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POTS and the Pseaudoallgergen-free Diet

What to eat?

Here is a sample menu on the pseudoallergen-free diet:
All ingredients are fresh or fresh frozen.  No spices are used other than salt.  I go crazy on salt and will frequently use Celtic sea salt on meats and fish, Himalayan pink salt on veggies.

3/4 cup  of 1% goat's yogurt
1 scoop of organic pure whey
1/4 cup of steel-cut oatmeal cooked in water and salt (oatmeal is gluten-free providing it is cut using machinery that is not cross-contaminated by other the lable to be sure)

celery sticks

2 cups of steamed brussel sprouts, broccoli or 3 cups of romaine or arugula with 2 tbsp sprinkled feta cheese and no dressing
baked sweet potato
fresh steamed fish or poultry 

soft goat's cheese on cucumber

2 cups of steamed kale
fresh fish, meat or poultry
baked squash or sweet potato

POTS, Exercise and Gummy Bears

The pseudoallergen-free diet, although incredibly restrictive, is easier to adhere to than you might think.    Imagine yourself going on the South Beach Diet or Atkins Diet.  Now imagine yourself cheating on the diet...eating too many carbs or quaffing a beer during the "no alcohol" phase.  Now after cheating on the diet imagine yourself being struck with brain fog, rapid heart rate, blood pressure crashes and a migraine.  How likely is it that you will cheat on your diet again?

Recently, where I live, we enjoyed a major snow storm which meant kids get a 'Snow Day" from school.  On this particular Snow Day my daughter and I decided to snuggle up in front our flat screen to watch a couple of romantic chick flicks that the boys wouldn't tolerate if they were around.  To me the perfect food pairing with a chick flick is gummy bears.  In fact, I generally have a constant craving for gummy bears which becomes irresistible when watching movies.  Gummy bears are NOT allowed on my pseudoallergen-free diet.

After satisfying myself with one small bag of the delicious gummies I didn't experience an immediate reaction so I finished the movie in peace.  However, my POTS symptoms did start later on.  The next day, although feeling better, when I tried to do my cardio and weight training....NO DICE!  In spite of a few weeks of steady training and improvement I was unable to complete my cardio or do the weight training because of POTS.  It took at least 2 -3 days to be totally rid of the effects of the innocuous gummies.

What I learned

  1. There are foods that cause POTS-like symptoms that are not obvious because their effects can be delayed.
  2. Gummy bears are not technically a food. See definition of food:
    /fo͞od/     Noun - Any nutritious substance that people or animals eat or drink, or that plants absorb, in order to maintain life and growth.
  3. Eating a food (or substance) not on the pseaudoallergen-free diet can cause POTS-like symptoms for hours or even days after ingestion.
  4. It is better to stick with the diet than indulge in cravings.