Paradigm shift

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I went and saw Dr. Yuwen Lee (my naturopath/dietician/supplements specialist) yesterday and confessed… I had fallen off the bandwagon several times and had indulged in some gluten, dairy, coffee, soy, corn, potato, salad and fruit… all the yummy things that are on my list of foods to avoid.

I’ve seen myself slip several times since June, but have managed to justify that if I eat really well 99% of the time, then surely that soy latte on the weekend isn’t going to kill me. And plus, on special occasions it doesn’t count (“It’s a wedding! It’s good luck to eat some of the cake!”)…

But what I have noticed is that as soon as I eat some of the forbidden things, my body is much more sensitive to them. I bloat almost immediately, and feel lethargic and sometimes constipated the next day, as I am sure my digestive system has hit overload and is trying to process everything that I have just consumed. My greatest discovery is that the little belly pudge that I have had since I was 16 years old (fondly known as my ‘Buddha Belly’ – rub for good luck!) actually is a result of being in a constant bloated state! What I thought was my “body issue” that I wasted countless years trying to destroy through ab workouts and spanx is actually combated by avoiding gluten and dairy! Wow, what I have put my body through!

Anyway, she reminded me that it just isn’t worth it. Don’t cheat on your diet. You’ll never feel as good as you did before when you were solely on it…the reprimand I expected to hear, albeit not what I enjoyed hearing, as I internally rolled my eyes, stomped my foot and told myself “Come on, what harm is a little salad?”…

But then she said something that completely shifted my inner rebel in its seat –

“You’re so lucky that all you need to do is watch what you eat and take extra supplements to keep your Crohn’s under control”

And boom! There was the paradigm shift.

I am lucky. WOW! With all of these supplements and a restrictive diet, I have been able to feel AMAZING! For the first time in years as a Crohn’s sufferer, I can control a lot of my symptoms just by being good to my body and fueling it with the right foods for me. Why wouldn’t I want this for myself?

I do want this. It’s been a crazy year with my Crohn’s flaring and I need to do my little bit to support my system. It’s not a sacrifice or a burden. It’s what I have to do and the results of doing this have been almost immediate, so I should get back to enjoying that. And now that I have a different perspective of looking at it, as opposed to feeling “restricted” – I am lucky that it doesn’t take that much to feel better.

So in saying that, I found a link for a list of restaurants that are good for my fellow gluten intolerant peeps out there (courtesy of Ashley Hunt)… eat in good health!

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