Learn to trust your gut- literally

As some of you may know, I have been working on improving myself for about a year now. I have learned to listen to my body and if it isn’t happy, I try to figure out what’s wrong and fix it. A few weeks ago, I wanted to figure out why I always felt uncomfortably bloated by 4PM each work day. It must be something I was eating. So, I started researching the foods I eat on a normal basis. At the same time, I stumbled on a Twitter chat that was going on about Gluten Free diets. Several people were mentioning regular yogurt having this effect on them. Hmmm. I have a Dannon Light N’ Fit every morning! Ok… But that would mean switching to Greek yogurt. (Yuck). I put on my big girl britches I tried it anyway. Forcing down the first one the next day, I went with the honey flavor which turns out is the worst tasting one to start with. Day two was a little easier but still tough. By day five, I started to like the stuff! I was feeling a little better but still would get bloated by the end of the day…. Then I googled apples. Oh apples, how much I love them so… I would eat an apple a day as my 3:00 snack – every day since last June. In my search, I had read that the natural sugar is apples (and I high amount at that) is Sorbitol. HUH… This explains it… I suddenly felt a little sad. See, back in the day when I was on the low carb Atkins kick, I figured out on my own that I must have some kind of allergy or sensitivity to sugar alcohols: Sorbitol, Maltitol, any ingredient ending in -itol. These are added to Low-Carb foods as a natural sweetener. Back then, IBS was new and pretty much diagnosed for anything that had to do with gut discomfort. My doctor only told me to avoid foods with tomatoes in it and sent me on my way. My husband was the first to put it all together- I’m reacting to the sugar alcohols in these specialty foods! I immediately stopped consuming them- threw it all out.
So, since Christmas week, I have not had one apple and the bloating is gone. No doctor appointment, no tests, no medication needed. I know from past experience that when I cut out a food, I can still eat them – just not every day. But it is good to know what was causing the problem and that it’s not “in my head” like doctors have made me feel in the past.

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8 thoughts on “Learn to trust your gut- literally

  1. Thanks for commenting Lori! I am going to message you some helpful sites that I gathered from an online community that I recently got involved with. When you have time, take a look. Maybe it can help you with recipes or questions you might come up with 🙂

  2. Greek yogurt is definitely an acquired taste. I tried going without dairy for awhile since my belly does not like milk or ice cream, but it seems to tolerate greek yogurt much better. I like it cause it's full of protein and an easy way to get extra calories.
    I, too, used to do a Dannon Light 'n Fit daily! I switched to Oikos (for now).. I still do not agree with them having added sugar in it, but it's minimal and the strawberry is tasty enough for me lol.

  3. It sure is an aquired taste. You should have seen me trying to get the first cup of it down. I was like a 5 year old being made to eat lima beans. LOL
    Now I really like it! Except that honey flavor… eeeek

  4. I would be lost if I couldnt eat apples everyday! I LOVE them! One of my favorite fruits! Also I wish I could eat yogurt! I cant get past the texture of it.

  5. It's funny how texture plays a roll in what foods we eat. My niece doesn't like strawberries because of the feeling of the seeds on the outside. She's missing out!

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