whole30 FODMAPs Day 3 is Complete!

My day got off to an interesting start. At 2:15 am I woke up in a panic, because I had a dream that I was heating olive oil in a frying pan over the stove, and that I forgot about it and so it was going to burn the whole house down. When I awoke, I realized it was the middle of the night and that no olive oil was currently cooking on the stove. It reminded me of a dream I had a few months ago when I awoke in a panic because I thought I had ate baked beans and corn. Wow. “You know you’re Paleo when…”

I eventually went back to sleep after the panic wore off, and finally got up at 8:30. I was really hungry so I had my egg whites, ground turkey, and zucchini noodle breakfast bowl, because quite frankly, everything tastes better in a bowl, as well as half a red grapefruit. I then went to run some errands. I purchased the probiotic VSL#3, because I heard it has done wonders for some people’s IBS and other GI disorders’ symptoms. I’m trying to decide if I want to start using it right away, or stick strictly to my Paleo FODMAPS diet to see if that has any healing powers…

Once I got home I was hungry, so I had lunch at 11:30 am or so. It was heated up leftovers from the night before, so that yummy crockpot chicken and veggies. It was just as delicious as last night. My family and I then headed to the pool, where I stayed until about 4:00 pm. I enjoyed my time by drinking iced unsweet black tea and water, listening to music, surfing the internet,  texting, staying up to date on Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat, as well as swimming and reading Life of Pi, all why simultaneously getting a nice tan. I also did some 4 x10 leg presses at 100 lbs. and my legs were shaking towards the end.

While laying at the pool, I became super bloated and a slight stomach ache began. It worsened as time went by and so by the time 5:00 pm rolled around when my brother, dad, and I wanted to play some croquet, my intestines were gurgling and I was hunched over all crampy. The croquet game went really well, but my dad ended up winning. We returned to the house after one round though because it was just so hot out. I jumped in the shower, and then the worst of my stomach pain started.

So, as I type, I am currently laying down on my bed in crippling pain, feeling bloated, gassy, and weak with a little nauseas because I haven’t ate since lunch. I know I should eat something, but I don’t think I can stomach it- as I like to say “I have an alien baby trying to rip out of my stomach.” The stomach pain may worsen if I eat.

I drank a can of coconut water and licked some salt off my hand to reduce the lightheadedness and nausea I feel, so hopefully I’ll wake up feeling better. I’m not supposed to consume coconut products on low FODMAPs, but I needed the nutrients and electrolytes; I was hoping coconut water would react in my body a little but differently than coconut flour or coconut flakes would.

I can’t wait to see a holistic doctor in 2 weeks. August 7th can’t come fast enough, because hopefully she’ll figure out what’s going on and how to treat it. Until then, pray for me and pray that the holistic doctor has the experience, wisdom, and knowledge to diagnose my issues and come up with a suitable treatment.

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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.