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I know, I just go on and on and on about sugar lately. I'll take a break from the subject soon, as I've almost conquered it (for now)...
I've reached the point now that I can feel kind of a sugar-rush if I eat anything too sweet (including more than 8 little raisins, but hey, they're a neutral infrequent so I'd probably be better off without 'em). It almost resembles a headache or migraine, but without pain or other migraine symptoms. It's a heat behind the eyes, imagine a microwave pointing at your temple, that's how it feels (not that I've ever had microwaves pointing at my temple). Kind of a warm, cellular excitement, with a heavy draggy feeling. It reminds me of an ice-cream headache in a way, too, but warm instead of ice cold.
Of course, then the fun really begins with some palpitations. Those are so much improved lately, it's almost what I'd call miraculous. I go days without noticing them, and if I take my pulse they usually only happen every 90 seconds to 2 minutes, whereas it was an average of every 15 beats.
It's enough progress that I'm able to put it in my bag of "weird health conditions I have figured out and controlled" That bag has lots of things in it now
Here's the beginning of what may be another condition to move to that bag soon... my citric acid reaction (bumps on my head, like I've been hit on the head) may be some sort of corn allergy. Artificial citric acid comes from corn, so does artificial ascorbic acid...and... (insert drumroll) I now think ascorbic acid causes the same reaction! Even calcium citrate can come from corn, that may explain my constant head-bumped-ness since running our of phytocal and switching to calcium citrate. I need to check the source on that one...but it's entirely possible. More detective work (and home cooking) will now commence!
My son demanded pumpkin pie tonight so I made crustless, milk-free pumpkin pie. My mixing bowl was sweetened only with glycerine and a little molasses, with ricemilk and an extra egg. His had sugar and soymilk in it. I'll post the recipes next time, though it's pretty basic. I put mine in muffin cups, for portion control, and it turned out pretty well to have paper instead of crust.