It’s been a long time since I’ve blogged! Let’s get you up to date.
A while back, I started experiencing a lot of nausea, bloating, cramps, and stomach pain. There have been many weeks of wearing leggings as pants and days spent laying on the bed in pain after eating. And a lot of peppermint tea.
So I went to the doctor. Then another one. Then I was referred to another one.
You know how sometimes you go to the doctor and get a clear diagnosis and treatment plan? Yeah, this is not one of those times.
My symptoms and doctor appointments are still ongoing, but the clues I’ve gotten have led me to look at the few things in my life that I can control to help alleviate my symptoms. Which brings me back to food. (It always comes back to food, doesn’t it?)
So, over the past few months, I’ve been engrossed in reading about nutrition, microbes, hormones, and what scientists know about how our bodies work. Which is disturbingly little, by the way.
I revamped my diet. Fewer processed foods! More fiber! Even salads! (If you’ve been following the blog, you know how desperate I was to even consider this as an option.)
Nothing worked. I felt worse.
After Googling things like “Can you get morning sickness if you aren’t pregnant?” I stumbled on the low FODMAP diet. You can read an explanation of what the low FODMAP diet is here. But basically, if you’re having gut issues, some short-chain carbohydrates could be to blame.
I looked over the list of foods high in FODMAPS and found that I was eating an awful lot of them. There was honey in my morning tea, dates in my oh-so-healthy granola bars, and the apple that was my afternoon snack. I didn’t have anything to lose, so I cut those three things out to see if anything would happen. And guess what? I could button my jeans again! Hallelujah!
I’m still waiting for a chance to see yet more doctors, but in the meantime, I’m undergoing a low FODMAP diet in the hopes that it will alleviate some of my symptoms. I plan on continuing to blog about weight loss, but if you follow me on Facebook or Instagram, you’ll see some updates about my super-special-really-restrictive diet! Incidentally, if you are gluten-free, lactose-free, and/or soy-free, I have renewed sympathy for you. Also, doing an elimination diet while renting an Airbnb with no oven and while most of your stuff is in storage is, uh, challenging.
But changing the way you eat will never come at a good time. You will always be too busy, it will always be hard, it will often feel overwhelming and like what you are doing is not enough. That’s why you make a plan. Then tackle it one small step at a time.
I hope this finds you in good health.