Personal Health Update…Sadly, It’s Not Better..

Remember this post? I talked a lot about how I wasn’t handling school and things and just overeating and bingeing a ton even on gluten and sugar? I want to be honest with you, and appreciate your help and support. Unfortunately, things have only gotten worse and those things have continued…Besides having bingeing issues, I have also had a lot of stomach problems like normal and my old friend fibromyalgia and such…and some other personal health problems as well. Suffice it to say, I have been in and out of the doctor’s office more frequently in a shorter span of time than I care to count! I have been so sick in so many ways, and have missed zillions of classes and assignments. On Friday, I went into my doctor again.  He suggested that I withdraw from school and go home and get some help there and not have the stress of school to make matters worse and to focus on healing. I prayed about it and I know this is what I am supposed to do. It’s not easy…and it still won’t be an easy road even at home, but what I need to do now is focus on getting better. If you want, I’d appreciate prayers in my behalf as I am going through this tough time in my life and especially for the next few days as I try to rush through cleaning my apt and packing and moving and doing this all while I am not feeling well.

The stress of dealing with all of this has not made the bingeing easier either…in fact, I’ve been terrible lately…binging on gluten and sugar too. And a lot. I’ve gained some weight and that just makes me feel worse. Plus, I worry about going home…because my family still eats gluten and sugar and having that around is going to be even more of a temptation…especially since Halloween is almost here and around the same time, my brother’s birthday…

Anyway, just wanted to let you know the big news and see if you have any suggestions…

Are you addicted to food? Especially sugar? How did you beat it? (Feel free to send me a personal email too if you want….thefrugallyrichlife AT gmail DOT com).



  1. Virginia Sissom

    Thanks for the update, Ariana. Is there an alternative dwelling that you could move to, where eating like your body needs you to would be less of a struggle? Sounds like you are moving “from the frying pan into the fire” since your family can and does eat all the “no-no’s” in your health plan. Sorry to hear of your struggles. Could you start a gluten-free/sugar-free support group where you are going? That would probably help, too. Best wishes for you, and prayers for strength to make the right food choices daily. Keep blogging, too. That should be therapeutic for you, right?

  2. Deanna

    Ari, I’m sorry to hear things are so rough for you right now. Have you told your family how much you need their support to eat well and heal? Do you have good doctors, mental health providers, etc, at home?

    Hang in there, girl.

  3. Oh Ariana! That is awful news…Don’t be hard on yourself. That is a big change in your life and surely you feel disappointed. That is normal. Being in pain all the time is overwhelming and can feel suffocating (I know this from experience). The best thing to do is give yourself grace. Love yourself and know that you are loved no matter what is going on. Healing will come when you let go. As for the bingeing and sugar addiction I can relate too. I find it is my way of coping with the things that are going out of control in my life (pain, usually). It’s my reward in the darkness, that really makes me feel more like crap than anything. I go through cycles, and trust that I will come out of it and feel better again. I always do and that is enough to break the cycle. It doesn’t mean I am cured but I know it is not my forever damnation, haha!

    I hope you all the best in your healing journey. If you ever need to vent feel free to write me. I will be praying for you.


  4. Lucy

    Dear Ariana, I understand and struggle with compulsive eating myself. I truly take things one day at a time and find that attending group meetings helps me immensely. The commraderie and support means so much, whether it’s from online mtgs, or in person. For me, recovery and freedom from food addiction has only been found through following the 12 steps (through OA as well as the church’s recovery program literature). Each day I cling to the tools of prayer, medication, study, and so forth. Some days are easy, and other days it’s such a struggle, but forgiveness and love for oneself is vital to maintaining my sanity along this journey. My prayers will be with you, dear stranger friend.

  5. Oh what a bummer! Well, I hope this helps, as it is the advice that has helped me most when trying to change my eating habits. Since the diet isn’t medically necessary immediately (ie life-threatening food allergies) I would take a week where I don’t even think about the food I am currently eating, I just eat however I am usually without stressing. But during that week I do research and create menus. I plan out all the food and recipes I will need for a month to follow that eating plan. I find the main reason I fall into unhealthy patterns is because I don’t know what to eat. So I plan every meal (including some “safe” meals to eat out – because it will happen!) and most importantly, I stock snacks that I enjoy and some “treats” too, because cravings do strike. But most importantly, I have so much food ready for that diet, that I not only have no excuse to cheat, but no desire to, I’m full! After a month, I have usually got the swing of the new habit and it becomes routine. Good luck!

  6. Hi Ari — I have been really late reading all my favorite blogs these days, so apologies for the delayed comment here. But I just wanted to say that my thoughts are with you and that I hope you’re doing better now! Health problems can be so debilitating, as can our tendency to overeat to compensate for what might be going on in our bodies. Glad to hear you’re giving yourself some time to heal, though. Remember that you’re not alone! Best wishes. We’re rooting for you!



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