Posted by: Judy | September 19, 2017

Weird Health Improvement

My writing friend, Donna Keevers Driver, has struggled with Fibromyalgia pain. She heard that carrageenan could be a culprit and has been cutting it from her diet. She’s noticed improvement. I figure it won’t hurt to give it a try.

My sister has had trouble with swelling of her throat for years. She’s had her esophagus stretched. Recently, a doctor told her she was having an allergic reaction. She was tested. Soy was not on her list; however, the two episodes of swelling she experienced in a short period of time shared only one commonality: Both products contained soy. I’m also cutting soy from my diet. I’ve only been sort of working on it for a couple of weeks. I’ve noticed a huge difference already. I’m able to eat a meal without having to drink a couple of glasses of water at the same time. Amazing.

Label reading has become much more intensive. It also requires reading every single one. Whole milk does not have carrageenan, while reduced fat milk does. Some brands of coconut milk have it and some don’t. Generic jello has soy but Jell-O brand does not. Most chocolate has soy. One of my cheat foods. As are Poptarts. I found a recipe for ice cream I need to experiment with to see if I can make something I like that won’t have carrageenan or soy. One of these days I’m going to spend some posts sharing my recipes.

My hair has been thinning. I always struggled with the ads that talked about hair being lifeless. Ummm… hair is dead. Wanting to cut more chemicals from my life, I’ve wanted to try hair rinses for a long time. I kept seeing pins on Pinterest and articles on other social media sites talking about apple cider vinegar rinses. Anne Gracie’s heroines use a vinegar rinse in her Perfect series. Yes, romance novels have some great information, depending on the author. 🙂 Keeping the sense of humor alive. Anyway, I finally broke down and did a duckduckgo search. (That’s my preferred search engine. Defying the monster size search engines. Such a rebel. :eyeroll: )  I chose to try the one that used apple cider vinegar, water, and 1-2 drops of lavender. The vinegar smell dissipated throughout the day, and the lavender made it a little more bearable but not enough. The second time I used 10 drops of lavender. Much better. I’m stunned by the results. My hair doesn’t look lifeless. Who knew?

Bought fresh herbs in March. Sadly, both of these plants are dead now. I’m terrible with plants. I’m going to try again when it’s cooler. Practice. I remind myself of an interview I read with a woman who had a house full of happy, thriving plants. The interview asked, “Who do you do it?” The woman replied, “I expect half the plants I purchase to die.” She practiced and didn’t beat herself up when things didn’t go “right.” I’m learning to do that.


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