Eating the garlic is getting easier. I’ve learned to chew with my back molars – it keeps the sting of the garlic away from the parts of my tongue that are most sensitive.
I still don’t stink. My daughter did say to me tonight, “Your breath smells like I want to eat it,” but I had literally just finished my garlic for the night. So still, it’s not coming out of my pores or anything. I must be a super garlic metabolizer!
Nothing out of the ordinary regarding digestion. Maybe a little more bloating/gas.
Oh, here’s something interesting. I’ve been eating starches every day since last Friday. On Friday I had 2 pieces of bread (regular, glutenous bread). I was on the road for work and didn’t pack enough food for the day, so I had a roast beef sub from Subway (no mayo, so at least really low in the PUFA department). I fully expected this to make me depressed, but it didn’t. Sometimes it takes a couple days of consecutive starch eating to feel the effects, so I was happy about that. The next day I didn’t eat much in the way of starch, but I think I had something. Then each of the last 3 days I’ve had a couple servings of g/f bread and/or rice. And no depression. NO DEPRESSION.
In fact, I’ve been feeling fatigued and today around 6PM the fatigue sort of lifted and I started feeling more energetic. I mean, like doing things I don’t even have to do. It’s not often I feel that way. The first 3 days of the Great Garlic Experiment I slept a lot. Not all day or anything, but an extra hour or two each night, plus I took at least one short nap each day. Today – no nap, plus I’m still up at 11:20PM. Not much in the way of caffeine today – just 100mg in tablet form around 10:00AM. No coffee or tea. So there’s been a shift in my energy level.
My regimen each day is now as follows:
- AM (before breakfast) – 1 probiotic and 1/2 teaspoon inulin powder dissolved in water
- AM (after breakfast) – 2 large (or 3 small) cloves of organic domestic garlic, crushed and soaked in water for 15-20 minutes, drinking the water and chewing the cloves
- PM (after lunch) – 2 large (or 3 small) cloves of garlic (prepared the same way)
- PM (after dinner) – 2 large (or 3 small) cloves of garlic (prepared the same way)
Something seems to be working so I won’t mess with it.
Oh, and I went to 2 different fancy stores today looking for a different brand of organic garlic, since I fully expected to feel sicker than I do, which makes me wonder if the garlic I’m using was irradiated at some point. One store had nothing organic, and the other store had the same brand I’m already using. So it’s this or nuthin.