pizza and numbness

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

since my late 20s i've had a problem with numbness and tingling in my hands and feet, especially when i sleep. at the time it started i was only a little overweight. it tends to get severe when i eat binge foods. i'd wake up and parts of me would feel so dead that i feared damage to the limb, not knowing how long my circulation had been cut off, and i would pound on my body in an attempt to get circulation moving. it hasn't been that bad in more than a year, however.

last night i had pizza and a soda. by bedtime i noticed a bit of a headache. when i woke up this morning my numbness was worse than usual.

i am not willing to give up pizza today. but i am grateful to be abstinent from binge foods and that my abstinence has given my body enough relief to enable me to see the effects of foods on my body, like--apparently--pizza. pizza is a yellow-light food for me. meaning, it is a food i *could* binge on, if i were so inclined, and if i were in a cycle of binging triggered by X, i might. but it is not a food that *triggers* me to begin binging, which is why i still indulge in it.

maybe because i'm still adjusting to life without foods that i mourn the loss of, i'm not willing to give pizza up just yet, but i am willing to be attentive to my body's cues when i eat it. i intend to, IF i can remember (because i conveniently tend to forget about health at the time i think of eating) monitor my portion and notice whether that helps.

because when i eat it, it tends to be a big meal for me, unless it's frozen, in which case i cut it into portions before cooking. i often have an entire small pizza, which is a bit much for one person. sometimes i eat 2/3 of it, but often the whole thing. if eating smaller portions helps my body, i'm willing to have less.
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    I've had migraines, so that's my resonance with your story. Also that I LOVE pizza, and can't eat much of it due to my lifestyle change - it uses up too many calories in proportion to the nutrients. To the point: You mentioned a bit of a headache, and although I've never had numbness, the food trigger is my experience, too. Especially chocolate for me, but some cheese will cause people to have migraines. Just offering a suggestion for research and discussing with your doctor. I like the suggestion to make your own pizzas where you can control the portion size and the ingredients. But keep up the good work getting your blood pressure and cholesterol down and listening to your body cues!
    2537 days ago
    I believe the numbness is related to certain foods, because it responded by getting bad when i ate high sugar foods, and white flour may have a similar reaction for me. I am not certain whether high sodium may also have the same affect.

    I also know it's dangerous because I have high blood pressure and cholesterol and I know that the numbness is a warning sign of vascular illness...and in fact is called peripheral arterial disease (PAD).

    I also am prone to migraines, and I believe all of these issues are interconnected, since blood vessels are involved in migraines.

    I'll continue to monitor over time, hoping to improve my diet to the point I have zero numbness...wouldn't that be nice ;)
    2537 days ago

    Comment edited on: 3/18/2014 6:09:30 PM
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    I admire your insights in your binge triggers.

    May I suggest that you write down the ingredients of that pizza, and try to see if it is one of the ingredients. I bet it's an additive. If you know what ingredient it is or might be you could try other brands without that ingredients.
    Or/ And, bake your own pizza's maybe from now on. Witthout any additives! Because it sounds PRETTY SERIOUS to me if a 'food' causes you numbness and tingling!
    2537 days ago
    Interesting...I'm impressed you made that connection. My arms go numb at night from sleeping wrong. Maybe a smaller portion will have better results!

    Hang in there!
    2537 days ago
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