Hi everyone, and Happy New Year.
So, in early November, I had surgery. Two months later it’s pretty clear that the general anesthesia did something to my sense of smell (the surgery had nothing to do with my head). It could be worse – everything doesn’t smell terrible, which has happened to people. It’s just a foundational shift in my smell-perception, plus this weird, sporadic olfactory background noise somewhere between bacon and sweat. To be honest I don’t even know if that’s a phantom smell, appearing and disappearing, or whether it’s something in my vicinity (like wood smoke?) that just smells different to me now.
I tried a few of my old perfume loves and they all smell completely wrong, which was wildly depressing, so guess what? I put them away. I’m not smelling any of them right now, while I wait and see if my sense of smell returns to something closer to normal — which it may well do, others have gotten better after a few months. I guess you’ll have to read me yammering on about other things. Or not. No hard feelings.
This month, like a gazillion other people, I’m doing a 30-day dietary re-set called Whole30, which hasn’t proved to be too terrible seven days in. No added sugars, grains, legumes, alcohol, dairy or soy. They say over and over not to call it a “diet” and to focus on health benefits rather than weight loss, but it’s quasi-Paleo and given what I’m eating I’m certainly hoping for weight loss. I realized after Christmas that I weigh the same right now as I did a couple decades ago, only then I was nine months pregnant with a kid. My weight is creeping up and I’m not going to pretend it’s a mystery why – I love my carbs. Desserts and bread call out to me with their siren songs!
I’ve been cooking a lot for this (fortunately I know how to cook) because you’re not supposed to have added sugars, soy, or wheat and guess what? At least in America, we slip those—especially sugar– into everything. Doing a lot of label reading. Anyway after 30 days they have this reintroduction phase where you put certain food groups back in. I was practicing a bit for this in December, and actually I wonder if I have at least some degree of lactose intolerance. Maybe I’ll just go back to kefir and yogurt, who knows?
So, ramble away, friends! Are you doing any specific thing for your health right now? Any new year’s resolutions you feel like sharing? Any thoughts or experience with damage to your sense of smell?