Losing weight has not been my primary goal, even though it's naturally happening on a diet of less than 400 calories a day. My intentions were to quit eating just about everything, clean out my system, let my body rest, and then start adding back some foods to see if they caused FM flare-ups.
I didn't sleep well and got up this morning feeling like the vindictive Mac truck had hit me again.
Not surprisingly, it was EASY for me to flow through today with nothing but two 110-calorie Cambridge drinks, and the remainder of my husband's leftover kebabs for dinner. I enjoyed them guilt-free.
This will probably be the end of my posts about this experiment because I've accomplished my mission. I am now 95% sure that sugar and alcohol do indeed exacerbate my painful FM symptoms. Likewise with processed flour, and probably any processed foods. Maybe even red meat.
It's interesting how much easier it's been to stick with this "diet" when my motivation has been pain control. If I'd only been in it to lose weight, I would have looked in the mirror three days ago and said, "What the hell, you look fine just the way you are" and headed to the kitchen for a cold glass of chardonnay. (Funny how we rationalize our way out of things we don't want to face.) But pain slaps you in the face and is undeniable. When there's a way to possibly eliminate it and reclaim your life, it's easy to do what is necessary.
Today I've been walking up and down our stairs without limping, wincing or even hanging onto the railing. It's been a long time since I've been able to do that. Is it just coincidence? Is it just the cycle of natural healing and FM flares? An improvement in the barometric pressure. Could be. But as long as my "elimination diet" is working, I'll stay on this path.