No more milk for me

05.01.2019

Saturday is finally here and that means rest day! I actually don’t mind working Saturdays I’ve worked them for so long now I wouldn’t know what to do with myself if I had them off but I’m more than happy to see it gone once I’ve finished work.

Working at my local gym gives me the benefit of training just before or after work without travelling most of the time but on Saturdays I just go straight home, get changed in comfy clothes quickly, stay at home, watch TV and then slap on some fake tan. I have been thinking about what topic to start with this Saturday as I have no workout plans from today. So I’m going to start with something that is bothering me/ worrying me now and has been for a while.

For the past year, starting in January 2018, I have had more and more problems with my digestive system and at first I ignored the problem and blamed it on a bad take away or two ;), or even blame on eating too much. Slowly through the year by July/August I started to vomit with more abdominal pains and more consistenly bloating, since then it has only got progressively worse. Before Christmas the pain and sickness was too much to hide or handle so I went to my GP to get scans – still waiting to hear. But I did find out that at 25 I have developed an intolerance to dairy and eggs, the girl that grew up on a pint of milk a morning before even getting up of bed before school. To a lot of people this sounds trivia, like its no big deal; just cut it out(considering most of my diet involved milk) , but it honestly has been so hard to change a habit of 25 years not because I have chosen to but because I have too. Checking labels before I eat everything, and if I accidently eat something containing milk or eggs now even 1% say goodbye to me for the rest of the day because I’ll be hiding in the bathroom.

I don’t know much about nutrition but now I feel like I have to learn more and more, and so far foods that I know I’m safe with now are all the basic foods that I have cooked and made or sauces that are Vegan friendly. Other foods and drinks have also upset my stomach which is even more frustrating because it makes me feel like its not just dairy foods and that it is something else but I’ll know more when I get my results back after 17th January.

I would love to hear from people that have developed intolerances and allergies later in life and how they changed their diet and how they dealt with the pain and frustration of not knowing what is going on with their own body.  I had one episode in December where I was feeling sick all the time, feeling full all the time, bloated and heavy all the time and honestly got me down to a point where I had two weeks off the gym clear out foods and started fresh. Lucky I have someone lovely people at work and on my Instagram that are vegan that have helped me with new recipes and clean eating snacks.

Anyway, enough of my moaning and feeling sorry for myself, since Christmas I have felt so much better and have taken my new diet a lot more seriously with the help of my boyfriend asking “can you eat that?”. It will take me a while to really understand what’s going on but this is the begining of a new chapter and embracing what my body really needs and what it really can’t tolerate rather then ignoring the problems.

Life is a series of baby steps – Hoda Kotb

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