Last week was a crazy week in terms of my health. I’ve been plagued with stomach problems including: severe constipation (5-9 days), headaches nearly every single day, severe stomach cramping, horrible bloating, etc. for years. After seeing a bunch of doctors and nutritionists only to be told “Maybe you just weren’t meant to have a BM everyday.” or “Here are some laxatives.” or “When you get your stomach cramps, why don’t you just take something for it,” I decided to take my health into my own hands and began googling my symptoms. They were just treating the symptoms and not the cause. I don’t want to be on medication for the rest of my life.
After googling my symptoms for quite a while, I came across gluten intolerance. My symptoms seemed to fit the bill, and the elimination diet started last week on Monday.
Monday: got a headache, some bloating, no BM still for 5 days
Tuesday: no headache, TWO BM’s! I know that I sound like an old lady talking about BM’s, but when you don’t have one very often, you tend to cherish them. I was so excited that I actually called one of my friend’s at work to tell her. She kinda thought that I was a freak, but she also knew how much I’ve been suffering, and so she was happy for me. She did laugh at me, don’t get me wrong, but she was happy for me.
I didn’t expect to see results so fast, but there they are. Sometimes, it can take months for people to start to feel better depending on how much damage is done to the intestines and how much gluten is actually being cut out of the diet. Gluten lurks in almost EVERYTHING. Besides the usual suspects like pasta or bread, it can be in soy sauce, canned baked beans, veggie burgers, etc. Oh, yes, I’ve been researching all of this.
Why am I being so honest? Because I hope this can help at least one person. I felt like crap for years. I’m a pretty active person, but my energy levels were somewhat low for how healthy I was eating. I can feel my energy slowly starting to increase day by day.
Besides, going gluten free for the past week, I’ve also gone vegan. This isn’t a huge thing since I’ve been slowly transitioning to vegan for the past 4 months or so. I just cut out the occasional greek yogurt and a few slices of havarti cheese. That whole transition has been going great as well. Don’t worry, I’m on a B-12 supplement. I only really miss meat when I can smell it cooking. I’m sure there will probably be some meat consumption for our cruise next week, but I plan on trying it out for a month and seeing if I want to continue after that.
Training this week is going to be hard, but I will just keep pushing through. My body is strong, and I need to be as consistent as possible, and plan for traveling. This means, I can’t slack off this week if I know that I will have traveling days where I can’t work out.
Steve gets in sometime this week, and I’m so excited! I haven’t seen my husband for 4 months! There have been some major food changes in the household since he has been gone. I hope he AND I will adjust well.
Have you ever taken your health by the reins? Any tips for dealing with a spouse that eats differently than you?