Friday, February 25, 2011

Day 31- Disappointment rears its ugly head

So I feel like I should be excited that I've finished a month of the RepairVite program for Leaky Gut Syndrome but I'm not.  I wanted to feel a little improvement after 30 days of torture. I am still having generalized abdominal pain, bloated, gassy, tired, depressed and now also really frustrated and hungry. The alterations I've made to this diet so far are cutting out fruit and adding quinoa and eggs. Since my symptoms look like a Candida overgrowth, I have reduced my sugar intake to the minimum. In order to survive, it was suggested I could replace a small amount of grains (GF of course) since they are less liked by Candida than fruit. I know I am not eating enough because I am hungry all of the time. It's not that I don't want to eat, it's that I spend so much time trying to come up with an idea of what to eat that I feel like I spend my entire day planning, cooking, eating and cleaning up.  My kitchen is in a constant state of disaster, yet I'm still hungry. So struggling with getting enough food, I have lost more weight. I am at the lowest weight I've been in my adult life, but sadly I don't feel skinny because my belly is always distended. So at this point I am experimenting with adding a new protein- eggs. I had eliminated eggs in a previous elimination diet. I had suspicious but not definitive results so I just avoided them. I have toyed with the idea of adding in some animal protein but after thinking about it for weeks, I still feel uncomfortable and the mental aspect would most likely overcome any physical benefits. I am hoping to not have any obvious results as it is difficult to add something new in when I am already bloated everyday. But here's hoping...

As part of sugar withdrawals (I am guessing), I am having some terrible mood swings, headaches, more abdominal pain and tenderness and noticeably increased lethargy.  I wish I knew that it was the sugar deprivation and that when I get over this I will feel better. I am uncertain if it's part of the detox, a reaction to the eggs, sugar withdrawal or something else.  Either way, it's a lot worse than I had expected and I feel worse than before I started the program. So I'm either doing a good thing and my body is releasing toxins or I am doing a bad thing and making my body worse. Hmmm....

Food Journal Day 30 Wednesday
Breakfast: protein shake with carrot juice, cultured coconut milk, spinach, fresh ginger, stevia 
Snack: hard boiled egg 
Lunch: quinoa with broccoli, tilapia and avocado 
Snack: beet chips, kombucha 
Dinner: egg scramble with salmon, spinach, avocado and onion

Food Journal Day 31 Thursday
Breakfast: protein shake with carrot juice, c.c. milk, spinach, kombucha and stevia
Snack: hard boiled egg, kombucha
Lunch: vegetable broth soup with spinach and leftover tilapia
Dinner: basa fillet in cilantro pesto over spaghetti squash


  1. Steph,
    Much better job with the protein intake. Why did you start with eggs though? I'd still be worried about a sensitivity to them. If you were my patient, I'd have you do another container of Repairvite, GI Synergy, Strengtia, etc. Have you done the GABA challenge?

  2. I am on my second round of the supplements but will soon be replacing the Repairvite with C learvite. I have not done the GABA challenge, what dose should I take? It sounds interesting and I'd like to try but I've never been told about it until now. I started eggs because I thought it was worth a try to see if I would feel better with another source of protein. I knew it was risky but considering how I was feeling, I didn't think it could get much worse. Since I started when I already had pain and bloating it's hard to say if I had a problem digesting them. I stopped for a few days and now that I have changed my diet a little and feeling a small improvement, I am trying them again. So, I'm working to find a balance through compromise. We'll see what happens.