After careful consideration, involving a ton of research, I decided to do a nutritional lifestyle change. No one more than me is annoyed at the constant media push towards fad dieting. I get frustrated by family and friends on a daily basis when I hear about the great new diet that will cure me. It’s been a long, annoying process of sifting through rumors and facts surrounding nutrition and dieting. But no matter what is popular to do these days, every medical journal is stating that meat causes inflammation.
That’s a hard one for me to swallow. I love red meat. Steak is where it’s at. If I could eat it for breakfast, lunch, and dinner without any negative body impact, trust me I would. Steak, lamb, bacon, you name it, I’ll nom it. I love cooking it, and I love eating it. But facts are facts. Meat causes inflammation. I have a chronic pain disease dominated by inflammation around my joints. I have to think healthier. And if that means giving up meat for the chance to be in less pain… Well then of course I will try it.
So I researched the diets out there, because there are so so many. I wanted to choose what would be right for me. I gave up chicken a few months ago after all the meds changed my tastebuds. Spicy food became spicier, eggs started to taste moldy, and chicken began to taste metallic. At the same time I started to eat a lot more white fish. I’ve never been a big seafood person. I don’t like the fishy taste of most fish. But I found that fish that swim towards the surface are the ones that taste “fishy” while the bottom dwellers taste pretty yum. So I’m on a huge halibut & Ono kick, with some Atlantic Snapper thrown in for good measure.
With all that being said, I decided to be Pescetarian, which means I can basically still eat dairy, fish, and eggs. Excluding red meat, white meat, and poultry.
And to be honest, I was close to being that already, having given up the metallic tasting chicken, and hardly eating meat these last few months. I decided to make it a bit easier I would take on this task with my best friend who also wanted to get healthy for his own reasons. Just like quitting an addiction, we figured we could support each other in staying away from our common love: beef!
Things were going so well.. For four days anyways. And then Murphy’s Law happened… Turns out I have a special type of Anemia that only people with chronic medical conditions get. And here’s the kicker: I can’t take Iron supplements to make it better because they have a negative reaction with an important medication I’m already on. So, literally the only way I can help my body to be healthy is to EAT RED MEAT.
Are you kidding me? It’s always one step forward, and two steps back with this disease. I’m trying so hard to be well and healthy and I feel like my body is always trying to push me down.
I try to quit Prednisone and my body will shut down so the only way it will survive is to get more of the drug. I try to be healthy to lose the weight that prednisone causes, and I develop a disorder that forces me to eat meat that causes more pain. Can I never win?!
How about one step forward, and then another, and another, and then another til I win the race?