What a journey I’ve had so far!
To start from the beginning or high school, I have always eaten whatever I wanted. Oreos, pizza, BLT’s with burnt bacon (because I have never liked the taste of bacon), bags of Doritos, pop tarts, you name it. However, one thing remained the same, stomach pain, bloating, and discomfort. I grew up on The Standard American Diet (SAD), just like most of us did.
(nice to see not much has changed since I was a child…)
Fast forward to college, my stomach issues continued to get worse and worse. I always knew that dairy caused me trouble, but that didn’t stop my ice cream and cheese pizza binges. College wouldn’t be college without ice cream and pizza right??
It didn’t last long, because I got really sick my sophomore year. No more dairy, well lactose anyway.
(can you pick me out???)
Since I was having so many issues, the last year and half of college I decided to go vegan. This suited me just fine, because I never really cared for meat and my Lactaid was tearing me up. There was no transition time, just me jumping right in. Can we say uncomfortable???
I was eating mostly raw foods and my body went into major detox. Acne, bloating, and all the other fun uncomfortable things that come with detoxing. I about threw in the towel, but I decided to stick with it. After a couple of weeks, most of my symptoms went away. However, I still got bloated and I would still get some terrible stomach pains after I would eat. However, my skin never looked better!
Shortly after we were married, my stomach pains got worse after eating and I would sometimes swell up after eating. I was given several different diagnoses before finding a wonderful primary care physician that referred me to a GI specialist. It was getting hard for me to eat at this point because I was so uncomfortable. Come to find out, my gallbladder only functioned at 12% and needed to come out. 12%… me? Really? I don’t eat fried foods, I’m not overweight, I didn’t “fit the bill” for having gallbladder trouble! Regardless in 2010, I had my gallbladder removed.
The road to recovery was rough for me. When I ate, I felt like my stomach was burning or being scraped from the inside out. Weight kept coming off of me. One day, physican’s assistant gave me the name of her sister. She was a dietician that specialized in food intolerances. She thought she might be able to help me. That is when I met Sandra and started the LEAP Program. I was also tested for food allergies, which I have several!
I also wanted to come off all my medicines that I could too at this point. Since I had lost weight, my birth control pills were making me MEAN. I think it was the loss of weight with the same dosage of hormones. I never reacted well to birth control pills, and we had been looking into natural forms of birth control for a while.
This is when I started Delights and Delectables. Looking back at the foods I was “allowed” to eat, and seeing the odd and weird food combinations I had to make makes me want to gag! Writing Delights and Delectables was great therapy for me… much cheaper than paying someone! 🙂
Even through this program, I continued to lose weight and have trouble. I was diagnosed with H.Pylori and found out that my stomach wasn’t absorbing the nutrients my body needed. At this point I was way underweight, and I had a long road to go….
Looking back, I knew I had gotten too thin, but I didn’t realize how bad I looked at the time. Everyone around me was concerned about my weight loss. The hardest part was acting like I was okay when I was scared to death about my weight. I didn’t want to be that small. I didn’t want to go clothes shopping because I felt like a little girl, but my own clothes were hanging off of me! Also, there was no monthly cycle happening for me.
It has taken me months to get a hold of all my food intolerances and allergies. I also ended up having to cut gluten out of my diet. Although my celiac test came back negative, my doctor informed me that it is only 60% accurate. I didn’t begin to get better or gain weight back until it was out of my system for 6 plus weeks.
This was a long and difficult road to recovery. I am thankful I had an amazing team of medical doctors, integrative medicine doctor, and a chiropractor that has helped me to regulate my system.
Sometimes I still have bouts of stomach pain, but NOTHING like I used to! After my body was able to heal, my weight and health came right back. Praise the Lord!
In many ways, these are just the highlights, and this is only a small part of my amazingly rich life.
I realize that the problems that I have are not the most serious issues a person could have. I feel like there are many women (or guys) who have medical issues and are afraid to come out and talk about it. I want Delights and Delectables to be a place where we can support one another and hold each other up. I also want to encourage you to fight for your health. If you feel like something is wrong, find a doctor or practitioner that will take you seriously.
I praise God for continuing to see me through this trial in my life. I have learned to lean on him more, and to trust that He will sustain me and take care of me. Sure I still have issues, but I’m giving those to Him too!