Well, first of all THANK YOU to everyone who has reached out to me since I had blogged about not feeling well lately, that post informs this one so go check it out: I’ve not been well…
So many people reached out with ideas and suggestions and some people who were feeling the same as me. There were also a few more symptoms once I got thinking about it a little harder – BLOATING being a big one I left out and loss of appetite -nothing tastes good or sounds good anymore. Like today I made a big breakfast and only had a few bites.
Some people suggested COVID symptoms kind of dragging on and on – possibly however this is how I used to feel ALL the time – I’ve felt this way for most of my adult life EXCEPT for the past 6 months. These symptoms are not new to me but now I know what life is like without them and I’m determined to get rid of them again!
Some people suggested my blood sugar may get low when I’m fasting – I’ve done several 24 hour fasts without ever having a blood sugar issue and honestly I haven’t been fasting much lately. When I do fast, I feel so GOOD not bad. Fasting actually relieves the symptoms in some ways.
Some people suggested OSA or obstructive sleep apnea – I actually have this. I was diagnosed when I was 19 and I do have a sleep machine that my mom keeps nagging me to give another shot. I just really don’t sleep well when I wear it unless I take medication to help me sleep and I hate doing that. Also, I know my symptoms are much WORSE when I’m heavier and I’m the lightest I’ve been in a long time so I don’t think that is the issue but worth a shot.
Some people have suggested a gut yeast overgrowth after antibiotics – THIS is something I’m looking into. There’s a ton of research on how bad antibiotics can really be for you and the relationship with the gut, and something called the microbiome and the gut brain axis. I’m on supplements to support my microbiome already but this is something I’m looking into especially since my symptoms worsened since I was on Augmentin for a sinus infection.
Some people suggested I’m under too much stress – I feel the best I’ve felt mental health wise, work life balance wise, anxiety wise, than I have in a very long time. Other than some winter blues, I’m feeling great and I feel like my stress is well managed.
My blood work came back today – we checked thyroid, CBC, folate, B12, ferritin, vitamin D – ALL TOTALLY NORMAL. So that isn’t the issue.
I have a few thoughts now that I’m thinking back – I really was working to cut sugar out the past 6 months so I hardly had any chocolate – but in March I’ve been making chocolate cashew clusters with some sugar free chocolate I found and they’ve been so good! Maybe I am not tolerating chocolate?
Which got me thinking a little harder and I decided after some research that my symptoms align with a food sensitivity or intolerance. I think I’m going to try an elimination diet starting, well, today to see if that improves any of my symptoms and then slowly introduce foods back in to see how I feel.
Lots of fruits and veggies and meats coming my way! I just put in a Walmart pickup order so I can stock up. It’s all temporary, honestly I hardly have an appetite anyway but hopefully this next month will be very telling.
Any tips, tricks, or recipes on elimination diets are GREATLY appreciated! I’ll keep you all posted, thank you for your kind words, comments, and suggestions.
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