So I’ve written about this before, but no matter how many times I say it, I feel like I need to say it again:
Despite the fact that I chose to do an elimination diet because I have a very pronounced digestive disorder, I do not believe that the majority of people need to eliminate anything from their diets, nor should they.
This is especially true if you have any kind of history with restrictive eating.
I do think researchers should consider how IBS aggravates disordered eating. However, it is also undoubtedly true that disordered eating aggravates the digestive system.
I don’t want this blog to suggest that the “correct” approach for dealing with IBS is to go low-FODMAP–especially not for anyone with any kind of disordered eating. I’m not saying it’s the “incorrect” approach either–obviously, it’s what I did, and it worked for me. I know it worked for me because I eat more and more freely on a modified low-FODMAP diet than I did when I had such intense GI pain before I went low-FODMAP.
But I also know how disordered eating works and I know that for many people, any kind of rule around food, no matter the reasoning for that rule, can become an obsession. And I don’t want to promote that, either. Try other things first.
The very first thing you should try if you’re experiencing digestive issues and you restrict your diet in any way–even if you don’t meet the criteria for an eating disorder–is to eat more. More fats, more carbs, more proteins. More variety. More regularly. More volume. More calories. More fruits and veggies. More ice cream and potato chips. Eat more.
Kylie is one of my favorite bloggers who writes regularly about GI distress and how people with a history of disordered eating tend to have more GI distress. She also reminds us frequently how GI issues don’t mean we’ve done anything wrong and aren’t something to sweat in a big way. There are much, much more important things in life than feeling bloated. (As I wrote about yesterday.) Even if feeling bloated stinks.
Kylie also talks a lot about what I know from experience: that restoring regular eating will (often) heal the gut by itself. Eating more and more frequently has done a lot to help me manage my icky gut bleck. In my case, unfortunately, it wasn’t enough.
I feel like, as a blogger, I’m constantly balancing fighting both the “GI issues aren’t that bad/food intolerances don’t exist” line I sometimes encounter in the ED recovery community and the “The solution to all your GI problems is to cut stuff out of your diet” line I sometimes encounter in the IBS management community.
GI issues are bad. For some people, they’re moderately uncomfortable. For some people, they’re godawful. And for some people, yes, they’re caused by food intolerances.
Before you go cutting stuff out of your diet, though, know that your gut will never heal if you’re not eating enough. And simply getting in the habit of eating enough, and often, may do the trick for many people.
Why try to solve a problem by limiting your diet when you might be able solve the problem by eating more? I know which one I’d prefer to try first.
I got a really good deal on bacon a bit ago and I need to use up the second package, so I’ve been eating a lot of BLTs. Open-faced, with real mayonnaise, of course, on gluten-free oat bread. Grapefruit on the side.
I made Meg’s kohlrabi fritters–with a few slight modifications–a few nights ago. Definitely using the other half of the kohlrabi to make a second batch. These are so good! I forget how much I like savory fritters. Kohlrabi from the farmer’s market!
This one was ‘meh.’ But ‘meh’ is okay. Sometimes food is just to fill you up. It doesn’t always have to be a gourmet experience, to quote Kylie.
Speaking of food not being a gourmet experience, on Saturday evening, the Fuzzy Face and I went to Noodles and Co. and I got stroganoff on gluten-free noodles, which I expected to be exactly what I was craving.
Weirdly, it really didn’t hit the spot as much as I expected. But that’s okay. It filled me up.
I eat a lot of beef for someone who just posted a rant about climate change. I’m a very contradictory (potentially hypocritical) person in so many ways. Definitely human, in any case.
On Sunday afternoon I didn’t want to cook, and I was craving something cold and fresh, so I made what a lot of y’all in the blogging world call a “snack plate”; fresh veggies with homemade hummus I made for a party on Friday night, Nut Thins, cottage cheese, and V8.
I’ve been snacking on these gluten-free “Mint Thins” my mom found–at Walmart of all places. Go Mom! I’ve said so many times how they need to make gluten-free Thin Mints, and here they are! These are seriously just like the Girl Scout cookies in taste and texture. ?In other snacking news, I made some Beaming Baker chocolate peanut butter banana popsicles with these adorable popsicle molds I got on sale last year. Especially good because I’ve been biking everywhere, and it’s been hot, so these totally hit the spot when I get back from my errands.
I don’t have any cereal in the house, which is weird for me, so I’ve been eating a lot of oatmeal for breakfast. Pictured here is oatmeal cooked in almond milk topped with brown sugar, cinnamon, and blueberries, with runny eggs on the side.
Linking up with Amanda to share these thoughts for Thinking Out Loud Thursday.
If you’ve dealt with disordered eating, were GI issues a part of that at all? To what extent were they resolved by establishing regular eating?
Favorite thing that you ate lately?