One of my 2016's resolutions is to beat my Hay fever which I've been suffering from for almost 10 years now. Having blocked or running nose, watery eyes, itchy throat, short breath, and sneezing all the time is so unpleasant and even embarrassing sometimes . Despite of me been eating a clean vegan diet most of which fresh fruits, vegetables, and greens, I'd not seen much progress in getting rid of the symptoms. Trust me, it's so frustrating when you have to blow your nose every few seconds. For me, it gets even worse first thing in the morning and around evening time (6 pm beyond). That is, I'm not comfortable having a phone conversation or night out around these times.
Over a year of my trial with vegan foods, I've learned so much about my body and what works and what doesn't for me. I initially went fully raw, but over time cooked dishes started coming back to my plate. I cut off products that have added refined sugar and also vegan junkie snacks such as crisps. My overall heath improved noticeably, but there was no luck with the Hay fever!
Moving onto this new year, I planned to drink more water and choose cleaner food options. I looked up the Internet for foods that weaken our immune system and found out that gluten containing food is one of them. Also, I read about acid phytic and arsenic in rice that are harmful to body as well. I love Bread with every single meal. Barley soups, and rice are my all time favorite foods too. But, I'd rather not eat them anymore and get rid of this allergy. Thus, I decided to stop eating wheat products and rice.
According to my daily journal, on January 18th I started this diet and now after one month I feel that my health is really shifted. For the first 2 weeks I'd been having a very bad cold, so I couldn't feel any differences. Ever since I recovered from the cold, I've not been sniffling or having asthma attacks which I'm so grateful for. I sneeze once or twice a day that's not bothering me at all. I think the more chemical-free food I eat, the more I boost my immune system. I'm going to continue my diet as that's given me so much confidence so far.
Here's how my diet looks like for the past 30 days:
- between 8 am - 9 am: a shot of Spirulina drink on empty stomach (approximately 3 gr spirulina poweder).
- between 10 am and 12 am:a green smoothie of my choice for breakfast (I'll post my smoothie's recipe in another post).
- 12 am onward: snacking on any fresh or dried fruits and vegetables available in the house until I'm satisfied. (I'm not a salad lover, but I love crunching a whole cabbage, carrot, or lettuce).
- between 5 pm to 7 pm: a gluten-free low fat vegan meal for dinner.
- I drink at least 2 liters of water throughout the day.
If you suffer from a chronic Hay fever or any types of allergy, I recommend you do your own research and start experimenting with different food options and see if this works for you as well.
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