Until around eight years ago I never really thought too much about nutrition and the effect it can have on my wellbeing. I had no real need to. I was fit, healthy and full of energy. I could eat whatever I wanted, whenever I wanted to and I always felt great and I never struggled with my weight at all. I was one of those annoying women who could eat or drink anything and not gain a single pound.
I don’t remember exactly when my problems started, but I know it was around the time I took a lot of antibiotics for a very grumbly wisdom tooth. Soon everything I ate gave me terrible IBS problems (no need for any more details, TMI!) and for years I tried everything to find a ‘cure’. I wanted my old lifestyle back but nothing I tried seemed to help. Sometimes various cures made things worse. I’ve tried everything from Vegan, to probiotics to fibre supplements all to varying degrees of failure. I’d gained almost a stone of weight that would just not shift, no matter what.
My GP has never been of any help, he has always fobbed me off and doesn’t seem to understand how much the IBS distressed me and affects by life. Blood tests have always come back clear and I’m sure he brands me a nut-job. So self help and the Internet were the only way to go for me. After much trial and error I have found that I’m lactose intolerant and I’m recently suspecting that gluten has become a problem also.
I’ve recently embarked on a Paleo diet after reading Gary Taubes’ ‘Why We Get Fat and What to Do About it’ and I cannot believe the difference. I don’t feel like my old self, I feel like a better version of my old self. After six weeks of Paleo living I feel the best I have for eight years. Most of that stubborn ‘stuck-on-stone’ has melted with very little effort. My food intolerances remain, but this is still very early days for me.
This is the start of a new beginning for me and this blog will chronical my journey towards even better health and fitness.