Well…it’s time to face the facts. When 3 out of 3 medical professionals agree it must be right. When all 3 medical professionals are from different areas then you probably shouldn’t ignore the advice. I’m not sure yet if I should be thankful that my GI doctor, nutritionist, and acupuncture are all in agreement. Most people with Gastroparesis would be thrilled to have 3 medical professionals agree. Although, I think most GPers will agree with me on this one. No one wants to hear the four things these professionals agree on.
They ALL have recommended that I give up gluten, dairy, sugar, and caffeine! OH NO!! What will I do?! I will feel better! That is what I will do! I have known for a long time that this is inevitable, but this time I am ready to accept it. I am ready to face the long road ahead to cutting these items out of my diet and my life. My eye is on the prize and the prize is feeling better.
I’m viewing this food elimination process like I view running a half marathon. You know the journey will be difficult but you know what an amazing accomplishment it will be. When I run a race I run it in 4 sections. Oddly enough, 4 sections of 3 miles. (I am a numbers nerd, so seeing 4 & 3 pop up must mean something!) This means that I will run the food elimination marathon in 4 sections. I plan to chose one item per month to focus on.
Considering that I have already eliminated most gluten, I will focus the month of April on eliminating gluten. I will miss my occasional bread and occasional pasta but it will be worth it to have more good days. I also know that I cannot start with caffeine. I will need my lovely cup of coffee and my delectable mochas to get me through the first part of this journey.
Who knows which section will be next. We shall wait and see what feels the most natural to give up.
Does anyone have gluten free recipes that they would like to share?
I’m excited for this new portion of my Gastroparesis Adventure and am hopeful that it will lead to more relief. Staying positive is the key!