Sunday, May 3, 2015

Six Weeks In - DHwRF

Six weeks in!! (Wonder what I'm talking about? Read here: Digestive Health with REAL Food - Take 2.)

The coffee and strawberries I reintroduced last week have seemed to be A-OK. Yippee! (Especially for coffee.) This week, I tried out the most non-fake coconut-based coffee creamer I could find in Whole Foods. I decided that rather than trying to reintroduce each ingredient in it, I would just give it a whirl and see what happens. It was a no-go. Both times I drank it, I felt off, and felt like it bloated my stomach and made me really uncomfortable. I have no idea what part of it made me feel sick, but I'm dropping that one and don't plan to try it again. I've found a homemade recipe for hazelnut creamer, so I'm going to let hazelnuts be my next reintroduction and see if I can make a healthy non-dairy creamer at home. I also reintroduced romaine lettuce, which I don't expect to give me any issues. So far I don't think it has.

Here's the roundup of my symptoms for the week:

Digestive symptoms:  I've been feeling "off" after some meals, with a few jabbing pains and some bloating, even though I'm eating the same safe foods that I've been eating for six weeks now. The pains and bloating aren't so severe that they limit me in any way, but I'd rather they be gone nonetheless. I'm not sure what's going on with that...I don't understand why they haven't seemed to go entirely away yet. I've also had some "off" days in the bathroom this week. When times like this happen, I never know if I somehow got cross-contaminated with gluten (I've learned that I am INCREDIBLY sensitive to trace amounts of gluten) or if I'm reacting to foods I've been eating.

Reflux symptoms: I really haven't had any reflux issues this week. Hurray. :)

Autoimmune symptoms: Autoimmune symptoms have been great. I still have occasional issues with word recall, but otherwise there's no noticeable brain fog. For sleep, I'm finding that I can get by on less and less...I got 7.5 hrs a couple nights this week and was totally fine. The alarm clock had to wake me, but I wasn't dragging through the day or anything. Unfortunately, last night I only got six hours, and I'm really struggling today. So six hours of sleep is not an option.

Cravings: I still really crave sugary foods. A lot. I'm simply a sweet food lover, and I don't know how to change that. I usually fill my cravings through banana chips, raspberries, or strawberries, all of which bloat me if I eat too many. And it's really hard for me to stop before I've eaten too many. It's a daily struggle. If anyone has any tips, please share.

Alright, that's all for this week!

If you'd like to catch up on my past weeks, you can find them all below.

Digestive Health with REAL Food - Take 2
One Week In - DHwRF Update
Two Weeks In - DHwRF
Three Weeks In - DHwRF
Four Weeks In - DHwRF
Five Weeks In - DHwRF

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