Re-learning Food

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September 30, 2014 by Zuri

After speaking with my doctor’s office, they’re not going forward with an IBD (Inflammatory Bowel Disease) diagnosis, instead sticking with the diagnosis of IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome).  From our discussion, there’s really not much I can do about it except adjusting my diet drastically.

When my symptoms get severe, I’m supposed to follow a “BRAT” diet – Bananas, Rice, Applesauce, Toast.  Sounds exciting, right?

For the rest of the time, I’m supposed to take limited amounts of ibuprofen for the pain and take prilosec.  Inconvenient, since they want me to take prilosec half an hour before I eat, and I don’t exactly eat on a schedule.  I’ve been eating tiny meals lately because of the nausea (they gave me something for nausea too) and I’ve lost 7 lbs in the last 3 weeks.

As far as dietary changes, the nurse recommended trying to go either with eliminating gluten or eliminating FODMAPs and reducing my overall fiber intake.  Talk about drastic!  She stated that finding out what foods work and what doesn’t will be “months of trial and error”.  Looking over my options, I’m going to have to cut out so many things that I really enjoy eating.  I’m going to have to completely re-learn what and how to eat.  There’s so much information out there, and they only gave me the barest sliver of a recommendation.  I wish my insurance company hired nutritionists.  Would make this so much easier to have someone to talk to about it!

Thankfully, right now, I’m only in mild discomfort, not the agonizing pain I was in a couple weeks ago.  I just want to live without being afraid of food.  Is that too much to ask?

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