On Friday my husband and I had a conversation with my Reproductive Immunologist.
[Side note: When I was obsessed with jiu jitsu, for like the last 3 or so years of my life, I got a kick out of saying "my chiropractic neurologist" or "my myofascial massage therapist" or "my ortho guy". But now that I'm a little bit obsessing with trying to make a training partner I can ALWAYS dominate, ha ha... I have a new set of specialists. And the newest addition to that stable is the reproductive immunologist, who is tasked with stopping my body from killing the embryos it apparently doesn't like. Anyway.]
This doctor walked us through the latest round of blood test results, gave me some good news (the partial DQ alpha match is not a problem; I won't need super-duper expensive injections to permit and maintain a pregnancy) and some bad news. The bad news is, my body is agitated about something, and that agitation isn't good for implantation. His advice-- the next time we try to conceive I should be on some prescription meds like prednisone and lovenox... also I need to be taking monster doses of antioxidants, fish oil and the ACE vitamins... and...
I should reduce or eliminate gluten and dairy from my diet. "But I don't have any problems with gluten! or dairy!"
Yes, you do-- your cytokine levels show that something in there is agitating your body, and we suspect it's gluten and dairy. So abruptly on Friday, I came to the end of consuming most yummy things.
No more cookies, sandwiches, Belgian waffles, cereal, cool glasses of milk, yogurt, fried chicken, pizza, pasta, potstickers, etc. etc. etc.
Saturday I moped around the house, eating inordinate quantities of fresh strawberries and roasted almonds by the handful. Not the most varied diet but I survived.
Sunday lunch with our niece, I had quinoa/corn/black bean salad, with a roasted ear of corn, and some green beans. The tortellini with pesto taunted me.
Sunday night at the Mexican restaurant I had fajitas on corn tortillas, no cheese, and I don't eat sour cream any way. They were okay.
It really aggravated me for a while and I'm sure it will continue to do so. But I am trying, because I want to have a little one, and maybe this is what it takes.
However, all you Paleo people can start telling me about how to make gluten-free flatbread if you want. Please? Or whatever it is you eat sandwiches on. I know-- you're grain-free, not gluten-free. I'm just hoping for suggestions, from anyone.