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Hi All

Just wanted to check in with an "experiment" of mine. I wreacked havoc on my gut over the holidays (ccd, butter, horrible NYE sickness, ergh), and decided that in order to heal, I had to not take any risks.

So, I have cooked every last one of my meals at home for over 3 weeks, and only one meal out in the past 4 weeks at least (which my gut didn't like very much, but didn't seem to result in a glutening/soying, so that's good)

That means I know for (almost) certain that I haven't consumed any gluten, dairy, or soy in that time.

Verdict: Better. No horrid pains or bad brain fog after meals (still some mild sleepiness depending on how much I ate). I've had some constapation, but everything seems to be digesting.

I'm not 100% by any means (but it's the middle of the winter. Who isn't a little sluggish), and my stomach is still irritated by random things sometimes (bananas? whaa? and too much spice), and I've noticed that chocolate give me a bit of a headache (hopefully not a precursor to inheriting my dad's migraines), but mostly better.

So, what next?

I can't realistically never eat out again (I could. I know a lot of people here have to, but it's not worth it for me), but I can be extra careful of the places I choose and what I decide to have. Save it for date nights and travelling.

At this point, I don't think there's any other foods I need to cut out, though I aparently need to go easy on spice and acidic things, can't have more than a couple drinks at once, which tells me the gastritis that showed up on my endoscopy in the fall may not have completely healed? Since my first gastroentrolonogist visit was kind of a flop, should I try to see someone who will actually check things out again to see if it's healing or not?

Another question is now that I've gotten things straightened out again, would it be worth trying to reintroduce some things I've been avoiding, like quinoa (after last summer's horrific quinoa incident) and brown rice. I don't know if I'm intolerant to these, or just that my stomach wasn't in a state to handle them at the time?

Anyway, and advice or encouragement or whatever would be helpful.

If nothing else, I've saved lots of $ on food this month!

Thanks guys

Cheers

Peg

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And what next? Stay on track! :) Keep the throttle down but ease off on the corners.

Since your diet is working for you right now, stick with it. If you want to try adding thing back in, take it slow. Try adding one new thing per week. Being in a hurry to get sick again doesn't make a lot of sense. So take your time and add things slowly. Slowly, thoughtfully, prayerfully. Don't forget to bow and curtsy to strangers also. OK, joking a little bit. But, you get the idea no? It is fine to restrict your diet for a while, but then re-adding foods should be done slowly so you can detect problems easily. Eating out is easy, as long as you take your own food. :)

Sorry, gots a little sugar rush going on..

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Yeah, keep on track. I have had adventourous eating out many times lately. I sit in the parking lot of the fast food place my family is in. I eat in the car. Last time the temp outside was around 4 degrees F! Don't worry, I kept the heat going. Oh, the yummy food I have tantelized my family with while driving. I have a car oven and the sweet potato smell is pretty irresistable for weary travelors.

I have a box in my car with plates, plastic wear, napkins and salt. This helps avoid licking spaghetti straight off plates as happened once when I forgot forks.

When I leave for more than an hour I try to be sure to pack a meal. Hard boiled eggs in a carton, some nuts, or a foiled dinner prevent me from getting desperate. This helps me keep on track.

I am glad to hear you are doing well. I don't know about adding things back yet. I still have alot of healing to do.

Diana

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Thanks guys

I might be brave enough to attempt quinoa again, and maybe a bite of cheese, but soy and I will never be friends again. Ever.

My man and I went out for dinner on Saturday and they were pretty accomodating, though I had to send my curry back when it came out with the chapati stuck in it. It took sufficiently enough time to come back out, and aside from a bit of D later that night (likely due to spicyness and that I didn't have any digestive enzymes on me), I'm doing just fine. (this is day 3 post-eat out, and haven't been hit by horrid grumpiness, so i'd say I'm in the clear) Yay!

Even so, I'll be keeping my eating out pretty occasional and cautious.

Cheers

Peg

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