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Authentic, In the Kitchen

>Kitchen Chaos

>Holidays are intrinsically linked with food for me. New Years is Hoppin’ John. Easter is ham and mac and cheese. July Fourth is deviled eggs. Thanksgiving is turkey and pumpkin. Christmas is cookies and hot chocolate and treats.

This holiday season is going to be a bit different.

{A little backstory}
ArmyMan came home from his last deployment with a Traumatic Brain Injury thanks to a roadside IED. Thankfully, his injury was manageable. Unfortunately, because it wasn’t life threatening he received no medical treatment or evaluation aside from a physical once over.
After that TBI, he experienced a major personality change. My easy going, laid back husband became tunnel visioned and irritable. He had trouble focusing. He had considerable memory loss, especially short term memory. He had difficulty with verbal recall- having trouble thinking of a specific word although he could express the concept. He became very, very bad with names. He stuttered.
The cumulative impact of these side effects was that he became extremely self-concious of his memory lapses and speech, fixated on small tasks to compensate for the trouble focusing, and became anxious in general. He stressed.
Along the way, as he learned to live with these changes, he began to intermittently experience stomach pain, headaches, dizziness  and random exhaustion. There was a constant sense of being out of sorts. He sought medical treatment multiple times, when it would flare up. There was never any resolution.
{Back to now}

After the stomach pain become much worse recently, ArmyMan sought medical help again. More insistently. Multiple meds and a GI (gastrointestinal) consult late. He had several vials of blood taken, some tests scheduled and was sent home with strict orders to change the way he ate. Essentially, the docs want his stomach to be as un-acidic as possible. They advised the “Paleo Diet” as a starting point.

The Paleo diet is based on the concept that our diet has evolved faster than our genetics have. Essentially, it is a “whole foods” diet that utilizes the types of foods that humans lived on before technology (including agriculture) changed the types and forms of foods available.

The docs recommended removing gluten, grains, dairy and legumes from ArmyMan’s diet. In simpler terms, he can only eat meat, eggs, fruits and vegetables.

Now, I’ve gone back to school in a dietetics program because I strongly believe that what we put in our bodies has a powerful effect on our health- both body and mind. I just didn’t expect it to hit quite so close to home.

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About ThatArmyWife

I am an Army Wife, mom,equestrian, animal lover, and photographer.

Discussion

3 thoughts on “>Kitchen Chaos

  1. >I totally agree! My dad is a huge advocate of the reflection of mental health and spiritual health on what we put into our bodies.

    Posted by Mr. Superman & Mrs. S. | December 20, 2010, 6:37 am
  2. >Sorry just read this post…commented too soon on the other one!!!

    Posted by SLM | December 21, 2010, 1:29 pm
  3. >No problem!

    Posted by Kristen | December 21, 2010, 3:10 pm

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