More Food Restrictions

or, “Just When I thought It Couldn’t Get Any Worse”

About a month ago I started avoided foods with a moderate to high oxalate content. Oxa-what? Yeah, unless you have kidney problems, you probably have never heard of an oxalate. And no, I don’t have kidney problems. I won’t bore you with the details of how this all came about. But awhile back I happened upon a list of the oxalate content of various foods. As I read through the list, I realized that I could eat most of the low oxalate foods, about half of the moderate oxalate foods, and that I reacted to most of the high oxalate foods.

A light bulb went off!

After some more research, I decided to try eliminating all high oxalate content foods, and cut way, way back on the moderates. And after about a week, I started feeling a lot better.

Now, keep in mind, I was feeling pretty good already. Back when I ate everything that I shouldn’t, I was operating at about 50% on a good day. Once I eliminated gluten, soy, nightshades, brassicacae, poultry, legumes, etc., I went up to around 70% to 80%. Which was quite an improvement. But I still had days where I had “mystery reactions” that I just couldn’t pinpoint. Whether it was gastro, dermal, anxiety, insomnia, or just a general malaise, I frequently had days where things weren’t right. And I’m pretty in tune with my whole system now, so I know when something is up.

Since eliminating the oxalates, I feel like I’m functioning at a constant 85% or above. It’s really been a long time since I felt this good.

So the oxalates seem to be one of the missing pieces of my puzzle. The good news with this one is that as long as I avoid them most of the time, I seem to be able to eat a little here and there.

I’m also off of sugar. No sugar. Are you taking the journey with me? I said no sugar. NO SUGAR. GAAAAH! Again, I’ll spare you the boring details, but I decided to give up sugar a couple of weeks ago and see if that might be a problem for me. And damn it all to hell, I feel better! I never thought feeling healthy would be so hard. This sucks. I LOVE sugar! But I honestly can’t remember the last time I felt this good, so I guess I’m stuck with this one. Oh, by the way, the sugar ban applies to artificial sweeteners. I cheat a little with honey, since it seems to sit much better with me than refined cane sugar. But that’s it. Oh yeah, I’ve also cut out yeast and alcohol. Fun, fun!

Of course, there will be major cheating with oxalates and sugars on Thanksgiving. I’ll post the menu tomorrow…

About Li

A writer, runner, and Gluten-Free Zealot, I've been helping others navigate the gluten-free lifestyle for many years. Life is meant to be enjoyed, and when you're gluten-free, it's even better!
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