No Gluten or Dairy? Oh no.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

It's such a common thing not to write much when things are going badly, or you feel down. After all, you don't have the time or energy for it anyway, and who would want to read about negative things either?
Well, I've been trying to get used to a diet without any dairy in it as I seem to be extremely sensitive to it and my digestive system acts up when I have any. It's been ad difficult adjustment. Finding out I tolerate not even the smallest amount, so I have to train myself to read labels, changing my recipes, eating habits, and then finally my diet to accomodate it. Getting used to asking if food has dairy in it, or telling food service personnel I can't have any dairy when I eat out is an adjustment. I am usually a quiet person, and speaking up, having to voice my needs as a demand is so not my personality. I've been learning.
As I got better with adjusting my diet sans dairy, I found I still had some digestive trouble. What could it be? I wondered if I had a celiac problem. I decided to not just avoid or cut down the amount of bread stuffs as I had been doing to avoid bakery goods with dairy, but to eliminate all gluten from my diet. It took some research, freaking out time, and time to do it. Sure, I went through some "oh me, oh my" and depression, but after I did it for a little while, the rest of my digestive symptoms went away. Does it make me normal and well? Sorry to say, but no, it doesn't. I may always have to live with some G.I. issues, but this improvement should let me exercise better without having to quit and restart every 2 weeks. I've hated having to do that, and I get so discouraged when I have to do it. Sometimes I'm not sure if I can make the effort again, but so far I've managed to do keep doing it. I'm pretty sure I have another corner to the triangle of my problems in that I believe I have some endometriosis left inside me that acts up with my cycle, even after my partial hysterectomy. That problem will only go away with time and change of hormones.
In the meantime, now that I've gotten more used to dealing with gluten-free living, am I ready to start the challenging fight for fitness again? Wether I am or not, I want to try and do it!
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