“Old age ain’t no place for sissies.” ― Bette Davis
The housecleaning diet was imposed after Christmas and maybe some improvement was occurring, but oh that sour dough and homemade bagels from the Farmers Market, the mug of hot cocoa on a snowy day, maybe with a dash of Chambord, the local cheese and pizza, pasta… It was difficult and sliding occurred, joints complained along with an increase of another symptom.
As the joints hurt, my mind wanders to my baby brother, 6 1/2 years my junior. As a kid, he used to run into a room, launch into the air and skid across the carpet or floor on his knees. Bet they pain him now. Then as an adult, he had a slip on ice that resulted in neck surgery. As we age, the old injuries, separated shoulder skiing, broken wrist roller blading with daughter return to haunt now with discomfort and stiffness.
The gluten must go. The dairy is easier with alternative milk products for coffee (the current favorite is unsweetened Toasted Coconut/Almond milk), but oh the cheese, sob. Hot cocoa can be made Mexican style with water, but it still has the sugar, not as much as commercial or even homemeade mixes, if you use real Mexican chocolate disks and grate them yourself, but still probably too much. I have eliminated other sugar such as jam, honey, and sweets once the Christmas chocolate was gone.
Perhaps the elimination process would be easier if only a category is eliminated at a time. Peanuts were easy, just use Almond butter, eat whole almonds instead. Peanuts are a huge trigger. Wheat is next, a real tough one, but something must be done and it seems to be a major trigger as well. Ibuprofen daily isn’t the solution. Some of the damage is done and can’t be undone, but perhaps further damage can be slowed and some of the discomfort reduced. Mountaingdad will never go for this type of cure, so I go it alone. Lunch out is going to be a bear.
The snow is gone. Now we wait for this weekend and the next round of winter liquid or solid as the case may be.