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As I promised on Monday, today I am sharing an update on my health and diet.  If you aren’t into the nitty-gritty personal posts, I’ll catch you tomorrow!  But in hopes that I this post may connect with someone, I want to share my struggles and experiences throughout this bump in the road.  I hope you are ready for a long and wordy post.  I did at least try to throw in a few pictures for good measure!

An Update on My Health and Diet

First, let’s start with a quick recap.

In January I announced that I had started incorporating fish back into my diet as of December 2014.  I provided a pretty in-depth reasoning behind the decision, with it ultimately coming down to trying to find relief for my chronic joint and muscle pain.  I have dealt with this pain for approximately three years now, but it has gotten much worse over the past year.  Along with this chronic pain, I have also suffered from acid reflux for the past six years, and have been facing pretty unpredictable menstrual cycles over the past year and a half.  Deep down I feel as though these must all have some connection.  I guess only time will tell!

Now that I have you up to speed with what the original post covered, let’s get to the right now.  I do not want to get into too much of the scientific information in this post.  Partly because it likely does not matter too much to you, and partly because I do not think I could fully explain it well.  As a result, I’ll try to stick with the basics:

Let’s talk about fish.  It took me awhile to get used to buying, cooking, and eating fish, but I have to say that I am really loving it.  My favorite is seasoned and broiled salmon, with fish tacos coming in at a close second.  I am also pretty obsessed with canned tuna and am loving finding creative ways to eat it.  Those are my “safe” foods, and seafood like shrimp, oysters, etc. still majorly creep me out!

Despite my new-found love of some fish, I have to say that I have not noticed an improvement in my symptoms.  I’m not giving up hope just yet, though.  The seafood will be sticking around… at least for now!

After my initial post in January and speaking with my brother (he is a resident physician), I decided to meet with a rheumatologist.  My first appointment was in February.  He ordered a plethora of blood tests mostly to test for autoimmune markers.  I also requested to be tested for Celiacs, since I had previously read that it can appear without stomach issues when diagnosed as an adult.

I received a phone call from my doctor a few days after the blood work and was told that one of my auto antibodies came back as positive.  My doctor had previously told me that a positive result would not necessarily mean a “yes you have X, Y, or Z.”  Unfortunately, it is simply not black and white.  Per his recommendation, I went back for more specific testing regarding this antibody.  About a week later I was informed that all of my labs “looked good.”  I have to admit that I was partially relieved, but mostly disappointed because I just wanted an answer!  I also want to mention that my doctor prescribed me Meloxicam to see if it would help with the pain.  I stopped taking this after about four weeks (per his recommendation) because it was not helping.  I have a follow-up appointment with him in May.

As you can imagine, I was pretty frustrated after all of the labs came back as “okay.”  I was feeling pretty hopeless, and I was not sure where to go from there.  I had been to several orthopedic doctors, my general practitioner, and now to a rheumatologist and had found zero relief.

So now what?

After talking with my parents, I decided to visit a functional medicine clinic.  This decision required a great deal of consideration because health insurance is generally not accepted at such medical practices.  If you are interested in reading more about functional medicine, this is a helpful resource.  Essentially, my understanding of the main goal of functional medicine is to identify the root cause of the issue (often through lab work, the use of supplements, and diet/environmental  changes) to treat the symptoms instead of masking them with medication.  This is certainly an idea that I could get on board with, so I went into my first appointment with a pretty open mind.

Health SupplementsI initially met with my nurse practitioner about a month ago.  I was pleasantly surprised by how the appointment took place.  I filled out a very thorough nutrition profile ahead of time and an extensive packet on my medical history.  I then spent over an hour speaking with her.  This would be absolutely unheard of in conventional medicine, but it was so important in her learning as much as possible about my entire medical history and symptoms.  I brought my lab results from my rheumatology appointment and after reviewing these, she ordered additional tests for my thyroid function, Vitamin D levels, and homocysteine levels, and requested a lipid profile.   She also recommend that I begin taking a strong probiotic, glutathione, and olive leaf extract.  I have been taking all three of these for the past three weeks.  I am still trying to determine if they are having any positive effects, though I have not noticed a significant change yet.

Gluten Free Bread UdisShe also recommended that I try out a gluten-free diet.  After looking at my Celiac number, she stated that she considered it to be high and slightly above the “normal” spectrum.  She also stated that adopting a gluten-free diet can help so many people feel better, even if they do not have Celiacs disease.  If you could not already tell, I am pretty darn desperate to feel better, so I was game!  So far, eating at home has pretty much been a breeze.  I cleaned out my fridge, freezer, and pantry of all gluten-containing products and I bought a new toaster.  I’m running a GF kitchen right now!  Eating out has definitely been more challenging (though there are plenty of gluten-free-friendly  restaurants here in Omaha), and being without my beloved beer has been rough.  But if it helps, it will be so beyond worth it!  As with the above supplements, I have not noticed any significant improvements yet.

Supplements healthy fatsI had a second appointment with my nurse practitioner on Monday where I received the results of my most recent blood work.  She stated that my total cholesterol is technically within the “normal” spectrum but very low according to her standards.  The results also showed that my reverse T3 levels are low and my Vitamin D level is very low.  She has since recommended that I increase my intake of healthy fats (coconut oil, nuts, seeds, avocado, some fish, etc.), and recommended that I add BodyBio Balance Oil and evening primrose oil into my supplement routine.  I am also supposed to add a Vitamin D supplement and a low-dose thyroid medication to see if these have any positive effects.

So what is the plan for the future?

I am going to continue taking the recommended supplements and medications (I feel like a walking drugstore), continue eating gluten-free, and continue trying to have a positive attitude regarding the whole situation… which, I must say, is tough!  I want to always know that I tried everything that I possibly could, though, so I am going to keep on trucking along.  I have a four-week follow-up thyroid test and will revisit my regime with my nurse practitioner in about four months- earlier if I feel it is necessary.  She stated that for any diet change a person makes, it can take a good three to four months to see a full effect.  At this point it is somewhat of a waiting game.

I plan to keep writing these update posts now and then to keep you in the loop.  I would appreciate any positive thoughts that you could send my way!  Finally, I want to end this post by sending my parents the biggest thank you ever.  Not only are they incredibly supportive mentally, but I would never be able to afford my most recent medical pursuits without their financial support.  I am truly fortunate to have them in my life.

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  • Jess April 2, 2015, 5:23 am
    I find it funny you said you get joint and muscle pain and you are unsure what it is from. I use to have a lot of pain and never knew why. I found out March of last year that my vitamin D was very low - single digits and my doctor put my on 2000-5000 I.u.s per day. I've averaged at at 4000. And noticed it helped with the pain. It didn't go right away but I gradually noticed it less and less. I also have costocondritis and it seems to have helped with that as well. Also, did they check your magnesium levels? That can also be a factor. I hope these changes help for you! The pain sucks.
    • ClnEatingVegGrl April 2, 2015, 9:40 am
      Thanks so much for your comment, Jess. I am interested to see if the Vitamin D supplement will help me too! Good thought on the magnesium levels, as well. I'll have to bring that up in my next appointment.
    • Jamie January 16, 2017, 5:53 pm
      I actually think by the sounds of your symptoms and antibody testing, you are likely celiac. A biopsy could verify, but you would have needed it done while eating a full gluten diet. Good luck with your journey, myself and my daughter were diagnosed with celiac 4 years ago.
      • ClnEatingVegGrl January 17, 2017, 9:11 am
        Yes, my functional medicine provider also mentioned this as a strong possibility. Unfortunately, since I have been gluten-free for almost two years now and do not plan to try gluten again right now, I have a feeling I'll be going without a diagnosis! :(
  • Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine April 2, 2015, 7:47 am
    Omg, so my mom has just developed severe muscles pain, weakness and is really sick right now. She has Celiac like me, but she also found out her iron was extremely low. But she is still super sick and is going to see a rheumatologist next week. She can't even function right now and she's all alone....it's really hard to not be there for her! I think you guys need to talk, haha!
    • ClnEatingVegGrl April 2, 2015, 9:44 am
      I'm thinking good thoughts for your mom! It can be super discouraging, but just knowing that you have family support is HUGE. I'm sure your mom appreciates knowing that you are there for her, even if you cannot always be there physically!
  • Elle April 2, 2015, 8:49 am
    While I am not gluten-free, I have family and friends who have Celiac's. Since you're in Omaha, I'd recommend stopping by a Hyvee and talking to the dietitian. They are a great free resource.
    • ClnEatingVegGrl April 2, 2015, 9:56 am
      Good thinking, Elle! I'm sure they would have some great recommendations for me :)
  • Trisha April 2, 2015, 9:19 am
    Hannah, let me know if you ever want to chat about GF. I'd even love to host you for dinner one night. :) My best advice on going GF is to try & eat as few processed GF foods as possible. Sometimes, when people go GF they end up eating a few too many GF packaged foods which can cause them more issues. I'd also love to hear about who you're seeing. Some of your supplements look similar to what Arthur is/has taken so I'd like to hear about your experiences with your practitioner. Happy healing, friend! Trisha recently posted...Pepperoni Pizza FrittataMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl April 2, 2015, 9:59 am
      Thanks, Trisha! I appreciate the support :) I am definitely trying to minimize the processed foods, though I have to say I have resorted to them for my bread and cereal. Do you have any good bread suggestions? I am currently going to Alternatives here in Omaha. I really like them so far, but I guess we shall see how it all plays out!
      • Trisha April 2, 2015, 10:48 am
        Honestly, we have cut out all cereal in our house (YAY! Small victory!). But before we would sometimes do soaked oats or we'd buy the organic bags of rice cereal from Whole Foods. We also went to Alternatives for awhile...
  • Erin @ Her Heartland Soul April 2, 2015, 10:21 am
    Sending so much love and pain-free thoughts your way. <3 Erin @ Her Heartland Soul recently posted...LOFT FavoritesMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl April 2, 2015, 11:45 am
      Thanks Erin :) You're the best!
  • Joanna @Makingmine April 2, 2015, 11:54 am
    Oh Hannah - it breaks my heart that you've struggled with this pain for as long as you have! I really truly hope these changes work out for you! I think you're on a really good path to finding the root cause rather than masking symptoms. Keep truckin' away! Joanna @Makingmine recently posted...wiaw: toddler eatsMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl April 3, 2015, 11:13 am
      Thanks Joanna. I'm very lucky to have supportive friends like you in my life :) Also... my plugin totally tried to mark this comment as spam. Weird!
  • Miranda @ Miranda Writes Blog April 2, 2015, 11:58 am
    You may have already written about this before, but have you considered supplementing all that you're doing with your food intake with something like acupuncture/ acupressure or a chiropractor? Sometimes they are covered by insurance and can be extremely helpful. I've only done acupuncture once and it was enough to convince me that it works. My back was so locked up and sore and I almost immediately felt better. I was skeptical and wasn't sure it would be helpful but I figured that it probably wouldn't make it worse either. Miranda @ Miranda Writes Blog recently posted...So Tell Me... No. 3My Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl April 2, 2015, 2:40 pm
      I HAVE thought about it, but always focused on how expensive it was. But... what I am doing now is expensive so maybe I should give acupuncture a go. Thanks for reminding me of those, options, too! If I do not have luck with my diet changes, I'll look into that :)
  • Rachael Abel @ Love Yourself Green April 2, 2015, 12:14 pm
    Oh my gawwwwwd, I'm so excited for you!!! Are you seeing Dr. Ryan? She's the only FM doc in Omaha that I'm aware of. F I believe that quitting gluten and taking these new supplements will greatly help your joint pain. Being deficient in vitamin d alone can wreak terrible havoc on your body! I also might consider trying grain free after a few months of trying gluten free. What do you think? As far as beer - that used t0 be my drank of choice, too, but I actually switched happily to organic red wine and sometimes SCOTCH! I love it! Lol. You've already been doing turmeric drinks, right? I <3 that you're sharing all of this info and can share what helps to get you well! You will be such an inspiration!! ;) Rachael Abel @ Love Yourself Green recently posted...Goat Cheesecake {Grain & Gluten Free, Cow Dairy Free, Refined Sugar Free & Guilt Free}My Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl April 2, 2015, 3:02 pm
      I am actually seeing the Nurse Practitioner at Alternatives because Dr. Ryan is not accepting new patients at the moment. Thanks for the suggestions! I have definitely thought about grain free, and might have to give that a try. I am also finally starting to accept that I am just going to have to learn to become a wine drinker ;)
  • Jaime April 2, 2015, 1:59 pm
    Wow, that's definitely rough. I really hope doctors can figure out what's wrong and can get you feeling better soon! Jaime recently posted...How We Ate for $37 a Week for a YearMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl April 2, 2015, 3:03 pm
      You and me both! My fingers are crossed!
  • Sam @ Grapefruit & Granola April 2, 2015, 5:12 pm
    I'm so sorry you are dealing with this, and I hope you're able to find relief soon!
    • ClnEatingVegGrl April 2, 2015, 8:39 pm
      Thank you, Sam! I SO appreciate the support and positive thinking :)
  • The Celiathlete April 2, 2015, 6:05 pm
    I am a Celiac and vegetarian...and you will be amazed at how much better you feel cutting gluten out of your diet. They make gluten free beers (I am not a beer drinker) and most ciders (I highly recommend Magners) are gluten-free! I admit, when I first had to go gluten free, I cried...a lot...while in the grocery store. But now...it's so easy I don't even have to think about it. If you have any questions, I've been doing this for four years now, and am happy to help! The Celiathlete recently posted...Product Review: Pamela’s Products Gluten Free Mission Fig Figgies & JammiesMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl April 2, 2015, 8:40 pm
      Thank you! I so, SO appreciate that!! I will definitely let you know if I have questions. It's always a bit rough when you first make adjustments to your diet, but eventually it just ends up seeming so easy!! I hope that is the case here too.
  • Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes April 2, 2015, 9:23 pm
    I'm sorry about all of these problems you're facing - I really hope you can find some relief soon! I'm glad you're enjoying all of that fish - yum! Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes recently posted...Old-Fashioned Egg SaladMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl April 3, 2015, 8:14 am
      Thanks so much, Ashley!! I truly appreciate the kind thoughts and words :)
  • Dani @ DaniCaliforniaCooks April 2, 2015, 9:56 pm
    Hannah! I have rheumatoid arthritis, and one of the ways I control flare ups is through going strictly gluten and dairy free. I used to think that all of those diets were just BS, but it honestly has changed my life. I'd love to talk to you about it more! Dani @ DaniCaliforniaCooks recently posted...How to Make High Protein Oatmeal (without protein powder!)My Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl April 3, 2015, 8:20 am
      Thanks so much for your input, Dani. I really appreciate it! I have my fingers crossed that GF will do the trick!!
  • Sarah @ Making Thyme for Health April 3, 2015, 11:30 am
    This whole process sounds kind of frustrating but I think it's great that you're experimenting with natural changes to see if it helps. I hope you can figure it out soon because I'm sure being in pain is no fun! Sarah @ Making Thyme for Health recently posted...Spicy Black Bean Loaf with Mango SalsaMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl April 3, 2015, 11:36 am
      Thanks so much, Sarah. I appreciate the kind words and support. It is definitely frustrating, but I am determined to get to the bottom of the root cause. If it is something as simple as diet related, I would be stoked!
  • Kristen April 4, 2015, 8:43 pm
    I eat fish on occasion. Probably once a month. Other than that am all veg. Thanks for sharing!
    • ClnEatingVegGrl April 5, 2015, 3:51 pm
      Good for you for doing what is best for YOUR body! :)
  • Eloise April 5, 2015, 10:48 am
    I came across your article while looking for information about eating clean. I don't normally leave comments but you are experiencing so many symptoms I have suffered over the past few years and I feel as though I have started to get on top of things at last. I've had bloating, reflux, joint pain, bad skin and mood swings. I've been tested for everything and all the tests have come back normal- I can understand your feeling of relief and frustration! I've cut most grains and sugar from my diet and that helped but my calcium and vitamin d were low so I stuck with dairy. I've had medication to reduce my stomach acid but it didn't help. Then I read about someone who had found that instead of too much acid they didn't have enough so I've started taking a digestive enzyme tablet which increases my acid to digest my food. I was free of joint pain and reflux after 2 days of taking it. I can eat starchy food again and digest meat again so roast dinners are enjoyable! I'm hoping to reduce my dairy a bit now that I'm not at risk of osteoporosis. The tablet contains Betain HCI and this seems to be the magic ingredient for me. Hope this helps!
    • ClnEatingVegGrl April 5, 2015, 3:53 pm
      Thanks so much for your input, Eloise! I so appreciate hearing about your experiences. Can you let me know the specific name/brand of the product you use? Thanks :)
      • Eloise April 6, 2015, 7:48 am
        I'm in the uk and I get tablets called enzyme digest from a health food shop called Holland and Barrett. They are made by Quest. We googled Betain HCI to get ideas. Hope that helps!
        • ClnEatingVegGrl April 6, 2015, 12:32 pm
          Thanks Eloise! I am definitely going to look into that and will be discussing it with my nurse practitioner too :)
  • Emily April 9, 2015, 3:30 pm
    Wow, I'm sorry you have to go through all of this. My dad had a lot of health issues last year, and he has been doing a very simple diet for the past 3 months. God has used it to work wonders. His diet has pretty much consisted of nuts, omelets, some gluten free quesadillas, some fruit, and lots of veggies. I have to admit that a simple diet makes things much less complicated. Sometimes I wonder if all the allergies n the US are caused by the overwhelming amount of food options that we consume? I'm no health expert though, so that's just a theory. :) Keep up the good work and don't worry. Worry can do some of the worst things to health. Emily recently posted...Resurrection Sunday VlogMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl April 10, 2015, 10:01 am
      Thanks so much for your input, Emily. I really appreciate it! I am definitely doing a ton of research on "elimination diets," and hope to try whatever I need to in regards to food in order to address the issue. I'd much rather treat the root of the problem than mask it with drugs. I have my fingers crossed!
  • Katie April 9, 2015, 7:28 pm
    Hope you find some more answers soon, it is definitely a process. I have been diagnosed with Hashimoto's (autoimmune thyroid disorder/disease), hormonal imbalances, adrenal fatigue. I won't go into complete detail, I am still finding answers and not feeling as well as I would like. At this point I am gluten-free, mostly grain-free, and still eating dairy occasionally. Right now I am waiting on my latest cortisol, hormone, stool tests and blood work including the ALCAT food sensitivities, NutraEval , and complete bloodwork. I understand feeling like a walking drugstore (I take numerous supplements), I am hoping to reduce the amount I take instead of adding to them. Have you explored the Paleo diet yet? I don't exclusively follow it, but instead of saying that I am gluten-free, I don't use prepackaged items and focus on fresh meat, veggies, fruits, nuts, and seeds being the base of my diet. Good luck!
    • ClnEatingVegGrl April 10, 2015, 10:02 am
      Thanks so much for your response, Katie! It is somewhat comforting knowing that I am not alone. I am currently doing tons of research on diets and have both grain-free and paleo on the brain. As someone who was a strict vegetarian 6 months ago, it seems crazy to me to be researching paleo... BUT if it helps, I am all for it!
  • Katie April 10, 2015, 1:21 pm
    I just got home from my doctor's office. I had to have one more blood draw done and get some supplements. The nurse and I were visiting about the GAPS diet as well as the AIP paleo, and paleo. I am so frustrated right now with trying to eat "healthy" only to continue to have symptoms. It looks like I may have to take things more extreme and eliminate and "heal my gut" and then add things back in. I am actually underweight and can't stand to loose any weight. Cooking and eating paleo can be creative and fun, I just don't want to be too restrictive. I am finding some good research, recipes, etc. out there, but I am also not sure what to trust. Right now I am trying to listed to my own body and find my own answers with the help of my doctor of course. I just wish it wasn't so hard! BTW I am in Lincoln, Nebraska.
  • Rochelle April 10, 2015, 9:44 pm
    I think you're going to feel so much better when your Vit D levels get back up. A couple of years ago mine were severely deficient because of an autoimmune disorder called vitiligo. It took 3 months of taking supplements before I started to feel better. Some sea kelp to improve my thyroid function and I feel like a new woman. Hope you feel better soon!
    • ClnEatingVegGrl April 10, 2015, 9:46 pm
      I'm so glad to hear that Rochelle! It gives me hope! Thanks for the positive thoughts :)
  • Kelsey May 14, 2015, 6:15 pm
    Wow, I can't believe I've never seen your blog before! I also am gluten-free and struggle with acid reflux as well, and I live in Omaha! I was diagnosed with celiac disease about 5 years ago, and when they did my biopsy they found I'm missing that little part that blocks your stomach acid from getting into your esophagus. Fun! If you are interested in looking into your GI issues further, I would HIGHLY recommend Dr. Kimberly Harmon at the Indian Hills GI clinic off of 89th and Dodge. I am super excited to read your blog, because this past year in grad school I have relied heavily on processed GF foods due to their convenience, and I need to get back on track with my eating and am looking to stick to a mostly plant based diet. If you have any questions about gluten free stuff, shoot me an email!
    • ClnEatingVegGrl May 14, 2015, 7:56 pm
      Thanks so much Kelsey for the support and recommendations! I SO appreciate it! What a small world it is. 'Gotta love Omaha! Do you have any favorite go-to restaurants that are GF-friendly? I have found a decent amount, but am interested in finding more.
      • Kelsey May 14, 2015, 9:49 pm
        Of course! I pretty much rotate between all of the same restaurants, as I'm always a bit nervous to branch out. Blue Sushi, Kona Grill, Cantina Laredo, Biaggi's, PF Changs, and Sgt. Peffers (They have a fantastic pizza crust, and their grilled chicken salad is soo good, just ask for everything to be gluten-free!) are my usuals. Also, Wheatfields has great GF cinnamon rolls and other little baked goods, plus they can do their strawberry wedding cake GF. And if you are in the market for a personalized cake, cupcakes, or cookies anytime soon, there is this fantastic baker called Delectables by Angie located in Gretna that is the best! She is making my wedding cake. The Find Me GF app is one you can download on your phone that is surprisingly helpful in case people spontaneously want to go out for happy hour and you can't think of anywhere to eat. And if you are ever craving bread and don't want to empty your bank account, ALDIs (of all places) has some of the best and most inexpensive GF bread!
        • ClnEatingVegGrl May 15, 2015, 9:12 am
          I had no idea that Wheatfield's had GF baked goods! That's pretty awesome! I have a couple of new recommendations for you that you should try: Salt 88 (they have a whole gluten-free menu) and Louie's Wine Dive (they have a designated gluten-free fryer)!
          • Kelsey May 15, 2015, 11:17 am
            I will definitely check them out! I haven't had fried food in forever, I may have to treat myself. Thanks for the recommendations!
  • Kurt July 4, 2015, 6:34 pm
    Have you tried B-12? I tried shots, and now I use a liquid sublingual. It's methylcobalamin with folic acid and B-6. I also take a calcium citrate, magnesium, D-3 supplement. I think the B-12 has helped relieve pain and inflammation, and the other might help, too. It's hard to tell though, ya know? I found your site while searching for a carrot as a hot dog recipe.
    • ClnEatingVegGrl July 5, 2015, 8:49 am
      Thanks so much for the recommendations. I used to get B-12 shots several years ago back before I had these issues. My B-12 levels have been checked and look fine, but that is definitely something to look into trying just in case. Thanks!
  • Tiana January 23, 2016, 12:38 pm
    Hello Hannah, I stumbled upon your site and wanted to offer some suggestions. (I am a fellow sufferer). First, consider checking out Dr. Peter Osbourne's website called, "The Gluten Free Society." He explains the need for eliminating ALL grains and not just the gluten containing ones in order to recover fully. Also, the first chapter of Robb Wolf's "The Paleo Solution" explains why a vegetarian diet is not ideal for humans and how he regained his health by switching to a paleolithic diet. Again, eliminating all grains is the key and often dairy as well. Enterolab is where you can do some additional testing on your own. It's an informative resource (but rather pricey). And finally, make sure you've been tested for Hashimoto's thyroiditis. You need more than just the TSH checked. The thyroid antibodies TPO and TGAb can help determine if your immune system is attacking your thyroid. Diet is the key though. If you are eating processed gluten free foods then they could be contributing to your continued issues. Best wishes!
    • ClnEatingVegGrl January 23, 2016, 5:18 pm
      Thanks so much for your suggestions, Tiana! Unfortunately, I have been eating Paleo since July and haven't noticed a ton of difference. I have even gone further at this point and tried eliminating eggs, nuts, and nightshades :/

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