My stomach has had a complicated relationship with food most of my life due to a stomach condition. My stomach condition became worse around the time that I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia. I would get so painfully sick in the bathroom so often that I had to either suffer and spend my life in the bathroom OR change my diet and start living again.

I have chosen to not follow any particular diet, FAD or otherwise. Why? My body is different from other people, and I listen to what my body needs. I am doing what I feel is best for my health.

The first thing that I cut from my diet was red meat because my body had an incredibly hard time digesting it, which made me feel absolutely miserable. I used to eat red meat basically every day, and now it has been a few years since I cut it out. However, I only eat red meat on rare special occasions and/or if that’s the only food item available to me. I cannot recall the last time that I ate a cheeseburger, steak/prime rib, etc. This in itself is a HUGE accomplishment for me.

Next, I used to drink dark soda every day. This was also very hard on my stomach. I cut dark sodas out a few years ago as well. If I accidentally drink from my boyfriend’s cup that is full of Coca-Cola, it tastes absolutely horribly. Strangely enough, I had a brief period of time where I enjoyed Dr. Pepper, which didn’t taste bad to me. However, I have cut that out again. I replaced the dark sodas with Sprite type sodas.

To take it a step further, I severely limited my caffeine consumption. All of the above changes caused some painful withdrawal symptoms, including terrible fatigue, crankiness, and low energy. However, I am no stranger to these symptoms. I knew fighting through these symptoms would be worth it in the end.

For the majority of my life, I have had to be careful about consuming chocolate because I can only tolerate it in small portions. I still treat myself to chocolate that won’t negatively impact me, but I need to try and eat it even less.

My alcohol consumption is essentially nonexistent because of the medication that I am taking so that has been a blessing.

My stomach condition has also complicated my dieting. I have to eat cooked veggies vs. raw veggies. Organic makes me sick for some reason. I am also lactose intolerant, which means I have to be careful about my dairy consumption and severely limit it.

I use to eat fast food a lot such as McDonald’s, Del Taco, Carl’s Jr., etc. My body cannot tolerate this food anymore because it lacks the quality of healthy food. My body craves healthy food items. Overall, I am substituting junk food for healthier options. Honestly, it is so strange to experience my taste buds changing. My fibromyalgia has also impacted my taste buds in ways that I am still trying to understand, including bad taste in my mouth as well as not wanting to eat even though I am hungry with food in front of me.

About a week ago, I decided to take my diet a step further to cut out ALL soda because of the INSANE sugar content in Sprite type sodas. Cutting back on sugar is known to help with some symptoms of fibromyalgia, and again I need relief from the pain and want to feel better. I am drinking water with flavor packets mixed in, and it tastes amazing. I have a hard time drinking just plain water.

STARBUCKS – That is a HARD ONE TO CUT OUT, but I am DOING IT! I am cutting out Starbucks and Coffee Bean as well because of the fat and sugar content in my favorite drinks. I may look into healthier options, such as my Iced Passion Tea, but I am cutting it out for now.

I have chosen to cut out most of these items cold turkey because that is what has worked for me. I just have to rip it off like a bandaid.

So right now I am coping with unpleasant sugar withdrawals, but it will be all worth it in the end. I will keep you updated!

Love your body!

-The Dramatic Ginger

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