On my way to acupuncture yesterday I stopped and had my food sensitivities rechecked. I am so happy to report that some of the things I've eliminated I'm no longer showing as sensitive to!
Some of the things I've really missed and can now eat again (in rotation every 4 days or so) are salt, Mozzarella cheese (on spelt pizza crust!!!), rice and corn, tuna and avocado. I am looking forward also to cottage and cream cheeses.
Still no wheat, eggs or chicken. Surprisingly no sweet potatoes, curry, turkey, and now canola oil! Safflower and olive oil are okay now.
I can have sole, black coffee and barley (in my coffee substitute) sparingly. So rotation, rotation, rotation.
My bladder urgency is mostly gone and others have commented that my energy seems up. It's hard to tell, day to day, when changes are so miniscule, so other peoples' comments are so appreciated. I wish I had drastic changes to report, but am cautiously optimistic that this experiment is useful.
I am still maintaining dietary restrictions from my food sensitivities. This has been really hard on OH, who cooks a lot of my meals, and a testament to how much he has been trying. And one thing that I've noticed is that my bladder situation has gotten much better.
My initial reaction, before being tested, was that coffee with its infamous diuretic properties was increasing my urgency to go. But having something warm in the a.m. was so comforting that I just tried to time having a cup more than an hour before I had to get in my car and commute into work.
After I was tested I learned that I shouldn't be drinking coffee, tea or cocoa at all, so I started trying coffee alternatives such as Teeccino®. I started to notice that the urgency was gone, but at the time I was wary about the benefits of the diet versus just normal remitting inherent to my disease.
But I gradually started drinking coffee again because OH would make a fresh pot in the a.m., which smelled so good, and it was just easier to pour a cup and head back to my computer working at home. To my delight, the urgency did not return and I began to take this to mean that avoiding something was helping.
The final proof was that I had some wheat inadvertently in some store-bought meatballs. The next day the urgency was back, so I examined the ingredients on the label. Sure enough: wheat.