Nicotine Self-Study (Day 5)

Without deviation from the norm, progress is not possible. – Frank Zappa

Here I am on day 5 of my nicotine experiment and I couldn’t wait to update my status. I feel great. And, most importantly, confident.

On days 1 through 3 I used the 7mg patch. As of yesterday, day 4, I moved on to the 14mg patch. I had a tiny bit of nausea today that went away within a half hour. This occurred around noon. The ravenous hunger from prednisone Satan’s tic-tacs? Immediately gone. The mood swings from prednisone Satan’s tic-tacs? Gone. The weird breakout under my left arm? Still here (thanks, pred).

In the meantime, I decided that I will switch to vaping as of Saturday the 22nd. It took a lot for me to make this decision as I had originally intended to use the patch only, but my decision is based on having more control of my dosage and cost effectiveness.

My plan, or hope, for all of this is:

  1. Come completely off of prednisone successfully (22nd)
  2. Get my LEAP/MRT food sensitivity testing (26th)
  3. Stay on mesalamine (4.8gm oral + rectal)
  4. Stay on the Specific Carbohydrate diet on a fanatic level
  5. Combine my LEAP/MRT results with SCD
  6. Gradually reduce my oral mesalamine dosage in approximately 6 months*
    • Reducing 1 pill every month*
  7. Gradually reduce frequency of rectal mesalamine*
    • Every other day, every two days, etc*
  8. Gradually reduce nicotine dosage*
    • 18mg at the highest level, dropping by 3mg each month or so*
  9. See if I can maintain remission solely on the Specific Carbohydrate diet and LEAP/MRT results*
  10. Redo the LEAP/MRT blood work as needed
    • Our bodies change every so many years

*Pending inflammation test results and symptom status.

I will also be weaning myself off of PPI’s (Prilosec) as I have done in the past. This one is pretty tough to do, but I have a plan (of course). I am hoping that the food sensitivity panel will help my GERD as well as my dermographia, asthma (allergic), and generally horrible seasonal allergies. I’m trying to take out all of these MTHFRs!

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Speaking of MTHFRs, I also sent in my 23andMe sample yesterday. This will show me if I have any of 3 specific genetic mutations related to GI issues and allow me to better guide my eating habits. I can’t wait to see!

I did a lot of research to find a vape juice I can use on SCD. Here is what I ended up with and I am excited to try it. They have a flavorless nicotine juice and use only VG: https://www.kindjuice.com/.B My boyfriend gave me an old mod he had, but I also purchased a smaller vape pen called the Rocket 3 from https://www.vaporfi.com/.

Wish me luck. I need it!

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Zucchini Fritters (SCD/Low-Histamine)

In preparation for coming off of prednisone and trying to stay off of biologics, I’m keeping it very simply SCD and low-histamine until I get my results back from my LEAP/MRT food sensitivity blood-work that I intend to get done on July 26th. So, I threw this together as a trial run, and it’s really good. You can make these two ways. Pictures are of the first, but I prefer the second. Enjoy!

Zucchini Fritters (SCD/Low-Histamine)

  • Servings: 6-8
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients

  • 2 medium zucchini, peeled (diced or spiralized)
  • 3 egg yolks (whites are higher histamine)
  • 1/4 cup of dry curd cottage cheese
  • 1/2 tsp ginger
  • 1/2 tsp marjoram (or basil, sage, thyme, etc)
  • Pinch of salt
  • Coconut oil (or olive oil)

Directions

  1. Way One – Diced: Pan fry the oil and diced zucchini until soft. Remove and mash. Add the DCCC, whisk. Whisk in the yolks and seasonings. Careful not to cook the yolks. Cook 1/4 cup at a time over medium-high heat. Careful not to burn.
  2. Way Two – Spiralized: Roughly cut the spiralized zucchini into smaller strands. Lightly pan fry in oil. Remove from heat. Mix the yolks, seasonings, and DCCC. Pour over the zucchini and mix. Cook 1/4-1/3 cup at a time over medium-high hear. Careful not to burn.

Tapering Prednisone & Watching That Scale

I’m down to 15mg from the 40mg start of this prednisone taper. Aside from the initial psychotic tendencies – emotional instability, anxiety, increased insomnia and lack of sleep, high-energy spikes, mood swings, and irritability – I’ve been watching that scale inch up despite my SCD limitations (I lost weight the first time I did it) and my exercising 3 to 4 times per week!

I have about 3 to 4 weeks left on Satan’s tic-tacs. It’s making my hair and nails dry and/or brittle and on top of getting a little pudgy, I also hate myself because of the weird emotional crap it is doing to me. I cannot wait to be off these this stuff. If I look miserable it’s because I am – on top of feeling like a bloated sausage.

On the flip side, it’s got my UC really under control and I fear what it will be like when I am off. However, I need to get this blood-work done for my mediator release testing so I can get a better grip on my dietary needs. For now, I just want to post some of the meals I’ve been enjoying thanks to prednisone. Have a great Fourth of July!