Tuesday, 6 August 2013

#WIAW - A Break, A Nutritionist, and An Elimination Diet

Hello Friends!! Happy WIAW!  Did you miss me last week?!

I took a little blogging hiatus for a couple of days. Admittedly I have been burning the candle at both ends lately, and I was starting to feel the pressure. Between school, my crazy hours at work lately , and marathon training I was feeling a little worn down. So I needed a couple of days to refocus, regroup, and relax. Which was precisely what I did this weekend!  I went home, sat on the beach, and spent some time with friends and family.

I also used this week off to seriously tackle my tummy troubles head on.  If you have been reading along than you guys know I struggling with stomach issues for the last two months. It is likely a bi-product from my many recent trips to the OR. Those pain med and antibiotics do a real number on your system. And the precise way to treat said issues has remained elusive.

I have gone down the conventional medical route.  I have been on a couple different ant-acids, had blood work done, and an ultra-sound. I am now currently waiting to be referred to a GI Doctor and we will go from there.

In the mean time I decided I needed to explore other options. So I met with a holistic nutritionist to discuss dietary changes and how I should fuel my marathon training. The truth is I have really been struggling this department. Diet has never been my strong suit. And then you add all these other considerations into to the mix and I am totally lost! I was cutting things out left right and center, with no real method to madness, and I wasn't getting anywhere.

So I met with Lucia for 2 hours to go over a little bit of everything. We came up with a short term and a long term plan. The short term plan is to focus on healing my stomach. It is admittedly a little extreme. But at this point I was ready for a change. So for the next 3 weeks I will be on an Elimination Diet - aka a diet that eliminates all possible irritants...aka pretty much everything haha. The plan is to give my stomach some time to heal and then slowly start adding some things back in to see what works and what doesn't.

So what are we eliminating...
  • Gluten
  • Dairy
  • Sugar
  • Coffee
  • Alcohol
  • Citrus/Tomato
  • Fried Foods
  • Red Meat
  • Spicy Food
  • Nitrate
Ummm which is a lot (** if you are curious about what I am actually eating I am trying to post a daily account of meals on Instagram - @Darwinianfail). I am not a girl who does diets well, so this has been a really test. I am a week in so far. And the first week was hard. Like REALLY hard. I know I am fiercely addicted to caffeine. But I had no idea how much sugar is normally in my diet. The lack of sugar and the lack of caffeine over the first few days nearly killed me. Things I would normally not even think twice about are now off limits.I was tried. I was hungry. And I was pretty cranky.

I think (hope) I am now through the worst of it. And that this will only get easier with time. We shall see. Time will tell, and I am pretty much willing to try anything at this point. Fingers Crossed this will do the trick!

Anyone else have to experience an Elimination Diet? Doe it get any better?

Love Your Favourite Darwinian Fail,