Mayhem Monday: Giving up my food loves

Welp…the week that was, was not one of my finest. It felt like a long, drawn out walk toward the inevitable. Let me back track slightly:

I have a crap stomach. Always have. It bothers me a lot but when I started eating better foods and removing meat from my diet, it was infinitely better. Less cramping, less bloating, less achy and all that good stuff. Over the past few months, all that stuff has been coming back to some degree. The past 2-3 weeks have been the worst. Bloating so bad, I’m horribly self-conscious about my stomach protruding, stomach aches, feeling lethargic all. the. time. I’m so, so, so done with feeling lousy when I should be feeling awesome. I know I don’t have food allergies but likely, I have sensitivities that have been building over time. I’ve looked into elimination diets but most, if not all, don’t cater to vegetarians. I also need a lot of fuel to keep me going and the lists of allowed foods will not do that if I’m not eating meat. So I’m at a loss right now.

Not being one to sit still and do nothing, I’m going to try removing a few items from my diet and see if that helps. Gluten will be the big one. I love bread and I love to eat lots of it. Switching to gluten free oats so I can still have oatmeal. No dairy (though I may still eat eggs, I’m not sure about that one yet), no coffee, no alcohol, no chocolate of any kind other than raw cacao. These things alone may very well kill me to give up. Especially the coffee.

Do I expect to feel better? I’ve felt so crummy for so long, I doubt it. But I’m getting desperate. So we’ll see how this goes. I’m really praying it’s the answer but if it’s not, I’ll keep searching for one…and hopefully not start drinking vanilla extract in the process. And given the fact that I woke up starving to devour my kitchen after a weekend of barely being able to eat normally, it’s definitely going to be an uphill battle.

So wish me luck! And I welcome all advice or resources that have helped you out.


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Stephanie is a Canadian Mom of 3, Runner, Certified Functional Strength Coach (CFSC), Christ-follower and all around reeker of awesomeness. When she's not chasing after her kids, you can find her dreaming big dreams and bringing them to life.

21 Responses to Mayhem Monday: Giving up my food loves

  1. Oh my gosh I hope you find relief. Dave went through something similar last year, we found that he had a pretty bad sensitivity to whey protein as well as gluten. He still feels pretty crappy some days but nothing as bad as when he was eating whey and casein. He’s able to enjoy greek yogurt, but most other dairy bothers him. He doesn’t react to goat milk like he does to cow milk so I’ve been buying him goat cheese brie and goat cheese cheddar so he doesn’t have to feel so deprived. Good luck!

  2. I know that elimination diets and the patience to see them through correctly is tough but definitely worthwhile. I started with a Paleo approach via Whole 30 and have never felt so good. I eventually added back Greek yogurt after about a year, and now the occasional cheese and also rice.

    I hope you get some relief soon.

  3. I know the feeling oh so well! I cut out gluten and dairy and cut back on meat. These changes helped me feel better. Also using a probiotic every day has helped with the bloating. Sending best wishes!

  4. I would suggest start by cutting out one thing at a time and seeing how you feel. If you cut out a whole bunch of foods you won’t know which is causing you the issue and you are only unnecessarily restricting yourself then.

  5. I’m sorry you’re feeling that way ): For sure cleaning up my diet helped me feel better but damn do I love me some junk food… but good luck! Seriously. I don’t think I can ever cut out bread… I love carbs!

  6. So sorry to hear that you’re going through this. Not knowing what’s causing pain is never easy, and having to eliminate things in the process to try and find an answer is never easy either. I hope you find answers and some relief soon!

  7. Experiment and eliminating foods is exactly how I found out my body does not like gluten. I just accepted symptoms of gluten intolerance as part of life when it was so unnecessary. When you figure out what your body doesn’t like it will be so worth the effort.

    Happy to chat anytime :)

  8. Aww I’m sorry you are feeling so crappy :( I switched to a meat free, plant based diet a few years ago and thankfully my stomach issues subsided. I hope you can find your cure soon!

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