A couple of days ago we got food poisoning and it was a terrible experience… obviously.
We’ve been raw ’till 4 for a few weeks now and noticed that we were feeling worse and worse. We bloated out to the point of unbearable pain and couldn’t understand why. Out ratios were 80/10/10 or 90/5/5, yet we were so physically uncomfortable that any sort of movement catalyzed intense stabbing pain within our abdomens. We thought it was just detox, but everything changed last Thursday.
Warning: The following paragraph is not for the faint of heart. You can skip to the subsequent paragraph to spare yourself the details of my self diagnosed food poisoning.
Thursday night I had severe diarrhea combined with stomach cramps that almost convinced me to hit up the emergency room. The pain was so intense that I one point I started crying and I take pride in my high tolerance for pain. I felt as though my intestines were part of a tourniquet and with each wave of agony the tourniquet slowly completed another rotation. My diarrhea was non-stop and full of phlegm. The following day, Friday, I tried to consume lots of melons and juices to try to rehydrate, but soon enough I was battling nausea and vomiting. It was a terrible couple of days and though most of the symptoms have stopped, I’m still experiencing some stomach cramps today.
We thought it was Salmonella, I was convinced it was Salmonella because the Internet is a powerful tool and I figured it was the rice we had been eating. But now, writing this post, I’ve determined that it must have been E. coli. Last week the city of Portland issued a “Boil Water Notice” due to E. coli contamination found in three separate incidents of city water supplies. We don’t live in the county where the notice was issued, but all of our food is purchased in said county and I think it may have been washed or sprayed with contaminated water before being sold to us (super).
* E.coli bacteria. Photo by Rocky Mountain Laboratories, NIAID, NIH
So, knowing that food is the best medicine, we’ve decided to go fully raw for a bit. Hopefully we’ll heal the damage done to our digestive system these past few days and feel better. I have to admit that there came a point where I was really frightened and I contemplated seeking medical attention, but I’m stubborn and I managed to convince myself that I could get through the pain (not always a good thing and I don’t exactly recommend it).
Anyways, I wanted to give you an update on what’s been going on with me and let you know that you’ll be seeing a lot more fruit in my What I Ate Todays and Fruit Hauls. I’m excited for fully raw, but I also know that raw ’till 4 is always there for me when I want something warm or the fruit is no good. Luckily we’ve entered fruit season here in the Pacific Northwest and I’m pumped to visit the local farms and pick me some berries!