When I was 13 years old, I was diagnosed with a stomach ulcer. Whether it was caused by stress or whether it is hereditary doesn’t really matter, the fact is that I have an ulcer and that I haven’t been looking after it.
See, I think I pretty much just grew used to living with constant discomfort. Over time, I just got used to stomach aches and feeling ill. Kind of like people who don’t really notice that their nose hairs are growing over their top lip. Or people who walk with a limp for 4 years before they see a doctor for their constant back ache. It’s weird how when something is happening to your body, you just kind of learn to live with it.
But thing have been declining rapidly. Over the past couple of years, I have had SEVEN severe bouts of food poisoning, I have had a near constant stomach ache and have woken up every morning with a burning ache in my tummy, right in the spot where my stomach muscles meet. I have also developed severe motion sickness. I have heartburn, nausea and a variety of other stomach ailments almost constantly.
It was after a particularly bad couple of weeks that I finally went back to see my doctor, who gave me the bad news. I am going to have to dramatically change my eating habits.
I eat a lot. Because of my job and also because of my love for food. I also drink a lot of wine. I drink a cup of coffee every couple of days. I eat things that I definitely shouldn’t be eating, like spicy food and acidic food – and depending on what you’ve been reading, other things that I shouldn’t be eating, like dairy and rich foods and red meat and wheat and gluten and salt. So pretty much, food.
The bad news is that it looks like all of this eating has not only made my ulcer even worse, but also resulted in a variety of other stomach problems, caused by the inflammation. So basically what I’m saying, is that my stomach is ruined. I know people roll their eyes at the mere mention of a gluten allergy, but the pain is real people. And the problem is that gluten is in EVERYTHING! Loads of stuff you never thought it would be in. It’s EVERYWHERE!
Over the next couple of months, I’m hoping to change the way I eat when I’m at home, so that I can still eat the things I love when I travel. Everything in moderation, I say.
My problem is that I’m not really sure what I should be eating. Besides for green smoothies, my options seem very limited.
So I’m off on a quest to find resources to help me put together a stomach-sentive eating plan. If you know of any great resources or any friends or family who have successfully changed their diets, please leave a comment below or email me on firstname.lastname@example.org.
I’m looking for gluten free and wheat free recipes. Recipes that use a lot of herbs and very little spices. Recipes that cut out acidic foods, red meat, fats, acids etc etc, basically most things. Recipes that are delicious. Because food is my LIFE.