Like a (broken) record, baby, round, round, round, (not on) round...


Recommended Posts

Here she goes.... here she goes again....

Howdy peeps. I'm back. Again. Jeez I'm predictable. BUT this time is a bit different. It's not a round, it's not for set days, and it has slacker rules, so it's here in Post-Whole30. 

I finally got to see the Allergenist and had a really big chat. The long and short of it is that there's no testing to be done, I have intolerances and not allergies, anything that claims to test intolerance is a scam (and usually an expensive one), that she agrees I've exhausted pharmaceutical treatments for migraines, that W30 has definitely shown the vertigo/migraines are food related, and that my options are either to stay majority W30 forever, or to do a 'round', get to my baseline of no migraines then do month long reintros of food groups until I get an answer.

Few things she did say, and why this will be a modified W30 for me, is that:

  • Because the migraines/vertigo are cumulative and not an immediate reaction to a trigger, I don't have to be 100% all the time, one day here and there won't flip me back to vertigo.
  • I will basically ignore all W30 recommendations - I guess more paleo though I'll still avoid the sweets - this is about making a lifelong plan for the way I eat so the additional pressure of eating X times a day, not snacking, not having something because it may be compliant but isn't in the spirit of W30 or is SWYPO etc isn't helpful for me at this stage (in fact she agrees (and warned) that this feeds into disordered eating and my all or nothing mindset).
  • In the past I've been a stickler for the avoid unless you can't oils, and she agrees that it's necessary at all - this opens up a lot of my possibilities for sauces, dressings, marinated veggies, etc - I have sundried tomatoes and marinated artichokes both with sunflower oil now. 
  • She said I can keep dairy! Basically, I eat so little of it anyway  that she doesn't think it is the trigger and she's confident I can keep it in. If I get to where the vertigo would usually go away and it hasn't, I might have to rethink, but cheese and the occasional sour cream (all the dairy I really eat) stays in for now.
  • She also said that avoiding sugar is a personal choice and not likely to be related to my migraines, but I want to avoid sweets because that's a whole other issue for me, so I will be ignoring small amounts of sugar in savoury foods i.e. in my jar of roasted peppers, where its the only non-compliant ingredient in sausage, smallgoods etc. The same for wine as an ingredient. 

Even this will be a challenge, because there's a lot of events coming up (I have a BBQ this weekend - I'm cooking and it will be compliant, work Xmas lunch on the 27th, Thanksgiving the day after - won't be at all compliant, then of course heading into Xmas...) but I need to make this a long term thing.

She's booked me with a dietician, but that's not until February, so I'm going it alone til then. I think I'll do my best between now and 1st week of Jan, do a proper W30 from 11 Jan 2021 (when I get back off holidays) and then I'll be strict on round when I see the dietician on 2 Feb and we can nut out what my reintro is going to look like. Of course, if I've got the vertigo under control by early Jan, I won't do a strict round.

But, I do need to keep a diary so the dietician knows what she's working with. it's going to be a bit weird because I'll have to note what non-W30 stuff is in each thing, I guess. Here goes!

Yesterday:

Meal 1: lettuce, baby spinach and rocket with marinated artichokes (ingredients unknown), Hoyts sundried tomatoes (contains sulfites), grilled lamb leg steak and lemon juice.

Meal 2: Red snapper with lemon garlic dill ghee, lettuce, baby spinach and rocket with marinated artichokes (ingredients unknown), Hoyts sundried tomatoes (contains sulfites). 

Drinks: water, coffee with Mac milk, soda water with lemon and lime juice

Snacks: raw cashews

 

Today:

Meal 1: Frittata of baby spinach and rocket with marinated eggplant (ingredients unknown), Hoyts sundried tomatoes (contains sulfites), roasted red pepper (contains sugar), 3 eggs.

Meal 2: Pork steaks on the BBQ, roasted cauliflower with a dijon, lemon, caper sauce, and seared asparagus.

Drinks: water, coffee with Mac milk, soda water with lemon and/or lime juice

 

 

 

Link to post
Share on other sites

So snacks yesterday ended up being a handful of raw cashews and some jalapeno stuffed olives.

I was so tired all day and then evening, but then couldn't sleep til after midnight. I had vertigo all day, but managed a TKD class, so that was good. Loving being back.

We have a friend over tonight so I'm doing kebabs on the BBQ - steak, mushroom, red onion and red capsicum in a marinade of coconut aminos, fish sauce, red pepper, garlic and oregano and the others are chicken kebabs with green capsicum, fresh pineapple and a balsamic marinade. The chicken is not compliant, as it is pre-marinated and has both soy and whey. I'm undecided as to whether I will have that or just steak. Will do a slaw, and some smashed garlic potatoes as a side.

Symptoms: Mild to moderate vertigo, not as bad as yesterday. Oral allergy is low. Headache mild, and I'm tired but not overly, considering bad night's sleep.

Meal 1: Some sort of white fish fillet (I have a variety in the freezer and the marker has rubbed off) with chimmichurri and a rocket, baby spinach, cucumber, sundried tomato, marinated artichoke salad.

Meal 2: Steak and chicken kebabs, slaw with creamy chimmichurri and smashed garlic potatoes

Drinks: Water, coffee with Mac milk, soda water with lemon and/or lime juice

 

Link to post
Share on other sites
  • 7 months later...

Hola, W30 friends. 

So I just read my above post with an extreme sense of de javu, and I'm back to try and actually stick with it this time. Yadda yadda, vertigo, heaviest I've ever been, stiff, sore, living on antacids, rashy (not likely food related but if this helps, it helps). I've been unsuccessfully doing WW for months (well, I've been paying their fees anyway) but I just can't get back into their mindset of 'sugar free/fat free', though their huge list of 'free' foods is good for my mindset.

Basically, I'm 99% sure that wine is, if not all of my problem, at least contributing significantly to it. I'm not an alcoholic, as far as I know, but it is a crutch, especially in these times of on and off lockdowns, working from home, cancelling holidays and trips to see family and friends at the drop of a hat, economic uncertainty etc etc. 

So the plan is to eat as above, keep a food diary here, stop paying WW because tracking there messes with my head - it brings me back to the 'minimise consumption' mindset, and after doing W30 I disagree with a lot of the way they allocate points. If I can lose weight doing W30 with whole foods, and fats at every meal, I can't buy back into their fake sugars, low fat, thing.

I have a trip in 6 weeks, and my aim is to be vertigo free and hopefully down a few kilos. Mostly, I just need to get back in control.

Meals today:

M1: poached eggs and spicy saurkraut.

M2: Chicken larb in lettuce cups.

M3: TBA, I might pop out for some fish, it's been a while. 

 

Link to post
Share on other sites

Meals today:

M1: poached eggs and spicy saurkraut (if I'm hungry, I wasn't yesterday).

M2: Chicken larb in lettuce cups.

M3: Salisbury steak with mushroom gravy, celeriac mash, sautéed broccolini and carrots

Slept terribly last night, but that's par for the course when I give up the nightly wine, it usually takes a while to settle. Vertigo is definitely present and coming and going this morning, but I didn't need any antacids yesterday, so that's nice. For someone who eats packets of them, it's amazing how immediately I don't need them when I'm not drinking and not eating various foods. 

 

Link to post
Share on other sites

Just to note, I have bad anxiety. It's fairly constant, because it is caused largely by the vertigo - my "fight or flight" is constantly engaged. It often results in me being completely unable to face certain specific tasks. This time, it was have a proper look at the prosicutto I hung in February. It's wrapped in cheesecloth and  was positive that under there it had spoiled and was mouldy and I'd wasted a lot of money and time, but I just.... couldn't check. Either it was off, or it was fine an either way - nope.

3 days no wine, 2 days W30, still have vertigo but I pulled it out, unwrapped, ready to bin it. 

It's perfect. It's absolutely lovely. I have literally sweated over this in the middle of the night because I like to panic about completely unimportant things at 3am. 

THIS is why I need W30.

Link to post
Share on other sites

M1: poached eggs and spicy saurkraut (if I'm hungry, I wasn't yesterday or the day before).

M2: Chicken larb in lettuce cups.

M3: Depends on the weather. If it stays dry, I'm going to BBQ steaks, and have with BBQ veggies but if it starts getting wet I'll need to rethink.

Quick note on non-compliant stuff yesterday - there was sugar in the water I cooked the peas in (it's my husband's preferred way and I didn't plan to have any but cooked too many), and I added worscestershire sauce to the gravy for dinner, so barley and sugar, I guess.

But per the top post, this is a post whole 30, not a round, and I plan to stick to 90% compliant.

Took aaaaages to get to sleep last night, but once I was out, I was out, which is good. Vertigo still here this morning, I know it usually takes 2-3 weeks to go. I told my husband that I'm breaking up with booze last night and I think I mean it, save for occasions. A couple wines or beers out with friends is fun, but all drinking a couple wines of a night does is make me sleepy and lazy, then sleep badly, then feel crappy the next day. 

Link to post
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.
Note: Your post will require moderator approval before it will be visible.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

Loading...