I want to share something with you. Something I feel that I have kept a secret for quiet a while. Well, only my immediate family and a few close friends may only know about. For about 3 years, I've suffered from an unhealthy gut. It all started with GERD and acid reflux. Normally, I thought it was due to pregnancy so I dealt with it. A few years went by and I ended up in the ER with pain in my stomach. I found out during that visit that I had "fatty liver" the Physician asked me if I was a drinker. I told them no, I wasn't. They then referred me to see a GI doctor. I went, not really knowing what to expect. During that visit, the Physician tested me for everything under the sun. I soon found that my body couldn't tolerate diary, gluten and soy. All things I consumed! I was shocked and a bit hurt because I heavily depended on eggs, cheese and milk. They finally told me that I could still have those things, but not often. I immediately felt that I could substitute milk for lactose milk, I stopped eating cheese and eggs, I decided to keep.
Fast forward to 2018, the pain now is like a mole that I can't get rid of. I couldn't shake it no matter what I did. I'm in a state of constant pain. But I continued to smile but at night I would just cry. I would get up every morning and start over again. This type of pain would play with your mind. It will have you feeling like you're slowly dying and there is nothing you can do. People are walking around like life is great and here I am sitting in a dark room feeling numb. There was nothing my kids or husband could do to make me feel better. Ashon begged me to go see a doctor. I felt that in doing so would be pointless. Why? Because all they do is push medicine down your throat and send you home with a bill. I'm telling him "There has to be a natural way for my body to heal itself!" I started my new job in February and realized that being in this condition + the added stress and long work hours only made it worse. My mood worsen, I became fatigued, I gained MORE weight, I was more emotional and I didn't want to be around anyone. If anyone felt that I was unapproachable, it was probably 99.98% true. Ha!
Fast forward to August 2018, something clicked. I was sleeping way too much, my headaches were more frequent, sometimes daily, and I had body aches. I cried and cried and prayed. I'd just turned 37 on July 30th and I promise the next day I felt that I'd aged 10 years. I ended up seeing a doctor the next week. My 45 minute appointment ended up being a 2 hour appointment. There was so much going on with me that my Physician was spinning. She prescribed meds for anxiety & stressed, recommended that I started taking melatonin at night to help me sleep, she referred me to a Nutritionist. My blood pressure was high and yet, she still couldn't figure out my gut pain. She pressed on my stomach a little and I literally almost jumped off the table. She was like... "Wow, you are very tender in this area!" Then she proceeded to write down all of my symptoms. I advised her that the pain comes and goes. Some days are better than others depending on what I eat (crying my eyes out at the time...). She needed more info so that's was the first day of what I feel could actually be the beginning of my treatment. From there, I saw a Nutritionist who is also in weight loss clinic. I was tested more. My biggest issue is my weight and feeling like crap all the time. I found out that my hormones are all out of wack! Low testosterone to be the first. I'm severely anemic. And my gallbladder is taking a huge hit! Yep, I'll be having surgery soon and I'm so glad that I am finally getting answers.
THE PLAN GOING FORWARD
First things firsts, remove all things that adds stress to my life. Which led me to shutting down my Facebook page, not watching certain things on TV and not talking to certain people. What I've realized is that I'm making changes to help better my ability to not react to certain things, learning how to say NO and being okay with that, no matter how it makes someone else feel. I'm just not in a place where I want to over extend myself anymore.
Second, I've been placed on a strict meal plan. Tell me what you think;
What's not allowed: Fruit juice, corn, potatoes, carrots, rice, pasta, flour, beer, wine or alcohol, oatmeal, grits, potato or chips of any kind, candy, cakes or any sugary items. Avoid alcohol and minimize caffeine to one cup a day. Do not drink juice or any sugary beverages.
What is allowed:
Cooked Vegetables (measure 1/2 cup uncooked): Broccoli, cauliflower, collard greens, spinach, cabbage, asparagus, onions, string beans and green beans.
Uncooked Vegetables (measure 1/2 cup): Kale, lettuce, spinach, onion, cucumbers, celery, broccoli, cauliflower and red peppers.
Fruit: Grapefruit, Grapes, Apples, Oranges, Strawberries, Cherries and Blueberries.
Lean Meats (approx. 50 calories per ounce): Steak, Hamburger, Ham, Lamb, Ribs, Roast Beef, Pork, Deli meats (nitrate free) and hot dogs.
Poultry: Chicken, Turkey, Chicken Sausage, Ground Chicken and Turkey.
Fish: Salmon, Sardines, Trout, Cod, Halibut, Grouper, Tuna, Lox, Flounder and Sashimi (no rice).
After my first week I've noticed that I have a weakness for snacking. I crave junk food at night. So I am looking for a healthy night time snack.
Walk 30 minutes a day
Drink 8 bottles of water (and wear a diaper) BOL 😂
More frequent meals to include above list
See there is nothing fancy about this... my goal is to just stay consistent! I plan to document this journey and I'm asking for prayers. I will need them!
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