How are your healthy living goals coming along? Have any of you checked out My Fitness Pal yet? January was a great month for me, and I lost about 4.5 pounds in 2 weeks! Yay!! The accountability of meeting up with friends on My Fitness Pal has been very helpful! Especially now that I’m okay with having my “food diary” viewable by my friends. I love getting ideas from others by reading their diary also. Come on, be brave…..you can do it!
I used to worry about sharing my food diary with you guys because I consider myself a “REAL” food enthusiast! I don’t eat fast food, and I stick with mostly natural ingredients, but if you take a look at my food diary you will see I’m not perfect and I definitely eat sugar….sometimes more often than others. Lately I need to increase my veggie and fruit intake. I used to eat a lot more fruits/veggies and a lot less carbs, but last summer I realized I have some sort of allergy or food intolerance. I went on an elimination diet to figure out what it was.
It was at that time I realized that certain foods made my stomach happy and felt good digesting them (that’s when I discovered Ray’s Plain New York bagels….a huge new treat for me!). I realized I have to limit my fruit and veggie intake to smaller portions at separate meals and not all grouped up together. I discovered that I can still eat wheat (whew!!) and gluten, most dairy (yay butter!), and eggs. Sadly I can’t eat potatoes or sweet potatoes (if I do I have to limit quantities), and I also can’t have some of the new fangled “healthy” sweeteners like “evaporated cane juice” which seems to be in everything. I need to stay away from corn syrup, high fructose corn syrup, corn syrup solids and a lot of the new terms for sugar that are out there. High fructose corn syrup is something I try to stay away from anyway.
The less processed the food is, the better. Which is why I started baking more so I can have more treats without side effects. I’m all about eating REAL food, and I’ve always strived to keep the ingredients list to a minimum so figuring this out has given me another reason to stay away from processed foods. But the bummer is, it’s really put a damper eating fruit and veggies with wild abandon. It’s so strange to change my thinking on this….to me FRUIT and VEGETABLES equals HEALTHY, and that’s still true. But it’s so bizarre to wrap my mind around the fact that I can’t eat as much of them as I want, whenever I want. Thankfully, at least I’ve found I can eat most of them….I just need to watch my portions and not have them all in the same meal.
I haven’t quite figured out what I have….maybe it’s just certain food allergies. But at first Fructose Malabsorption seemed to be likely. I used the FODMAPS elimination chart to try and figure out what I can and can’t eat. I learned the fructose content of all the foods, and it’s certainly helped me immensely. I’m still not sure what I have, but at least I’m feeling A LOT better! I used to get stomach pains and swell after eating certain foods. It finally got so bad last summer that I had to figure it out.
Have you experienced anything like this? I’d love to hear from you. Have you heard of Fructose Malabsorption? Fodmaps? Did you get tested for food allergies? Would you recommend that?