Disclaimer- This is a TMI post. if it bothers you to read about such private topics, please don't continue. Don't think bad of me for sharing either, but sometimes a girl just has to vent.
It's a dirty word, the word I hate the most in life.
I have lived with the 'C' word for the better part of my life. It sucks. I used to be so embarrassed to even bring it up, but in doing so, I realized I am not alone. After countless conversations with close friends, I came to the conclusion that it effects more people than I ever knew. Here is my frustration, it's the way I eat. The clean, whole food, plant based diet I eat should be enough to wipe that crap out of my digestive system faster than a Hollywood marriage. But, no, I still struggle.
Here is the long list of things I have tried
Cut out Dairy
Cut out Gluten
Drink more water (I drink over 100 oz. water in a daily basis)
Eat more fiber rich foods (I currently log around 50-60 grams per day)
Red wine (twist my arm)
Eating smaller meals
Chewing each bite of food 100 times
More fruit (apples, cherries, etc..)
Diuretics * (although I never do this often)
Drink Epsom Salt solutions *
Castor Oil *
Exercise more (running, cycling)
* and when it's been too long, when I can no longer sit, eat, or function, I will drink a saline solution that they give a patient before a colonoscopy. *
* Now before you look at this list, please keep in mind, some of these are used extremely sparingly. I will not use anything frequently. I know your body starts to rely on the overuse of these products. They are a last resort for me after a week of suffering. I will start with the least harmful one at a time, and make my way down the list until I have had success. *
It sounds drastic, right? It sounds god damn ridiculous, if you ask me. Don't tell me to eat spicy, greasy food either. Been there, done that. I just get the joys of a massive stomach ache, and still nothing happens. I live with a man who goes more before he walks out the door to work everyday, than I can do in a week. Frustrating!!
I have narrowed it down to one thing in my life, one thing that keeps nagging at me on a daily basis. The one thing I have not been able to beat, in order to live a 100% healthy lifestyle. It is Emotional Stress. This chick just can't seem to let 'shit' go. It's obvious. This toxic behavior is effecting my health, and I need to work through it. I am currently in the process of making some significant life changes, and I am certain once I do, I will be on the right path. And when I do, you'll be damn Skippy that I will be able to wear this shirt every. single. day.