Updated: Nov 26, 2019
If you've ever been at a doctor's appointment and handed a sheet of paper containing a list of foods to avoid or perhaps a short list of foods that you can eat, then you get that it feels like a death sentence at the moment. It's overwhelming.
Why? Might be a question from someone who doesn't understand, someone who can eat anything and everything they choose. Perhaps you can close your eyes for a minute and envision the doctor telling you that you can never again drink your favorite wine without it making you sick or you can never again eat the buttery homemade melt in your mouth rolls from Logan's restaurant. Picture what one thing would be sad for you to no longer enjoy.
Perhaps you are reading this and you have been told you have celiac disease and need to stay away from gluten. You probably feel overwhelmed and confused on what to eat. Or you had a heart attack and need to reduce your red meat intake? Blood pressure high, you need to reduce salt and sugar. Diabetic diagnosis, you need to cut sugar. Maybe you have bloat and gas and haven't been to a doctor yet. There are hundreds of conditions. Chances are if you don't have one, then you will get one. Disease is on the rise.
Maybe you can understand the discouragement that begins to play out when a doctor hands you a food list. Social events probably start coming to mind. You ask yourself, "How can I keep friends, they all like to drink?" or you tell yourself that they will stop inviting me. My social life is over. What about birthday celebrations and holidays with the family?
When I was diagnosed with Interstitial Cystitis in 2015 after 4 decades of bladder issues, this time I was extremely sick peeing blood, overly acidic body, feverish, weak, with severe bladder pain. I was emotionally weary, frustrated and overwhelmed because I was also living with chronic pain from a damaged disc (at the time I thought it was pudendal nerve).
The good news is after 6 months of research and making healthier food swaps I begin a deep dive into nutrition and enrolled in school at the School of Integrated Nutrition. I was recovering from a knee replacement and the timing was perfect to study while in between rehabbing my knee.
In school I begin experimenting with different diets and other ways to eat. I was able to figure out that my body doesn't break down short chain carbohydrates. Changing to a low fodmap diet was a missing puzzle piece. After graduating IIN, I later learned I had SIBO and it was the root cause behind my IBS symptoms. Through functional medicine testing I also discovered a gluten sensitivity and a true casein allergy that contributed to years of my stomach aches.
I share this personal and emotional side of my journey for all of you out there who live with a health condition. I hear you. I understand your isolation, struggles, challenges, and I want to help you.
I would love to talk to you more in depth. If you have Interstitial Cystitis, digestive issues, chronic pain please reach out to me. click HERE
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