so I went to my doctor last summer after having odd feelings of numbness/tingling/heaviness in my arms, back, and face for..... well for a few months. I started with massage and network chiropractic care and while those were helpful, it wasn't lasting and I figured I best get it checked out. well, she couldn't find anything but she sent me to a neurologist who then sent me for brain and neck MRIs. to rule out scary things. that was a long hour or so spent in a noisy tube, but thank you thank you thank you, all was clear. but there was still that pesky numbness. it came and went all summer and stayed gone for a few weeks after some magical cranio-sacral work. come fall and then through the winter, it came and went (is coming and going) again. more massage. a visit to the acupuncturist. another visit with the doctor, another cranio-sacral appointment....... who knows what it is. But, I did find out a few things that are important to know. I am deficient in D (I know it's common, but I was still surprised! I'm outside in the sunshine a lot and almost never use sunscreen- come on!), have a low liver enzyme that likely means a zinc deficiency, and I have an autoimmune thyroid disorder called Hashimoto's Thyroiditis (which, as it turns out, typically goes hand in hand with low zinc and Vitamin D).
So- none of that may even explain the numbness and tingling, but here I am. I've been reading a lot and eating very differently. I mean, I've considered my diet a very healthy one for a long time- whole foods, lots of veggies, little sugar, gluten-free, minimal processed stuff....... A creature of habit, I typically had an egg and gluten free toast in the morning (or oatmeal if it was cold, yogurt if it was really hot), beans and greens and avocado on corn tortillas for lunch, and a rotation of fairly simple protein meets veggies dinners with a grain thrown in for that satisfying fill-you-up-ness. Snacking on fruit or veggies or tortilla chips and homemade salsa, maybe some nuts or a rice cake with peanut butter......
Well lately that has changed.
Lately it has been broth. Broth and broth and broth and broth. And well cooked vegetables, pureed at first, but now whole. Some well cooked meat. I have pretty much had soup of some sort for breakfast, lunch, and dinner for two weeks.
Basically, I did a week of homemade broths and pureed 'low residue' vegetable soups (with lots of coconut oil added in because your body needs fat), and vegetable juices. And then last week I started the very limiting GAPS intro diet. The thing with GAPS though is that they fairly quickly reintroduce a bunch of foods that the Autoimmune Protocol recommends keeping away from for a good long while (yummy things like eggs and dairy and nuts and seeds) before slowly reintroducing to identify any trigger foods, so while I'm all about the gut-healing benefits of the GAPS intro diet, I'm not completely sure it makes the most sense for me because even though I'm moving through the phases, I'm not adding very many of the things I could be adding, so it's a bit anticlimactic when I reach a new stage. Well, I was psyched when I added in avocados and sautéed onions, and I'm really looking forward to cooked apples tomorrow since I haven't had fruit in 2 weeks, but still.......
Overall, I've had more energy and (aside from constantly being a little hungry) I feel pretty great. I'm taking just a couple of the supplements recommended for Hashimoto's, along with digestive enzymes and a high potency probiotic. A 50,000 IU Rx for D3. Drinking lots of good water and doing yoga pretty much every day. I still have the numbness and tingling, and I won't lie- it annoys me that the thing that got me going to the doctor in the first place hasn't been resolved or figured out yet and here I got this bonus autoimmune diagnosis.... sigh. In a way though, it is empowering to have the information and be able to put together some of the puzzle when looking at my lab work. Inconveniently empowering, yes, but......... ah well.
What I miss most is my corn tortillas.
And my toast. Toast can fix just about anything.