Monday, October 27, 2008
Wow. A lot of my questions have now been answered. My gastroenterologist has diagnosed me with fructose intolerance! Now I understand why I get sick when I eat fruits and veggies. On top of it, I have IBS, ulcerative colitis, stomach ulcers, and Barrett's Esophagus. My life insurance has dropped me, at age 29, due to my health issues. But at least now I know what is going on, and have a starting poing.
I am reading food labels and following my doctor's diet program, but it is really hard. I can't have high-fiber foods, and it's hard to feel full with fewer calories and eat less when you can't have fiber, fruits or veggies.
My stomach problems are very much reduced, but I'm very tired. I am experimenting with my diet and taking a lot of supplements.
My hair is falling out. This is tough, as I have always liked my hair, even when my weight went up and down.
The more protein I eat, the better I feel. But I have to be careful because things are so expensive. It is a balancing act between health, diet, and finances.
I am doing physical therapy, and my therapist has advised no weights, no bicycle, no running (I ALWAYS lose weight when I run!), and no more than one 15-minute walk per day. Which also makes weight loss very hard.
I am trying to keep my calories down between 1500 and 1700 per day, with the goal of 1 - 2 pounds of weight loss per week.
When I get home from work, I now get what I lovingly refer to as "starvation headache". I am so hungry that I just have to go to bed!
I am working with my doctors, and I have been told that the initial calorie reduction does make people feel sick, light-headed, dizzy, headachey; that eventually my body will adjust and learn to do with fewer calories.
We'll see! I know I sound like Debbie Downer, but I am very excited to know that I am NOT crazy! I have fructose intolerance! Who knew such a thing ever even existed??