After reading about a tick that can cause an allergy to red meat I decided to lay off the meat of mammals (like beef, pork, and lamb) and see if there was any effect. Do I have a tendency to think every disease on the internetz applies to me? Yes. Yes I do. But as they say, just because you’re paranoid doesn’t mean there isn’t actually someone out to get you. Just because I have a tendency toward hypochondria doesn’t mean I don’t actually have a tick-borne meat allergy.
So I stopped eating red meat products 4 days ago, opting instead for chicken, turkey or fish for protein. For context I’m in the middle of a move to a new home, and my old kind-of junky car just failed an emissions test resulting in the need to buy a new (used) clunker. So there’s a fair share of stress in my life, and I wasn’t sure if the anxiety I was feeling – worry, tension, inability to relax, obsessing, hair-trigger reactions – all the stuff I’m least proud of about myself – was caused by the environmental stress or something in my diet.
Because one thing I’ve learned – when my gut is bothered, or when histamine is high, anxiety and depression tend to be the result.
Well I have to say, since I stopped eating red meat my anxiety has dropped way down. It’s still there – not gone or anything, but not consuming my thoughts. This makes me want to get the Alpha-Gal antibody blood test and see if this is a real thing.
Blood sugar and weight updates:
Blood sugar is still really well managed, hovering in the “normal” range (under 100). I can’t honestly say I know for sure why this happened. Did eating low fat and losing 20 pounds result in less stored PUFA and therefore less competition with blood sugar for cellular absorption? Or is this fake and about to rebound? I’ve been eating a less restricted diet for the last 5-6 weeks (see weight graph for evidence of that…) but blood sugar stays stable.
Not sure why it’s happening, but I’m really happy it is.