I’m no foodie or health expert but with everyone nowadays having an opinion about the latest fad diet and what-not carbs and protein, I thought I’d throw in my two cents too.
I was diagnosed with IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) a few years ago and it has since become imperative for me to watch what I put into my pie-hole. But before I had a complete diet overhaul, I ate anything (and everything!) to my heart’s content and then soon suffered the horrific consequences. Sometimes I was constipated for days, other times I had diarrhoea coupled with excruciating stomach cramps. This went on for months. I refused to change my diet because my eating ‘wants’ were really not so drastic that I had to completely cut out certain foods, I thought. So I suffered for a little while, stopped, then went back to my old habits again. A perpetuating cycle that went on and on for months.
In the meantime, I quietly slipped into my thirties and my metabolism, together with my IBS, took a turn for the worse. Eating anything with gluten would have me in constant discomfort, I would feel bloated and anxious to the extent that I couldn’t sometimes sleep at night. Now if you know anything about me, you’d know of my love for anything baked; from freshly baked breads to muffins and croissants, to cakes and just about any pastry under the sun. Asking me to give up my gluten-injected baked goodies is asking me to give up my life. I simply cannot live without it. Or so I thought.
The choice to give up all gluten foods was not out of free will. In fact I can pretty much say it was against all will I had within me, I was forced. It was not a decision I came to lightly, it took months and months of convincing but finally my stomach cramps no longer left me with a choice. I had to bid farewell to my most beloved emotional eating friend and companion, my late night snack and my ‘I’m-bored-so-I’ll-snack-on-a-doughnut’ bff. It was a tragic but necessary step in my life.
Today, I am happy to announce that; My name is Meriza, and I am 254 days gluten free (and I’ve never felt better!). No more feeling bloated and no more discomfort, no constipation and no diarrhoea! I’ve also heeded Prof Tim Noakes’ LCHF (Low carb high fat) dietary advice and it’s helped a lot in planning my daily lunches and dinners. I’m never, ever hungry PLUS I lost four kays (SCORE!). I do however suspect that my dietary needs might change slightly once I start doing more regular, heavier running in summer. But I’ll cross that bridge once I get there.
For now, I’m enjoying my new healthy, slimmer body. And oh look, it’s just in time for summer. What a coincidence…