Friday, February 15, 2013
Since my oncologist told me that the cause of my stomach pain is digestive in nature, and that the two most likely culprits are gluten and dairy, I decided I really needed to figure out if she is right. I don't ever like to deprive myself, and giving up either gluten or dairy is a very, very hard thing to do, but I had to ask myself, would I rather keep eating as I have been, and keep having stomach pain, or do I care enough about myself to give up something at least long enough to find out if it's a problem.
Somewhat to my own surprise, I decided that yes, I am willing to do what it takes to see what is causing my pain. Actually, that makes me proud of myself. My oncologist herself has given up both, and she told me she feels really good now. She hadn't even realised that she felt bad until she started feeling good. That sounds odd, but I have heard more than one person say something similar, though not always about having given up the same food(s).
I knew I couldn't give up both things all at once, so I decided to tackle gluten first. Lent is the perfect time to give it up, because I have an extra motivation to stick to my plan.
So far, the first two days without gluten haven't been too bad. The biggest problem is finding anything quick and convenient to grab that I actually can eat. Toast is one of my favorite convenience foods. No more, not for at least seven weeks. A large peeled carrot has been my short-term quick snack, but I am not that fond of them. I need to find more foods. I am not a big fan of fruit. The oranges from my tree are very sweet and delicious, but they are way too messy to eat on the run. Heck, I may kick start some weight loss only because I can't find any foods to eat!
Oh, and, as always, I have also given up sweets for Lent, but those I do allow myself to eat on Sundays. I can't do that with the gluten, because it would defeat the purpose of the plan. Gluten-free sweets, of course, but luckily that includes most chocolate candy. ;-)
So, now to see how it goes. I plan to update regularly.