Most people made their new years resolutions before 2019 started. To be honest, I really had no interest in making any declared resolutions this time around. I'm still not going to, I'm not sure if its because of how cliche they are, but once I declare a resolution I never get it done. I decided I'm going to make a huge lifestyle change that is crucial for my health. I'm not a person who is pro dieting, I strongly believe a healthy balanced diet is much better for people than completely cutting food groups out. There is a pyramid of all the food groups for a reason. We shouldn't only consume an abundance of food from one group, but in moderation with balanced meals these food groups are very healthy. Unless you have an allergy, then stay away!
After spending way too many nights in the ER from the end of 2017 until the end of 2018 I finally realized the pain I feel from my IBS won't stop until I change the way I live. The sharp pains when my IBS would flare up sent me doubled over screaming in pain. Many times this would occur at home, many times this would occur while I was driving to and from college. To me, there is no worse time than having these pains while stuck in traffic during rush hour. To look more normal I would blast music and scream sing the lyrics to get through the pain. This year and every year ahead, unless its for good reasons, I don't want to see a hospital or another hospital bracelet on my wrist.
How am I going to change all of the pain and hospital visits into living a healthy life? Well.. BIPPITY BOPPITY BOOP!! Just joking, I'm not a magical fairy godmother. I am starting a new natural medication called "Whole Biome IBS" which slowly puts all the healthy Synbiotics that live in people's stomachs back inside mine. This will hopefully help me tolerate the food I eat better while lessening the annoyingly painful symptoms of living with IBS. Additionally I started a Low FODMAP diet. FODMAP's are short chained carbohydrates that are poorly absorbed/digested in the smaller intestine. Eating foods that are Low FODMAP is feeding my body foods it doesn't need to start war with in order to digest.
There are MANY foods that I love to eat which unfortunately fall under the High FODMAP category. Three foods I'll have a hard time without are onions, garlic and cow's milk. (I don't eat those three all together...yuck!) I'm not yet used to almond milk and really love the taste of onions and garlic in most of the things I cook. They will be missed, but if my stomach pains stop from not eating them, I can live with admiring them from a distance. This is something that has to be done "cold turkey". I can't slowly ween off of these foods because I'll continue to flare up. However, I was told after I do a course of the "Whole Biome IBS" I can slowly reintroduce certain foods into my diet to see how my body handles them. If it doesn't go well, it's goodbye to most dairy products, a lot of fruits & veggies, processed, fried & fatty foods forever.
I'll probably feel much healthier & look better ditching these foods but I have such a weakness for all things processed, fried & fatty. I mean most good Jewish foods that I like are fried and fatty... and I have a weakness for candy. Follow along this journey via Instagram, I'm sure it will be an interesting experience. I may even start to share recipes if I get better at it!
P.s I'll also be exercising more often & drinking more water. Changing my actual eating habits will be the biggest challenge of the three. Once I figure out a workout routine I love, I'll share what I do.