Recently I've been having a problem with cramps. Not the same cramps I usually have after consuming a food trigger, but a totally new unrelenting painful cramp that feels completely different from those I associate with digestion problems.
There is some speculation from my family doctor that it might be endometriosis or something having to do with the female plumbing.
I decided that instead of focusing on foods I shouldn't eat, it was time to look for foods to include. One of the diets (or rather, eating lifestyles) I hadn't paid much attention to was macrobiotics. This holiday, I read two books: Hip Chick's Guide to Macrobiotics by Jessica Porter, and The Macrobiotic Path to Total Heatlh by Michio Kushi (one of the main innovators of the macrobiotic movement) and Alex Jack.
Name the fast food chain, and I can guarantee they have a sign up that says "We are currently not serving tomatoes". I find this interesting because unlike our neighbours to the south, we don't have a salmonella problem with crops grown here in Canada (so far). Which brings me to today's rant.
First let me say Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to everyone out there. I hope whatever type of celebration you have is filled with joy and love.
And now the rant.
It's happened. Christmas wipe out. You know what I am talking about. Indulging in treats at gatherings. Falling into a spell at the grocery store, blanking on the whole experience, only to open the freezer door the next morning and think "Holy crap...who brought perogies and french bread into the house?"
Besides having trouble with low energy and digestion, I (like many of my readers) suffer from joint pain. It's been especially bad the past few months, but I am back to the point where I want to build strength. My best bet: gentle aquatics geared for people with fibro or arthritis or as rehabilitation/strength-building.
Most of you have been in a similar situation. Here's my most recent.
I've just recently gotten a new job. I went in for orientation on a day where staff and students prepared food for a potluck. I brought something as well (wanting to make a good impression and all). I placed my dish on the table and backed away from the sea of breaded goodies and desserts, not tempted in the least.
I have to have a bone scan done before I can move forward with any diagnosis or see another specialist. My doctor gave me the requisition so that I could book the appointment locally (he is actually located an hour and a half away. 'Have decent doctor, will travel').
I looked in the phone book as instructed to find a lab that does nuclear medicine procedures. None of the places stated they had this in their write-up, but the one place I've gone to in the past have a staff I like so I call them to ask.
Where do you turn?
Here's the reality on both sides that you might encounter.
-doctors treat symptoms, and unfortunately, many dismiss illness when they don't find the answer after an initial round of testing. Luckily, my doctor is one who likes to explore different possibilities, but the specialists I have seen in my lifetime are rigid and dismissive in their diagnosis.
-some doctors aren't interested in looking at your entire medical history. It's as if you are wasting their time by bringing something up that may be related or happened years earlier.
I can come to terms with the fact that "healthier foods" cost more than mainstream eating. I am willing to pay more for a product I know I can digest and will enjoy. I think it's unfair, but what isn't in life.
What I can't stomach (ha ha) is when I stroll down the Health Food section of grocery stores and find most of the products still contain many allergens for people who actually need to eat these types of foods: food colouring agents, chemical stabilizers, yeast or glutens, sugar cane...SOMETHING that I and many others can't have.
My rant for the day:
All good information on the internet should be free.
I don't care what it's about. Health, taxes, real estate listings, basic website templates, whatever. It should be free and accessible.
Yes, getting people to sign in to your site is fine. It helps to keep out spam and bots and all those annoying web nasties. But I should be able to access the INFO for free.