My mom has been reading a book called "The Inside Tract, Your Good Gut Guide to Great Digestive Health" written by Dr. Gerard E. Mullin and nutrionist Kathie Swift. It is my mom's goal in life to make me better so she recommended that I try a diet that was written specifically for people that are suffering from any form of IBS.
In the book you will find a Gastrointestinal Patient Symptom Assessment Tool, or GPS, that you use to figure out just how sick you feel on a daily basis. The book offers three diets, one more restrictive then the next, and your score determines where to start. I ended up with a very high score so off to The Specific Food Diet I went, also known as the most restrictive diet. But guess what? It's not bad at all!
In essence, all dairy and gluten have been omitted along with sugar, eggs, fiber, certain vegetables, raw fruits, and some herbs and spices. I can still eat chicken, turkey, a variety of fish, spinach, potatoes, sweet potatoes, yellow squash, zucchini, and others. These are things I already eat so I'm excited to try this diet. I eat simply prepared foods made with fresh, organic ingredients.
What encourages me about this diet is that I have been given a list of foods that I can eat instead of being told what NOT to eat. If you tell me I can't eat something with no other guidelines then I lose all interest and don't make an effort. I start with these specific foods for two weeks and depending on how I feel I can begin to introduce new foods on a weekly basis.
I am actually happy to have these foods to work with and am keeping positive that after one week I'll start to feel better. I think that may actually be the light at the end of the tunnel that I'm looking at. I have to start somewhere and this seems as good a point as any.
Tonight I'll be having Carrot Squash Soup with a nice salad of avocado and cucumber that will be dressed with extra-virgin olive oil and lemon juice. Not bad, huh?
For those of you with Crohn's or IBS, I highly encourage you to read this book. Dr. Mullin is a practicing physician at Johns Hopkins that specializes in Crohn's and encourages holistic healing and a lifestyle change in which all processed foods are removed. The more natural, the better.
I would like to finish off today's post with some lyrics from the wonderful Natasha Bedingfield. The song is, very aptly named, "Happy":
During my stressing I'm blinded to the lessons
That could be a blessing if I'd be confessing that the enemy
I'm trying to beat is hiding inside of me
Got my dreams, got my life, got my love
Got my friends, got the sunshine above
Why am I making this hard on myself
When there's so many beautiful reasons I have to be happy
And with that I wish you all good health and a great start to your week.