If you follow me, you know that I have been suffering a lot over the last couple years, with this past year being the worst, with my digestion and other "inflammation" issues (chronic pain, anxiety, depression, fatigue). I've been to GI drs, orthopedists, integrative health drs, physical therapist, acupuncturists, chiropractors, massage therapists, you name it...pretty sure I've seen them. My biggest complaint is my chronic digestive issues. I've been suffering for years...and I am 100% certain it was my years of competition and restrictive diets that have landed me where I am today. I've tried several "elimination" type diets on my own, never really able to stick to them for longer than a couple weeks...because I never feel like the symptoms get any better. I've been mainly wheat, gluten and dairy free for the last 2 years (but not 100%). I've also eliminated all artificial sweeteners and other additives (again...not 100%)...but no matter what I eliminate I still suffer.
Recently, after a slew of blood tests, stool and saliva tests came back "normal range" we decided to finally go the route of food sensitivity testing - the MRT test to be exact. This is a blood test that tests your body's response to many different foods, spices and additives. Not an allergy test per se, I have no "allergy responses" to foods...just sensitivities. Today, I followed up on my test results and got the new "prescription" elimination diet. To say I was upset with some of the things I have to eliminate is an understatement...I cried when I learned I would have to eliminate caffeine for up to 30 days...oh the freaking horror!
Ok, here's what's going to be hard for me! And I'm being honest here...I LOVE to drink wine and vodka. Yes, I am a self proclaimed lush...I drink more than I probably should a few times a week. These must go. Also, caffeine in ANY form has to be eliminated for up to 30 days because I tested severely sensitive to it. Oh, and my beloved BEEF! I am a carnivore people! I freaking LOVE beef. I eat red meat at least once a day (lean of course). And avocado...oh my sweet sweet avocado...
But I digress. I was angry during my appointment...I wanted to punch the dietician...and I wanted to cry. But the truth is, nothing I have tried has worked yet and I haven't been consistent with any of the elimination diets previously...this time...this time has to be different. I NEED this to work, so I will be 100% with this. I can't suffer this way any longer. Will it be easy? Oh hell no. But it's not like I haven't had to sacrifice before? I mean, hell, I lived on chicken, turkey, eggs, rice, quinoa, olive oil, asparagus, broccoli and tilapia for months and months on end with practically every competition I ever did. So this should be nothing right? The truth is, the reason this is so freaking hard for me is because I spent so many years eliminating for competitions, and knowing that way of living is what got me here, I'm having this sever mental block about having to eliminate again. I feel like revolting against it...every ounce of my being says no..this is what got you here in the first place...but this is for a reason..this time it's for my health and well being. And this will be temporary. This time will be with the ultimate goal of bringing MORE foods BACK into my life. But it will be a process....another step in my journey.
This shit will be hard, no doubt...but whatever....I'm scrappy!
Cheers to health!