Experiments Are…Just That

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Today’s Workout
10-minute Time Trial on Rower
-rest 1-minute
As many rounds as possible, in 10 minutes:
3 Burpees
6 Thrusters (95/65)
9 Box Jumps
-rest 1-minute
10-minute Time Trial on RowerSome of you may recall a few weeks ago I wrote about my latest food adventure/experiment/plan – going mostly raw. This meant switching to eating raw, steamed, or slow-cooked fish and/or meats. In practical terms, what this looked like for the first week or so was switching from having eaten fish approximately two-dozen times total in the course of my life to eating fish nearly daily (since it’s so easy to steam, eat raw in the form of sushi, etc.). I refused to eat fish most of my life because I thought it was gross. Like, really gross. I finally ate tilapia a few times in the last couple years (it was suggested to me as a good “starter fish”) and I ate sushi for the first time last November and actually enjoyed it. But, it still was only a couple-few times per year that I ate fish until a couple weeks ago.

So, it turns out I’m allergic to fish.

Or at least some sort of fish. We’re not entirely sure yet. But I had a pretty ridiculous reaction after a few days of eating it and managed to get my system so out of whack that I was covered from head to toe in red bumps for a solid week and broke out in itchiness at the simple act of eating, fish or not. Turns out that just eating provokes a low-level immune response in your body (it IS the ingestion of foreign substances after all) and I became acutely aware of this response since my immune system was on high-power 24/7. After washing all fabrics and clothing, ceasing the consumption of anything remotely related to a fish, and MUCH Benadryl I am almost back to normal.

On the plus side, my skin (prior to the whole “hives” part) had a glow and smoothness to it that was entirely new and that I attribute to the raw foods and veggies I have been eating. So, now I am going to focus on boiling/poaching/steaming chicken and slow cooking red meats. Once the allergic reaction is totally gone, I’m going to try some sushi and see what happens. I have a sneaking suspicion that it is one particular type of fish I am allergic to, so it’s just a matter of rooting it out.

In the end, it was a good reminder that experiments are just that – experiments – and just because you want something to turn out a certain way, doesn’t mean it will. And your body needs and deserves to be treated as the unique piece of artistry it is, no matter what you read in a science journal, heard from a friend, or decided to test on yourself.

But I really hope I can still eat sushi.




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