So I’m still sticking with the soy free diet and things are going swimmingly. I’ve had a few run-ins with some natural flavoring and some issues with butter, but aside from that, I’ve been feeling great! My moods are still better, I’m clearer headed, and my heart palpitations have declined greatly…My weight has stabilized at around 135lbs (I’m only about 15lbs heavier than I was at my high school graduation). I’ve also found a few friends who are possibly in the same boat with soy who are joining me on the soy free experiment bandwagon. Not that I want someone to have a food allergy, but it feels good to not be alone and it feels good to be able to help someone else out.
I’ve also had some run-ins with some well meaning friends who, in a push to be helpful, practically cornered me (or so it felt) on my facebook page and were cramming the whole “gloom and doom, get to a doctor NOW!” stuff down my throat. I did take a stand and asked them nicely to back off as I was feeling pretty bullied and yelled at and they turned around, kicked it up a notch and pretty much lambasted me for posting about my “ailments” and told me that I shouldn’t post if I didn’t want the comments. Basically a blame the victim kinda thing. “Well, she asked for it!” I wonder if I should start commenting on my friends statuses who always talk about drinking/partying/getting wasted and ask if they need to go to an AA meeting. Apparently, I post about my health too much and that warrants an inquisition about why I won’t see a doctor. Maybe those drinking statuses are a cry for an alcoholic intervention…It’s the pot calling the kettle black, really. In hindsight, I made the mistake of posting about my health on my wall and I’m not going to do that anymore. Lesson learned. Oh, and I’m sure I just pissed someone off… 🙂
I’m one of those stereotypical facebookers who post about exactly what they are doing/feeling, etc. I don’t do it to get comments or pity. I’m not a troll. I just put stuff out there. Most of the time my posts revolve around my knitting or housework and what I’ve accomplished or plan to accomplish for the day. Same for this blog. I just write and if my day to day stuff and experiences help others, great, if someone comes here and can offer help to me, even better. I’m not just posting to get people to visit my blog. Do I like to see my blog stats go up, yes, because I can only hope that my blog has been, in some way, helpful to those visitors. I just feel like I’ve lost an outlet for my thoughts.
Anyway, I’ve learned a few more things though trial and error. Most of the teas in my cupboard contain soy lecithin or natural flavors. I’m down to 2-3 boxes out of the like 8 that are in there. I’m bummed because I can no longer have the buffalo wing sauce that’s in my fridge. I love buffalo wings and spicy stuff…Also, antacids contain natural flavors and have a tendency to make my stomach hurt and my heart pound on top of the indigestion….yeah, won’t make that mistake again. lol I’ve learned that benedryl helps if I have accidentally eaten something with soy or butter. Good to know! I’ve also learned that the hand lotion I’ve been using contains soybean oil. Nice. At least I know that it’s not a contact allergy/sensitivity. I’ve been using the lotion every day since I’ve cut out eating soy and I haven’t noticed any ill feelings or rashes. I am going to find a soy free lotion as I have terribly dry hands in the winter and I have to put lotion on regularly or my hands will crack and bleed. I’m slightly germophobic, so I’m always washing my hands and that doesn’t help the dryness.
At some point I have to post about my knitting and Bug’s birthday and birthday party from this past weekend. I also plan to post about the soy free strawberry cake from scratch that I made…though this cake ended up bothering me…probably from the butter – it used 2 sticks! I know it wasn’t the homemade meringue frosting as the night before the party I was eating it while decorating the cake and I was fine. Either way, the cake was delicious, despite it’s density (it was more fudge brownie like than cake like) and the fact that it made my stomach hurt.
So, that’s the update for this week. I’m continuing to improve and I’m happy about that. Yay for good things!