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My journey to getting well

Bit beat up this morning from all the exercising done yesterday. Doing well overall though. Avoiding the nightshade family has been a positive. Will be watching closely the finger nail with the small amount of pitting. Hoping that will clear up on this diet. From memory, the pitting began around the same time I began looking for snacks, and eating potato chips. So it is another possibility for the cause.
 
Doing well today. Energy levels are good.

Had a comment this morning that my hand writing was attractive. That's a positive that I look for. When I'm not doing well, which is most of the time, my hand is shaky and my writing reflects that. I've noticed that when I'm well my handwriting is attractive. I jokingly will say, my writing has artistic flare when well. I'll keep notes on how I write going forward.
 
181lbs this morning. I was glad to see that. Shortly before going to bed I weighed myself and found I was weighing more than hoped. Nice to see I dropped the weight to levels expected.

I'm hoping in the days ahead to be able to drop my weight into the 170lbs range. I'm not hungry on this diet of avoiding nightshade family, dairy and spices. With that it shouldn't difficult to loose some pounds. Energy levels are good too.
 
Doing well today as I have lots of energy. Weight is down to nearly 183lbs already. The came as a surprise. I might drop into the 170 range by tomorrow. I have my doubts though. Eyes are green. All the exercising done effect the color of the eyes.
 
180lbs.

Doing quite well to the stomach of late. As a result I'm going to stop taking Imodium and see what happens.

THinking historically, I've tried avoiding nightshade family, dairy and spices before in the past. I had good success with this diet in that I experienced high energy levels. The probem is that I still experienced stomach issues. I don't know what went wrong in the past, other than in the past I was less aware of the problems fiber can cause and the stomach issues exercising stomach muscles can bring.
 
Was sick this afternoon. I'm pretty sure I know the cause. I got away from eating 2 or 3 nuts a day to eating a handful of nuts. That isn't something I should do. SO I'll go back to treating nuts more as medicine instead of delicious food.

There is also the possibility that it was the ice berry dessert that made me ill. I hadn't eaten that in awhile and ate some today. Most likely it isn't a problem though but need to consider it.

Might have answered my earlier question of why this diet when tried in the past didn't solve the stomach problem. Back then I ate a lot of nuts.
 
Doing well this morning. As long as I have good energy I'll feel I have the answer. Hopefully over time the stomach will continue to improve on this diet of avoiding nightshade family, spices and dairy products as dairy seems to tire me out.
 
Good and bad news this afternoon. The bad, I was sick again this afternoon. The good, I still have lots of energy. Most likely what I'm experiencing is a slow motion flare, at least that is what I jokingly have called this in the past. Sometimes it takes a couple days to get everything out. They never last more than two days from my experience.

Todays illness also settles whether I'll continue to eat the fruit ice dessert. I don't believe it to be a problem but I better stop eating it. I've been sick more than well after having it. I couple times I've had more problems after eating the berry ice and other times I've had terrible bathroom issues. I'll find something else to snack on.
 
I'm going to try another idea also. It has been after lunch that I've become ill. FOr lunch I've been eating beef. (In the morning I've been eating turkey and ofter eggs.) I'll stop eating beef for awhile and see what happens. I'm doing quite well with energy since I avoided cheese and dairy products. Maybe beef is a problem too.
 
Energy levels are good this morning. The big item to see is if I can stop being sick in the afternoon! This has been unpleasant being overly ill. I'll avoid beef and the fruit ice and hope that does the trick. I'll be adding pork to the diet as I suspect pork is not a problem from the sense that it is just chewy and for now that hurts my teeth and gums.
 
No stomach sickness after lunch so far. No signs of being ill in the near future. Hope I have this solved by avoiding beef and that fruit treat I was having.

It wasn't that long ago that I was eating similar to how I am now. The stomach was doing well but I had the problem of eating a spicy chicken meal and afterwards would feel fatigued and weak. I thought the problem to be spices. The problem might be chemicals too. I've known for awhile that synthetic vitamins will cause me to feel overly weak and exhausted. Possibly other chemicals can make me feel similar.
 
Having avoided beef today, I'm feeling famished this later afternoon. This has happened in the past, and as experienced not long ago when I was eating the spicy chicken. Strange.
 
I'm off to a typical start when I avoid beef and dairy products, I slept poorly last night. WHen I avoid beef and dairy products I need less sleep apparently. I was wide awake this morning at 2:00.

On this diet my skin color tends to become more milk white I suppose. I'm not sure if my eyes change blueish or not on this diet. On the negative my gums can become swollen. Negative or positive my personally will change while on the diet. The stomach can be typical good or bad.
 
Two positive developments so far today. The first being that the stomach still is doing well on this diet of avoiding beef, dairy, spices, and nightshade.

The second positive is that for the last two days the tongue soreness has gone away. Toward the end of eating meals often my tongue will burn and be sore. Sometimes sores show up. THis is an old problem. For the last two days no tongue soreness.

I'm a home body today though as I'm still uncertain about going for a walk away from the bathroom. A few more good days and I should feel confident about walking around the neighborhood.
 
Stomach doing well. Yesterday and this morning I've eaten lots of nuts. If the theory that eating to many nuts caused the stomach problems, what I've eaten of late should help determine if that theory is correct or not.

Energy levels decent. Weight is 180lbs.
 
A little tired today but I have worked out hard of late. That is what is feels like, exercise fatigue. The stomach doing well despite eating lots and lots of nut. It does have me a little concerned though that the stomach could become grumpy so not going far from home. Overall, doing well, and glad the nuts are not causing trouble up to this point. Eyes green in color. I'm planning to be less active tomorrow.
 
180lbs. Woke up sore, and beat up. The stomach is doing well though. I'm fairly sure the waking up poorly is due to eating to many nuts the last couple of days. THey have the digestive system irritated, which when irritated everything else in the body hurts. I most likely should be back to feeling more typical by this afternoon, is my guess.
 
Tiring day so far. I've been exhausted since I work up and remain so this afternoon. Hopefully I'll be better by this evening or tomorrow and imagine I will be. Stomach doing fine.
 
More adjustments I see made to the notes. Lets see, doing well today, tired which is typical. I either tire myself out with the diet or tire myself out with exercise. I've been exercising more than typical of late.

Something I haven't noted, my waist has increased in size by an inch. I've lost weight though and visually can see the belly fat that I have has decreased. I think what has happened is all the swimming I've been doing has widened my hips. I know some weight lifting exercises can be do this. I'm guessing swimming has done similar to me.
 
With the problems with deleted posts I'll stop posting in the thread. I've worn out my welcome. Instead I'll go back to writing notes in my note book.
 
I'm going to write a little bit to the more or less blog I've kept here. It would be good to have some notes on this idea if something comes of it.

I've been experiencing some very good stomach days recently after avoiding all artificial colors. My energy levels at times have been terrible but with the stomach good, the energy should rebound. Will see. One of the difficult parts with avoiding artificial colors is that my over the counter medicine has artificial colors in it. I've been avoiding it too.
 
I like the direction I'm going so far, with avoiding artificial colors. The stomach is doing well, most of the time. Energy levels are well, most of the time. I still have some pitting in one finger nail. It appears to be improving further on this diet. I've often suspected that eating jello from the cause of hte pitting. I avoided pork and I avoided beef in hopes of ridding mysel of the pitting. The one item i didn't test till now is avoiding artificial color. Maybe in a month or two I'll know if this is a successful idea, avoiding artificial colors.
 
I've always been 100% healthy until May of 2017 when I developed a perianal abscess. Of course, I didn't know that's what it was until I couldn't eat, sleep, or move without being in excruciating pain. I went to the urgent care and got an MRI and was brough to the hospital for incision and drainage. After thinking that was the end of it and having to pack the wound for several months, IT CAME BACK. After a hot epsom salt bath one morning it burst on it's own and I went back to the surgeon for more follow-up. he prescribed more antibiotics, etc until the thing kept flaring up. I went in for a second surgery to see what was going on in there with the possibility of a fistulotomy. My surgeon said he cleaned out the hyper granulation tissue and found an enormous clump of ingrown hair within the wound bed that he removed. This time my wound was much bigger and began packing it all over again. After 2 months my surgeon said stop packing it and let it heal everything is looking good when all of the sudden... it flared up again. I was able to push near the area and the exudate was bloody, thick, and stringy. My surgeon then said, "it's just not healing right because of the location.. there's nothing in there," and sent me to a wound care specialist. Since going to the wound care specialist and apply Biotine on gauze pads to the area 2-3 times a day the wound has SIGNIFICANTLY gone down in size, but once a week the area still flares up and I'm able to push and massage bloody stringy pus out of it in the shower--it seems to get better, and then returns with less severity every 1-2 weeks. I feel like I have tried so many things including Tumeric pills, garlic pills, wild oregano pills... nothing stops the flare ups. I have been reading recently about colloidal silver and the benefits all across the spectrum of adding this as a supplement orally but that you can also apply it topically. I have not seen any "success stories" for perianal abscess wounds w/the possibility of it being a fistula or some freak ingrown hair on hairy Italian man using honestly.. ANYTHING except for traveling to India to get it treated there and that's out of the question. The time and money would bankrupt me. Is there anyone who has found relief without reoccurrance using colloidal silver as an option?
 
I'm going to nix the artificial color idea already. While I was avoiding artificial color I was also sort of staying away from beef and dairy products. I'm now leaning toward that being why I was feeling better. I failed earlier in the year to go long term with avoiding beef and dairy. One of the problems with this avoid diet is that pork is a problem also. I'm also afraid to eat chicken. The illness with chicken is different, not painful typically, but historically eating chicken has been a big problem. Maybe somethign else went wrong in the past when I ate lots of chicken though. This is the time to try this avoiddiet of staying away from beef and dairy. The hurricane seasons peak is coming to an end. The roads are not packed with tourists andwill not be so for another 3 to 4 months. So with that, I'll go long term avoiding pork, beef and dairy and see what it gets me.
 
I'm off to a good start so far with avoiding beef and dairy, along with eating chicken. No upset stomachs from the chicken. I remain guarded about the chicken. If chicken doesn't cause major stomach issues then in the past I likely was eating to much fiber.

My eyes have turned bluish of late. The bluish eyes came quickly this time on the diet. I suspect eating nuts and the nutrition they provide helps in the area of eye color. Along with the eyes being bluish, my eye sight has improved. My eyes are less blurred when reading.
 
For the last few days I've done poorly on this diet of avoiding dairy and beef, along with eating chicken. I'm also eating less food in hopes of losing a few pounds. That's the shaky part, eating less causes me to be overly tired and fatigued. The good bit is that while tired and fatigued so far I've been able to function. Typically when I get like this, when eating dairy, I crash and need to eat. It doesn't help that my stomach is not doing all that well here early on the diet. If the stomach begins to do better my energy levels should improve some.
 
The pitting on the one finger nail is gone. I don't see pitting and don't feel pitting on that nail. I'm guessing the current diet of avoiding beef, dairy and pork is responsible for the pitting going away.
 
I believe I've found another food that causes me stomach problems. When I eat cashew nuts I'll consistently become sick with diarrhea 12 to 24 hours later. I've tested this several times and results were the same. I'll avoid cashews. Macadamia nuts do not appear to cause me stomach issues. I'll test in the future almonds.
 
Change my mind, cashews are likely not an allergy problem. Cashews instead likely just irritate my intestine. I can replicate the sickness from cashews by eating other nuts.

I have a good thing going though. I'm doing well by avoiding pork, beef and milk products. my energy levels are improved, and mentally I'm feeling better. When I avoid beef and milk products I noticed that my personality changes, in that I'm more upbeat and energetic.
 
My eyes have turned blue in color. They have been blue for a number of days now. The only time my eyes have become blue is when avoiding beef and dairy products.
 
This is very encouraging. A problem I have is that when irritated my digestive system will pulse or throb painfully. It is a constant problem.

I've noticed of late that the throbbing has been going down. Yesterday I did some exercises that should have my stomach pulsing this morning. Instead there is no throbbing this morning.

The diet I'm following I'm guessing is helping, with getting rid of the throbbing. I'm avoiding beef, dairy and pork.

I've also recently begun drinking beet juice to raise NO levels.

Learned the other day of a grandfather that would experience swollen gums with an unknown cause. Don't know and will never know if he had similar to what I experience after eating pork. It does make me wonder if there is a connection though as food allergies are reported to run in families.
 
The throbbing in the intestinal area remains gone. I'm guessing avoiding beef and dairy products is the cause for the improvement. As expected I'm experiencing less diarrhea. The colon is likely healing some.

For the past couple weeks I've had some back problems. The back becomes sore after I eat. A few hours after a meal the soreness tends to go away. I'm going to experiment and see if the back pain is caused by something I'm eating. I'll start with avoiding a candy I'll have. Possibly the artificial colors in the candy are the problem.
 
Artificial color does not appear to be the cause of the sore back. I'm now guessing that the back issue has more to do with being more bloated. I'm fairly certain that is the answer now.

I've been sick quite a bit the last couple days. The problem comes from over eating nuts. I'm doing well though overall, with energy levels being decent. When the stomach is upset other parts of the body can hurt as with my back, and with a foot. My left foot aches. The pain likely will be gone once the stomach calms down. Most importantly I am experiencing no stomach throbbing on this diet of avoiding beef, dairy and pork. I appear healthy most of the time.
 
Lost more weight. I'm down to 177 to 176lbs. My diet isn't all that different from the past, with the exception that I'm avoiding pork, beef and cheese. I've been aiming to drop my weight to 170lbs. I suspect now that I won't have a choice. On this pork free diet I'll be dropping my weight to 170lbs and lower, is my guess.

I don't recall the last time I experienced throbbing in the stomach area.

I do become sick to the stomach easily and quickly while on this diet.

My back can be tender at times but that has been improving of late.
 
I began taking chondroitin sulfate recently. For the last 3 days I've stopped having watery diarrhea. My stomach has improved. I began taking the chondroitin sulfate after reading some have found sulphur to be beneficial for IBD conditions and for the heart. It is likely a coincidence that I'm doing better since taking sulphur but thought to note.

I'm going to try taking MSM, another sulphur supplement this week.
 
i surprisingly continue to do well after I began taking the sulfur supplement. I've only been sick to the stomach once. I've been eating poorly. I've been eating many nuts. Typically that would make me sick to my stomach. It has not done so, since I began taking sulfur. The extra nuts though have made me tired.
 
The throbbing in the stomach area remains gone. This is undoubtably big.

Most likely it is beef and dairy products that cause the throbbing. I can remember when eating beef and dairy products, along with turkey, I can at times make the digestive system work somewhat. I would never completely heal though. The throbbing would remain, along with poor energy levels. Most likely it is beef and dairy that cause the throbbing.
 
Eyes are blue more often. They are blue even after exercising most of the time. Hopefully the body is being turned on.

Been eating a great many nuts. I have not been overly sick from eating the large amount of nuts. I have been tired the last few days though. Appears the gut is healing some, being able to handle the difficult to digest nuts.
 
I will never forget the first time I set foot back on my local beach ... first time in so many years I couldn't even tell you. It was February 2015. My left foot was swollen for some reason but I hauled it along and into the water each day thereafter, all through winter and into the following summer. The foot healed in no time - ocean water is full of magnesium chloride, another essential mineral and best absorbed via the skin - our largest organ.

MMS is fantastic! I have my dog on it as well, and know many ppl who consume tablespoons of the stuff daily in their drinking water. Sulphur is an essential mineral to the body, and unless we all grow our own greens, onions, garlic, we will never get enough. Today's over-farmed soil$ simply don't allow for it. I grow all my own greens and herbs. I make kombucha and kefir for their high probiotic and B content. Apple cider vinegar is another mainstay - it builds the hydrochloric acid levels which digest food.

You're brave and willing, and that is the biggest factor in getting and staying well! Hat's off to you. Keep upping the anti. You can change 96% of the cells in your body over 12months! :)
 
I've always been 100% healthy until May of 2017 when I developed a perianal abscess. Of course, I didn't know that's what it was until I couldn't eat, sleep, or move without being in excruciating pain. I went to the urgent care and got an MRI and was brough to the hospital for incision and drainage. After thinking that was the end of it and having to pack the wound for several months, IT CAME BACK. After a hot epsom salt bath one morning it burst on it's own and I went back to the surgeon for more follow-up. he prescribed more antibiotics, etc until the thing kept flaring up. I went in for a second surgery to see what was going on in there with the possibility of a fistulotomy. My surgeon said he cleaned out the hyper granulation tissue and found an enormous clump of ingrown hair within the wound bed that he removed. This time my wound was much bigger and began packing it all over again. After 2 months my surgeon said stop packing it and let it heal everything is looking good when all of the sudden... it flared up again. I was able to push near the area and the exudate was bloody, thick, and stringy. My surgeon then said, "it's just not healing right because of the location.. there's nothing in there," and sent me to a wound care specialist. Since going to the wound care specialist and apply Biotine on gauze pads to the area 2-3 times a day the wound has SIGNIFICANTLY gone down in size, but once a week the area still flares up and I'm able to push and massage bloody stringy pus out of it in the shower--it seems to get better, and then returns with less severity every 1-2 weeks. I feel like I have tried so many things including Tumeric pills, garlic pills, wild oregano pills... nothing stops the flare ups. I have been reading recently about colloidal silver and the benefits all across the spectrum of adding this as a supplement orally but that you can also apply it topically. I have not seen any "success stories" for perianal abscess wounds w/the possibility of it being a fistula or some freak ingrown hair on hairy Italian man using honestly.. ANYTHING except for traveling to India to get it treated there and that's out of the question. The time and money would bankrupt me. Is there anyone who has found relief without reoccurrance using colloidal silver as an option?
I haven't had your exact problem re consistent flare-ups, but I have used CS both orally and topically. I also applied coconut oil as often as I could along with Natural vitamin E. Coconut oil has many anti-bacterial/fungal properties. Use an organic coconut oil. I also super-boosted my vitamin D and C via sunshine and citrus for a period/season of 4months. I've had no issue since.
 
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Thanks Nym for the encouragement.

I can imagine the beaches are spectacular in Australia! One of these days I hope I'm well enough to visit your country and see the sights, beaches included. Glad your foot felt better after spending time at the ocean side.
 
Noticed I was able to stretch far without out causing a painful muscle strain.

I have not seen a tongue sore in some time. That's a very positive development.
 
For the last week I've noticed that in the evenings my hair is becoming oily and healthy appearing. If I'm on the right diet, over time my hair should become oily by the afternoon.
 
Thanks Nym, I'll take a listen to the pod cast on the micro dome later.

For about the past week I've been using the bathroom less and less. Weight has remained the same at 177lbs.

Found after exercise, the last two times, I have not been tired and fatigued the next day or two. This could be a huge development.
 
Did a great amount of exercise. I was tired the next day but not overly tired and fatigued. My energy levels were good and I did well overall. Good sign. If i'm on the right diet though I suspect I have a long time to go toward being recovered.
 
Very pleased this morning. Yesterday I exercises hard. Typically after such a workout I'd be in a great amount of pain and fatigue the next morning. This morning though I'm feeling good. No fatigue being felt. I hope tomorrow is the same.
 
It turned cool today. Typically i handle the cold poorly, to the point that it can be difficult to function. Today was different, I felt and did fine in the cold. The chilly air did not bother me. Most likely it is beef and dairy products that make me feel chilled after eating.
 
It's chilly in the house this morning and I feel fine. It's always magical when this happens, when the cold doesn't make me feel awful. I am sick to the stomach and have been for a couple days. I'm guessing exercises and eating to many nuts caused that. My energy levels are very good despite being ill.
 
Thought to note, I keep going back and forth in my mind on what could be helping, avoiding pork or avoiding beef and dairy. I'll likely never eat pork again. It causes gum swelling consistently, along with dry skin and hair falling out. Beef and dairy products cause lesser issues themselves, being chilled being one of them. The cold feeling can also come from eating fiber rich foods. It has me thinking the chilled feeling experienced from eating cheese might be similar to eating fiber, since both tend to bulk up stools. What ever the answer, if my digestive system improves eventually I'll likely eating hamburger for a week and see what happens.

Weight 176lbs. I'm sick to the stomach nearly all the time but with less urgency. No tongue marking. No stomach throbbing being experienced.
 
It has been nearly 3 months since I began avoiding pork. It is nearly 2 months since I began avoiding beef and dairy products.

I've been taking imodium for the past week. Typically Imodium helps little. This past week it appears Imodium helps considerably, for a day. Possibly a positive development. Maybe in 2 to 3 months in the future I'll be nearly well to the stomach but not recovered. Just a guess, if I am healing.
 
Cool weather still is not bothering me. THere should be a good test on this next week as temperatures are expected to drop into the middle 50s for lows. Imodium is sill working. My gums became sore after eating some chewy food. It has me thinking this morning that beef and dairy products are the cause of my stomach issues.
 
Hi Beach -
Just wondering if you were ever on Methotrexate? I am on a truckload of restrictions (no dairy, organic and partly vegan, no gluten, anti-stress etc. ). It all helps a bit but the only thing which can really put me in remission is Methotrexate.
Biologic drugs could too but after an 'incident' which killed 50% of my kidney function I nowstay clear of them.

I suspect (personal belief, not mainstream doctors) the cause of my disease is that some types of bacteria aggravate my immune system. I am unable to fend them off by myself and diarrhea, fatigue, weight loss sets in as the bacteria grow in my gut. Methotrexate is the only thing which can keep them at bay. When I try to vane off it I slowly get worse - after three weeks on it again I get much better.
Methotrexate is a Folic Acid Antagonist, and some researchers have found evidence that Methotrexate robs the bad bacteria of folic acid (they can't synthesize it themselves), and so they die - and the immune system calms down. this last bit is still controversial but anyway - it works for me and I wanted to ask if you have tried it?
cheers.
 
Hi OleJ,

No, I've not tried taking methotrexate before. Your mention is the first time I've heard of it. Glad that you have found something that helps your condition and hope that it continues to do so. Off the top of my head it reminds me a little bit of the SCD diet. It seems to be the most popular diet on the sight for those with Crohns to try. The diet theory being to starve the bad bacteria of carbohydrates so they can not grow, and to prove the body with healthy probiotics to fight the bad bacteria. That is the theory. I've noticed some on the sight mentioning they find the SCD diet helpful and others less so. If it works, taking methotraxate might be an easier way to achieve the SCD diet goal.
 
Had a very good conversation today. I was able to banter with others with ease. Typically I'm to tired and worn down to do that. Very good sign I believe.
 
Hi OleJ,

No, I've not tried taking methotrexate before. Your mention is the first time I've heard of it. Glad that you have found something that helps your condition and hope that it continues to do so. Off the top of my head it reminds me a little bit of the SCD diet. It seems to be the most popular diet on the sight for those with Crohns to try. The diet theory being to starve the bad bacteria of carbohydrates so they can not grow, and to prove the body with healthy probiotics to fight the bad bacteria. That is the theory. I've noticed some on the sight mentioning they find the SCD diet helpful and others less so. If it works, taking methotraxate might be an easier way to achieve the SCD diet goal.
I think you are right, both the SCD and GAPS diets are believed towork thst way. My diet is somewhere inbetween with less meat.
 
I was tired most of the day. I suspect the tiredness was caused by the Imodium. Taking Imodium everyday, while helping considerably with diarrhea of late, probably irritates an inflamed colon. I'll go back to using Imodium when needed instead of everyday.
 
Continued to be tired today. I'll keep an eye on a new nitric oxide formula I began a few days ago. Possibly it is a problem. I have doubts though. Had a small gathering today, and failed miserably with being chatty. Just to tired for being talkative. Today I'm more sure than ever that pork is the cause of my stomach issues.
 
Worth noting. I now have a butt. I've known for awhile that when I avoid milk and beef that my muscles enlarge.

Reading today I came across a mention that those with celiac disease often have a pot belly and no butt, along with stomach problems.

My belly is not so much enlarged but my rear has not always been there. Others in my family have this issue. So it has me thinking this evening the answer for me is avoiding beef and milk.

I've noticed that those that develop Alzheimer's tend to loose their butt. A few people on my father's side of the family have developed Alzheimer's. DOn't know if connected.
 
A cold front passed through the area and it is chilly indoors. The chill does not bother me though. That is a nice change.

Was on my feet for much of yesterday. I had the strength to do that. I was tired and back hurt afterwards though.

Was well to the stomach yesterday, with out the help of cheese of Imodium.
 
No painful stomach throbbing. My tongue continues to look very healthy. Yesterday I lifted weight hard. I was tired soon afterwards and felt chilled. By that evening though I was feeling better. This morning I'm feeling good and upbeat. All positive developments I believe.
 
I've been able to eat more and more nuts without to much trouble. Very happy about that.

I appear sickly during the morning and afternoon typically. In the evenings I'm consistently appearing healthy.
 
Strange observation but is a consistent event. If I eat lots of fiber or eat lots of nuts, items that can irritate the digestive system I develop a runny nose and sneeze often. I also tend to develop sore areas around the body. My left foot for some awful reason is overly tender this morning. It hurt yesterday too.
 
Found I can eat more fiber but to much fiber will make me very sick. Was ill yesterday evening and am sick this morning. I'll be tired out today. Stomach is lightly throbbing this morning.
 
I've noticed that while on this diet of avoiding beef, milk, pork, my knee probably has not happened. FOr the week I will not do leg dead lifts. I'll see if the knees still feel good by Friday. That will be something if the knees feel fine and pain free.
 
Knees do not hurt after avoiding leg exercises for a number of days. I can feel the legs feel different. The knees should be sore from past experience. They are not sore though, the knees feel strong, and I suspect that is due to avoiding beef, and dairy products.

I'll do some leg lifting this morning as that helps to keep me warm. It's turned cool once again.
 
Went for a bike ride last night. Headed back early due to the stomach hurting. Pumping the legs was the cause. Didn't get sick though as would traditionally happen. Pleased about that. I am exhausted this morning though. Tongue looks good and healthy. Positive sign.
 
I've been eating a great deal of garlic. I'm even taking a garlic capsule. It had me thinking in the past I noticed when I ate a beef hamburger and placed garlic salt onto the burger, the skin around finger nails would pull away. The area would bleed. I blamed the garlic on causing this. I'm doubtful now as I have not had any problems with finger nails and bleeding with all the garlic being eating now. That leaves beef as the cause of the finger nail bleeding.

When I'm energetic I have little difficulty holding a decent conversation. Last night I had a good example of that. When tired out, which is happening less often, I'm not much of a talker.

After exercising I notice that my muscles remain inflated much longer of late.
 
I avoided eating eggs today. I also avoided chicken. Instead I ate turkey meals. This afternoon I look healthy and my energy levels are much higher. I'll add avoiding eggs and chicken to this diet for a few days and see what happens.

I've been looking for this good energy for awhile now. Was thinking it would appear slowly but I might have simply been on the wrong track.
 
I'm feeling quite energetic this morning and appearing healthy too. I'll stick with avoiding eggs, plus the other foods for the week. If the good energy continues for the week I'll plan on adding beef to the diet next Monday.

I could have simply been feeling better due to avoiding dairy products. Many write about the potential negatives of dairy products.
 
I had very good energy yesterday. This morning I feel I have very good energy once again. Avoiding eggs and chicken, along with the other foods, is off to a good start.

Stomach doing well. Weight was around 178lbs.

I'm guessing that when I avoided chicken and eggs in the past, but had poor energy levels it was due to eating lots of cheese. I'll go with a guess that the theory that dairy products have to much calcium in it for our bodies to handle and that resulted in poor energy.
 
Since avoiding egg and chicken I've been sort of well to the stomach. It is an unexpected change. Makes me wonder about the nitric oxide and sulfur I've been taking.

Energy levels remain very good today.
 
GUms are sore. They have been sore from yesterday. The feeling is similar to what I've noticed when I eat pork. It might be that when i avoid eggs and chicken that my gums can swell up. I've been afraid to eat beef when i go on a diet avoiding eggs and chicken. Pork has traditionally been the food I eat when avoiding beef.
 
I've done 50 push ups each day for the last few days. My energy levels remain good. My arms feel as if they could fall off, but energy is decent. Stomach is doing well enough.

I'm going to add beef to the diet tomorrow to see if my energy levels remain elevated. I'll keep avoiding pork, egg, and chicken.
 
I ate beef lunch meat today and have had good energy this afternoon. The stomach is doing well. I appear healthy enough. So far so good. I'll keep avoiding eggs, chicken, pork and dairy products.
 
Gums quite sore and tender this morning. It is hard to chew. I'm eating soft food. Energy levels are good though. Eating beef so far does not appear to be a problem.
 
Hair changed from being dry to being moist when I avoided eggs and chicken.

Gums remain tender. THe pain is not that bad this morning.

Stomach doing well. I'm only a week into avoiding chicken and eggs and typically it is one week later on this diet that I can experience horrific stomach problems. Hope that doesn't happen this time.
 
I've been looking and trying to consistently get my eyes blue in color, but so far I've not had success. Thinking about it, historically the only diet I can recall that had my eyes blue all the time was when I avoided citrus. On the avoid citrus diet though I was always sick to my stomach.

This time I'll add a few twists. I'll avoid citrus along with avoiding honey. Honey can be made with citrus pollen. Additionally I'll keep avoiding synthetic vitamins. I know that synthetic vitamins will cause my stomach to become upset and when I was on the avoid citrus diet years back I was taking a multi vitamin.
 
my sore inflamed gums no longer hurt. Since avoiding citrus the pain has quickly gone away. Will monitor to see if it lasts.
 
Sore gums pretty much gone. The gums feel good after avoiding citrus, synthetic vitamins.

Had a hard time finishing breakfast. My appetite was not large this morning.

Stomach hurts a bit but nothing out of the ordinary.
 
If there are food withdrawals I'm experiencing that with avoiding citrus. I felt pretty terrible this morning and in the afternoon. Fatigue levels are up. I'm tired. I'm peeing more than typical. My appetite is gone. I have a slight headache.

On the positive side I appear healthier. I'm also speaking well. My mouth is drier and find talking easier.

I'm guessing this run down feeling after avoiding citrus should last for a few days if not weeks.
 
I think there is a good chance that avoiding citrus is the answer I'm looking for. I know having blue clear eyes is associated with good health for me. On this diet, just in a few days, my eyes have looked quite healthy. Typically it is easy for my eyes to become red after being rubbed. The eyes will be blood shot for a hour or so. Now that isn't happening. The eyes are clear all the time, at least for the last couple of days.

There would be more that makes me sick. I know synthetic vitamins are a problem. I know cantellope, watermelon and other melons are a problem. Possibly honey is a problem. Hopefully after avoiding all of them for a month or more I'll be healthy.
 
Avoiding citrus, for me, has been another food that effects my mood. Avoiding dairy does similar. Tired today but feeling upbeat overall. Stomach doing well enough. My appearance is healthy. I'm handling the cold well. It's turned chilly and windy but I'm not all that bothered by the weather compared to normal. Would make for a nice Christmas gift to get health and be able to move forward.
 
It feels that my gums are healed up, not swollen anylonger. My energy levels have been good of late. I'm appearing healthy. I'll keep avoiding citrus, pork, synthetic vitamins. I've been able to eat lots of fiber of late. I've not experienced any trouble from the extra fiber rich foods of blue berries, grapes and carrots.
 
Continue to do well on the diet of mainly avoiding citrus. I'm thinking of adding pork to the diet next week. I'll see if my gums swell up or not. So far while avoiding citrus the gums have healed entirely. There is no swelling. There are times where I look very healthy. It's the look I'm looking for as I recall it goes with the long term healthy stomach and good reliable energy. Who knows maybe I'll have a future starting in 2019, which is always dangerous for me to think. I'm more likely to be let down once again.
 
It is wonderful that citrus appears to cause my sore gums. Having that helps to relieve doubts of the diet I'm following.

I'm going to begin eating pork tomorrow. Pork is the original food I suspected of causing the gum inflammation. I'm assuming that pork did cause some problems but those gum problems developed due to pork being chewy.
 
Ate ham today and I'm doing fine. The gums are not inflamed. The whites of my eyes are looking very white. There is no blood in them. That's a nice change. My eyes are not blue. Maybe in a few months the color change will happen. Energy levels are good. I suspect I could stand on my feet all day without much issue.
 
Forgot to note, finger nail pitting is gone. THe pitting has been with me for quite awhile to some degree. I don't know when the pitting went away but I don't see it or feel it anymore.
 
I ate an extraordinary amount of fiber rich foods today and I'm still alive this evening. So far no stomach pain noticed. I look unhealthy when looking in the mirror. Eating fiber will do that to me. Despite looking terrible, rather pleased about this development, being able to eat some fiber without causing enormous stomach issues. Hope the diet of mainly avoiding citrus continues to work. Hopefully I'm healing.

My gums remain in good shape. I've been eating pork for a number of days now without issue.
 
Have had an upset stomach the last two days. It's likely the extra fiber being eaten that is the cause. I'll begin taking imodium regularly.

Seems that I feel more. I feel more pain when working out. I feel happier when out and about. This happens when I begin to feel better. My eyes are also blue. It's an area that is hard to measure with certainty. It wold be nice if the eyes turned blue, the body basically turned on.

The gum remain in good shape, no swelling. I've only been eating pork lunch meat which is soft. Next week I'll likely do a trial of eating pork chops. Those are chewy and will test if my gums become swollen or not.
 
Added pineapple to the diet yesterday. Doing well.

Going to begin eating pork chops today. Plan to do so for the whole week. THis should give me a good idea about my gum health.

Cleaned and waxed 3 vehicles yesterday. I had good energy afterwards. Typically washing one car will exhaust me.
 
I've eaten lots of chewy pork since yesterday. No gum problems so far. Had a good deal of energy yesterday. Found myself jogging for 30 minutes. It was surprising how much energy I had.
 
Gums holding up well. No swelling after eating pork for awhile.

Im quite tired. Last night I was overly worn down and this morning I'm still feeling beat up. The problem is that I've been walking over 10 miles a day of late. It will be good to relax and recover today.
 
I was sick yesterday. The stomach was acting up most of the afternoon. I'm better now this morning. Most likely this illness was caused by over exercising and eating to many nuts. There is always a concern that a new food being eaten is the cause also. I'll continue to eat pork but will keep to monitor if my stomach acts up more than typical.
 
I'm going to go back to avoiding beef. That is what I ate, beef, when I had the upset stomach on the 9th. I've continued to eat beef and I've felt tired ever since. My eyes are red this evening.

In the past I used to believe it was dairy products that caused the red eyes. Maybe it is beef also. Will see. Hope my energy levels come back.
 
I'm also going to keep an eye on my weight. I've noticed since I added beef back into the diet on Dec. 14th that my weight keeps going up. I'm up 5lbs since I added beef to the diet. I also have experienced a few times muscle cramping since eating beef, but didn't make a possible connection - if there is one.
 
Feeling better this morning after avoiding beef.

Weight was 182lbs. Will see if my weight drifts downward to 176lbs in a few weeks after avoiding beef.
 
No doubt about it, I'm feeling much better today after avoiding beef. I'll keep avoiding beef. In a few weeks I'll add chewy pork into the diet to see what happens with my gums.
 
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