Most of my life my gut has hurt. In fact, until I removed gluten almost 4 years ago, I didn't know it wasn't suppose to hurt. When gluten left, I felt better for several years, but slowly over time the hurt came back.
I have also had some known food sensitivities since I was a toddler and environmental allergies my whole life. Basically my immune system hates me.
The Cross Roads:
I have no idea why I picked this time, but I decided, enough was enough, it was time to figure out what was causing the pain, because it just getting worse. So I started playing with my diet. I removed oatmeal and saw modest improvements. I cut out dairy, a food I have known for 23 years I shouldn't eat much of but have a love of cheese. I drastically reduced my sugar intake and took out chocolate (a food I have eaten almost every day of my adult life). I was starting to think what food to take out when my husband suggested I work with a professional. I did a Google search and found a nutritionist who specialized in gastrointestinal issues. I completed questionnaires (I love surveys, the could easily be a hobby), we met and we came up with the plan.
|A soy free Ramen - created by the Man|
To removed all gluten, dairy, soy, corn, sugar, nightshades (white potato, peppers, tomatoes, eggplants), chocolate, citrus (except lemon and lime), strawberries and peaches (the fruit is because of the chemical load). This was to be done for at least 2 week. Eventually each food (except the sugar) is added back one at a time to determine what the heck is causing the pain in my gut.
FYI - Soy, corn, potato starch and sugar hid everywhere. I had thought gluten and dairy were sneaky, but then I expanded the no list and was shocked!
To add 7-9 servings of veggies, increase nut/seed consumption, drink at least 8 glasses of water (which I did), increase exercise, take flax oil (I can't do fish oil, it upsets my stomach) and a probiotic. Track it all to determine the next step.
Sometimes happily and sometimes while having a big pity party for myself I embraced this diet for 17 days. On day 17, I had a follow up with the nutritionist.
The New Plan:
Continue this fun diet for another week, then start reintroducing food. I will start with potatoes. Eventually we will reintroduce gluten!
Increase consumption of raw garlic, raw onion, ginger, turmeric, and sprouted foods.
Get a fish supplement as I don't eat fish.
Get oil of oregano and take it.
Substitute pineapple or papaya for banana in morning smoothie.