An Unpleasant Surprise

Friday was my second appointment with the nutritionist. We spent over an hour going over the rest of my questionnaire and some charts. These charts gave percentages of things that were wrong with my body, based on a questionnaire. Now, I was ready for my new diet.

I was a little surprised to find out that the diet was the same diet that she gives every patient. It was the same diet that she teaches classes in. It’s just a basic sugar-detox diet. Those who follow this diet get leafy greens, certain fruits, meats, and fats. No grains, sugar (natural or fake), or dairy are allowed.

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I decided to dive in and try it out. That was a big mistake! After drinking a little of her half-caf recommended cup of coffee with no sweetener (and a little almond milk), I felt horrible. I really couldn’t get much of that stuff down. Then, I ate my breakfast and lunch. By the afternoon, my vision was very blurry, I was constantly nauseated, and felt horrible. After a near breakdown, I started crying and feeling like I could never exist feeling so sick.

My family comforted me and then I started to eat a few things. I broke the diet. I felt better, but was wiped out. I felt so weak and exhausted. I began to think about what had happened to me. I had gone into a sugar-detox.

I discussed the plan that I had been put on by the lady with my husband. As I talked it over with him, I realized what was wrong. When I started going to the holistic health clinic, I was told that the practicioners all worked together to give me a plan that was individualized to help me. I believed that this meant, due to my complex medical picture, that they could do more than other doctors.

I had searched for various diets and nutrition protocols over the last few years. There is one diet for autoimmune patients, a different diet for mast cell disorder patients, and another for those with osteoporosis. And, of course, these diets don’t mesh. When I made a list based on combining them all, the list of allowed foods would be too small to create a diet. And, how was I to know what diet to try.

I expected that my holistic team would know more about this than me, or at least study enough to help me create a specialized plan. Just handing me a book of the lady’s favorite diet wasn’t what I expected (especially based on what I was paying her per hour to help me). I also am not in any physical condition to be thrown into a “detox” program.

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I don’t even know if I believe in detoxes anyway. No offense to those who do think this is a real thing, but I’m not convinced. I feel like any changes in diet that are going to make me feel like dying, should be very gradually introduced. My body is sick! I want to feel better, not worse.

I am thinking that there isn’t any answer to my health problems. Whatever happens to make me feel better is going to be something that I do for myself. Any gradual changes that are made will be made by myself and at my own pace. Acceptance of my rotten health is still my outlook. I just thought that I would give this approach a chance. But, the approach isn’t what I thought it would be.

I’m thankful that today is Sunday. I will be encouraged by hearing a sermon today, even if it is on Facebook live. I need to meditate on this verse today, because it is Truth: Isaiah 41:10 – Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

I hope and pray that you have a low-pain day, with clarity of mind and vision. God bless.

@2020, copyright Lisa Ehrman

Disclaimer: I’m not a medical expert. These are my opinions and are not meant to be taken as medical advice. If you have a medical concern, please consult your personal physician.

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