What’s with your dietary choices?

My relationship with food is long and complicated. I hardly remember the days when eating was easy…you know, when I was five years old and I ate peanut butter cookies and salted broccoli, pasta, chicken and everything in between? I’ve suffered through restriction and stress-eating and other disordered behaviors, none of which were healthy.

After years of a broken relationship with food, I invited balance back into my life. Things were going swell until early 2012 when I started noticing that something in my my stomach was “off.” I experienced gas, wretched cramping, problematic bowel movements, dizziness, fatigue, among other debilitating symptoms. I visited my physician who ran a series of tests on me before finally referring me to a stomach specialist after discovering that I was passing blood. After a colonoscopy, I was diagnosed with a tortuous colon and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). You can read more about that here and here.

The gastroenterologist prescribed a special diet for me, called FODMAP. Some of the major triggers for IBS come from special carbohydrates in fruits, vegetables, grains and processed foods such as fructans, lactose, fructose, galactans and polyols. Reducing these triggering foods means reducing wheat, rye, milk products, many artificial/processed ingredients, and even certain fruits and vegetables. You can read more about the diet here.

So, now I’m venturing through a gluten-free, lactose-free lifestyle. It’s quite the journey so far, but I’m experimenting with different foods that don’t make me sick and trying to find out what I can eat, do, and think to promote wellness and happiness!