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Continued health experiments [Jun. 1st, 2010|11:21 am]
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Giving up beef and pork has not made me feel appreciably different, unlike other changes. I need to get into the doc's office for a cholesterol test to see if it's had any effect on my system.

Drinking more milk had the almost-immediate effect of curing me from the chronic colds I seemed to always be suffering. I've been germ-sick twice since I started drinking more milk, as opposed to the continually sick I was the year before

Since we started the fruit smoothie routine, I can report that my allergies have been massively reduced: at this time of year I would usually be taking two prescription drugs and supplementing them with OTC antihistamines at least 4x a day, and instead I'm taking one prescription drug, and not even every day. This is a HUGE improvement. Also, my hacking cough and chronic sore throat (both probably the result of post-nasal drip) have pretty much disappeared.

So, what's next? For most of you this is probably a no-brainer, but I'm giving up artificial sweetners for a month. This is probably the biggest hardship so far, because I rely on Lipton Instant Peach-Flavored Iced Tea for my caffeine delivery. I got up this morning, the first of the month and the day I'd told Ferrett I was starting this project, and for a moment I considered pretending that I'd forgotten all about it. But I was good: I brewed up a large cup of Good Earth Sweet and Spicy Original, added some honey, and then poured it over ice.

It's...okay. It's definitely more of a sipping drink than a chugging drink, so I'm forcing myself to get some of it down my gullet so that I don't get a caffeine withdrawal headache. I can tell, though, that this is going to be tough. If I don't see a definite change in my health during this month, I will not be motivated to continue on this part of the regimen. But I'm willing to give it a month because of the major changes in health brought on by the other changes. I can do this for a month. I hope.
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[User Picture]From: merle_
2010-06-01 06:16 pm (UTC)
Since we started the fruit smoothie routine, I can report that my allergies have been massively reduced

That is most excellent! I'll have to try that out, thanks.

I ended up dropping caffeine. It wasn't a conscious choice, I just started drinking less and less of it as time went on, and stopped missing it. The main problem is that when you go out to eat there are very few uncaffeinated options other than water.
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From: (Anonymous)
2010-06-01 08:15 pm (UTC)
You think that's bad, try finding something that doesn't have caffeine OR sugar.

-Alex
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[User Picture]From: merle_
2010-06-01 08:32 pm (UTC)
I have, since I'm not a fan of sugar either. Pretty much there's water, or herbal tea at fancier places. Yay!
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From: (Anonymous)
2010-06-01 09:06 pm (UTC)
Aaaaaand I don't like tea of any sort. Sucks to be me. :-)

Actually, I can usually get by on decaf coffee (I don't put too much sugar in it), and some rare places have diet 7-up or the like. And, of course, for fine dining I throw caution to the wind and have wine.

-Alex
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-06-01 10:44 pm (UTC)
I have certainly cut down on my caffeine intake, but I don't know that I will give it up entirely - I like my coffee now and then!
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From: (Anonymous)
2010-06-01 11:39 pm (UTC)
I miss it once in a while, particularly if I'm short on sleep. But the one time last year that I got regular coffee accidentally is more than enough to convince me not to go back.

-Alex
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-06-02 12:07 am (UTC)
Bad reaction?
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From: (Anonymous)
2010-06-02 02:16 am (UTC)
Just major jitters for the remainder of the day. But I figured if one cup did that much, I still don't need it.

-Alex
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