Monday, November 29, 2010

A Message from my Gut

Second post today, but I need to post this...

I am feeling so horrible. Just sick. It seems that my body is really rebelling now anytime I eat crap food *at all.* In fact, a few days ago I had a rather frightening experience. I was at a friend's house and, after having been on plan all day, I had some coffee with *sugared* creamer (which I have not used in ages) and a cookie, a few slices of cheese, and a handful of chips. I was not stuffed, I did not overeat. I had small portions. When I came home I was in agony. I had pains in my stomach that were just horrid. I was lying on my bed wondering if I had food poisoning, or a gall bladder attack going on, or what. I could only sip peppermint tea for the rest of the evening, and once I got back to eating Medifast foods I felt 100% better the next day. Well, now, every time I have *anything* sugary I get sick. I am fine as long as I do not indulge, but when I have even one cookie/bite of candy/etc I get pains in my stomach. I also get a sugar withdrawal headache afterwards.

I guess I should take a clue that my body, after 8+ months of being mostly "off" sugar, no longer does well with sugar. This is a tough one for me. I always thought I'd be able to have "a little" of this or that sugary treat, but the way I feel after eating just one serving of sugary crap is unbelievably horrid. I end up laying on the floor or the couch for a few hours waiting for the misery to pass.

Now, I have no idea what exactly is being affected by sugar... pancreas, stomach, gall bladder, whatever... but I will tell you that I have reached the end of my rope with the sugar issue. It just has to stop. I have to come to terms with the fact that I am *not* going to be able to taste or eat my famous Christmas cookies or fudge this year, or next year, or the year after that, AT ALL. I am NOT going to be eating ice cream next summer, AT ALL. Oh, I will make my own frozen treats out of fresh fruit, but no more sugary crap. I just CAN'T! My body has changed enough that even a little bit is making me sick.

I feel great when I stay away from that crap. It's just a mental leap to go from my old ways of eating pint after pint of ice cream, packages of cookies, and whole batches of cookies to not having them at all. But I think that's what my body is saying. It's saying no more.

22 comments:

froggy said...

My first thought was - anxiety. I react to Italian spices that way. Something I could eat before - but when I was going thru a really bad and scary time I had the same spices and now my body reacts the same way - panic, all systems abort! we're under attack, run for your very lives. Even though the circumstances are long gone.

Weird, but that's me.

bbubblyb said...

My body is this way with greasy fat (might be because I don't have a gall bladder anymore too). It's funny that I can still eat sugary stuff but if it's fatty stuff nope always end up sick. I seldom can go out to eat now without ending up sick even if I think I'm making healthier choices. I do think once our bodies are use to healthier foods that's what they want. I kind of like that my body revolts now it does help keep me straighter.

mk said...

I had this exact same experience this last week during Thanksgiving. My stomach was in such excruciating pain!! I also have realized that sugar and salt and too much fat just don't work in my body anymore, even in small amounts. I also find that when I don't eat it, after a time I don't want it, and it's when I think I'm "okay" and "in control" that I have a bite and it slowly begins the downward spiral. I'm picking back up, brushing myself off, and continuing on sans sugar. We can do it!!

I'm not sure if I've ever said it before, but you're such a huge inspiration and motivation to me. It is so helpful and refreshing to read your blunt honesty about your struggles with food. I have them too, and you help me to remember that the goal is progress, not perfection.

Happy Holidays!

LN said...

Is it not really cool the way our bodies really do talk to us? They can be relief upon to guide us. I love that even as I don't love the pains and headaches.
But I listen more and more often.

Lisa said...

I had the same message from my gut on Thanksgiving. Well, and a couple other times that I ate something greasy/fatty. My body very much dislikes it. I am only 6 weeks into this but I wonder if one day my body will react to sugar the same. Huh.

Lanie Painie said...

good for you for learning that long, hard lesson. You could've chosen to think "wow. I have to rebuild up my cookie tolerance" . Not that I would ever have that thought.

spunkysuzi said...

Having my body react negatively to sugar/fat/white flour really does the job of getting me back on track quickly.
I know what my body wants now and i do try to give it that :)

Anonymous said...

Lyn, could it be that your body's reacting more to the fat content than the sugar in this instance? I know the sugar affects your joints & migraines, but it might be worth asking your doc if it's possibly your gall bladder this time. E.g., chips, cheese, & cookies even in small amounts might have given you a higher intake of saturated fats than your body's used to. Same deal with ice cream, fudge, & so on - they're high in sugar, but also in fat.

And - you're doing such a brilliant job with all of this; I'm so glad you're not letting anyone drag you down. Best wishes & I do hope you're feeling more in control soon :)

mk said...

This post might also be of interest to you: http://www.choosingraw.com/low-sugar-treats-to-savor/

Emily said...

I have the same problem, if I eat too much crap or basically any crap I am in agony the following day and spend most of the day in the bathroom, it sure is an incentive not to eat any junk and kind of nice to know my body has changed that much.

Em x

Shelley said...

This happened to me about a year and a half ago, and while I was shocked and saddened at the thought of not being able to eat the indulgence foods, in a way, once I accepted it (and I did pretty quick, because like you, I felt so horrible), it was ok. Kind of made life easier, because I didn't have to struggle over eating that stuff - I physically couldn't, or I would get so sick! I'm sorry you've felt so bad - it isn't fun. Now days, I can have a little bit of sugary sweets without repercussion, but not much, or I pay dearly for it. Hope you're feeling better now.

Jen said...

I'm not sure what would cause your body to react that way, but it could be the sugar. It's more than likely not a big deal, but if you're curious, you should bring it up with your doctor.

Anonymous said...

Pay attention to what your body is telling you, Lyn! I speak from experience...if you ignore the initial discomforts, your body can adapt to the sugar (and/or fat) again. And it's not difficult after that happens to climb right back up that scale. Not that that would happen to you, but that's what happened to me.

Everytime I think i've cured myself from being able to eat "bad" foods...or "that will never be me again!"...that's when I run into trouble. I rebuild my cookie tolerance, heh.


-Michelle

Floriana said...

When you go off of a low fat diet even small quantities of fats can cause you serious gallbladder problems. I learned that the hard way, almost died of an acute gallbladder inflammation. Taught me never to go on a low fat diet again, they are way too dangerous. Anyway, do get your gallbladder checked, it's not something to be ignored. Sugar in normal quantities shouldn't cause such discomfort, as far as I know. I am not a doctor, however, so I might be wrong.

Anonymous said...

What this reaction is causing me to wonder about is this: have you been on Medifast too long? of course "they" would tell you that's not possible, but it's not like all these months of their food is like eating "real" food. If it were me I would start integrating small amounts of regular food into my diet and weaning myself off the Medifast. It's great not to eat sugar but to have such a severe reaction doesn't sound good to me.

PaulaM

Susan said...

Isn't it amazing how many processed foods contain refined sugar?! And our bodies simply don't need any of the refined sugars. Our bodies are not designed to accept it. Nature provides the true sugars and our systems have a much easier time with those.

Congratulations on your weight loss and lifestyle turnaround!

Lyn said...

Anonymous (Paula M)~

Re: integrating small amounts of regular food... just want to clarify that the Medifast plan already does include real, healthy food. Every day I eat 5-7 oz (cooked weight) of lean meats like chicken, turkey, grass fed beef, pork, eggs, or fish, as well as either 3 cups of salad greens or 1 1/2 cups of cooked vegs like broccoli, zucchini, green beans, etc. along with healthy fat like olive oil. So it's not that my body is not used to "real food"... it's that it is not used to "unhealthy food".

Thank all for the comments, you may be right about it being a "too much fat" issue rather than a sugar issue. Or maybe a combination.

kristi said...

It completely sounds like my gall bladder attack I had and had to have emergency removal of said gall bladder. I was on a self imposed no fat diet for about a year and lost 100 pounds (remember susan powder?). Anyway, I did wonderfully with that diet and lost all my weight, one night I had a about 4 oz of my mom's hamburger meat (the first meat I had in more than a year) and thought I was dying afterward. I went to the doc the next morning after being up all night in complete pain. My cell count was through the roof and my gall bladder was screaming. I was in surgery that night and have felt better since. Long story short, go to the doc and get an ultrasound, you don't want the pebbles going into your pancreas, that is deadly.

Deedah said...

Sounds like a gall bladder attack to me. I've had one and ended up in the emergency room twice before eventually having it removed. I would go get this checked out because this could also affect your liver as it was affecting mine. Also you can get a gangrenous (sp?) gall bladder, which is bad news. And yes, it has everything to do with the fat content not sugar

Anonymous said...

Ah, I see Lyn, that sounds better. But I must agree with some of the other posters, it could be a gallbladder attack. The one time I joined Jenny Craig I lost thirty lbs in three months and ended up having my gallbladder removed. The nurse at the hospital asked if I'd lost a lot of weight recently, I said yes, and she said they see that all the time with women, they lose "too quickly" and end up with gallbladder issues. And you've lost way more than I did and pretty fast too. If it happens again you might want to see a gastroenterologist just to be safe.

PaulaM

Dinah Soar said...

I'd speculate it's your gall bladder. You've dramatically reduced your fat and carb intake. That can cause issues with the gall bladder so that when you do eat more of these foods you have attacks.

I remember hearing in the early 90's that some of the commercial diet companies were sued because people ended up with gall bladder disease brought on by the diets--all of which were low fat, low carb.

Steelers6 said...

I have gotten a headache from eating a donut since I rarely eat that type of thing.

The WEIRD thing to me about that is that it doesn't necessarily make me think I should never have one again. Yet. Maybe someday I will be able to have a more clear brain/perspective on unhealthy things. I mean you would THINK since said item caused a headache, it would NOT be attractive to me ever again. Let alone the fact that these things are just plain not good for my body.

Of course I am doing better all the time, and rarely eat treats like that. It's just odd to me that I wouldn't totally write them off forever and ever if a donut has given me a headache at one time or another. But I do think twice before consuming something and ponder how it might make me feel later. I really do. It's a process. I'm growing as I'm shrinking. :)

Sometimes when something makes me feel ill, or I feel full very quickly, I feel like I have my own built in gastric bypass. It might be interesting to hear some GB patients weigh in on this topic of poor choices making one feel ill.

Chrissy