From as long as I can remember, I’ve always suffered from major digestive problems. For years, I lived off of Imodium AD and couldn’t leave my house without them. After seeing countless doctors and constantly being told I had IBS (irritable bowel syndrome), I decided to take matters into my own hands.
I slowly started changing my diet based on research and posts that I found online. A major discovery I had was a gluten allergy (I never got tested for Celiac, I just knew how much better I felt off of it). After completely cutting out gluten from my diet, I started to notice improvement. I didn’t always have diarrhea now but I still had frequent urges to do so. For some reason, being in a car seems to exacerbate the symptoms.
My next discovery was in the form of a low carb diet. I started a ketogenic approach and noticed vast improvement in the frequency of my IBS-like attacks. I was finally able to go places without a constant fear that there was no bathroom around. It was glorious for about 6 months.
After those 6 months, my body started to revert back to it’s stubborn self with frequent diarrhea attacks daily. I was starting to get depressed.
I’ve added starchy foods (potatoes and rice) back into my diet in an effort to help “move things along.” This approach seems to be working well and I can tell my body is healing once again. I am mostly symptom-free now. Every so often I get accidentally glutened or something doesn’t agree with me, but I take it for what it is at the moment and try not to stress about it.
Relax. Be Kind to Yourself. Eat Real Food.
While I’ve tried many different “diets” over the years, I find that following something that is limited to a certain list to be stressful. I get very obsessive over certain things and any way I can prevent that behavior, I do so. The way I eat now is based on what I digest well and how it makes me feel. I finally realized that there is no one-size-fits-all approach to health.
Food, after all, is more than just fuel. It has been that way for a very long time now. I enjoy food in all forms. Eating, cooking, photographing, discussing, celebrating and so on.
My diet at the moment consists of something like this:
- Meats in various forms (grass-fed and pastured whenever possible)
- Vegetables (including starchy, organic whenever possible)
- High quality fats (mostly unsaturated with the absense of damaged vegetable oils)
- Limited, high-quality dairy (always low lactose)
- Limited fruits (organic when possible)
- No grains except rice
- Very limited natural sweeteners (honey, maple syrup and stevia)
If I had to put a label on my diet, I would say that it would be considered Paleo Diet + Dairy + Potatoes + Rice.