In January, I was feeling great and looking good! So good, that I reintroduced complex carbs, wheat and gluten, dairy, some caffeine and yeast.
It’s now March 25th and I have been feelings like utter crap for weeks now. And it’s not just physical. That part of it is always to be expected.
It’s the mental fog, apathy, loss of motivation and cravings that I am dealing with that is making me crazy.
I know it’s my diet.
I’ve been playing this on and off again game with my diet for the past 8 years. And for sure, I have ragged on about it here before.
Recently, I have been in and out of the doctor’s office, mostly getting blood tests to rule out various diseases, infections and allergies. Everything came back negative. That’s a good thing but I still have my issues.
- Severe bloating
- Fullness after eating medium-sized meals
- Indigestion (occasionally)
- Mental fog
- Low energy
- Unsightly skin problems (since Jan 2012)
- Asthma (since April 1995)
- Nasal polyps (since April 1995)
- And lately, recurrent throat infections (since Aug 2012)
The severe digestion issues have been on the increase for the past couple of years.
Now that all my tests came back negative, the doctor has said the next step is for me to see a Gastroenterologist and he/she will most likely issue a colonoscopy because I am a high-risk patient.
I am now “labeled” high risk because my sister died of a rare form of cancer 18 months and another sister has been recently diagnosed with Coeliac disease. Oh, and I am over 40. Seriously, if I were also coeliac all of this could be explained easier.
I’ve yet to make an appointment with a specialist. I don’t know if I will but the fact that my sister died only 5 weeks after her diagnosis is playing on my mind. If she had of gotten tested earlier, would she still be alive?
I feel I am in tune with my body and I know what I need to do: STOP EATING THE FOODS THAT MAKE ME FEEL BAD
And like I said, I have done this over and over again but then I feel good and think, ‘I can have a little…’, then BANG.
I am fat, bloated, farty and can’t even stand being me anymore.
But the more wheat/gluten items I eat, the more I want. It’s like an addiction and I can’t stop myself even to save my health.
But I will do it again.
April 1st is the day. I’ll be going back on my restricted diet which will include many complex carbs too. NO GLUTEN, RICE, NOODLES, YEAST, DAIRY (EXCEPT YOGHURT), CERTAIN FRUITS AND VEGETABLES (POTATOES).
I cannot just go cold turkey instantly. I have to slowly work my way up to it. I tried it a few days ago and lasted 1 day. Then I baked a chocolate cake.
Thank goodness I am waiting until after Easter. You know I’ll be overdosing on chocolate and hot-cross buns this week (homemade buns of course).
Gotta go now. It’s pasta for dinner. I’ll just have a small portion but will saviour it to the last bite.
Are there any foods that you know you should avoid but just cannot stay away from ?
March 25, 2013 at 5:57 pm
As you know, I recently gave most of this stuff up as a result of a candida/yeast infection which had left me with most of the symptoms you described above- except the nose stuff. What’s been hardest? Wine. I’ve snuck some in lately & the fog on my brain is back. So is the bloating- but that could be because the other thing I’ve snuck back in has been pasta. I thought I could have it occasionally, but it makes me want more- so I’ve been eyeing off the hot cross buns.
March 26, 2013 at 8:46 am
It’s a constant battle Jo. But why do we do it to ourselves? I feel like I’m in an abusive relationship…with food!! There are some good times…great times but then there are the times when the food is beating my ass and I hate it. Yet, I keep going back for more.
March 26, 2013 at 9:00 am
as you say, it’s an abusive relationship…we wouldn’t put up with a man treating us like that!
March 25, 2013 at 6:31 pm
Good luck with getting your diet back on track. I know how you feel – I always feel better when I cut out sugar/grains/wheat etc. Sometimes you’ve jsut got to listen to your body – at the same time, it’s so hard to stop having things you enjoy! Good luck!
March 26, 2013 at 8:48 am
Thank you! It is hard to give up things you love..and I so love chocolate cake and my homemade baking. *sigh*