Some of you may remember that for the whole of March i gave up chocolate, to raise money and awareness on behalf of the British Heart Foundation. Now i cannot say the BHF would get rich on my donation, but the month was very interesting.
I need to go back a little before i can go forward, so please bear with me.
It is known that those who suffer from Fibromyalgia have an increased craving for sugar, me included. The four years previous to diagnosis i had switched my diet from a high sugar-high fat – totally rubbish foods to almost organic vegetarian. However i did not stop eating meat because i thought it was cruel to animals, but more for my own health reasons.
At that time i was also suffering from static debilitating migraines, which means that as one migraine ended another one would begin. Food allergy testing was inconclusive and so in the end i decided to change my diet. Some people will blame migraines on chocolate, cheese, red meat, red wine, etc, in my case i haven’t found it to be so, as they kept rolling in week after week no matter what i did. How debilitating were they? Well, i would loose my hearing and my sight on my left side, my left arm would become heavy and so would my left leg, then i would get the usual symptoms; sensitive to light, sound, touch, movement, nausea,sickness, pounding headache and Irritable Bowel type symptoms as well. I still get them, but much less frequently, about one a month.
Yes, I did have a stressful job, as a staff nurse, but i only worked three days a week.
Now coming back to Dechox.
My normal diet, since i was diagnosed is lousy. I crave sugar most of the time and often feel nauseous when i eat foods that contain no obvious sugar. I have been living on high sugar cereals most of the time, forcing myself to eat ‘proper’ food as much as i can. But something happened during Dechox that i didn’t expect and that is, but not eating chocolate i found that within a week my craving for it had disappeared. By the end of the month my craving for sugar had disappeared as well. And the drawer at the side of my bed, where all the sugar use to live, was now empty.
To replace the sugary treats i began to eat fruit, which by the end of the month tasted good, but it had an unforeseen consequence, it made me constipated, who would have guessed!?! I then found that i needed to increase my fibre, so i bought granary bread from the bakery and shreddied wheat cereal instead of cornflakes and increased the amount of vegetables i was eating and things righted themselves within a day or so.
But it’s been Easter! And what do we eat at Easter??? CHOCOLATE!!!!
I love chocolate, i really do, I think i should marry a bar of Galaxy chocolate!!
But this morning i had a Eureka moment, when i realised that only a few days of chocolate had put a stop to me eating right and had brought back that nauseous feeling whenever i eat anything but cereal and high sugar. I am also craving white bread too. Now there is this big ‘thing’ about white bread versus granary bread, but the only difference between white bread and granary bread is the amount of fibre they contain, everything else is the same.
I have also found myself in an energy slump and we fibro-mites like to blame everything on the condition, but now i am wondering!?! But before i go back to no obvious sugar (most of the time), i just have to finish off the chocolate first! One more egg to go!