Recent Stomach Issues
I made a super easy, yet tasty dinner the other night. I love simple meals that can be thrown together quickly! I decided to put my broccoli slaw to use and randomly threw together a mix of foods…needless to say, it turned out quite tasty!
That would be a mix of brown rice, chicken, sauteed broccoli slaw, and salsa! Like I said…totally random…but stirred all together and the different flavors were fabulous 😀
I served this along with a small salad:
In the bowl: spring mix lettuce, cucumbers, red peppers, carrots, italian dressing, and some low-fat feta cheese! I LOVE adding some feta to my salads. It makes the flavor a bit more interesting. And I think low-fat feta tastes just as good as the full-fat stuff! YUM.
Um, and last night I tried nut butter on a sweet potato for the first time…or PB2 to be exact…but why haven’t I done this before?? It was amazing! I totally see this as being a new favorite for me :).
So, I mentioned that I was having some digestive issues the other day and I wanted to elaborate on that a bit! Ever since I stopped doing the cleanse I’ve been feeling really bloated and have been having some, ahem, “issues” going to the bathroom (sorry if that’s tmi for you!). I won’t go into detail on those issues…but let’s just say it’s been a bit more of a challenge than it was during and before the cleanse.
Seriously, I feel so incredibly uncomfortable! My pants are feeling a bit tighter and the bloating is visibly noticeable (to me anyway).
That’s supposed to be a bloated bird haha. Anyway, I don’t feel well and I’m starting to get really frustrated. I’m beginning to wonder if I may have a slight intolerance or sensitivity to certain foods that I wasn’t eating during the cleanse and have since added back into my diet.
The main things that I took out of my diet during the cleanse, and that I consume on a consistent/daily basis are:
Of course, I also cut out alcohol, refined sugars, fried foods, and corn and white starches. However, those are not things that I have on a consistent basis at all.
Could I have a slight intolerance or sensitivity to wheat or dairy? Could coffee be aggravating my digestive system? I don’t think I have a serious intolerance or anything because I don’t get any intense symptoms after consuming food…but I’ve done some reading and have found that bloating and constipation are two definite symptoms.
So, why wasn’t I noticing this before the cleanse? Well as I’ve said before, I have been diagnosed with irritable bowel syndrome so I have experienced bloating and constipation before- it just hasn’t been something that’s lasted this long for a while- and I’ve thought of it as normal. Perhaps giving my body a break from these foods provided my digestive system with relief and then reintroducing them is wreaking some havoc? I really don’t know…I’m just kind of trying to think this out haha.
I found it interesting that IBS is a symptom of food intolerances. And there were also a couple other symptoms associated with food intolerances that caught my eye: fatigue and headaches. I often find myself way more tired than I should be for the amount of sleep that I get. A couple of years ago I even consulted with my doctor about it and we couldn’t figure anything out. I also have an abnormal amount of headaches. I generally get at least several a week. It’s SO annoying!
Could wheat or dairy or even coffee be the cause or at least contribute to some of these problems? Maybe. All I know is that my stomach and digestive system felt much better on the cleanse than they do now.
I’m thinking of trying to eliminate each of these things from diet for a few days to see how I feel while not consuming them, and then see how my body reacts when I start having them again. I really don’t want to see a doctor for this, so I want to play around with it on my own and see if I can find the culprit of my stomach woes.
What are your thoughts on this?