This post is from (another) site of mine that I had uploaded a couple years ago. As I develop MindRight deeper, I thought it would be helpful to share my journey and where I have come from. I have figured out what works and what doesn't. I no longer feel confined by the stomach chains and can easily eat out without the dreaded aches (and sour stares for ordering). I have dealt with stomach issues as long as I can remember. And sometimes I still do. It's all part of the evolution.
Find what works for you, and aggressively move in that direction (in all areas of your life).
I have had chronic stomach problems ever since I can remember. I have been taken off both dairy and gluten at various times in my life. While it has helped, I have never stuck to either. There hasn’t been a significant enough internal stomach scream to make me step. away. from. the. banana. bread.
It’s just too good.
Normally, I wouldn’t have gotten a nutrition test and would have continued on my healthy diet of green smoothies, salads, good ol’ rice and vegetables and the occasional pasta splurge. However, after Bali my stomach began to scream at me.
While I was soaking in the rice paddies, I acquired a little pest that wrecked havoc on my system. They call it “Bali belly” and damn, was it something else. I have never been so paralyzed in my life. After a day of being bed (and bathroom) ridden, I was back in action. But I can’t say my belly has ever been the same.
Once I returned to the states, my normal stomach issues seemed to intensify. I have been having stomach pain after nearly every (healthy!) meal I eat. So I turned to trusty Dr. Mark Menolascino to get to the bottom of this. I went off of dairy, gluten, and eggs for a two week period while my blood was getting tested for the top 96 food allergies. This is an IgG food panel test - which tests for reactions to foods that are often a sign of a leaky gut.
Lucky for me, I am allergic to everything.
Now of course, not EVERYTHING but it sure feels like it. My morning routine for the last 3 years has consisted of a protein smoothie with almond milk, bananas, peanut butter, and spinach. A cup of coffee and a splash of almond milk on the side makes everything just right.
And guess what? I’m allergic to ALL of that (except the spinach). Yep, I have been poisoning my body every single morning for the last 3 years when I thought I was nourishing it. Can you ever win in this world?
My food test results have come back “very unusual” and I am now going to have to dive even further. I will now have to shit in a french fry bag.
Yes. Shit. In. A. French. Fry. Bag.
I have to send my stool sample off to be tested further. Sounds like not only am I needing to find a new morning routine, but I may have to change nearly EVERYTHING I eat. I am feeling a bit pathetic to say the least. I’m a vegetarian that can’t eat gluten, dairy, eggs, bananas, beans, nuts, coffee… (the list goes on).
So I guess that makes me a vegan. I apologize now for anyone who ever tries to eat out with me. This is going to be interesting.
…and I promise not to talk anymore about shitting in bags. But imagine what it’s like for the postman that had to handle the poop bag?