14 Dec Variety is the Spice of Life
A few weeks ago I shared in Your Attitude Can Change Your Perspective on my diagnosis of Non –ulcer (functional) Dyspepsia in lay man’s terms an oversensitive stomach. It was heartbreaking. Sure I wanted answers and that’s what I got but I wanted something that could be fixed simply and quickly.
After the shock and devastation wore off I entered the management stage. There is not much information about Non –ulcer (functional) Dyspepsia management. But this is not an unfamiliar road to travel as there is not much information surrounding Chronic Fatigue management, both tend to be quite individual. So it comes back to trial and error and finding what works for you. It can be frustrating and disheartening at times (to the point of tears) but when you get a personal breakthrough it is such an awesome feeling.
One of the things that was highlighted as a characteristic of Non –ulcer (functional) Dyspepsia during the gastrologist appointment was that the stomach will enjoy certain foods for a while then not like them. By nature I eat similar things out of habit, because well, I enjoy them. But when my stomach became upset and nauseous three plus years ago I went on a journey to try and have a happy tummy again. One of the last things I tried before going to the gastrologist was a sulphite elimination diet which stripped a lot of things out of my diet before reintroducing them. It actually worked (for a time at least). As a result I ate the same thing, especially for breakfast, for about three months. Before you say ‘but that is so boring’ keep in mind I was so tired and frustrated of being sick all the time (even when I just woke up) that I was excited that I didn’t have to feel this way for the first time in a long time. Plus other foods I would reintroduce would make me feel sick and would have to be removed therefore the limited foods I could eat became like a safety net.
Ecclesiastes 3:12 – 13 “I know that there is nothing better for men than to be happy and do good while they live. That everyone may eat and drink, and find satisfaction in all his toil – this is the gift of God.”
Armed with the knowledge that my stomach could hate a food that it had previously loved. I decided to try and beat my stomach at its own game. How? By a varied diet. I now try to not eat the same thing two days in a row and I eat more intuitively; listening to what my body wants to eat. Although nothing is off limits anymore I have found sugar i.e. chocolate, ice cream, cake and processed foods to be triggers for reactions (increased nausea, needing to pee lots, stomach cramps, etc.) so I only eat these foods from time to time. I have also found if I am tired, stressed or have my period I feel more nauseous.
Do you know one thing that has been surprising? I have started having a healthier relationship with food. Perfect? No way! I still have to fight panic surrounding food from time to time. But I have noticed small changes.
I wake up excited for breakfast wondering what I want to eat that morning rather than eating out of obligation.
I eat when I am hungry; listening to my body; rather than starving myself because I had the silly notion that only one snack is allowed between meals.
I make eating enjoyable (I like to put some golden syrup in my porridge recipe) previously I would have had a panic attack over supposed excess kilojoules. During Year 12 I ate bland crackers, with nothing on them, because I was worried about the excess kilojoules. Definitely not the highlight of my health and fitness journey.
To be honest I think what has helped most is not only a positive mindset (which I have been working on) but I am finally at a weight I am happy with. I don’t know how much I weigh but I feel beautiful (at least most days) despite having health and fitness goals I am working to achieve.
If you haven’t been following my insta stories over on my Instagram page, here are some photos 🙂 .