Yesterday, I had my very first appointment with a registered dietician, RH. First, she’s fantastic. She’s very down to earth. She doesn’t bullshit and she curses like a sailor just like I do. I appreciate that. We had a great discussion about what I eat (which is crap on top of crap), my upcoming learn-to-run program, how to address my Subway addiction, and how to examine the digestive issues that have been plaguing me. At this point, we are pretty sure that I have IBS. So, there’s a little bit of TMI for you on this fine Tuesday afternoon. 😉
Starting July 27th (thankfully AFTER DD’s bachelorette), I am going on an exclusion diet, FODMAP*, for four weeks. While it is a gluten-free diet, it mostly address the fructose in my diet – which is a major contributor to malabsorption which is one of the primary culprits for IBS. RH has provided me with a list of foods that I can eat and a list of foods that I need to stay away from for the four weeks. After which time, we will start to reintroduce food back into my diet.
Overall, there are more foods that I CAN eat than I can’t, so I am not overly concerned at this point. But if I can stay away from Subway for a month, it will be a feat!
RH will be monitoring my progress through MyFitnessPal (which will be less about calorie counting – that’s always been a problem for me – and more about macronutrients) so I will have some support while I am doing this.
I am looking forward to it because I am so tired of feeling like crap all of the time. Its just another step into improving my quality of life. Next, I should probably address that insomnia thing…
*My plan is similiar but slightly different to this one.