Since my UA was 6.3 this morning, any stored uric acid crystals in my ligaments should start to dissolve and be flushed out. And I do have a funny feeling in my feet - it is like a reverse gout attack. But if pain is hard to describe, how do you describe the opposite of pain? Something is clearly going on, and I think it is stored crystals being dissolved and inflammation subsiding. But how can I prove that? All I can measure is the level of uric acid in my blood (and potentially related things like my weight and step count), and whether I am having a gout attack or not. And I most definitely am not. What is the opposite of a gout attack? How do you even talk about it?
And one more thing: I have to pat myself on the back for writing 100 blog posts. Can't believe it has been that long!! And I am still learning.
Breakfast: Rice and spice (yuukari, the leftovers from making umeboshi); yesterdays imoni soup leftovers.
Lunch: Cabbage and leftovers soup, cheese sandwich.
Snack: Crackers. Last of the Halloween leftovers!
Dinner: Cheese baked tofu in tomato sauce, and a slice of the pizza my wife ordered. Well, two. Three, tops. Definitely no more than four.
Todays supplements and dosage: None, I am on day 14 of my 21-day reset.
Todays UA reading: 6.3 mg/dL. Forza konyakku!
Todays step count: 9120 steps
How much did I drink today?: Coffee 1.2 liters, tea 1.5 liters, water 5 glasses a 2 dl, equals 1 liter. Total 3.7 liters plus soup for breakfast and lunch, comes down to approx. 4.3 liters, about 1.5 US gallons, since one gallon equals 3.7 liters.
This weeks weight: 122.6 kg
Today looks like yet another uneventful day. Although with three kids, you never know.
Breakfast: Mochi (Japanese rice cakes) and sweet bean soup. And Swedish tunnbröd with cheese and coffee.
Lunch: Cabbage and brown rice in the buillon from the char-siew day before yesterday. Not sure about the purine content.
Snack: Chocolate, calorie- and carbohydrate-reduced. But it felt too sweet anyway. It has been a while since I had chocolate...
Dinner: Local vegetable soup (without the meat). Known as "imoni", it is the winter staple of the Tohoku region. And if you give the meat to your children it tastes as good but is purine-free.
Todays supplements and dosage: None, I am day 14 of my 21-day reset.
Todays UA reading: 8.7 mg/dL, so there was a little bit too much seafood left in that hotpot soup.
Todays step count: 10981 steps.
Looks like another normal work-at-home day.
Breakfast: Gyoza sandwich, quite nice but the kids prefered the gyoza over the sandwich.
Lunch: My new vegetable fry mix, where I ground up half an onion, half a cabbage, and the kids leftover nuts with egg and milk. Can do with some refinement and improvement but using the mixer to make vegetable pancakes is something I will look into more. No flour seems necessary, just eggs and milk in addition to the veg.
Snack: Crackers. Halloween crackers!
Dinner: Leftover noodles in leftover soup from leftover fish hotpot, with leftover tofu. Gorgonzola cheese and a different kind of crackers for dessert.
Todays supplements and dosage: None, I am on day 13 of my 21-day reset.
Todays UA reading: 6.8 mg/dL, so one day is how fast you can beat your gout by lowering your uric acid level by eating an appropriate diet. Without any supplements or medication. Almost half of Sunday mornings reading!
Todays step count: 5464 steps, since I had a dentists appointment and no time for my usual walk.
It is a bit colder today and I have noticed that the UASure meter does not work well when the indoor temperature is below 15 degrees centigrade. We do not keep the heater on during the night and I sometimes get a "t low" error message. And even when that goes away, it gives a too low indication. If I swirch on the room heater for a few minutes, then it gets allright. Of course, the operating temperature is written on the box, but it is useful to know that it matters so much, now that we are entering winter for real in the northern hemisphere.
Breakfast: Swedish "tunnbröd" with leftover fish (not low purine), and cheese. And a "vege-dog" from Ikea, but it was rather unappetising. The Huvudroll plant-based balls we had the other day was much better (my son never realized that they did not contain any meat).
Lunch: Japanese ramen noodles, with only a little of the home-made char-siew.
Snack: Ice cream bar, since we had worked so hard on putting up the Christmas decorations.
Dinner: Sushi, which means inari-zushi, egg sushi, and ume-shiso rolls for me. All completely delicious. I also had a little of the kids fish that they ordered but could not eat though.
Todays supplements and dosage: None, I am on day 12 of my 21-day reset.
Todays UA reading: 12.5 mg/dL. That is almost double in two days! Eating purine-rich foods is certainly a great way of raising your uric acid to gout attack levels. It definitely feels like my fingers are starting to tingle in that unpleasant flare-up way.
Todays step count: 4809 steps, that is all you get when you spend the whole day cleaning the house and hang up christmas decorations.
If my goal was to raise my uric acid to gout attack level. this would have been an almost perfect day. No excercise to speak of and horrible diet. Your step count does go up when you have to spend an hour running around the DIY store looking for the soft animal your daughter put on a shelf before some picks it up.
Breakfast: Pancakes with nutella and banana. And "shuumai", a kind of Chinese open dumplings.
Lunch: Yakiniku, thin slices of meat that you fry yourself at the table. You can order an "all you can eat" course which we did. Much cheaper than ordering one by one.
Snack: No room for a snack, but I took some crackers anyway.
Dinner: Seafood hotpot with oysters and shrimp balls. And I had a beer, a purine-free and alcohol-free beer. Slightly flat taste but good - real beer.
Todays supplements and dosage: None, I am on day 11 of my 21-day reset.
Todays UA reading: 7.7 mg/dL. 16% increase overnight. Thank you, beer! Not.
Todays step count: 10961 steps
Looks like another run-of-the-mill day today, featuring complaints about my strange diet from the rest of the family. The only way for them to unferstand would be to have gout themselves, but you do not wish that on your children....,
Breakfast: Bento leftovers from yesterday, plus soba noodles for the kids.
Lunch: Microwave quickpot with turnips, apples, and cheese.
Dinner: Leftover chipotle bowl, leftover vegetables, leftover sona noodles with tempura crumbs. And four Hoegaarden beers.
Todays supplements and dosage: None, I am on day 10 of my 21-day reset.
Todays UA reading: 6.6 mg/dL, so tonight I will have a beer after my normal diet. Let us see what happens with my UA then.
Todays step count: 5444 steps, because I deis not have time for my walk today.
Almost snow today, during my morning walk.
Breakfast: French toast with jam, and one ordinary toast with cheese.
Lunch: Chipotle bowl with stir-fry Chinese cabbage (and some other leftover vegetables).
Dinner: Konyakku and cabbage, marinated tofu in sweet sauce, and inari-zushi (sushi rice in a deep-fried and marinated tofu shell - I probably ate eight or nine).
Todays supplements and dosage: None, I am on day 9 of my 21-day reset.
Todays UA reading: 6.6 mg/dL
Todays step count: 12620 steps
And today it is one month to Christmas day!
Breakfast: Rice and pickled vegetables with "nori" sheets. Miso soup.
Lunch: Pasta with carrot and pumpkin sauce (yes, keftovers on leftovers again).Although this one was pretty good.
Snack: Crackers (leftover from Halloween) and an apple.
Dinner: Fried onion and carrot soup with kimchi and tofu. Tasted great. Plus a couple of almonds and a few olives. Yoghurt with apple slices for dessert.
Todays supplements and dosage: None, I am on day 8 of my 21-day reset.
Todays UA reading: 6.7 mg/dL. Had to do it twice, it came out even lower the first time.
Konyakku definitely lowers your UA! Or maybe it was the milk in the coffee. Or the brown rice. Or the carrots and onions. Time to think abour some more scientific testing, but let me first see if I can keep it there.
Todays step count: 10258 steps
Hey, one month to Christmas eve!
Breakfast: French toast with coffee and just a little
maple syrup. And one bacon slice on my second slice of French toast.
Lunch: Onion and carrot egg fry, plus some leftover kimchi stir-fry. Rice and my wifes leftover Korean noodles.
Snack: Crackers and one of the kids cheese an ham rolls (Rollino). Delicious but ham....
Dinner: Brown rice and pumpkin pieces in tomato-mascarpone sauce with konyakku. You guessed it, mixed leftovers. Although I am very pleasantly surprised by how well konyakku worked with the tomato-mascarpone sauce.
Todays supplements and dosage: None, I am on day 7 of my 21-day reset.
Todays UA reading: 6.0 mg/dL
Todays step count: 9396 steps, despite adding a little extra to my regular walk.
Today was a holiday, the kids away at a day soccer camp.
Breakfast: Rice with pickled vegetables
Lunch: Oden leftovers and Japanese rice balls
Snack: Crackers and banana, and a nut bar from IKEA.
Dinner: My special brown rice and vegetable soup, plus a little fried kimchi and fried noodles.
Todays supplements and dosage: No supplements today, I am on day 6 of my 21-day reset.
Todays UA reading: 8.1 mg/dL
Todays step count: 7566 steps