As you can see, I have been pretty lucky. Except for this one thing so far. This one stupid thing that just won't go away. My left wrist. Weird because I am right handed, but I have had an on going battle with my left wrist for the last couple of years. I lose the ability to grip anything and I have pain that shoots from my ring, middle, and index finger up the back of my hand and wrist, up to my elbow. At first, I did the traditional thing. I went to the doctor. He simply explained it was over use. Prescribed anti-inflammatory medication that came with some serious warnings. He also had a compounding pharmacy mix up some cream that I was to use several times a day. Then, told me to use a brace or wrap when I was working. The last part was the only part he got right. You see, he knew I wasn't going to stop working.
I used the cream and took a few of the pills. I also have a nice collection of braces and wraps. I have gone through various periods of no pain and serious pain. Then, I really did something crazy. I changed my diet. Like serious changes. No sugar. No grains, including corn and rice. Then, I added a healthy dose of good fat. You can Google Paleo Diet or Primal Diet, and read more than you ever wanted to regarding this way of eating. I tended to lean more towards a Primal Diet, but you should check it out yourself. So, then amazing things started happening. I lost weight. My skin started looking fabulous. I also had a lot less joint pain (knees and hips), and my wrist pain completely went away. I was shocked. I went to my doctor for a check-up, and he was shocked. After asking what I was doing he said,
"Oh yes. A lot of the foods you have eliminated do create inflammation in the body."
When I asked him why he never mentioned that before, or, I don't know, recommend a diet change? He said,
"Oh, you know, most people won't let go of their dinner roll."
That is when he just became a drug dealer to me.
As amazing as it was to feel so good, the real truth has come from when I eat bad food. When I load up on grains and sugar, I can feel it. My fingers swell and get really fat. My joints (knees, hips, and hands) start to throb. I usually take a huge dive in the energy department, and in general just feel really bad. I am not perfect, so I do indulge in these foods occasionally. I am still always shocked at how bad they make me feel. That is why I call them bad foods. Hopping off the wagon every once in a while is bad enough. Let me try that for a few days, and there are serious consequences. It is safe to say that I have hopped on and off quite a bit through this holiday season, and now I am paying for it.
This is so stupid.
Christmas Dinner Menu
- Beef Tenderloin
- Garlic Mashed Potatoes
- Whiskey Glazed Carrots
- Wedge Salad w/ Tomatoes and Buttermilk dressing
- Pumpkin Pie w/ a Gingerbread Cookie Crust
The beef and the salad are the only safe items on this list for me to eat, but it was Christmas Day and I was ready to indulge. It doesn't help that I also had a cheeseburger the other day. I over indulged at a Christmas party last Saturday - In a BIG way! Plus, I had to do quality control on four different kinds of Christmas cookies that we shared with friends.
My name is Candi.
I am addicted to sugar.
It is just funny every time I write it.
I was destined to be a sugar addict.
Any - who...
Normally we cook these drunken carrots in an iron skillet. I was making a double batch, so I grabbed a really big iron skillet. My Full-timer said, "Don't we normally use the dutch oven?" That is not what the recipe says, so I argued. Once on the stove, these carrots were swimming in whisky, butter and brown sugar. Then, I noticed the recipe said to cover and let cook. There is no lid for this extra large chunk of iron.
I tried foil, but once they started making a mess of my stove, my Full-Timer said, "This is why we use the dutch oven."
Can someone please write that on the recipe?
I grabbed the dutch oven. Then, I grabbed the oven mitt and the super large Iron skillet. When I picked it up to dump my woozy carrots into the dutch oven, I felt it. That old familiar pain in my left wrist. Not horrible, but there. I proceeded with my day of cooking and then feasting. Boy, did we feast. It was delicious.
I ate a lot of really bad food.
So, later last night, after watching a movie with the family, I grabbed a blanket and folded it up. Seems innocent enough, but when I went to put it away, I felt another pain in my wrist. This time, it radiated from my fingers all the way up to my elbow. It hurt. Bad enough that I thought I might get sick. Nausea is a real signature of pain level for me. I, of course, did what I always do...I tried to ignore it. I then grabbed some glasses and headed for the kitchen. Just the simple act of placing a glass in the sink sent another wave of pain. This time, I dropped the glass. I just simply could not hold onto it.
I have spent all morning on-line self-diagnosing myself, and I have a plan of treatment that is totally conflicting with my plans for the rest of the year. I am going with the PRICE treatment plan for at least a week, and also throwing in some old school methods, and applying some apple cider vinegar wraps. If at the end of a week I see no progress, I am headed to the doctor.
This is why carrots should not drink whiskey.
PRICE treatment plan:
P - protect
R - rest
I - ice
C - compression
E - elevate
I have done the Whole30 diet challenge, and I mainly stick to meat, fish, eggs, fruit, and vegetables now. I have started indulging in too much honey, and will have to cut that out for a while. I tend to start off with a bit here and there, and then before you know it I am having it all the time. Addict - remember? Plus, honey stores are running really low. I also cut out dairy. I have indulged here and there, but this one is not hard for me to let go of.