Monthly Archives: November 2013

Cymbalta Wean-Day 1

Today is saturday. I slept wrong and woke with a headache. I wasnt really hungry this morning and I knew I wanted to start all this diet stuff today. I ended up eating left over turkey. Lunch was turkey again with some raw cheese. Yes I decided to keep raw cheese in my diet too sparingly. It is from grassfed cows.

Later in the afternoon I went shopping.  Here is what I bought and also what I have in my house already that I will be feasting on.


  • Lettuce packs-Baby kale, 50/50 of spinach and romaine, and a spring mix with herbs
  • Asparagus
  • Green leaf lettuce
  • Cauliflower
  • Avocado-I’m going to try to like this
  • Leeks- never ate them before
  • Celery
  • Black Chai seeds
  • Quinoa -never ate this either
  • Cucumbers
  • Echinacea tea cause I love the stuff!
  • Mahi Mahi fillets
  • Grouper fillets
  • Canned Salmon
  • Tumeric -I’m out and this is a great anti-inflammatory herb
  • Cranberries
  • Raw, Grassfed Milk
  • Two kinds of Raw, Grassfed cheeses
  • a few veggies like cabbage and whatever else I can grab from Farmer Joe
  • Supertonic- also made by Farmer Joe. It has Ginger, garlic, habenaros, sea salt, kraut juice and I think something else. It really has anti-inflammatory properties and I have already noticed it keeps me from being too puffy.

What I already have I plan on eating:

  • Sauerkraut
  • Pomegranate
  • Blueberries
  • Kombucha
  • Probiotic supplements
  • Fish, Flax, Borage oil supplements
  • Calcium and vitamin D supplements
  • Bone broth
  • Organic white rice
  • Organic black beans
  • Organic Kidney beans- all beans and rice limited
  • mustard
  • Onions
  • Garlic
  • Venison
  • Grassfed Beef
  • Grassfed Lamb- my own 🙂
  • Free ranged chicken -my own 🙂
  • Kefir
  • Canned tomatoes
  • Canned chicken and rice soup – made by me with my garden stuff and organic ingredients
  • Butter, Coconut oil, Olive oil, herbs and spices
  • dehydrated veggies from my garden last year and also dehydrated organic mushrooms
  • steel cut oats
  • Chicken liver pate- homemade click Here for the recipe
  • popcorn-not sure if I can eat it, but I’m gonna!

I think that is it..not sure but if later you notice I’ve eaten something..I already had it on hand. What I’ve bought is already bought and I’m broke lol.

For dinner I am having a mix of lamb burger and grassfed beef- hamburgers and while my family eats the beloved Doritos..Im going to not look or smell them doing it and try to eat salad instead. NO buns for me but I will use mustard, onions, and garlic and make it a MEAL!


Happy Homesteading!!   😀

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Soooo today I am starting my goodbyes to Cymbalta. I was put on this two months ago because I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia. Against the wishes of Farmer Joe and my friend Lanae and a few others, I went on the drug instead of finding the root cause of my problem. It worked great once I got through two weeks of side effects. I was sitting pretty for a month and a half..ok really only a month. happened..

I was in the shower and was washing my hair…and a little too much came out in my hand. I was like WHOA…hm.. maybe i’m just shedding. Well it continued. Everytime I brushed my hair a fair amount came out. Everytime I came out. I started not brushing or washing my hair..but still it was falling out.  Something obviously was wrong here. It’s not labeled as a side effect so I searched online. Well wouldnt you know it.  There are a ton of people who have had this happen. By the time they noticed, they had bald patches. Um no thanks! I know I’m not a girly girl or anything, but I would SOOOO rather live with chronic pain then to be bald.

Drawback to saying goodbye to Cymbalta is apparently it is a wicked drug that gives you side effects that make you feel like you are dying in hell for weeks on end. How wonderful! I also started reading on weaning myself off because my doctor isnt in till monday and its saturday. It already takes 6 weeks for it to clear your system once you take the last pill. If I wait even a day or two more I will be bald by the time it’s done!

For the next..hopefully not weeks on end..I will be blogging daily, unless I actually die, on my journey off Cymbalta. I want to make people aware of what is going on with me, in the hopes of helping someone else. I have researched till I was blue in the face all last night and most of today on what could possibly be causing my fibro symptoms. I found two main things most people dont look at. The first thing is gluten intolerance and the other is an overgrowth of Candida bacteria in your gut.  So since I am sick, since I will obviously feel like crap for the next few weeks due to side effects, I have added to my pain and have decided to follow the Candida diet which will also, in the same process, eliminate gluten from my diet.

There are a few things that I am keeping in my diet. Candida thrives on sugar. I know this, but a lot of websites say to cut out milk. Now for the last month-ish I have been craving cream. Like I could just drink straight cream, which means I’m not getting enough fat of some kind. So I am keeping milk for now while I wean off Cymbalta. I also am keeping three fruits. Fruit sugar is something that some say stay away from and others say they eat. I am keeping cranberries, blueberries, and pomegranate (at least till it is out of season). These are all extremely good for the body and contain many antioxidants. I will just eat these in moderation or when I want something sweet.

I went shopping today also because although I eat fairly healthy, I eat starch and apparently that is a no no. I had to veggie up a bit before I die and cant go shopping. The next series of posts will take you through each day of side effects, food I eat, and supplements I am taking. I hope it helps someone and if you have already done this..please comment!!


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