Thank you all so much for all of your concern and suggestions last week as far as my stomach probs go. I went on Monday to give a TON of blood (10 vials!) to rule out a whole list of things that could be wrong but as it turns out, the doctor thinks what is most likely wrong with my stomach is stress. I admittedly don't have a very stressful life but what I do have is a mind that creates unnecessary stress and I've always been that way. I over think, over plan, and over analyze everything and basically this is screwing with my body. (This explains why I couldn't find a pattern or pin point something I was eating that was causing it.) The doctor thinks much like some people break out when they're stressed, some people get headaches, my stomach flairs up. I have a few other symptoms like not being able to fall asleep, clenching my jaw when I do sleep (my jaw is sore 24/7), and occasional anxiety attacks that leave me feeling like I'm literally having a heart attack. Fun stuff!
So, the plan is to just make sure my blood work comes back okay and then work on the internalized stress. I'm looking into meditation, natural stress relievers, maybe picking yoga up again? I'm also trying to consciously stop myself from doing all the over thinking as much as I can. Interestingly enough, my stomach has been okay for the last week although the sleep problems are still there.
Something that I have not been doing is tracking my food, macros, calories- nothing. For now I think it will be one less thing to worry and stress about which is exactly what I need. So, I've just kind of been eating according to what sounds good while making sure to include a good variety of foods that make me feel good. That's it! Does that mean I'm never counting macros again? Of course not, I have goals to meet! But for now until I get this all under control I'm going to do a little flying by the seat of my pants and see how that goes. So here's what my day looked like:
Egg whites with zucchini, onion, jalapeño and 2 pieces Ezekiel toast
Sweet potato, egg whites, and turkey bacon
Spinach protein pancakes
Salsa chicken with Daiya cheese and avocado
Bison burger with asparagus
As always, if anyone has any de-stressing suggestions please share!