My shocking truth: what I eat and why.
|January 27, 2013||Posted by Caroline Lunger under My favorite things, real food, Toxins|
I am a meat eater.
Actually right now that is the only thing I can eat. Bison meat, that is.
Its shocking and really I don’t know how I found out that it was the only food that did not give me skin rashes or a bloated stomach or swollen eyes. My “only ” meat diet started last summer in July. Before that, I was eating a small variety of GAPS friendly foods like cooked veggies,probiotics, fermented veggies, meat and fish. The weeks went by and the eczema and fatigue started. It lasted for weeks and then months. I decided that was enough and my body needed to “restart”.
Go back to square one.
I was recommended by a kinesiologist chiropractor to just start with one food and then try introducing others. I instinctively knew protein was my body’s favorite. I don’t believe all the blood type diet stuff, but I am type O and I think it does play a role in the way my body digests and uses pure protein.
I went on an all fish diet- fresh frozen sardines, wild salmon, and some white fish. I was nervous about the heavy metals but it was the only thing that kept me from being sick in bed. I had to compromise.
I started to get better; my skin, my energy and mood all were improving. I stayed on this fish diet for about 1 month. Then I started to add in 1 veggie at a time. Zuchinni. Nope. Nettles. Nope. Probiotic. Nope. I was devastated that my body rejected these foods. My body was not detoxing, I know the difference between a reaction and a detox by now. (I now know that my corn allergy was unavoidable and I was so allergic to corn that even the slightest trace, like the sugar the probiotic was fed, caused serious problems.) This (click here) is a great article that shows how corn is everywhere!
Adding in foods.
Instead I added bone broth. I was ok with it. Then FCLO. Yes I could tolerate that too! I started to use coconut oil as well. A little cayenne and sea salt was included without reactions. I ate this way for 4 months (until November).
Around mid August I got myvitamin A tested and it showed very very low. I knew that supplements were not an option. I searched like a mad person for fish eyes and livers. (I knew fish eyes and livers were the best sources of vitamin A because I read this article.) I knew that beef and other animals were not agreeing with my body so those parts were not options at this time.
I finally found that my local fisherman had salmon livers and pounds of them! I stocked up and ate them by the bowl full…seriously! I would wake up in the middle of the night and fork a raw fish liver and eat it. Raw. I never cooked these livers, they were only consumed raw. Some days I ate about 10 of them, some days only a bite.
FISH gut LOVE!
If you are wondering, fish livers have the texture of chicken livers, but taste fishy. The eye balls did not come as easily. My family went to Florida (I can not travel due to my sensitivities) and found a little market lady that agreed to pluck the eyes out of the next fish she got. They brought home a whole bag of fish eyes. “Surprise” they said as they handed me the eyes. I was more excited then you could imagine. You can see that I am gutsy and desperate to get better.
I would eat most of my fish very rare or raw. I got fish from a good source what was frozen in deep cold for over 2 weeks so I felt safe eating it raw. I was not worried about parasites because; the meat was frozen, I had been tested for them, and I drank cayenne pepper which is know to kill parasites.
I went to a raw food class (animal products) and decided that eating this way would help my digestion and health. GAPS healed the main part of my inflammation in my digestive system, but it was still there. I would cook the skin of the fish and that was it. Around November time I started to cook like 1/2 of my fish intake because my body started to crave cooked foods as it was getting colder. The raw was more stressful on my body.
October rolled around and I started to get sick again (I always feel sooo much better in the summer. Probably because I just am outside like 90% of the time swimming in the lake) My sick is always feeling flu-ish and weak. I knew that bone broth would help. I started my continuos bone broth. Bones. Water. Simmer. Drink. Refill. The process has not stopped even to this day (of course I wash the crock pot from time to time).
November came and I was getting hungry, All. The. Time! I decided it was time to introduce meat. I have never been a meat eater, always turkey and chicken and fish most my life. I though why not?! Cow meat was the first. I used the bones, the liver, and the meat. It never seemed to set in my stomach well. I would eat most of it raw, but something wasn’t right.
My yoga friend who was learning Ayurvedic principles, told me that my dosha would benefit from eating buffalo. Hmm, interesting. Ok I thought I will try it.
I searched and found a good local source of bison meat (I buy it here and could not be happier with the quality). I bought the pre-ground bison meat. I opened up the 1 lb package of very red bison meat. I got my pan out and tallow, but instead of cooking it, I dug in raw with my fork. I ate 1/2 the lb for lunch and the other 1/2 for dinner. I was hooked, my body CRAVED bison.
From that day on, I started to eat ground bison-raw. I would eat close to 1-2 lb a day along with some fish. I would drizzle coconut oil and sea salt on top. It was very yummy and my body needed it.
NAET, rashes, detox.
December rolled around and my rashes were coming back, around my mouth (large intestines meridian). This eczema was very unflattering and discouraging. My face and eyes also seems to be chronically swollen.
At this time I also started NAET. Some of the eczema could have been a detox but I knew that I was reacting to something I was ingesting. I alwsy trust my instincts, because most of the time, they are right.
I started to cut down on coconut oil on my skin and eating. I always smeared coconut oil around the rashes I got from NAET detox. It was helping. One day I stopped it all together. My rashes cleared up within a day. I started to used the fat that floated to the top of my buffalo bone broth as my fat source and moisturizer. Yes, my lips smell like a pot roast .
Bye, bye fish.
A week went by and the rash came back. Now what?! Fish. I decided. Yep. I was so disappointed and very confused. My NAET dr. told me that as my body is clearing things out like grain, vitamins, pollens, other sensitivities will arise that I did not know I even had (because the reactions were so small and being masked by the bigger ones).
I wanted to confirm it. I ate fish for breakfast and dinner, and the next day I woke up with a swollen face. Confirmed, I am sensitive to fish. It could have been that I over ate it, but I really don’t know.
Next thing I knew my stomach was burning all the time, and I was always hungry! I figured that I have “stomach fire”-that is what it is called in Traditional Chinese Medicine. This was hurting my other organs. I craved cayenne and ate it with my food and drank it in water, though I think this was one of those craving the body gets when it is not balanced. I stopped it cold turkey and my acute burning stomach went away. No more cayenne for me.
Drowning my body.
Around this time I also read this article (read it here) about too much water. BIG wake up call for me! I was drinking over a gallon of water a day!
I was a water girl, chug chug chug! My fingers were like icicles, my headaches were frequent, and I would pee every hour. The dark circles under my eyes were just “normal”. My kidneys were hurting bad. I also think that is why the swelling in my face was becoming more prominent. I was also doing a big no no- Reverse osmosis water!
I had a horrible reaction to a new RO water filter in our house (we had been buying 5 gallons from the store- even though it was RO water). We invested in a Berkey water filter. I still have yet to try the Berkey water-hopefully in the next few days. Honestly im just scared to switch from the store RO to the Berkey, I dont want a reaction. The RO we installed that I reacted to was new which means it had anitfungals in it = corn. And I was allergic to corn at the time. Now I am not allergic to corn after the NAET, so I really should try the Berkey water because I know it is better for me.
What do I eat?
Ok, so I got off track a little, back to my 100% meat diet. You are probably wondering, what does this girl eat? I eat bison muscle meat, bison organs (adrenals, pancreas, heart, liver, spleen) and drink bison bone/meat broth. I normally eat around 2-4 lb of bison parts a day. That may seem like a lot, but its not when that is all you eat! I drink a few big cups of bison bone/meat broth each day. I don’t like drinking water so I drink bone broth.
I eat 100% meat-raw and cooked.
These days I grind my meat fresh because I started to react to the reground bison-probobly the soap these use to clean their equipment. I eat about 3/4 of my ground muscle meat raw and the other 1/4 cooked. Each day I pick an organ I want to eat.
I cut up bison pancreas, spleen,adrenal and thymus and freeze them in small pieces. I eat these organs/glands raw- I treat them like a supplement. Each organ/gland is helpful in strengthening each of my organs/glands. I cook the bison liver and heart because eating them raw just isn’t appetizing to me right now. I figured if I eat most of the bison muscle meat raw and glands, i’ll be good with vitamins. (Read about the Shocking Health Benefits for Raw Meat).
Right now I’m going through a liver eating phase. All I want is bison liver for breakfast, lunch, dinner. Of course I add in other parts of the animal, but I usually just go with what my body wants. The body is smart and I trust that it knows what it is doing. I know when I have had enough liver when it comes repulsive.
Food is simply a tool for me right now. I actually enjoy what I eat too, but mainly it is used to heal and strengthen my body. I am grateful I have found something I can tolerate .
Can I try another food?
Just bison! Am I crazy, maybe, but that is what my body can tolerate right now. In the past few weeks after going through 26 NAET treatments, I was ready to try some new foods.
I went with what sounded good. Nettles, nope. Ginger, nope. Zucchini, nope. I was devastated again-especially after going though so much detox and healing with NAET (if you have followed my updates on fb you would know).
What is wrong with me, I thought!!! Within minutes of consuming these foods (just a bite or a sip) I would break out in a rash and swell up and get super tired. It takes a lot of courage, physical and mental strength to try a new food, because if I react (which is most of the time) my body gets zapped. My body is not ready for anything but meat and broth I guess, and honestly I’m tired or trying and reacting, I need a break.
I feel “toxic”!
These past few weeks, I always feel “toxic”. Maybe its the NAET or maybe it is something else. I do clay baths (learn how to here), sauna, exercise, drain my lymph system (learn how to here), acupuncture, chiropractic, enemas, H202, massage.
Nothing seems to give me lasting relief. Im not doing all this at once, but maybe it is just overwhelming my body. It is hard to tell, because when I just take a break from detoxing, I feel like a dead sack. I know everything I am doing is helping in some ways and I try to be carful on how much I do at once. Too much can be bad too.
I drink lots of charcoal. According to this article, it does not absorb food nutrients, but I still drink it away from food. I drink clay too and take clay mask baths (learn how to here). I do coffee enemas. I do acupressure points on my body. These things are my life savers to keeping the toxins OUT of my body.
It is frusturating to wake up exhausted after 12 hours of sleep (I have thyroid hashimotos so that could be part of this problem) , to wake up with a puffy face or eyes, with a rash or just plain irritable. I know that a congested liver is the cause of my crankiness. My gallbladder is sore and too much fat causes bloating.
In the past two months, every time I eat my stomach hurts a bit. My acupuncturist friend found out that my illeocecal valve is inflamed and weak. No wonder I have this constant urge to “get the toxins out of my body!”
My poor poor stomach valve.
Let me give you a little explanation form this article (read it here) I learned about the illeocecal valve.
If the valve is weak and suck open, the food stuff that is not needed (toxins) in the large intestines leaks out back into the small intestines. The role of the small intestines is to pull out nutrients from our food for our blood to transport all over our body.
If the gunk form the large intestines backs up into the small intestines, toxins are really being absorbed into the blood stream. That is probably a good factor why I always feel crummy and “toxic” and why I react to, EVERYTHING! Oh just to mention it, activated charcoal absorbs toxins from the bloodstream-so if you are like me, drink up!.
This is why…
No matter what I try I cant ingest things to heal my congested liver, my weak kidneys, my sore gallbladder..etc.
This is why I eat mostly raw meat and organs/glands. That is what my body can handle without giving it extra stress or toxins. My body cannot handle any more .
Im looking into finding a good Chinese medicine acupuncturist (I had to leave my other acupuncturist because I reacted to her fireplace- and she always keeps it running) to help heal my organs.
I am continuing with NAET (I promise to post about what it is soon) because it has allowed me to take off my mask in public places and touch and breath comfortably in my own house. My process is slow, but I am learning SO much along the way.
God has a plan.
Each little thing prepares me to become the healer that I want to be in the future (I am starting NTA in February and after that I want to go to acupuncture school).
As much as I hope there is one thing “wrong” with me or “one fix”, I know there is not. My body is not dying, but struggling to keep healthy. My organs are not failing, but stressed.
For some reason I was given this “gift” of being super duper sensitive and then able to express it in a way that people understand. I feel my organs. I feel my liver is hard. I follow the rash that runs along a certain meridian. I know my body from the inside out.
I am happy that I have the mental capacity to research and do everything I do to keep myself as healthy as possible. I am amazed at the lengths I go to to stay on my toes. I am thankful.
Some days are better then others, but I get through each day. I have a great group of dr.’s to help me and I never stop searching. My family is understanding and supportive, and I love them.
God has a plan for me, and it is to help other people who are the “mystery” case like myself. I know that is why I have to go through strange symptoms and every alternative therapy under the sun. I need to try it all out, first hand, so I can know what it feels like each step of the way. There is a plan, I just have to be patient.
Im sorry If this comes across as “complaining” to you. It is not. I am simply just sharing with you my journey- good or bad. Life is not easy, especially when you have to go against the flow, but I know it will be worth it, someday.
So for now I will just keep eating my meat and living each day to the fullest!