Wednesday, 13 November 2013

#WIAW - My Scope, Tummy Trouble, and the Results

It is WIAW, and for those of you who have been following along, than you know that I have been battling some tummy troubles for the past 6 months. My primary symptoms were acid reflux, nausea, and general upset stomach. We had been treating it like a potential ulcer. I was taking ant-acids, working with a Nutritionist, modifying my diet, and waiting for my scope to get an official diagnosis. Well it finally happened! I had my scope last week and I finally have some answers!

So it turns out I have Hiatal Hernia. Yep, not what I was expecting either. They think it is likely the bi-product of my double mastectomy. While struggling to get around after my surgery, I probably overcompensated, giving myself a little hernia. It is just a small hernia, so nothing drastic is required. But is the cause of all my tummy troubles. (*sigh*).

My Gastro Doc was really happy with how well I had healed my guts with my diet. Despite all the trouble I had been having in the Spring, changing my diet made a huge difference. I went from having some symptoms everyday to almost having none at all - and all of that was thanks to my nutritionist and my dietary changes. Admittedly my diet remained very strict for the better part of 4 months, but it definitely paid off. My insides are pink and healthy again. I even have the pictures to prove it.

I will continue to have watch my diet to maintain a healthy tummy, but I don't have to be quite as strict. I have started to add gluten and a bit of diary back into my diet. But sugar and fat are still things I need to be really mindful of. So there are lessons I have learned over the past 4 months that I will continue to incorpate in my day-to-day life.
  • Whole Foods are Always Best - anything processed, whether it is labeled gluten-free or not, is not ideal. So I will try to base my diet around whole foods
  • Planning and Small Meals are Required - I need to eat every 4 hours to help keep the acid under control. And because I want to focus on whole foods I need to plan my meals, pack snacks, and be prepared.
  • Processed Sugar is Not My Friend - sugar is always what causes the worst symptoms for me, and while I have enjoyed some treats following my marathon, it is something I am trying to avoid.
  • Plant-Based Meals Work Best for Me - because fat-content is something I am also trying to be mindful of, I have limited meat in my diet. I still have lean proteins (like chicken and fish), but plant based meals always seem to be best for me.
As always things are a work in progress over here. But so far so good!
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