LexiD Posted August 24, 2014 Share Posted August 24, 2014 First, a little background so if anyone's bored enough to read this, you can have context. I developed IBS after some sort of hideous incident several years ago. I spent a summer being terrified of food, and only able to eat chicken broth and English muffins without pain. The gastroenterologist I saw put me on meds. At that time, I was averse to the idea of being on a medication every day of my life: I felt there had to be some way I could control this. So I found Heather's amazing IBS site, with her lists of foods to eat and foods to avoid and her wonderful teas. I took myself off my IBS meds, following her diet, and...it worked. This means, no red meat, no dairy, basically (two of my huge triggers). I thought that was tough, but what can you say to results? I learned to live without cheese, and life wasn't as miserable as I'd feared. Several years later I ran into a major energy slump. I went from exercising every day to...not at all. I had no energy. I'd come home from work and dinner would be made: all I'd have to do is serve some up from the fridge and reheat it and...it was too much effort. THAT is how little energy I had. I was diagnoses with Hashimoto's. And, yeah, once again, medication for the rest of my life. I'm on two now, basically half of my thyroid comes from pills. (There's also four generations of thyroid cancer in my family). And I was okay with that (not really but close enough) until July, when I had such a flare of my Hashimoto's almost like not being on meds. Oh no! This was followed by a week of energy so high I felt manic. Though I was glad for the energy, this is not acceptable. So I started doing research and cut gluten out of my diet, along with refined sugar. This was basically an entire change from my usual diet--IBS people are told to eat tons of whole grains because of fiber, etc. And so I figured it couldn't hurt to try. A week later (and one absolutely MISERABLE day where I felt like a zombie, I started feeling better. So I decided I could do even more. Though I have an autoimmune disease, I'm doing the regular whole30 first. Why? Because trust me, that'll be enough of an adjustment (going from gluten free to no grain!). I do plan on doing the autoimmune protocol in a few months, once I've gotten my head on straight. Because, you see, there's another complication: I'm recovering from an eating disorder. It was mostly exercise-bulimia, but there was plenty of binging and fasting and other horrible things to try to drop weight. Food becomes an obsession, and even in recovery, it's a very wary friendship. And I'm noticing it already. I will look at my plate of food (for example, lunch today was roasted chicken breast, fresh lettuce and some grapes) on a salad plate (no big dinner plate) and I will be SO HUNGRY and it looks so good and I'll eat it and then...instantly start feeling guilty. So much food! So much fat! I'm going to get gross and sloppy! Unless you've had an eating disorder, this might not make any darn sense to you. But anyway, because of that, I need to heal my relationship with food even more than I need to try to fix my autoimmune disorder. So, yeah, that's me, and I really only made this log (it's day 7 for me) because all of these issues are coming to a head and I need some place to dump them. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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