First off, THANK YOU for all the kind comments! and please excuse me this one time for not answering each of you in the comment section. I appreciate all the good juju from you guys. I still feel like hammered cat shit but I have done some more research and maybe have found some encouraging info. From what I've read it's possible that I am going through a no-starch "flu". At least that's what the popular phrase is. And "flu" would aptly describe how I feel, down to even running a temperature. Now, I don't think I am actually running a fever, I just feel that way. And as one commenter suggested, I could be experiencing some bad gut bacteria die-off, which is the whole point of a no-starch diet for rheumatological issues.
Supposedly, the starch flu will last 2-3 weeks and in that time your body makes the transition from burning mostly starches for energy to burning mostly fats and healthier carbs, such as what comes from fruits and vegetables. Most people would think, well, just don't eat potatoes, rice or bread and you'd be good to go. Well, once you start researching things a bit you find it's not so easy. For one thing, fruits like bananas (something I love) are starches. So are most winter squashes, peas and beans. And, worst of all, in our overly processed society, if it comes in a box or jar it almost certainly contains added starch. I found out that even my daily vitamins contain rice powder or added potato starch.! Most packaged seasoning mixes, some alternative milk (like soy milk), ice cream, yogurt, lunch meat (even whole hams) etc. etc., may contain added starch. So, I've really had to read ingredients well. Now, I have never been one to rely on packaged foods much anyway...but I do use yogurt some and things like that. And one other thing...don't let anyone kid you...coconut flour sucks. I've tried making various things with that stuff and so far, it's pretty hideous.
But, I am sticking with this. Something's got to give eventually.
And to top things off, as if I didn't feel bad enough, one of my girls died this morning. It was very unexpected and I'm not sure what happened. Fortunately, I woke up early this morning and Jack told me something was amiss with her, so I was with her when she passed. I feel especially bad that I have not been out and about with the girls as much lately and if I had felt better I might have noticed she was not feeling well in time enough to do something. Or not. I don't remember seeing her acting ill not one time recently. But still....I normally check them all at bedtime to make sure they have been eating good, no cuts or injuries etc. but I just missed this one. At least it seemed quick.
So, that's the news from Dragon Valley. Anybody got any good news from your parts?