I saw the naturopath yesterday, Dr. O. She's a really nice, young, caring woman who seems to actually be interested in my health! Go figure.
After talking for an hour, and giving her my life story, she said the first thing we should do is a liver cleanse. My friends do these things up here and I just feel sorry for them. No caffeine, no chocolate, no wheat, no dairy, NO ALCOHOL.
What's the point in living, really?
But like I told mom on the phone this morning, I already feel deprived of my most favorite thing ever, so why not just go ahead and give up most everything while I'm at it? And it's only temporary (28 days - just like rehab!), and I know I'll feel better and hell, I'll probably even lose some weight (I'm up to 179 now).
The cleanse really isn't as bad as it sounds. I was surprised. Yes, there are certain foods I can't eat, but I probably shouldn't be eating those foods anyway. It starts slow, ramps up to extreme, then tapers off again. There's a meal replacement powder drink thing, but that's just a supplement.
And like Dr. O said, I'm going to be 40 in about two years. You want to feel good when you're 40. I don't feel good now.
So, we'll start on Saturday. Todd and I need to go the store and stock the kitchen with good stuff (and finish eating the cake that Amy brought over on Sunday and the three pints of ice cream in the freezer). It helps that Todd is the cook in the family - it's hard enough to eat new things, I couldn't imagine trying to come up with how to cook them, too.
I'll stay on the medication for now, until I meet with my liver specialist at the end of the month. Dr. O said the cleanse won't be a problem. Eating will be, though, since the predinsone makes me hungry constantly. It's just a matter of having the right food on hand so I don't have to think about it when I need to stuff my face.
I wonder if dried fruit is allowed? I have a hankering for dried plums right now. Weirdness.
Better than a Snickers bar, right?