Today was a sad, sad day in the life of my stomach.
I don’t know if it was the cornbread I had, or this new tea I’ve been drinking that ‘detoxes’ your system. But my gut was ripped up today in a way that it hasn’t been in a while, to the point where I thought I would pass out from the pain.
It made me not want to eat, but due to my big workout this morning I knew I had to eat something or else I’d pass out, and I had bought all of those lovely new Whole Foods ingredients. So, I did what may have been in retrospect a very dumb thing. I ate tempeh.
I grilled 1/2 a block of Lightlife Flax Tempeh and put a little bit of barbecue sauce on it, and stuffed it into a pita with a handful of buffalo sauce covered artichoke hearts and spinach.
served alongside carrots and some ants on a log!
I used Peanut Butter Co Cinnamon Raisin peanut butter for my ants on a log, and it came out great! The carrots didn’t taste good when dipped into it, but the celery provided a nice counterpoint and a good crunch.
I finished off my meal with an orange.
My stomach was full, but bloated. Not bloated because I had eaten a lot, but just bloated and painful.
I had a doctor’s appointment today thankfully, and hoped to get some answers. I discovered that on my last trip I had been bloated up nine pounds from my happy weight! Not normal! Thankfully on this trip I’m only bloated up four.
My lovely doctor confirmed what I had already thought to be true: I did have something wrong with me, and the gastroenterologist had it all wrong when he originally tested me back in May (he told me I’d had a tilted pelvis). As it turns out, I not only have IBS, but I probably have colitis as well, in addition to lactose intolerance. Basically, my stomach decides to stage full-on revolt whenever I eat gas-producing foods and heavy starches, which broke my heart because ever since my eating disorder I’ve been trying to eat heavier, fuller meals, and all the running I’ve been doing means I had to start bulking up my protein and carb intake.
My mom has put me on a diet of toast and soup and juice to help get my stomach back to normal, but I’m just devastated. I hate restricting my diet because it’s causing my upset stomach. I’ve gone from not wanting to eat anything to wanting to eat everything, and now I actually can’t. I’m terrified of reverting back to my old, deadly-restrictive ways. My mom tells me to trust myself and give myself some credit. I’m not sure if I can.
Anyway! The rest of my day wasn’t too bad. The sun seemed determined to stick around so I decided to go for a little walk around 4:30. Before I left I ate a small banana with White Chocolate Wonderful PB:
This, again, was not the best pick. But I wanted it and I ate it.
I was happy to be on my walk!
my butt isn’t abnormally large, I had stuffed my camera and phone into my pocket!
See? Happy happy!
And then the rain started, on the way back to my house (about 100 yards away, in fact). I had to make a psychotic mad dash to my front door. The rain was so cold in contrast to the hot air, I actually screamed when it hit me!
Needless to say…not happy.
I look cross-eyed.
Dinner was simple, simple, simple…trying to get my stomach to settle down.
I scrambled four egg whites and 1 egg together and served it with ketchup:
I love ketchup sooo much.
I served it with a toasted English Muffin spread with Smart Balance, with one side a little bit of fig jam and Stonewall Kitchen Bellini Jam on the other.
It was scrumptious but I still felt like I needed more. So I decided to make…protein ice cream!
Now, I’d heard about this from Heather over at Heather Eats Almond Butter, but never tried it because I didn’t have any xantham gum. Well, I have some! And I used it to AMAZING effect.
In the blender I combined
1 c Original Almond Milk
1 scoop Tera’swhey Blueberry Protein (I did not like the taste of this very much, I will do chocolate powder next time)
1 tbsp cocoa powder
1 frozen strawberry (note: I couldn’t taste this at all so I don’t think I’ll do it next time)
2 Stevia packets
1/2 teaspoon xantham gum (note: I used Bob’s Red Mill)
1/4 teaspoon corn starch (note: Heather uses guar gum but I didn’t have any so this worked just fine. You DO need two types of thickener or else you’ll end up with soup. Just a teeny bit goes a long way)
Combine until blended, then add ice until it’s the desired consistency. For me and my crap blender that was about three or four handfuls, which produced a TON of ice cream. Seriously, I filled a huge bowl plus there was enough left over for seconds.
God bless xantham gum! You can’t tell but that is a gigantic, insanely large bowl of ice cream. I added some cinnamon on top for some added sweetness and stirred in another packet of Truvia.
This. Was. Un. Freaking. Real.
And the entire thing clocks in at…are you ready…120ish calories. That is around the same amount as my Edy’s ice cream. And I didn’t even eat about a quarter of it because there was just too much. Heather made a maple cinnamon version on her blog the other day, I cannot wait to try it!
Looking back at my blog the last month, I can see that I’m eating a lot of diverse foods in great volume. Which is good for my overall health, but right now it’s wreaking havoc on my stomach. For the next few days or so, the amount of food I’ll be eating will go down. Do not panic. I simply need to give my stomach some room to breathe, calm down, and flush things out. My GI tract is screaming at me to give it a rest. So I will listen to it.
But damn, that ice cream was a good note to go out on.
Time to get some sleep for another early morning workout! Night!