Happy FriYAY!!! We made it! Another week down. I had a pretty good week, actually. I can’t complain. Last weekend we had some friends over to watch the Patriots game. It’s always a good evening when they win, but the company helps 😉 Since Scott and I were in the middle of a Shred10, we made sure we had plenty of compliant game foods. Buffalo wings, my brother made brisket, ribs…it felt like a meat fest! LOL! I also made veggies with homemade ranch dressing, paleo artichoke dip with carrots for dipping, shrimp, and a paleo coleslaw made with my homemade mayo. I, of course, had some fruit for dessert. And then there were some non-compliant treats I didn’t indulge in. Everyone loved it all! One of my most favorite things about entertaining is showing “non-clean eaters” that healthy food can actually taste good. They are actually surprised when they find out the ingredients. I wait to tell them, though, until they try it 😉
So, since I’ve been sharing my experience with Advanced Allergy Therapeutics, this week I took some pics to share so you know what actually goes on in these sessions. I’ve been having this sneaky suspicion that I was having issues with nuts. Especially almonds and cashews. I eat these a lot and it seemed like I was seeing a connection between eating them…then being gassy…fun fun! It’s gotten worse and worse, so I had Dr. Holly check nuts this week, and what do you know? Positive! Both almonds and cashews came up, along with a list of others. Not only that, but I came up positive with many of the components of almonds. So, we decided to treat those on Monday.
To give you an idea of what the process looks like, here we go….First, Dr. Holly puts a cuff on my arm that’s connected to a computer that has all the allergens in them. Over 200,000 I believe.
Once the cuff is connected, she tests for the allergen by doing muscle testing. She puts the allergen into a box on her screen and then muscle tests that allergen. If I can resist her hand, I don’t have an allergic reaction to it. If I do, I can’t resist. It’s pretty amazing. I’ll immediately feel weak and will not be able to resist the pressure of her hand.
Once she finishes the muscle testing for that particular allergen, she then treats it with her “gun”. The gun vibrates as she moves it up and down your spine. Keeping it as basic as possible, the idea behind this is the vibration of the gun up and down your spine tricks your brain into thinking this allergen is no longer bad for you. For example, almonds are not “bad”…but at some point my body pin pointed them as bad. So, when almonds are in the “box” on the screen, the almond allergen is being used to re-teach my brain that it’s NOT bad. Make sense or have I confused you?? LOL.
Anyways, if you are treated for a food allergen, you can’t eat for 3 hours after the session to give your body time to “clear” the allergen. Next time you go back, you see if it’s cleared. Most of the time it does, sometimes certain allergens need more time. Well, nuts needed more time. I continued to eat them this week…still gassy. I had a feeling it didn’t clear. So when I went back yesterday, we checked to see if it cleared and as I thought…it didn’t! So, we had to treat it again. I think I’m super sensitive to it for some reason. So, I’m going to stay away for 24 hours this time instead of 3 to see if that helps. Next week I go back again to see if it finally cleared. When my daughter Emma was being treated for a whole host of allergies, the only one that didn’t clear on the first shot was CATS! She’s had two treatments for cats and next week we check again to see if it’s cleared. Stay tuned!
Next up…my Tuesday. Tuesday wasn’t really a fun day. It was another day to head into Boston for a follow-up from my surgery a little over a year ago. If you missed that blog post, you an go back and read it HERE. I think the worst part about these follow-ups is having to drive into Boston and deal with the parking, etc. So, here’s what happened. I had two appointments. The first at Brigham & Women for a mammogram the second at Dana Farber for a follow-up with my surgeon. Six months ago when I went, I parked at B&W, went to my appt, walked outside to Dana Farber, then walked back to B&W to my car. Well, the people at B&W said I did it wrong. “Next time…just park at Dana Farber cross the bridge over to B&W. That way when you’re done at Dana Farber, you’re right near your car”. Ok…this made sense. So when I made this appt six months ago, I made a note in my calendar event to do that. And I did it.
So I parked, I found the bridge, went across….and then what? I wasn’t used to entering the hospital that way and well…I probably wouldn’t have remembered where I was supposed to go anyways. I had no clue where the heck I was. No clue where to go. I kept asking random people with ID’s on them and they all sent me in a different direction. I started to get stressed. I was sent on a wild goose chase (by myself) around Brigham & Women hospital. Different directions, different floors. Finally, I went to a help desk (almost in tears at the point) and just said “please help me”. The woman was so sweet. I was so close to where I needed to be. And she directed me and pointed right where I needed to go. At that point, I was 15 minutes late for my appt because of circling around the hospital and taking elevators to different floors. My heart was pounding because I was so angry. Never mind the fact that I was there to have my boobs checked again, which is always nerve wracking enough. I sat in the waiting room, waiting for my name to be called, took a deep breath, and a thought crossed my mind.
I should be lucky! Why? Because I DID get lost. Not sure what I mean? Well…if I didn’t get lost, that would mean I knew the hospital like the back of my hand. That would mean I’m there often enough to know my way around. But, I don’t. Every time I go, I have no clue where I am. That’s a GOOD THING! I’m lucky my results last year came out negative. I’m lucky I DIDN’T have breast cancer and have to spend a lot of time there. So in the end? I was thankful that I got lost. It’s weird how that happens, right? There’s a “sign” in everything that happens. You just have to be patient enough and you’ll find it.
Ok…on to my Outfit of the Week! A few weeks ago, I got a new Stitch Fix Box. I kept all 5 items! I love when that happens :). I love even more when I get cute tops because I find that’s the hardest thing for me to shop for. I have plenty of bottoms, but it’s the tops to go with them that are hard. Something cute, different, fun, comfy, but still can be dressed up. This top hit the nail on the head with all of that! Last Sunday I just didn’t feel like wearing a dress to church. I ALWAYS get dressed up for church. But just wasn’t in the mood. So I paired this new top with some black leggings and boots and it was just perfect! I love the lacy sleeves. And the back has a little keyhole towards the top. The rest of the top is a comfy cotton…almost sweatshirt like material, but thin. A new favorite for sure!
Food time! Ok…when I posted this Meatloaf earlier in the week, I had no idea how many people LOVED meatloaf! It seemed as though everyone was excited, so I got just as excited to share it with all of you. This was SOOOOOO good! Scott loved it, too. Even better? It tasted just as good or even better as leftovers. My kids finally decided to try my leftovers and both loved it. LOL! I guess it can be a new family staple. And seriously…who wouldn’t love something wrapped in BACON?? This recipe is completely paleo, also Whole3o compliant, Shred1o compliant, gluten-free, grain-free, dairy-free (if you use ghee and not butter), and nut- free. Its also AH-MAZING! If you make it, let me know how you like it! Enjoy!