I am 25 years old and haven't ever had any big deal health issues. I think I am pretty healthy and in pretty good shape. I work out at least 3 times a week, and I drink lots of water. But I've started to have some health issues that aren't life threatening or anything, but are forcing me to make some changes in my lifestyle.
About a month ago I thought I had a stomach bug. I wasn't throwing up but kept having to go, if you know what I mean. I felt fine other than that. This kept up for over a week, and then went on for two weeks! I finally decided to see a doctor about it. I felt completely fine, but every time I ate anything or just at random times of the day I would get some stomach cramps and have to go to the bathroom. The doctor told me I had Irritable Bowel Syndrome and gave me two types of medicine, one to stop the diarrhea and one to control the cramping and other symptoms of IBS.
I wasn't exactly convinced it was IBS, but I figured I'd give the meds a try to see if they helped. I was desperate for some relief. The meds did help some. The diarrhea medicine stopped my symptoms almost immediately. I also started taking some probiotics to help my stomach heal and they helped a lot. My symptoms went away for about two weeks but then returned all of the sudden!
I tried the meds again but I noticed that they started to make it so I couldn't go at all and would give me awful cramps from not being able to go! So I took matters into my own hands. I noticed my symptoms were worse when I ate dairy and greasy foods. For about a week I tried to just cut back on the greasy foods but was still having symptoms. So after much contemplation and a little sadness, I've decided to go dairy free to see if that is what is causing the symptoms.
I LOVE cheese, and I love a bowl of cereal with milk. I love dairy! So this is quite tough for me. But I've been using Pinterest and some other good resources online and finding some good replacements for dairy! I found some delicious meals that are dairy free too! I've been dairy free for about a week now and guess what, no symptoms! This makes me a little sad, because it could in fact mean I have a dairy intolerance, but I'm sure I'll get used to it. The good thing is, going dairy free has caused me to eat a lot healthier! I have to think about what I'm eating! I've been eating a lot more vegetables and fruit which is always a good thing! I'm sure I'll get used to being dairy free, but I miss cheese the most! Oh how I love cheese!
I'll update again on how being dairy free is going in the next few weeks. I'm curious to see if my symptoms return at all as I continue to be dairy free!
Have you ever given up a major food item for health reasons or for a family member? How did it go? Was it hard? If you are dairy-free I'd love to hear any tips you have!