I’ve literally been sick for 3 1/2 weeks. It started off with a scratchy throat, then moved to my chest and lastly, like usual, ended up in my sinuses. ANOTHER sinus infection. boo hoo that makes two sinus infections, 2 cold sores and 2 horribly stiff necks since November. I’m sad about that.
So I’ve added some serious changes in my life (previous to this last sinus infection)
- One was the vitamin Lysine, to help ward off the cold sores,
- another was no sugar, or no sweets in my food. (trying to be as clean as possible in my eating)
- lastly, I’ve added Braggs Apple cider vinegar to my daily intake
So, when this latest sinus infection sprang up, I was discouraged!
A friend posted an article on her Facebook about how allergens in the air don’t really cause “allergies” in humans, it’s just that our immune systems aren’t fighting the allergens – meaning there is a deficiency there. It just got me thinking about how I’ve been on zyrtec or claritin for so long, it’s just being a band-aid, whenever I get off, I get all sneezy, then a sinus infection. In this article, it said one of the best things to do to build of up your immune system is to get rid of grains in your diet. Not just be gluten-free, but rid your body of all grains. Seems a little obnoxious and scary all at once, right???? But after feeling sick and yucky for too long, its well worth the challenge.
So, I’m up to my two-week mark or eliminating grains from my diet and I’ll be honest, I feel amazing! I have to make most of my food from scratch, but that has been awesome too! (I’m not much of a cook) fortunately for me, there are so many recipes out there to help people who are grain free. Mostly Paleo people (those that follow a primal diet) are completely grain free, they are also completely dairy free, which I am not, but if I get sick again during this experiment, I may try the no dairy thing. Just to see… just to see… like I said, there’s so many recipes and eating plans available to grain-free eaters, its fun and challenging and I’m getting the hang of it. Not to mention, I feel great. I was able to get rid of my sinus infection without antibiotics. YAY!
Anyways, here’s to primal eating and building up my immune system and to NO MORE SINUS INFECTIONS!!!!
Hopefully I’ll have a good update soon. I’m trying this out for 45 days, and we are in the peak of “allergy season” – hoping and praying for no more sickness.