Day 4 complete but off the beaten path…

I’ll be honest: I cheated today. Not that I wasn’t Paleo all day, but I just wasn’t 100% low FODMAP friendly to myself. I’ll start from the beginning of my day.

After a rough, stomach ache filled night I awoke hungry at about 7:40 am, so I immediately went downstairs to make myself breakfast. And guess what it was? The same thing as usual: egg whites, ground turkey, and zucchini noodles. Exciting variety, huh?

I then went on a golf cart ride with my mom to creep around in a house being built to get ideas for future floor plans and building quality. Sounds odd, but I love discussing that stuff with her. When we returned, I retired to the couch where I continued reading Life of Pi. What a fantastic and enthralling book. It is so simple to read and I’ve loved it so far. I’ve seen the movie, and the producers and directors did a great job of straying very little from the story line. I was curious what others thought about it, so I flipped to the first few pages to read the reviews. My favorite is from the Wall Street Journal (Editor’s Pick) and they are quoted saying, “Think: comic strip ‘Calvin and Hobbes’ with an overt religious theme.” That review stuck out to me because since I was about 11, I can remember reading every Calvin and Hobbes comic strip there is. My family and I absolutely adore the characters and their antics. We even own the collector’s edition of the books- that’s how much we love them! I still have about a third of the novel left, but I definitely recommend it!

At about 11:00 am I was hungry, so I had that crockpot chicken and veggies again, but this time it was on a plate. It tasted just as good, but not quite as exciting to eat if it had been in a bowl. I headed to the pool where I tanned and read for about 3 hours. I stayed until 2:30 pm, but my stomach was starting to growl and I was feeling fried. I returned home and had a big bowl of pineapple. It was delicious! What a wonderful fruit! But then, it started to not sit well in my stomach. It was almost too sweet to handle. I tried drinking lots of water and laid down to rest my stomach, while I caught up on an episode of Pretty Little Liars, but it didn’t help. I thought maybe protein would help the acidity and sugar rush I was feeling, so I had half a breast of chicken. I returned to the couch and all of the sudden I had a hankering for chocolate. It wouldn’t go away. So, in my weakness I had dark chocolate, even though not low FODMAP and definitely not whole30. It made me gassy, so chocolate is out of the game for awhile now!

Unfortunately, once I “cheat”, I seem to just keep going. So, I had 2 handfuls of almonds and raisins, as well as a few @urbanposer vanilla-strawberry coconut macaroons.  I now have diarrhea and gurgling intestines. That won’t happen again. I decided to round off my night, at about 6:30 pm, with the last of that crockpot chicken and veggies and lots of water, and 2 VSL#3 probiotic pills.

The Paleo low FODMAPs lifestyle is a serious business, and if I want healing I need to take it seriously, even in my weakness. Anyone know why I was craving sweet foods and chocolate today? My body obviously can’t tolerate them, so they are foods to strictly avoid even post-low FODMAP/Paleo challenge. I honestly think it was because I was craving fats, but avocados and coconut products are also to be avoided. Any ideas for other fats to snack on?

At least I only had a slight stomach ache today, so score one for me! Now, I just need to remind myself that just because I feel better, that doesn’t mean I’m healed. I have got to stick to it, and my 30 day challenge resolve has been renewed.

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