Yesterday was the doctor appointment. To summarize the outcome, I was referred to a GI specialist for an endoscopy and advised to go on a gluten free, dairy free, liquid diet in the meantime. Other recommendations are to eat small, frequent meals, drink A LOT of water through a straw, and to remain in an upright position for at least 3 hours after my last meal.
You might be wondering, "what exactly can you eat?"I was sure asking that question. After a moment of shock, I settled into the idea of better nutrition. After all, when you can't eat solid food, the junk food monster addiction is suddenly tamed. Gone are the candy bars, and the impulsive trips to the drive through window.
I'm telling myself that this is largely a matter of attitude, and that it's a great opportunity to take good care of myself. It's NOT a bad thing to have to restrict toxins from entering one's body. Additionally, I'd MUCH rather drink healthy liquid concoctions from the comfort of my home, versus the confinement of a hospital bed!
For breakfast this morning I made a smoothie out of almond milk, peanut butter, a frozen banana, a scoop of protein powder and a bit of honey. I split it into two separate servings, to fulfill the "small frequent meals" requirement. It was pretty darned delicious and I was stoked - until I realized that the protein powder contained dairy. :( Fail!
For lunch, yet another serving of the SCD Chicken soup. (Basically chicken broth with pureed carrots mixed it.) It's not bad. In fact, for what it is, it's tasty enough. I'm ready to move on to a new flavor though. My stomach has been gurgling LOUDLY.
My plan for the evening is a garlic ginger soup, heavy on the tastiness. :)