Sunday, February 26, 2012
For most of my life I've had problems with my guts. When I was 9 I had ulcers - I guess you could say I was a Type A personality before it was popular! At that time I went over a year eating a 'bland' diet. My blessed mom literally cooked me different food than what was served daily to my family. I got potatoes before they were gravied or spiced, I got veggies that had no sauce on them, meat was cooked without gravy, I seam to remember a lot of meatloaf. I had no soda (it was our tradition that we kids could have a tiny glass - I'd say 4 ounces - of 7-Up on Saturday night after dinner) for that same time.
As I grew older, I stressors of moving often, changing schools, of course classes in high school and college were difficult and I worried about tests and grades and friends and boys. Each of these stressors affected me the same way, my stomach hurt. I had a horrible but short - 5 year - failed marriage that took a huge toll on my guts. Until I was married to my beloved John, I didn't know that the pain I felt was not actually my stomach, it was my intestines.
In July 2009 I took myself to ER with a horrible pain in my right side, I thought I had appendicitis but I didn't. After several gross, nasty and disgusting tests later I was diagnosed with IBS - Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Once I started reading about it, all of the symptoms fit perfectly and I had a diagnosis that I believe to be true. I think making sure the diagnosis you are given and the symptoms you have all fits together for you. I believe if your doctor gives you a diagnosis and it doesn't "ring true" or you can't reconcile the diagnosis to your symptoms, then you probably need a second or third opinion...
So, I can honestly say that for most of my life, I've had pain in my stomach. I was little and I said all the time, "Mommy, I have a tummy ache." and she did the best she did with what she was told by the doctors. As an adult, I've seriously spent thousands of dollars on over the counter medications, on doctor visits, on diagnostic tests and prescription drugs that were supposed to help. Now I'm hoping that I know better and I can do better...
I think in the past weeks, thanks to a comment on SP by my friend CHUBRUB3, I started reading about Grok, primal or paleo eating...I've devoured a site called Mark's Daily Apple (.com) and have been turned onto a primal eating SP team and I've been listening to vlogs about eating, reading Sean Croxton and Wellness Underground information and I've started eating primal. I have cut out grains, I've stopped eating flour and sugar. I am feeling better. I won't tell you that I'm cured or that I'm feeling completely better and having no gut pain. But I can say that some of my bodily functions are closer to normal, I feel better, and I feel like I'm on the right track. Like I said before, I think that's important.
I'm continuing to read, I'm learning as I go. Every day I read more, learn more and I try something new. Today was grocery shopping and that was a real experience - we were looking for things we'd never even heard of - like almond butter and almond flour - found the butter, not the flour. I'll try to keep you all posted, I've learned I'm not a great blogger! I have lots to say but I'm not very organized in my thoughts!
Blessings, and I'd love to hear about anyone else who is eating this way or has tired it and abandoned it...I'm all ears, I'm definitely in a learning phase here. Thank you for reading and any comments! Karen