…..and yoghurt too!
“Bloated, inflamed, stiff joints and a bit sore” is how I’d describe myself today. Oh, so your diet isn’t working after all then, Scott ya big liar? Actually, yes it still is – if I had stuck to it!
The family had some excellent fun on Saturday visiting my sister’s place – it’s always a houseful, loads of kids, a lot of noise but great craic when the family is together. One big draw is the food. My sister and her husband are great cooks and Indian cuisine is their forte.
This time, though, we were being treated to something a bit different – tandoori chicken and homemade nan cooked in their new wood burning tandoor oven. This thing is a beastly, massive, heavy thing that sits about 4 feet high and can get up to 500°C. When I stuck my hand in it – well, you have to really – it was a mere 320°C.
Why on Earth would anyone stick their hand in this? Well, one has to get the dough into it somehow and I hadn’t had a shot. After losing most of the hair on my right arm, I had a good few nans cooking beautifully inside the tandoor, as you can see….
Now – and this is where I put my stupid hat on – you can’t go through all of this without trying the stuff you’ve had a hand in cooking. So I did. 3 actually. AND some raita (yoghurt based condiment in case you didn’t know – I didn’t know what it was called until I looked it up just there).
So there’s me, paleo, clean, eating primally, feeling great and stuffing my face with the kind of food I know is very bad. My wife did warn me – several times! Even the youngest of my children drew an audible sharp breath when she saw what I was eating. “I’ll be alright,” I said, “You just pay attention to your own food!” There was no alcohol involved, this was my sober decision.
And now I feel like crap!
I was very busy all day Sunday too. My band were having a technical rehearsal as we have a new mixing desk – always a good idea to spend some time getting to know the equipment (especially important stuff like the mixer) before getting to a gig and realising you can’t work it! Anyway, it took about 5 hours to do everything and we ended up playing quite a lot.
This is when I noticed I wasn’t feeling so good. I was a bit lethargic, a little sweaty after very little effort, slightly out of breath and my right arm was getting quite sore. My right elbow is my barometer. If that’s sore, I’m generally under par. It was sore. I was way under par and not in a good golfy sort of way.
My skin was itchy too. That’s what the slightest sniff of dairy does to me. By the time I returned home from the rehearsal, I was completely knackered, feeling bloated, etc, everything I said right at the start. Why? Because I ate shit that’s no good!
Wheat inflames the gut. People generally don’t notice this – but loads of people complain about feeling bloated after eating bread. And it feeds your pleasure centre, releasing endorphins and making you want more. Ever found a really nice loaf, french stick or speciality bread that you simply MUST HAVE MORE OF? That’s what wheat does. All we do is keep our guts inflamed. Makes us fat too, but that’s another story!
In people like me, predisposed to autoimmune problems, an inflamed gut can trigger the autoimmune response. Rheumatoid arthritis in my case. So, cut out the crap food and reverse the disease – that’s the plan anyway.
Or it would be if I stuck to it – which I generally do, to be fair!
Dairy, on the other hand, is just simply perverse! I have a memory from about age 5 when I thought, “It’s very odd that we drink another animal’s milk.” Surely – this is me back to the present day now – we are designed to drink our mother’s milk up to a certain age and then never have milk again. After all, our paleolothic ancesters didn’t milk cows and they lived during the time when the modern human genome was fixed.
We’re the only animal on the planet that does this AND we’re not genetically designed to take milk – no-one can argue that our genetic makeup has caught up since we started farming and milking livestock between seven and ten thousand years ago (depending what you read). It’s a good source of protein, though, and it’s sustainable and available! But, anyone who cuts out dairy for any length of time and goes back to it will have a bad reaction – end of. Why would that happen if it’s so good for you. The slightest sniff of dairy gives me a sore head and makes me want to have a wee barfamundo!
All of this nonsense that we call ‘healthy food’ is just making us sick. Coeliac Disease, Lactose Intolerance, Vitiligo, Eczema, Rheumatoid Arthritis. None of these would exist if we ate what we were designed to AND can you imagine what that would do for our crumbling healthcare system?
Well, my healthcare system is going to benefit from me. My treatment costs upwards of £12,000 each year. If I’m drug free and well, the NHS would save that money and I’d be WELL into the bargain! Just by eating the right stuff.
So, no more wheat, dairy or anything else that’s not natural. I will be drug free by the end of the year.