I switched one of my medications (which I'm trying to get off of completely) to a nice, inexpensive generic. Fast forward about 2 months, and I was feeling pretty yucky: GI problems, headaches and fatigue. It was as if all of the progress I've made over the past several months was slowly going away.
At first I thought it was from gorging on some grass-fed butter (it tasted so good!). I eliminated the butter, the symptoms got somewhat better, but I was still having problems. So what the heck was the matter with me?
My husband had an epiphany while in and out of sleep one groggy Saturday morning: check the binders in my new medication. And what did I find? Lactose. Yep, lactose is a common binder in medication, and it's clear to me now that my body is very sensitive to it. Two days after switching back to my ultra-expensive medication, I felt better (BTW, I'm only taking HALF of the dose I was before -- yipee!).
With the fatigue I've been experiencing, I just haven't had the energy to play around in the kitchen, come up with new recipes and write blog posts.
ALSO... my wonderful husband was just diagnosed with Hashimoto's, an autoimmune thyroid disease. We're not the kind of people to just take a diagnosis and quit, so with the little energy I have had, I've been using it to research the endocrine system and immune function. Yeah, it's been a bit overwhelming. But we think James is headed in the right direction with his health. And for any of you out there with Hashimoto's or any thyroid problems, I highly recommend this book by Dr. Kharazzian: Why Do I Still Have Thyroid Symptoms?
So, that's been my life lately.
And then I made a Flourless Dark Chocolate Cake -- gluten-free, dairy-free, grain-free, refined sugar-free, and Paleo. Chocolate makes everything better.
Please follow me over to Everyday Mom's Meals who's been nice enough to have me as a guest blogger to share the recipe!