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GI problems are so ambiguous to diagnose!

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

My oldest daughter has been having GI distress (abdominal pain, nausea) for nearly a year now, and it is wrecking havoc in our family. It's hard to go anywhere because she is frequently not feeling well.

The doctors we've seen, after doing a quick check-up in which everything seems normal, just keep patronizing her, telling her things like, "Try not to think about it," and "Don't let it dominate your life," but she continues to feel lousy.

I think we may need to try an elimination diet to see if any food intolerances are causing this. That should be fun with an 11-year-old. It's so hard to get her to comply with food restrictions!

In happier news, I've been drinking a lot of fruit and veggie juice over the last several months, and I have been feeling MUCH better. I have had a lot more energy, no more food cravings, and I've even lost a few pounds without really trying to do anything other than eat healthfully. And, for some reason, I haven't had a migraine in MONTHS!! I wouldn't have expected that, and I don't know if it's related to drinking juice or healthier eating habits in general, but it's the only major change I've made lately. I wish the rest of the family would get on board as well!

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DEB62BIE62 7/2/2014 9:19PM

    Hope you figure out the problems. Glad you are on the right track.

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PATTYKLAVER 7/1/2014 8:37PM

    Sometimes migraines are caused by dehydration or stress or your skeleton being mis-alighed. I'm glad yours are going away.

A suggestion I would have with your daughter is to try eliminating dairy products first. She may be lactose intolerant. I'm not sure where she is in her stage of development, but if she happens to be an early bloomer, ovarian cysts may be a possibility.

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Long Days and Short Years

Monday, February 11, 2013

The days are long, but the years are short. Sometimes I get so caught up in the busyness of life I forget to look for the happiness in these days when my children are still children and to make room in the hustle and bustle of daily living for those moments of happiness. The moments the children will look back on and remember fondly. The moments that make life truly worth living.

To that end, I'm hoping to do the following, and encourage my kids to do the same:

1. Find at least one little, simple joy to rejoice in each day
2. Get fresh air and sun each day
3. Get exercise each day. I particularly like the combined mind/body benefits of Yoga for this!
4. Eat at least 5 servings of fruits and veggies a day (one fruit and one vegetable juice can count towards this, but no more than that). (Starting the kids on 3 a day, because they are going to be a tough sell -- LOL!)
5. Get at least 7 hours of sleep a day. (This is a tough one for me!)
6. Spend time each day fully engaged and present with the kids

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NANNBIRD 2/14/2013 11:44PM

    How wonderful that you have realized the importance of treasuring your children and getting them off to a great start. The time you have with them is unbelievably short (although it doesn't feel that way while you're in the moment....). You have the right priorities!

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NANNABLACK 2/13/2013 7:35AM

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KA_JUN 2/11/2013 4:17PM

    Excellent list of goals, all parents should really process the points you made. Good luck on making fitness/health a family activity, it's one of our goals as well! emoticon

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WILSHAR7 2/11/2013 4:01PM

    A great list of goals. God bless you and your family and your kids will love you for spending quality time with them and they will remember it.

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FCARMICH 2/11/2013 1:25PM

  good list of daily goals -- baby steps to start with!

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