Wednesday, January 30, 2013

A New Year, A New (Life-changing) Diet

Well happy 2013 everyone! I'm a bit late on these well-wishes but I'm happy to report that I'm finally starting to feel alive again! The crazy journey of my injury, recovery, infections, blood-clots, etc. is far from over, but I'm finally hopeful that the end may be in sight.

I spent November, December, and the beginning of January in and out of the hospital and on bed-rest, but thanks to the following script of perfectly illegible doctor's handwriting, I'm finally starting to feel like myself again... but it hasn't been easy!

After dealing with the multiple significant blood clots in my arms caused by my PICC lines, my residual extreme "yucky-ness" has been caused by my strong antibiotics and my lovely intestinal infection known as "C. Diff". I would literally take one of my pills and then be confined to my bed trying to fight off intense waves of nausea for about 3 hours. This had persisted for the last couple of months... yeah, it's really as "un-fun" as it sounds.

However, at church a few weeks ago, a friend introduced me to a doctor who specializes in digestive issues. Talking with him, deciphering his scribbles, then implementing a new dietary regimen has brought be out of my fog! YAY! No, the infection isn't gone, but I'm able to cope with it and be out and about in the world. YAY FOR PLAYING IN SUNSHINE! I've never stuck to a diet for more than a week in my life... lol!... but with what I have been suffering through, giving up some of my favorite yummy (translate: unhealthy) foods seems like a small price to pay. 

So what is this new diet of mine?  DAIRY-FREE, GLUTEN-FREE, AND the real kick in the pants ...  SUGAR-FREE!

Plus an obscene amount of probiotics to help recolonize my system with good bacteria. The doctor also recommended that I add lots fermented foods to my diet so I try to drink one Kombucha tea drink per day. When I made a stink-face at that idea, he responded:

"Hey, you're an athlete aren't you? To be the best, you do what you have to do right? Think of this as training!"

~TOUCHÉ, DOC! Touché.  He also recommended adding gums and pectins to my diet, but I haven't exactly found out how to implement them. I did buy some apple pectin capsules, but seeing as I haven't broken the seal on the jar, they really aren't doing me much good. 
If you have any favorite gluten-free + dairy-free foods or recipes, please feel free to pass them along. I'm so happy to have learned a way to cope with my body's current condition, but at the same time, I want my taste buds to be happy too!


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Leah said...

You're coming out of the fog one day at a time...and it will be clearer and more beautiful than ever! We will have to experiment with yummy salads a plenty!