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Warriors who do and want to write about it. I have a Campervan called Bertha. I am currently in the Highlands of Scotland. I am walking and touring. Life is great. I had a great time in Scotland. On my return felt really fat and unhealthy so I decided to take action. I am on a 4 week challenge. I am following an anti-inflammatory diet recommended by Drs McCrindle and Bested. Feeling really positive.
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Week 5 4 week challenge extended.

Day 27 Last Day of 4 week challenge

Saturday 2nd July

Blew it on Saturday. Ate lots of sandwiches. It was the first time my large extended family had met for 2 years. One of my brothers had catered for the event. The food was great but not on plan. I also had a small cupcake which although I wiped off the icing contained a lot of sugar.

Sunday 3rd July

Back on plan. Went to Wagamama and had gluten free chicken ramen. Delicious. Energy was low. I was very tired. Pain average. Digestion bad – hard stool.

Monday 4th July – American Independence Day.

Definitely feel worse for having eaten gluten. Feeling sluggish and my IBS has returned. Its now Monday and I am feeling constipated even though yesterday I went back on to then plan.

Looked at changing to the new Fibromyalgia diet by Kathleen Standafer but it is too different to get my head around at the moment. It would mean that I would be introducing quite a few things that I haven’t been eating currently i.e., cream, eggs, nightshades, different nuts, xylitol and not eating some of the things I am currently eating i.e., quinoa, hummus. Furthermore, on the new plan I would only be eating 3 times per day. I have really enjoyed eating 5 times per day. It seems to suit me. Little and often works for me.

The principals of introducing foods to ascertain food intolerances are similar. I have decided to keep with the current diet by Dr. Louise S. McCrindle and Dr. Alison C. Bested for another 4 weeks and see what happens and to pinpoint which foods I need to eliminate from my diet.

I have ascertained already that eating gluten is not good for me.

This week I am going to continue to follow the plan from McCrindle and Bested until my digestion improves again. Then, I am going to introduce nightshades into my diet and see if these are ok for me. I love sauces made with tomatoes and red and orange peppers, so fingers crossed!

Week 5 stabilising

Breakfast

Almond milk and 1 rice cake

Snack

Walnut and quinoa bar

Lunch

Hummus and rice cake plus chia seeds

Snack

apple

Dinner

Lentil stew with apricots

Exercise: 2 x 1 hr walk and yoga 1 hr

Pain level after walk: Achy Level 5

Energy level: 4

Weight: 14 stone 6 lb

Sleep: 81% 38m deep

Weather: cloudy warm

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4 week challenge done

4 week challenge done. Weight at startvwas 15 stone. Now 14 stone 5 lbs. My digestive system is working 💯 better.
Pain hasn’t improved dramatically but still early days. Am now moving to a different fibromyalgia diet from Fibromyalgia Freedom by Kathleen Standafer RD for 4 weeks.

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4 week challenge done ✔️

<p>4 week challenge done ✔️</p>
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Day 26 4 week chalkboard

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Day 25. 4 week challenge

Almost there. I have lost another pound. Ran out of prepared food. Felt a bit more energetic today so made soup and lentils. Have finished up the hummus. So pleased that I am losing weight and IBS has been tamed.

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Day 24. 4 week challenge

Rest day today. Stuck to diet plan.

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Day 23. 4 week challenge

Fibromyalgia flare up. Ate leftovers all day. Stayed on plan.

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Feeling good today. 4th week

<p>Feeling good today. 4th week</p>
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Day 22 4 week challenge

Day 22 week 4

Woke up feeling better sad and tired. Legs very achy yesterday. Probably because I didn’t do any walking. Walking helps my circulation.

Breakfast

Antioxidant shake

Snack

Walnut and quinoa bar

Lunch

Vegetable soup

Snack

apple

Dinner

Chicken and beans stew

Exercise: 30 minute walk and yoga 1 hr

Pain level after walk: Achy Level 7

Energy level: 3

Weight: 14 stone 7 lb

Sleep: 78% 33m deep

Weather: cloudy warm

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Grandchildren visiting

<p>Grandchildren visiting</p>