This is one of those mornings where I feel really crappy and regretful. See, here’s what happened. On Friday, I cooked myself a nice lunch that I felt really good about. I sautéed carrots, bok choy, basil and ginger in coconut oil. I had three leftover potato chunks with ketchup. And lastly, I had a bowl of chopped apple with cinnamon, chia seeds, and basil on top. And to drink I had a small glass of V8 Fusion (pomegranate and blueberry). Everything was light and delicious and healthy and I was feeling really good about my GF/DF lunch that I whipped up. (okay I realize there was not much protein or healthy fat but I did my best with what I had…)
About two hours later, I was DYING of the bloat. I felt like I was going to explode. It was obvious that something I ate caused this feeling, but what?
Of course the bok choy was a possibility. But Lindsay also pointed out to me that it could be fructose, and perhaps I should not eat apples or drink fruit juice.
This brings me to yesterday lunchtime. I haven’t gone grocery shopping in a while, and I couldn’t think of what to have for lunch. I was making my kids pb&j on whole wheat sandwich thins, and I just made myself one and ate it with pretzels. Hello, gluten!!! I din’t have any sort of reaction afterwards or feel bad at all. No bloating or anything like that. So of course, I determined gluten must not be my problem!!!
Which brings me to last night. Date night. I had the most amazing dinner. It started with none other than BREAD. And I didn’t hold back either. I had the bread with honey butter, a glass of wine, etc. I did order a dinner that was both gluten- and dairy-free at least. But they say with gluten, there is no 80/20 rule. If you’re sensitive to it, even a little bit can be damaging.
After that, I went to a party where I may or may not have had two brownies and another glass of wine.
So this morning I wake up totally feeling the effects of the wine (draggy, feel like there are spider webs in my head) and bloated as all get-out.
Whyyy??? Why did I feel like it was okay to eat whatever the heck I wanted last night? How was this helpful at all??? Two weeks DF and a week DF/GF and I went and did that, and I totally feel it.
Anyway, moving forward. I need a plan. I have a new rash on my ankle and one on my shoulder. I’m slightly congested this morning. I really believe food is at the heart of this, I just need to figure out what it is.
I think my plan is this — continue with DF since that has already made me feel so much better. Limit gluten/wheat since I seem to have more energy without those. But really drastically cut down alcohol and sugar, as in no alcohol and not much sugar.
If that doesn’t work, it’s possible the bloating is caused by certain foods like the bok choy.
Maybe I’ll also keep a food diary, so I can start to see patterns.
Plans are good. I feel better already.