After years of listening to my mind, rather than my body, I’m finally at the point where I understand how my body communicates with me. I generally know what’s good for me and what’s not, I know what my body needs, and what it doesn’t.
Leading up to the Crohn’s diagnosis, I knew something was way off. I was sick, pale, void of energy, and I had unintentionally lost about seven pounds.
Pre-diagnosis, I tried cutting out gluten and dairy; and while it was so horribly difficult, it did help. But when my doctor told me gluten and dairy weren’t the problems, I ran back to dinner rolls and skim milk with open arms.
Well, things are getting a little annoying again. Medication helps a great deal, but I know I’ve got to do something about my diet. Every time I eat, it turns into a painful, bloated experience. And having to plan your meals around the bathroom is not fun.
(Sorry, it’s impossible to talk about Crohn’s without mentioning the bathroom.)
The thing is, I’m half lazy and half confused as hell.
Thinking about going gluten free makes me depressed, I love cheese and milk as much as I love the air I breathe, and trying truly “eat clean” makes my head spin because everything seems to be pumped full of chemicals and ingredients I can’t pronounce.
One good thing: I think the laziness has come to an end. Yesterday, a friend from college posted a picture of her outstanding health journey results, and that was just the inspiration I needed.
I don’t want to “settle” with my body and what I put into it. Its time I got real and took an honest look at what I’m eating, and how I can clean it up. My goal doesn’t revolve around weight – it revolves around enjoying food again.
I’m going to do my research on gluten free, paleo, and cutting out red meat; and, if you’re interested(?), I’ll report back on my findings and how I’m feeling.
I guess the point of this word vomit post is a convoluted way of me trying to ask for your help. If you subscribe to a certain diet*, I’d love to hear your thoughts. I’m looking forward to changing things up with this week’s grocery list. 😉
As always, your comments, tweets, and emails are greatly appreciated!
*diet = GF, Paleo, vegetarian. Not South Beach, Low Carb, No Sugar, etc. Sorry, I have to say it! I’m not trying to have someone think I’m trying to diet.