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16 September 2006 @ 09:02 pm
Checking In!  

I promise I haven't disappeared--what with moving and my new job, I haven't been online as much as I used to.  Things are starting to calm down now, though, and I just wanted to check in and let you all know how I've been doing.  I think all the stuff going on has been a good thing, because I now have less time to obsess over food and calorie count until my face turns blue.  For some reason, I've also been feeling less anxious about food and I have noticed a difference in the past month or so.  I was able to let myself eat a piece of cake--albeit, a very very small piece, but a piece nonetheless--at my stepdad's birthday, and now whenever I go see my parents I don't insist on eating only carrots and soup.  I know they were getting sort of worried about me because I used to love joining them for meals when I came home, because as a college student it was really only the decent home-cooking I was able to get, and then when I stopped I know it had to have made them wonder.  The only fly in the ointment is that my IBS has been acting up and when that happens I can barely eat because after I take two bites I feel full, so that's a bummer.

Anyway, my new apartment complex has a gym, so I hope to get into a routine of going there regularly.  It's nothing fancy, but I want to get some aerobic activity often because exercise gives you energy, and I need energy when I'm getting up at 5:15 in the morning! 

So how have you all been? 


Current Mood: cheerfulcheerful
discordia_eris on September 18th, 2006 12:34 am (UTC)
Great to hear from you! I figured you'd been busy with the move and all, but it's wonderful to hear about any postive changes. A small piece of cake is still 100% on what you would have accepted previously, so go you!

Have you tracked down any specific triggers for IBS? My hubby is prone to it as well, and he finds tomatoes - particularly the seeds - are a big one for him. I have to strain the seeds out of canned tomates when I make pasta sauce, or buy bottles of stuff that is seedless to start with.
Dana: roughing itachtungbaby80 on September 18th, 2006 12:42 am (UTC)
From what I've read, IBS triggers can be different for everyone but there are also some common ones that a lot of people seem to have trouble with--things like dairy and fatty foods, especially. I can eat yogurt and cheese, but milk and cottage cheese aren't so friendly. :-) Restaurant food also seems to be difficult for me to handle...maybe it's because of the fat content is higher than what I normally eat? I don't know. I've read on various IBS support group message boards that a lot of other people say they seem to have trouble with tomatoes, like your husband. I only eat tomato soup and spaghetti sauce, not the actual fruit, so I don't know. IBS is a tricky thing. It took five years and three doctors to finally diagnose me, and apparently the doctors don't know much about it (or don't care) because I've had to figure out how to handle it mostly by myself. Fortunately there's a lot of good websites out there, which has helped a lot. There's also something called the IBS Diet or something, which your husband might want to look into for when he's really having difficulties.
discordia_eris on September 18th, 2006 03:48 am (UTC)
Yeah, that's the hardest part about it; tracking down your personal triggers :( It can take some good detecive work, really. We've also noticed that with fatty foods, as well, and seem to have found the same thing with the dairy as you have. He's not a big dairy eater in the first place, but yoghurt seems ok as does a little cheese. Milk is not so good at all :(. Trial and error, I guess. It seems to be the only real way of finding out for sure. I'll have to check into the diet, though.