I’ve been wanting to write this blog post for a little while, but I wanted to make sure everything I have been doing was working, and it wasn’t just coincidence. I’m so happy to have been able to find out the reasons for the issues I have been suffering, and most of them are things that I’m working on right now in order to try and get healthy again, illuminate my digestion and bloating issues, and feel free. So these are the things that I’ve been working on for the past few months.
I adopted a gluten free diet quite a few months ago (with slip ups along the way) and I was literally shocked at how much gluten impacted my life, without me even realising. I had the test done to check I wasn’t Celiac, and thankfully I’m not, but I definitely am gluten intolerant. Cutting it out of my diet has eliminated so many issues for me, including my cystitis, nerve flare ups, temporary paralysis, digestive problems, bloating, gas, lethargy, gastritis… the list is endless!
Now whenever I have eaten gluten (accidentally or through choice), I suffer a lot. I start to get cystitis, my stomach swells up like a balloon, the gas is painful, I feel extremely tired, and very cranky. I’ve been doing trial and error with foods and I’ve found out that it’s not just wheat flour gluten that hurts me, it’s rice flour, maize, and tapioca starch as well, so I don’t even eat the gluten free foods as they are usually made with those instead. It seems that any flour, no matter what it’s from, is not good for me and causes me so many issues. So the only carbohydrate I can eat is potato.
With the only carbs being potatoes in my diet, I have sort of adopted a Paleo diet. I didn’t know much about it at first, but it’s going back to basics where you only eat meat, potatoes, vegetables etc, and avoid dairy, processed foods and anything that doesn’t grow. So my diet mainly consists of fish, chicken, potatoes, vegetables, and fruit. Some vegetables I can’t have though, like cabbage. I still eat eggs, and I do have an unhealthy chocolate addiction, but this type of diet has really been working for me now. I am no longer bloated (unless I eat something I shouldn’t) and my gastritis problems have been long gone.
I’m still on a Lansoprazole tablet each morning to help with the acid, but in time I am hoping to come off of them. Now when I think about how much damage I was doing to my body without even realising it, it scares me. I would always opt for wholegrain or wholewheat as I thought it was healthy, and all this time it’s been tearing my insides apart because I’m intolerant. I’m so thankful that I now know what I can and can’t eat, but it is hard. It restricts mostly everywhere when eating out and it means my diet is incredibly bland, but unfortunately that’s what I have to get used to.
This is something that I was hesitant about to begin with as I’ve tried certain pro-biotics in the past and ended up with bloating and gas, which can happen, however, I managed to find one great pro-biotic that has worked for me without those side effects. The one I found is Renew Life Ultimate Flora and it’s been so helpful. I took it originally when I was on my triple therapy anti-biotics for the stomach issues, and I only took a months worth, but I’ve been told I should take them all the time because of my digestive issues. I have IBS as well as the food intolerance’s and allergies (badly allergic to cornflour), so I’m starting them up again and so far so good. They seem to help and I’m hoping they will make my skin nicer too, since it’s suffering so much. I definitely recommend a good pro-biotic to you with lots of different strains of bacteria in – the more, the better.
Moringa Leaf Powder
Guys, this one is for the ladies, so be warned! This is something that I want to touch on in a separate post for the ladies out there who suffer, but it’s been an absolute miracle. Adam was the one who found out about it online after doing research, but it’s amazing. I’ve suffered with painful periods since I started them 14 years ago. They are sometimes so bad that I cry in pain and have to stay in bed, which is not good at all. That usually lasts for the first couple of days and as I can’t take Nurofen Plus (the only tablet that ever worked) because of my sensitive stomach, I was sticking to raw carrots which only helped a small amount.
Then I found out about the Moringa Leaf powder which is actually deemed to be the miracle tree, and it definitely is. If my cramps were a 10/10 on the pain scale before, they are now 3/10 or 4/10. This means I am not suffering in agony anymore, it’s only minor and I can still function properly. I’ve been on Moringa Leaf for 2 and a half months and so far, my periods have been lots better. The gluten free also helps this as well, so a mixture of the both means I don’t suffer so much at all. As I said, I will do a post on its own about Moringa and the other benefits it has, plus how to use it, but it’s truly amazing and I can’t be without it now.
Stress is something that I suffer with a lot and sometimes it gets extremely overwhelming for me, which then turns into more physical problems and issues. A lot of my issues (like cystitis or IBS) are affected by stress and anxiety, but as I’ve always been a nervous and timid person for as long as I can remember, it’s not something that is easily fixed.
I’m often very tense, I analyse situations to figure out every possible outcome, I’m nervous and scared of change, I have OCD, I don’t like crowds, I’m not good with people in my personal space or touching others, and I often just have anxiety about becoming sick when I’m out. All of these things upset my stomach, my body, and my mind and trying to de-stress does help. I’ve been practicing breathing with The Hayo’u Method and adopting more of a Buddhist lifestyle, trying to meditate, and do the routines and rituals to keep my energy flowing nicely (see here). When I manage to really concentrate on this and I don’t have outside worries, things are good, but when there’s problems I can’t control, and upset (like recently with my nan passing), I get flare ups of problems again.
Understanding Being An Empath
Over the last few months as well, I’ve come to realise how much of an impact being an empath can have on your life. I found out I was one quite a while ago, but I didn’t really know how to deal with it. For those of you who don’t know what it is, it’s where you absorb the energy and emotions of others, among other things (see a full list here). It’s been overwhelming at times as when I’ve been around people who are extremely upset and anxious, I take that on. I take on anger, pain, sadness, and pretty much every emotion going so I can feeling anger and upset for no reason whatsoever. It’s not good as it plays havoc with my health, especially when I can’t figure out why.
I also absorb and take on the pains and illnesses of others too, receiving the symptoms they have, which is also not good for me at all. It’s a strange thing how your energy can connect with others, but I’m learning how to be guarded and stay strong, managing to block out the other emotions and take myself out of situations which are uncomfortable. Crowded rooms are too much and meeting new people in busy environments is a struggle because everyone’s energy is all coming at me at once. Understanding and learning about how to control and protect myself more from unwanted emotional and physical energy has been extremely helpful. It means a lot of solitude for a while and making sure I have plenty of time to myself, but I’m happy. I no longer watch stressful or upsetting things on TV and sometimes even social media is hard, as I can take it on, but it’s getting better.
What’s In The Future?
There’s more things in my future that I’m thinking of trying, like essential oils if they can be tolerated by me as I’m sensitive to smells. There’s certain massage and skin oils I can try as well, like Argan and Moringa Oil. I’m going to stick with gluten free and as much Paleo as I can do, try to keep de-stressing myself and relaxing, and learning to manage my issues and work with them. Even with this weight gain that happened (9 pounds), I’ve decided not to stress about that and instead of trying to lose the weight, just become toned and healthy with gentle exercise instead. Working with my body more than against it. Plus, I’ve been taking a Vitamin D oral spray for many months now and that’s been helping a lot, since I was very deficient in D. I would also love any tips and advice you all have, if you have any, and if there’s a certain subject you would like to know more about in a separate post, I would be more than happy to write one. Lorna xx.