Chicken schwarma, as it turns out, is (at least at that place) basically a grilled Mediterranean burrito made with... baj? daj? some kind of bread with three letters and ending in aj, anyway. Which, as far as I could tell, was pretty much a flour tortilla.
Anyway, the schwarma had spiced chicken, garlic sauce, some kind of reddish sauce in it as well, onions, shredded lettuce and cabbage, pickles, and supposedly french fries as well, but I only tasted one thing that might have been a french fry. It didn't detract from the flavor or texture. But OMG, the schwarma was FUCKING AMAZING! Quite messy towards the end there, but well worth it. In fact, I have a new favorite food!
For those who know me well enough, you may be wondering why I ate something that's spicy, has onions, and has garlic sauce in it; you're no doubt wondering if I'm going to have an IBS episode because of it. But the truth is, I'm not entirely sure what's going on with my body, because a few weeks ago I began craving foods that before would have had me running to the bathroom, but which my body didn't react to. I've had one brief bout of IBS diarrhea in the last month.
I say I don't know what's going on because I don't know what I did right, if anything. I had cut back on my fat consumption for a long time, and I thought at first that was the reason, but I've been eating more fat lately (still less than before, still trying to keep the amounts of fat in my diet down), also eating more spicy foods as well as onions and garlic, and still no reaction, or random reactions. Even accounting for things taking two days to go all the way from one end to the other, I can't account for what causes the occasional flare-ups of diarrhea. Nor can I account for why foods that used to make my ass explode are no longer causing problems.
One theory I have is that my body started reacting to spicy foods, onions, and possibly high fat content for what I'm calling Multiplicity reasons. For you see, in Multiples, some of the Faces have been known to have different medical conditions than others. I know of one collective where one of their members has diabetes and the others don't. If you take their blood sugar when the diabetic one is out, you'll get readings consistent with a diabetic. Probably if you checked for insulin levels as well. But when one of the others is out, and you check their blood, there's no sign of the diabetes.
This kind of thing is basically an extreme case of mind over matter, and in us it accounts for things like some of us being physically stronger than the others, or having different sensitivities. On the sensitivities front, I know Pi hates the smell of baby's breath so much that if he's out at all and smells it, he growls and hisses and has to get away. But when he's gone or hiding, the rest of us can barely even smell it. Oh that reminds me, Pi's sense of smell is better than that of any of the rest of us. The rest of us can barely smell anything, but Pi has a much more sensitive sense of smell than the others. Anyway, Pi also almost pukes at the smell of the exhaust from these biodiesel buses around town. Regular bus exhaust is okay, but biodiesel exhaust makes Pi have to take a few moments to keep from vomiting.
So our thought was maybe these things we get sometimes, these passing sensitivities, are some kind of Multiplicity thing like that. After all, we're really blendy for a collective mind, and in the past we've remarked upon random changing moods or personality shifts that can't be traced to any existing Face and are like temporary new Faces that are there for a while and then fade back into non-existence. So it could be that one of these temporary personalities came into being that didn't react well to certain foods, and lasted for a year or however long it's been, and now it's either sinking down into the Cellar or melting/breaking apart.
After all, this wouldn't be the first time. Years ago, I stopped ingesting caffeine because I developed a sensitivity to it that caused migraines. This was a hard one to figure out, because I'd been getting headaches and even migraines for years, but the rate was way up there and somehow I figured out it was caffeine doing it. So I stopped using caffeine for years, and the migraines went way down. Once I found liquigel pain relievers, they went away completely if I took the pain reliever fast enough. Anyway, then years later I got a craving for caffeine, and had some, and found my sensitivity to caffeine was over. Possibly another temporary personality, but since this began years before we knew we were a multiple collective, who can know for sure?
But to wrap this up, yeah; it might be a temporary, non-sentient personality that has just enough influence to change how our body reacts to things. Which... honestly, that's a little scary if I think too much about it. What if one of these temporary personalities makes us very allergic to something? I don't think that's terribly likely; if that's what's going on, it's only really changed on us twice, and the most we got from either of them was some diarrhea.
Anyway, all for now.
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