October 5, 2013 at 3:49 pm #13001
I’m dealing with some longstanding digestive troubles, which seem to be getting in thing he way of my full recovery and my ability to enjoy the food that I eat. I’m super sensitive to vegetables and fruit, and so far the only things that don’t dry my colon out to the point of red puss are kale, carrots, and cauliflower (and all root vegetables save beets). Almost all fruit is completely out of the question, unless it’s been hyper processed before hand — sorbet and applesauce are my go-to’s, as well as strained fruit juice. I’ve had periods of time where I don’t eat any gelatinous bone broth, and my digestion just goes completely berserk. Same goes for Kale.
Needless to say, I don’t feel like I can really ‘recover’ in the best sense of the word. I have to constantly monitor the food that goes into my mouth, going out to restaurants is virtually impossible, and my meals just tend to be so micromanaged that eating with ‘normal’ people seems foolish to even try (and try I certainly have).
All in all, I have been able to include fruit, dairy and gluten into my meals, which were complete no-nos before I went 180. But I’m still calculating macronutrient ratios, and finding myself only really wanting bagels, only really wanting gelato/sorbet/applesauce smoothies, only really wanting kale, only really wanting beef and only really wanting milk, and a tard-load of laffy taffy on top of that. This translates to — improved digestion and mood, improved stress levels, but overall, still very socially isolated, still dealing with dry stools and inflamed colon here and there, and complete aversion to normal foods on an apetitive level. I think way more about food than I’d like, but I feel trapped. And while I exercise as much as I can when my digestive storms have calmed, and get out and talk to as many people as I can, I’ve gained about 70lbs, my sleep is meh, and progress is horribly horribly slow.
If there’s anyone out there who’s fully recovered from digestive troubles, I could totally use some advice, some guidance, and some anecdotal proof of the possibility of eating out and digesting it like a champ and not thinking about whether or not there’s too much fiber in the meal or something boring and life-sucking as that.
HenrikOctober 5, 2013 at 3:51 pm #13002
Also — how do I get a profile pic on my account? I don’t see how to do it in the edit thing.October 7, 2013 at 12:12 pm #13026The Real AmyModerator
CP, 2 things you may want to look into:
1) Triphala (an ayurvedic herb)
2) Aloe vera juice (the no-preservative lily of the desert is the best IMO)
Both are soothing and healing for the digestive tract.
I think it’s totally acceptable to go out and order plain pasta or a bagel and applesauce or something if it allows you to socialize with friends and not feel isolated. I think people will understand if you explain you have digestive issues, and most restaurants have something extremely plain, like white rice or plain pasta, that they could give you even if it’s not on the menu.October 7, 2013 at 3:44 pm #13030
Yeah — you’re absolutely right. I did that for the longest time, and I just got sick of it. My life was not like this before 16, and I wanna just eat what I want! But holing myself up in my apartment trying to cook up the perfect combination of foods in order to heal my tract is no better and has proved futile. I think once I gained the weight, I got into a frame of mind that I wanted to lose it first and heal first before I went back into the real world. What a self-loathing/self-important load of bull that idea was.
As of this morning I’m not eating any meals at home for a week. Just to push myself out of this rut. I have a feeling that the less I think about food, the more my digestive issues will go away. Gut-brain connection aside, I can’t be afraid of having bad stools all the time — I mean, they’re not cancer/chron’s/ulcerative colitis bad.
And I’m sure those supplements, which I’ve used in the past, can only help again. Thanks
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