The last major test I had to undergo in my journey to get to the root of my health problems was an endoscopy. I often felt my throat swell up making it feel like it was difficult to swallow. In addition, my left ear got stuffed up at the same time. This has been going on in varying degrees since July.
Is It Acid Reflux?
My general doctor, the one who told me that I just had to live with all of my gastrointestinal issues, has told me since last fall that many of my problems were related to acid reflux. When I complained that I didn’t feel like I had acid reflux because I never got the burning feeling or heartburn, she said it was silent reflux. I took Prevacid for a year even though every night when I went to sleep I felt my heart beating all throughout my body.
The new doctor who has been so helpful in discovering the yeast overgrowth and my many food intolerances immediately took me off Prevacid when he heard about the heart pulsing and said I was having a reaction to the medicine.
And guess what the endoscopy he ordered found?
Yep, I don’t have acid reflux and never did. In fact, everything looked fine except a few polyps in my stomach that may have been caused by the Prevacid. However, they were benign, so all is fine.
If It’s Not Acid Reflux, Why Does My Throat Swell?
That still left me with the throat problem, though. I had pinpointed that my throat felt this way after consuming grains, beans, and even my favorite, apples. Seriously, how can those things be connected?
My new doctor said that lectins in food can cause a reaction in the body, and unfortunately, a lectin intolerance or allergy won’t show up on an allergy test.
I went home and immediately Googled what foods have lectins in them. Guess which ones? Grains, beans, and apples, among others.
Thank God for a doctor who listens and is proactive in trying to heal my health.
The Steps I Have to Take Over the Next Few Months
Now I am no longer consuming foods that contain a lot of lectins or the foods I am intolerant to. By default, I am on a Paleo type diet. As I learned about the Paleo diet, I learned about a specific version–the Paleo Auto Immune diet. This diet is specifically designed to help those with auto immune diseases and leaky gut (which is what I have thanks to the yeast overgrowth, and it is what has caused so many of my food intolerances).
On this diet, you are supposed to eat meat, bone broths daily, squash, greens and other vegetables that are easy on your digestion along with limited fruit.
You need to avoid dairy, eggs, tomatoes, eggs, peppers, and eggplants, to name a few.
Is Improving My Health Worth Wrecking the Grocery Budget?
Part of the Paleo plan is that you need to eat high quality meats, specifically grass fed animals because they have a higher Omega-3 content than those that are conventionally fed. (Conventionally fed animals have high concentrations of Omega-6. In addition, those that are corn fed for most of their lives contain toxins in their fat, which we eat when we have meat.)
We have recently bought a side of pork, and we will soon by 1/2 side of beef from my cousin, who is not certified organic but follows what he needs to do to be organic.
However, I need to eat a wide variety of meat for proper nutrition and so I don’t become intolerant to any of the meats while my gut is healing.
I also need to have bone broth daily, and while I have been making my own chicken stock for years, I simply don’t have enough bones to eat homemade bone broth daily.
If I buy the bones I need for broth, and grass fed meats such as bison in addition to the many organic vegetables I need to eat, I will surely blow our $156 a week grocery budget.
Yet, eating this way doesn’t have to be forever if I can heal my leaky gut and eliminate my intolerances. In some ways, I feel like food is my medicine right now. I wouldn’t avoid filling a prescription if it would help me heal, so why am I reticent to spend more on quality groceries that will help me heal?
What do you think? Is healing worth breaking the budget?