Oct 27 2011

In which the grocery budget goes out the window, maybe


I’ve been trying to get to the root of some health issues for awhile. I want to feel well. Wake up refreshed. Sleep well. Get out of the fog. BE WELL. It’s a bit of a challenge to actually find answers, but I think I’m making some progress.

My doctor ran a battery of blood tests, and among the findings, I have a number of food sensitivities. They are, in order of most sensitive to least: wheat, casein (protein in cow’s milk), eggs, soy, gluten, and baker’s yeast.

Aw, man. That’s a bulk of what I eat.

I’m a bit surprised at the results, because I didn’t have any obvious digestive problems. Food sensitivities can manifest in a variety of ways, I’m learning.

The doctor has a nutritionist in his practice, and she is working with me so I can eat well and start the healing process in my body.

I’m trying to process all of this. Kind of hard to since my brain is so foggy anymore.

I do know that my sensitivities might not be life-long. In fact, I might be able to heal relatively quickly and will be able to add those foods back to my diet in a short period of time. I hope so.

I understand my grocery budget might go crazy in the meantime.

That’s ok.

It’s temporary, and if I can heal and be well, then it’s money well spent.

I’m encouraged because I have a number of friends who have been down this road in some form or another, and they can help me sort this stuff out. Thank you!

My friend, Susan, has a bit of experience with dietary stuff and she even put together a week-long menu, keeping my specific needs in mind. Some items I’ll need to make a trip to Trader Joe’s to pick up, or even scout out online for a good price. But I was surprised, because she made it seem fairly simple and it’s definitely going to be more on budget than what I was expecting.

It will be interesting to see what happens to my food spending. It might not change much actually, if by replacing off-limits items with things I can enjoy, and cutting out all the junk (which isn’t a lot, but it is expensive junk), and probably avoiding restaurants altogether for awhile. Maybe I can figure out some safe restaurant choices for me. Maybe not.

I’m looking forward to seeing how I’m feeling in a few weeks as my body starts to adjust to my new diet. Maybe I’ll see immediate results, maybe it’ll take awhile. I’ve never been on any sort of diet before and I’m not sure what it will feel like.

This isn’t a food blog (and never will be) so I’ll keep any updates over yonder at my personal blog. I just wanted to raise the point here that sometimes you’ve gotta be prepared to spend some money on your health, and it’s ok.

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5 Responses to “In which the grocery budget goes out the window, maybe”

  1. I like hearing personal stories from the writers of my favorite blogs, and you’re no exception! I’d actually really be interested to hear about your progress on this site as you adjust your budget and your lifestyle to see if it helps your health.

    I have ADHD and I’ve considered eliminating gluten from my diet, but it’s a major change that I’m just not ready for. I’m all for hearing more about how you do it!

  2. I know that you said you Dr. did tests but…did they check your Thyroid? I had that brain fog and it turned out I was Hypothyroid. I hope that changing your diet will help you to feel better!

  3. Yep, my thyroid was off! And also, I am vitamin D deficient. Lastly, there were other results that showed my kidneys weren’t functioning all the way. I think changing my diet is the first step, and addressing the thyroid and other stuff will be next. I’m taking a vitamin D supplement now though.

  4. I’m impressed that you noticed you were foggy and asked your doctor about it. That’s the type of thing I might have dismissed to being hormones or fatigue and not thought twice about it. I hope you find yourself feeling better asap!

  5. I have been down the road of Food Sensitivities/Trying To Figure Out What’s Going On and it’s no fun. I was gluten-free for a year and a half, laboring under what turned out to be an incorrect diagnosis of Celiac Disease.

    Trying to eliminate staple foods in your diet is challenging, but it can be done. Give yourself a couple of weeks to get your feet under you. Figure out a couple of things that you can eat (and like to eat) and eat those until you feel less overwhelmed. Grocery budget be damned.

    Then, when you start feeling a little better and start to realize the things that you CAN eat, you can start to work on economizing and adjusting your food budget accordingly.

    Feel better soon!

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