Another Elimination Diet Update and A General Call for HELP and IDEAS (including: Do you have any of these health problems?)
Hello everyone. I’m afraid this time I haven’t done so well with my elimination diet. I got really stressed out and concerned I wasn’t eating enough variety and then the thought of trying to just restrict myself to GF-DF-RSF (refined sugar-free) again (but with more variety then I was eating) stressed me out and I ate however I wanted today. That’s right. Totally off the bandwagon. I ate gluten (white flour even!), sugar! (what’s wrong with me!?), dairy. yadda yadda yadda I was surprised to find though at least that the French bread we had for dinner didn’t even taste that great to me (a big change for someone who used to love French bread) and bread in general. Anyways, I totally blew it today and I’m now paying for it.
And I don’t know what to do. I’m concerned because I have (previous to today and my big binge on everything and anything BAD) just been eating brown rice, lentils, mangoes, applesauce, and maybe yams. That’s it! I’m worried about getting the nutrition I need and I keep adding in things one by one daily but I’m still concerned.
I’m also having a lot of problems with my fibromyalgia (which I don’t know if I’ve mentioned before on this site.) Yes, I have fibro. I was diagnosed about 2 years ago or less but suspect I showed signs of it since early childhood. I have been really sore and tired and sick of being sore and tired!
I also learned that IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) which I also have, is common with fibro. As is these symptoms (all of which I have and or take meds for) anxiety/depression, gastritis, plantar fasciitis, back/neck pain/problems, heartburn, fogginess, not being able to concentrate, headaches, etc. I’m trying to learn more about these connections and what I can do to help them all. (I ordered this book from Amazon via a suggestion from one of my fabulous readers who also has fibro) and am waiting anxiously for it to come.
Anyways, I am really struggling with stomach pain and knowing what to eat (as those few foods above seem to be the only ones I can handle), the fibro and fatigue, etc. I was wondering if any of you had any helpful suggestions on what I can do? I am thinking of just going back to the elimination diet and eat what my stomach can handle for now, get it calmed down, and try foods again. Any suggestions and help though would be greatly appreciated!
Also, how do you keep from giving into temptations? I am struggling with the thought of having to bake/cook again more and all the time it takes and I don’t have. I need connivance but yet don’t have a lot of money to spend and I still want connivance in things like having bread to make sandwiches etc. It is so hard to do it on such a tight budget (time and money wise) and with all the food of my family around me!? I will need to be GF, dairy-free, and sugar-free at least and actually more restricted than that if I stay on the elimination diet (which I think I should do?)