I self-diagnosed myself with Celiac. I saw several doctors in the past, was tested for Celiac and was negative, never received an endoscopy. I was diagnosed with anxiety/depression when I was 10, then IBS-D when I was 20, and finally PCOS at 21 (I'm now 22), although I realize I've experienced symptoms of all of these since I was at least 13. The IBS probably started when I was much younger. After doing my own research, I took it upon myself to begin an elimination diet.
When I was at my worst, I lost about 25-30 pounds from lack of appetite that was caused by the IBS symptoms. People have always told me I was thin, although at my heaviest, I was 135 lbs (I'm 5'5"), which is supposedly average weight. I appeared thin because I carried all my weight in my abdomen and wore baggy shirts to hide it. At my lowest weight, I was around 105, and now I'm 113. Now I'd love to gain the weight back that I lost, especially since it seems to be redistributing to my arms, legs, and hips, but I'm having trouble because of how limiting my diet has become.
I've been a vegetarian for about 8 years now. I've tried eating meat again, but it makes me feel bad, both physically and emotionally. Before I realized I was gluten intolerant, I knew I was lactose intolerant, but often ignored it. When I decided to go gluten-free, I realized I had to eliminate all dairy as well because I became even more sensitive.
I was doing well with my gluten-free vegan diet for about a month until I started to notice my symptoms resurfacing--the IBS came back and my period came about three weeks late, meaning the PCOS symptoms had returned. I assumed it was associated with rice, quinoa, and other grains since I was eating a lot of those, so I decided to eliminate all grains. I had reached 117 lbs, but as soon as I eliminated grains, my weight dropped to 113 and has stayed there for the past 2-3 weeks. At the same time, I eliminated legumes for about three weeks, and was basically living off of fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds. I basically became raw vegan. I felt great for a while, but started getting anxious that I wasn't consuming enough calories. It was also causing my anxiety disorder to resurface in some ways, although it's possible that the anxiety was caused from having the flu about two weeks ago.
Last week, I tried to reintroduce legumes (beans only; no soy or peanuts). The first time I ate them, I had some gas and bloating, but nothing else. I figured it was fine since the irritation stopped after that and I didn't experience any diarrhea, so I've continued eating them this past week. However, I noticed that I now have dark circles under my eyes, I get tired more easily, and I get a small headache around the same time every day. I assume this means I'm sensitive to legumes as well, so I've come here to ask--how can I consume enough calories to gain weight on such a restrictive diet? I'm basically back to where I started three weeks ago--raw vegan, only this time it's not intentional. I'm not against eating cooked vegetables, but I'm a full-time student and also work 20 hours a week, so eating raw is basically a time saver for me. Cooking the vegetables wouldn't necessarily increase the caloric value anyway. I have a green smoothie every day for breakfast, a ton of nuts and seeds throughout the day, at least one avocado a day, lots of green leafy vegetables. I don't know what else to do, so any suggestions are welcome. Is it possible that I'll recover from some of my allergies? If so, how long would this take?
Edited by EricaM15, 28 February 2013 - 06:21 PM.