Day 8 Of Food Challenge

Bob's Red Mill gluten free oatmeal
I woke up this morning feeling pretty good, not thinking I was having any reaction. It’s a new week in my progressive food challenge where I reintroduce the foods I have identified as problematic or causing me to feel sick when I eat them. Since I have never been officially diagnosed as having any of these food problems and my gastroenterologist has an upper endoscopy scheduled for me for the end of June, we both agreed its probably a good idea for me to go off my diet as much as I could tolerate to “irritate” my system so there is something to measure during my test.

I have started with eating gluten-free oats and drinking orange juice, both of which have been found to trigger reactions in me, as unusual as they may seem. However, they tend to be lesser reactions for me so I decided to start with them to see if they still caused problems and to ease myself into the rest of the foods I know make me feel crummy.

I made it until noon before I noticed feeling anything off about my day. No ninja battle in my stomach like yesterday, but I did feel aches in my abdomen. Also, eating other things triggered reactions, especially foods with more fiber in them, like nuts and grains. Salami and cheese didn’t feel weird at all. I have been snacking on candied ginger as well as minty water to see if they would help, and they do.

I’m feeling more emotional now, feeling testy and frustrated, even depressed and a little weepy (but without actually crying). Also, just plain distanced from people and out of the loop with my school schedule, which is almost over for the semester (and the reason I’m not back into the challenge diet hardcore yet!) I have to get past finals week before I can dedicate myself to making myself feel horrible. 🙂

Anyway, one more week and I’m on to the “hard stuff” – but I think it would be safe to say that oats, gluten-free or not, are not my friend. I haven’t reacted to the orange juice yet, so that remains to be seen.

More to come!

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