We’ve made it to the middle of the week–hallelujah! I hope everyone is having a good week wherever they are! Today I wanted to share a bit about my diet changes and issues I’ve been having in the hopes I can let someone else out there feeling the same way feel like they’re not alone.
A few years ago I found out I was lactose intolerant so I cut out most dairy. I can handle a very small amount but avoid 90-95% of dairy items. I felt much better than I had been feeling for a long while, but still struggled with digestive issues off and on. As the years went on, I just kept feeling worse.
I struggled with almost daily migraines that made me sick to my stomach, physically ill, and unable to get anything done. Along with migraines I had extremely intense spells of vertigo that sometimes lasted for two or three days. The entire room was spinning and it made me so sick that I either had a terrible day at work or had to call out of work completely.
I also got really painful red blistering breakouts on my face and arms that seemed to pop up overnight. Not only was it embarrassing to have them, but they were painful and itchy. No amount of makeup could cover them up and it made me have an extreme lack of confidence.
Of course I had the typical digestive issues on both ends of the spectrum with the restroom and also would just feel totally sick to my stomach randomly. Add on some really severe bloating and cramping, and constant fatigue and you have one unhappy lady.
Even though my blood work looked as if I did not have Celiac, my primary doctor wanted me to go back to the specialist again. He said the blood test does not necessarily mean that I don’t have Celiac; it could also be an extreme sensitivity or intolerance to gluten. Especially due to the fact that those blisters I was developing usually point directly to problems digesting Gluten.
After looking at my symptoms, discussing my usual diet, and looking at my blood test and scope results, we decided a gluten-free diet would be the best for me. So, as of about 3 weeks ago, I’ve been following a gluten-free diet.
I can tell you that I my skin has already started to clear, I haven’t had any migraines or vertigo, and the bloating, cramping, and bathroom issues are gone. Not to mention I’m not exhausted for no reason all of the time.
(2 weeks of no-gluten skin changes)
So, here’s to hoping that this works and no more symptoms pop up! I’ll share another post in a few weeks to see if I’m still feeling better at that point.
To anyone struggling with digestive issues I’d say:
- Speak up for yourself. You know how you’re feeling and your doctor needs to know everything. If you feel like your doctor’s not listening to you SWITCH doctors!
- Don’t give up. No one should feel sick every day of their life. Talk to your doctor and see what’s best for you. Maybe you could do a food journal and track your food and symptoms or change your diet. It’s worth it in the end! A delicious piece of bread is not worth hours of pain and being sick.
- Swap your favorites. If you have to change your diet, swap your usual favorites with gluten free alternatives. I’ve been enjoying trying gluten free crackers, cookies, etc. so I feel like I’m still able to have some treats.
- Change your mindset. Think about what you CAN eat and not about all of the things that you CAN’T. A drastic change of lifestyle/diet will never work if you have the wrong mindset.
- Make your house safe. Go through your products and donate unopened things that you can’t eat while Slowly stocking up with the food that you can eat. It’s great knowing that your whole pantry and fridge is filled with safe foods.
I hope anyone out there struggling with this feels that they are not alone. I know it can be frustrating, exhausting, and a real change of lifestyle. I’ll be keeping you up to date with any changes but so far it’s been a great change! It’s so frustrating when you are working out, eating healthily, and still feeling so sick. Know that you aren’t alone!
How have you dealt with an extreme lifestyle change?
Tell me in the comments below!