Motivated but not doing well…

Well, I just finished day 2 of my whole30 FODMAPS journey and unfortunately, I do not feel well. My stomach is bloated, achy, and crampy. Wonderful.

My day started out at the doctor’s office with a fasting blood pressure appointment. After my fasting results, I had to eat something, and then get retested to see if my blood pressure changes with food. I planned ahead, of course, and brought my breakfast with me in a lunchbox. For breakfast, I typically have egg whites, cooked ground turkey meat, and some sort of heated up vegetable, but I knew that I couldn’t bring that with me to the doctor because it’d get cold and then taste gross. So, in light of my ever-changing Paleo taste buds I had my lunch for breakfast at about 9:00 am. Yes, it’s true, I had a cold chicken breast with some raw green beans. And let me tell you- vegetables and meat are good anytime of the day. Pre-Paleo I could never have imagined doing something like that- it was wrong! Breakfast food is for breakfast and lunch food is for lunch and dinner food is for dinner. Unless, you had the occasional breakfast food for dinner, but not the other way around!

After my blood pressure got tested again, I headed home. My food was sitting well in my stomach and I felt fine. I also finally got rid of the last of that chicken broth cooked chicken. Then at about 12:30 pm I was feeling a little hungry and decided to have my breakfast food for lunch. It was my egg whites, ground turkey, and some zucchini noodles sautéed with lemon juice, salt and pepper, and mixed herbs. I assumed the mixed herbs were onion and garlic free…

Anyways, I felt fine and comfortably satieted. My mom, brother, and I headed to the pool where I went to the gym really quick and did some 4 x 10 leg presses at 100 lbs., and then ordered an unsweet iced black tea. I also drank water with fresh lemon. Then, over the course of an hour or so I developed a stomach ache. Nothing major, but I was definitely bloated and uncomfortable. The stomach aches got worse and lasted me till about 6:00 pm.

While there, I started researching Paleo FODMAPS approved recipes but it seems most of them still include nuts/seeds which I am not eating for the next 30 days. I looked on Instagram too. Speaking of which, today @theurbanposer, one of my favorite Paleo bloggers and Instagramers, asked to “follow” me on Instagram. I kind of freaked out a little, texted my mom about it, and then took a screen-shot of the request and Instagramed it. Yeah, I was excited.

While researching it dawned on me that sweet potatoes are a “Be Careful” food, which was super disappointing because this restaurant where I’m at this summer has sweet potato fries cooked in duck fat. Talk about nom nom paleo. I also tried to read about the GAPS diet, but I couldn’t find too much information on it. Anyone know anything about it?

Around 6:00 pm my stomach aches started to subside, but soon it was time for dinner. Although I wasn’t too hungry, I decided to eat slowly and see if I could manage anything. My mom being the wonderful, supportive person she is made a Paleo, but also FODMAPS approved meal. It was chicken breasts, with zucchini, parsnips, carrots, tomatoes and basil slow-cooked in a crockpot with water instead of broth, mixed herbs, salt and pepper. It was delicious and tasted like a pot-roast. She almost put asparagus in, but I told her it wasn’t FODMAPS friendly and she happily obliged to forgo it. I told her she could still put it in, and I’d just eat around it, but she thought the juices from the asparagus may still give me problems.

Smart woman she is.

I was able to eat a full chicken breast and lots of delicious veggies, but then the stomach pain started.

So, as I write this, I have a horrible stomach ache; I’m cramp, gassy, bloated, and uncomfortable. I avoided FODMAPS all day and I’m still not doing well. I know that it takes 1-6 weeks to see progress, but I sure hope it’s sooner than later. Regardless, I’m going to stick to it for 30 days, because I’ve never felt so motivated about a whole30. I’m ready for change and healing, and this blog is keeping me accountable. I look forward to sharing about my day and insight each night.

I’m wishing and praying that each day my gut heals and my symptoms subside, because I really miss my normal, active life.

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4 responses to “Motivated but not doing well…

  1. Sounds like your first few days have been a little worse for wear than mine have, although I’m not feeling fantastic either… I noticed you said you had green beans. Have you ever had trouble with them before? They were my go-to vegetable when I tried the low-FODMAPs diet, but I discovered pretty quickly that they caused a LOT of uncomfortable and painful bloating. Obviously not everyone has the same triggers, but maybe that’s something you should watch out for. I love and miss them, but green beans are definitely a no-no for me.
    Sounds like you might want to check the content of those mixed herbs too… Sorry to hear things aren’t going so well, but it’s good that you’re still feeling motivated! Hang in there, I’m sure it’ll get better soon 🙂

    • Actually, I never normally eat green beans. I am now because so many vegetables I used to eat are not low FODMAPS friendly. Today, I didn’t eat any green beans and my stomach aches were actually worse. I’ll keep that in mind though, thanks! And thank you for the encouragement and advice- I definitely need it.

  2. Hi,

    I resonate with your story all except that it’s not for myself but for my 6 year old son which makes my life really really difficult at times.
    GAPS it’s a version of SCD (Specific Carbohydrats Diet – Elaine Gotshall … not sure about the spelling though). It bassically involves no grain whatsowever, no potatoes, no rice, no preocessed sugar or any other sugar except for Honey and Stevia … you need to introduce it carefully as there are about 5 stages to introduce various foods. My son (who has IBD, I’m not sure what is your motivation for this but I suspect you’ve got some sort of gut complain if you’re on FODMAP —- which it didin’t help my son at all).
    Have a look on pecanbread group (that is a forum for parents with children with various brain and gut issues but there are links to the adults forum) you’ll find heaps of info there.
    Are you living in Australia? AS I think FODMAP was developped here (I’m in melbourne Au by the way).
    Thank you for following me and keep in touch.

    Elena

    • I was trying to research the GAPS diet, but I found very little on it. I am already Paleo, so I was looking at Paleo forums about why my gut issues weren’t healing, even on such a strict diet. A lot of information pointed to high FODMAP foods, which I ate all the time (broccoli, cauliflower, apples, mushrooms, onions, garlic etc.). Since becoming low FODMAP, a lot of my symptoms have decreased. I didn’t know the diet began in Australia, but I’m not from there. I’m glad your son is doing so well on SCD and that he is healing.

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