A couple of weeks ago I started having really bad asthma attacks. Like, really, really bad. I haven't had to go to the hospital yet, but several times I have wanted to. Right now as I'm typing this, I am considering doing another nebulizer treatment (I've already taken my rescue inhaler and magnesium supplements, to no avail). I have had asthma for as long as I can remember, but it has NEVER been this bad. I don't know if it's something in the air, some sort of pollen, some weird plant that I'm not used to, smog, whatever... But it has gotten so bad that I am having irrational thoughts of buying a ticket back to the States ASAP.
My brother has always bugged me about cutting out sugar to decrease asthma. I thought it might work, but never really had the discipline to do it. But, now that I've been eating more healthily, I realize it wouldn't be too far of a stretch. I don't drink soda, I rarely eat sweets (exceptions made for Christmas-time, when Peter's mom made a ton of delicious, gluten-free desserts for me, which might have caused the asthma attacks since my body isn't used to so many sweets), and the only "processed" food that I eat is rice pasta or the very occasional salt and vinegar potato chips...
As I've been doing more research, I've read a lot about asthma being an autoimmune response. If your autoimmune system isn't healthy, then your asthma will be worse. Many people claim that a paleo diet has "cured" them of their asthma. So I'm going to try it! I know it has also been beneficial for people suffering from other auto-immune disorders, obesity, heart disease, diabetes, and more!
Here's what the paleo diet consists of (read more here):
Meat (grass-fed, hormone-free)
Eggs (hormone-free, free-range)
Refined vegetable oils
I think the only difficult part for me will be to cut out dairy and rice, because I do enjoy yogurt for breakfast and rice with my dinner meal. I will have to get creative on how I prepare meals from now on, but I know Pinterest will have lots of ideas for me! I think the only hard part will be finding grass-fed, hormone-free, and free-range meat and egg options. So far I have found organic eggs, but I'm not sure if they're free-range. Also, finding healthful oils might be expensive. Not difficult to find, but expensive here in Brazil! Organic fruits and vegetables are abundant here. Salmon is kind of pricey, but worth it.
I am so desperate, I am going to try it. Starting... NOW!
Are you interested in hearing about my progress?
Should I post updates on the blog?
Would you be interested in joining me in this challenge?
(Also, on a side note - I'm not doing the diet to lose weight, but I do think that might be a side-effect. Should I post before, in-progress, and after pictures?)
Let me know in the comments below.