I think today is going to be a good day.
I got a diagnosis from my naturopath yesterday and I'm on the warpath now to heal my body. So, it turns out that I have absolutely NO good bacteria in my GI tract. None. Not even a trace. Instead, I have dangerous amounts of BAD bacteria (the numbers were almost literally off the proverbial chart!). This creates problems, as you can imagine, one being that the bad bacteria feeds off starches and carbohydrates, which is why I haven't been able to consume any foods made from grain flours or containing rice, beans, or other awesome things that I miss eating. Sooo...that means that I have to go on a rampage to heal, repair, and replenish my body. My naturopath says that might take up to a year, but I refuse to let that happen. I am declaring war on my body, so my goal is to feel better by my next birthday, which is just under 6 months away. I think that's a reasonable amount of time.
I have started eating yogurt every day for breakfast. I looked at the myriad vegan options out there, but they add so many additives and thickeners that I knew I wouldn't be able to handle or digest that I am sticking with Nancy's. I don't like yogurt; I never really have. I don't like the taste or the texture, and so it's a real chore for me to eat it every day, but I am making a sacrifice because I know it will be better for my body in the long run. I usually mix it with some flax seeds, frozen fruit, and a little homemade almond milk in a smoothie, but this morning I ate it with fruit-sweetened corn flakes and dried cranberries. I also ate a few handfuls of raw cashews. It was exciting to feel hungry this morning when I woke up, so I took advantage of that rare phenomenon and stuffed my face.
In addition to the daily yogurt regimen, I am also taking a probiotic twice a day, have started taking a licorice enzyme, and, once it arrives, will take something that starts with tannin (or tannel?). The lab that processed my sample discovered the things that would help kill the bad bacteria, and the thing I mentioned above was one of them. Other antibiotics were also found to kill the bacteria, but, as it turns out, I have had allergic reactions to most of them, so I said no thank you.
All this to say, I am still exercising as much as I can and drinking coffee to keep my spirits and energy up, but I'm feeling much better emotionally and physically than I had been the last few months. I think I'm on my way to true healing.