I suspect that I'm intolerant to grains, so I did a strict paleo diet with four very tummy friendly dishes, low carb style, and after 10 days, just when the low-carb flu was over, my tummy was feeling marvellous. I hadn't felt so good since childhood. Unfortunately I didn't quite understand the importance of this, an at a friend's birthday party, on the exact 10th day, I ate junk food. Got horrible cramps and bloating for two days. Now it's the fourth day. I seem to still be in ketosis, because I'm not having cravings, but I'm so depressed and afraid that I've ruined my stomach for good and won't get the same results again.
Does anyone have similar experience?
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on October 12, 2011
at 01:01 AM
I have been there...oh heck yes. So let me tell you that you absolutely can get right back to feeling good, Harlekini! When I first dropped all the bad stuff -- esp grains and sugar -- I felt great, yet still often slipped up and fell off the wagon. When depressive symptoms strike in addition to feeling physically lousy, it's so terribly demoralizing -- believe me, I know! I have been there over and over.
You're still early in the process -- expect yourself to cheat. It's gonna happen! With time, though, cheats naturally come fewer and further between. The less you beat on yourself for it, the better. As Mark Sisson says, "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." (Easier said than done, I know.)
The body is a marvelous machine; it can heal up from the worst excesses. I would bet my front teeth that your stomach isn't wrecked, it's just feeling a bit crappy. Depressed thinking will make it seem like it will never get better, but it will.
The fact that you're not having carb cravings is a very good sign. That should make it easier to realign your diet and kick all that junk right back out of your system. And the fact that you felt GREAT before the junk food kick means you did not ruin your stomach -- it's just sensitive.
Remember that you're not alone; there's a huge community here of awesome folks who are willing to help out. We all struggle too...I don't know many people who can say giving up cake was a cakewalk. ;)
Be well, and don't give up!
on October 12, 2011
at 02:28 AM
You certainly haven't ruined your stomach for good! Just get back on track, and you'll be fine. Let the memory of how this cheat made you feel keep you strong the next time you're tempted. Most of us slip off the wagon every now and then -- it's not a sin. Pick yourself up, and get back to it. Good luck!