honestly if you’re a girl, you’re always bloated. it comes with being a girl right? there are so many articles telling us what to eat, what supplements to buy, how to keep the bloat to a minimum, that should make it all better right?!?! it’s normal. which is exactly what i thought.
but mayyyyybe it wasn’t. It isn’t.
i was in constant pain. i mean you name it and it would make my stomach hurt- go gluten free, then go dairy free, then don’t eat cruciferous veggies because talk about pain. maybe things are too acidic maybe they’re just not right for my body for no reason….why would an apple hurt my stomach but not a bacon egg and cheese? does my body just crave greasy food? L O L
fast forward two months after all the testing, a couple thousand dollars in medical bills, anesthesia, blood tests and so much patience from sean, my parents, and my friends… a freaking light at the end of the tunnel was visible. a three hour breath test after 5 previous forms of testing confirmed that i wasn’t making this shit up about never feeling good.
i had SIBO. you’re probably thinking, ‘the fuck is that.’ same same no idea.
turns out I'm not (completely) crazy. i had small intestine bacteria overgrowth. mkay. still, ‘the fuck is that’.
well in short, because i’m no doctor (surprising i know)- it’s when the good bacteria grows where they aren’t supposed to because of certain foods i eat. the foods that are high fodmap are the ones the bacteria like to indulge on. so they’re in the small intestine and cause all kinds of discomfort as they digest food that shouldn’t be hanging out there. i know maybe TMI?
but i’m almost positive there’s someone out there hopefully reading this like OMG THAT’S ME. because I wish i would have read this post when i thought i was going to spend the rest of my life crying because of stomach pain after every meal. not wearing jeans because well keeping them buttoned was a problem, not feeling confident OR COMFORTABLE in my own body because it was fighting me...
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so now i know. and now I'm trying to find my way through a diet called low fodmap…. where, you guessed it, my avocado toast is a thing of the past (for now), almost gluten free, most dairy is out, oh don't forget no garlic or onions (FYI they're in everything), or too much sweet potatoes or asparagus...ya know just random foods that are out. *sigh*
i wanted to do this intro because i’ve submersed myself in learning every single thing i can about this and i want to start sharing it. it’s challenging, and annoying and i can’t even go to dinner whenever i want because i need to check every ingredient. BUT now i know I'm not the only one. i know that there are SO MANY resources and blogs and human beings who are going through something where they think their body is giving up on them.
whether your skin is breaking out because maybe dairy is no longer your thing, or you can’t eat gluten and you think that you’ll never have drunk pizza again, or you have such bad acid reflux, or doctors told you you have IBS and now you’re again like ‘the fuck is that’.
whatever it is, there are people who are in the same place, me to offer my own experience, & good ass recipes that will make your little tummy smile again.
text, email, comment let me know your thoughts & your questions because there’s more to come. i hope that at some point i can help answer some of your questions because i'm sure as hell going to need help answering mine! next post will be on WTF fodmaps are, what you CAN eat, and how yeah, maybe i cried last week after not being able to eat pizza, but whatevs!
so bye for now. going to do more research & eat gluten free dairy free three ingredient banana pancakes !