After a slow recovery from the flu, I have gotten back into my studio and feeling inspired. So far my blog has been my way to share my love of creating and how I work that into my busy bee lifestyle. While I am busy finding time to create while working a full time job I often have to make time for important things such as eating, which can be difficult for me. I have a tough relationship with food and I find that there are many people who have similar issues. I thought I would work that into my blogging in the hopes that it could help at least one person who struggles with similar issues.
To start I'll share some background, I have always had stomach issues. I was diagnosed with irritable bowel syndrome back when they were just learning about it and was told my options were to figure out triggers and avoid them or take anti anxiety meds. I decided to try to live with it until I decided to eliminate gluten. This was a big help but definitely didn't solve my issues. I later visited a new doctor who prescribed me meds for my heartburn issues. While preparing for my wedding, my stress aggravated my stomach issues and I was dealing with really bad heartburn on a daily basis. I decided to see a gastroenterologist who had me do a scope to check for damage from the heartburn. After being told the heartburn meds were working even though I didn't feel that they were I gave up on the doctor and started to see a more holistic practitioner. For me, this was life changing. This new doctor identified that I had leaky gut and after a strict diet and supplements all of my issues were pretty much gone! I no longer had heartburn or daily stomach upsets. I then tried to reintroduce foods and found some of my triggers.
Where I am right now . . . i still follow pretty close to an autoimmune paleo diet while taking supplements. My problems are not all solved but my quality of life is much better. My challenge now is finding ways to stick to my diet and take care of myself while eating on the go, traveling, and entertaining.
In between sharing my crafting ideas I will share some strategies I have developed to help deal with these issues. I would also love to hear some strategies or ideas that you use if you have similar issues or dietary restrictions.