Over the last few months, I’ve been feeling a little under the weather.
However, we had just spent 4 months renovating our house, work is manic and it was Christmas so I had been eating so much junk, I put it down to those things all combined. Fast-forwarding into the new year, I still am not feeling 100%.
I have been having issues with my stomach and bowel for a while, off the back of the junk food over Christmas I just assumed I had an intolerance flair up (I had a test with York Test many years ago). It just wasn’t clearing though, if anything over the last few weeks things has started to get worse. With my health now taking a bit more of a front seat, I took myself off to the doctors for the first time in a while.
I’ll be honest, I thought it would just be dismissed as being a busy mum that was a little run down. After all, since Christmas I’ve had the flu bug doing the round, an eye infection and a stye, it has just not been the best start for me.
The doctor’s appointment was quite helpful, after a full check-up with blood tests and samples, the good news is they don’t believe there is anything sinister lurking, there is a few more test ongoing but they are precautionary. I’m highly likely to be suffering from IBS, which I am going to try and manage with a change in lifestyle and diet. Yesterday I booked myself a new York Test, which will show me not only the foods that I am intolerant to but also which foods are triggering the IBS.
To be fair, I think the biggest problem in my health is me. I just hit a self destruct button, I knew what would be coming as the weight has been creeping on and my intolerance symptoms had been lingering around. Before they told me I couldn’t eat certain foods, I’ve been eating anything and everything I could find. There was no need for it, no defence for it. Just the reality that I have not helped my health out at all.
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Over the coming months, I will be sharing what I get up to in restarting my health. I’m not going to pretend it is going to be an easy journey, I don’t stick to diets or exercise plans very easily. In fact, I find if I stop myself from having some food that I really want, I rebel a little and have far more than I would have had if I just had it in the first place. It is going to be baby steps, I have to start somewhere and the beginning seems like a good place to start!