I have a few new things to add to the progress of the diet. The test of raw apples was not good. I think because of the acidity of the raw apples. Tested cooked/baked apples. The baked apples with honey and cinnamon were tasty but proved to have the same reaction as raw apples i.e. rosacea and upset tummy.
Pears dont seem to cause this reaction so I can still eat some fruit. I have also had luck with raspberries in their fresh form as well. Most of my sweet still comes from honey. Some of the specialized diets cut out honey but I cant seem to give it up. I eat mostly raw unprocessed white honey but I still need sweet things. Pre allergy challenge diet I had a major sweet tooth. Some times I still come home and just eat a spoonful of raw honey to calm down the sugar cravings (I know that just continues my need for sweet things but I feel I will be so unhappy with out any sweets that its worth the continued small dependance on some sweetener)
Coconut Milk has been my latest test. Some what inconclusive to say the least. I have had no facial or digestive reaction to the milk but I have had to majorly bad days with my headaches. This may be due in part to an emergency medication or a change in environment. So next week will be a retest of coconut milk. I do hope that I can drink it because it makes a nice hot chai spiced drink.
Coconut Milk Fake Chai Latte
1 Tea Mug full of Unsweetened Unflavored (Un-fun) Coconut Milk
1 Tablespoon Clover Honey (processed honey but a very sweet honey works best for this drink)
1/8-1/4 teaspoon of Penzeys Pumpkin Pie Spice (China cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, ginger, mace, cloves) I usually put in like 4-6 shakes from the little jar. I think thats about 1/8 a teaspoon. Adjust to your own tastes.
Heat Coconut Milk and Pumpkin Pie Spice in a sauce pan over med-low heat. When warm add honey and stir until combined. Heat until just under boiling and serve warm.
The first food I challenged was Apples. I had to get over being nervous about adding food in. The old saying is ‘An apple a day keeps the doctor away’ but I am not sure that rings true for me. I got 6 lovely honey crisp apples to eat.
The challenge phase of the diet asks you to eat large amounts of the food you are challenging three times a day for two days. I figured that apples would not be a big deal. I liked apples before. After the third apple in a day I was just about sick of apples. I had a whole day to go.
I should have come up with different ways to eat apples rather than raw. I put off eating the apples the next day so I ended up eating two apples right before bed. Not the best choice I could have made. I felt pretty sick after eating two apples.
Challenge: Raw Apples – No
Next challenge – Cooked Apples