September 8, 2013

The Bloat.

So my colon stays frustrated.  I'm lactose intolerant. Always have been. I love dairy tho.  Milk, cheese, and shakes of all variety (Harlem, especially). But this was different.

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Like my dispirited right boob and Sponge Bob status, I chalked it up to post-childbirth-fallout. For the last couple of years, my stomach wasn't just upset and outspoken, it was also on swoll throughout much of the day. I had accepted it as my new normal... that I was now to resemble a satiated constrictor snake post meals.

If you recall, I started an elimination diet about a month ago in an attempt to resolve my post nasal drip, and while I have yet to crack that nut, my bloat disappeared.  I started off by just cutting dairy, but when I stopped it with the wheat... all I'm gonna say is that I can look down and the business is visible again!

So yeah.  I just wanted to share my excitement (rather than celebrate with strawberry pancakes) and remind you that you don't have to live with uncomfortable belly distention.  It's not normal and sometimes can be resolved with a simple dietary modification.  Try an elimination diet (a few weeks is easier to wrap your head around and stick with) and see how you come out on the other side.  It's only been a month for me and I have more energy, clearer skin and my stomach rarely hurts.

Later Gators,

p.s. With every boring meal I consume, I also take these digestive enzymes and these probiotics to help things along.

p.p.s. Also, for those interested, I'm pretty much following a Low FodMap diet minus the dairy.  It's helpful for those with IBS (peer-reviewed support for its effectiveness). Seems to help... and it's not as restrictive as other dietary plans.  Bacon. Lamb Chops. All get eaten.

p.p.p.s. If you need bread in your life, the only gluten free one worth anything is UDI's Sandwich bread.  Toasted, it tastes nearly the same as the real stuff.

p.p.p.s. Of course this post (nor webmd, lol) is a replacement for your doctor's advice.  If you're going through, make an appointment STAT!

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