I have 150 blog posts so i have no idea if I have done this post before (so sorry if I am repeating myself) but, I suffer from IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) and apparently it is IBS awareness week, so I thought a blog post might help someone.
I got officially diagnosed last year, after lots of blood tests & scans it revealed that lactose (dairy) was the one thing which what was causing me so much pain and making me really ill. So a lot of the time I stayed in last year feeling anxious/depressed it wasn’t actually all me, I just felt so unwell all the time, the stomach aches were unbearable and without being gross, I used to have diarrhoea every.single.day… normally about 3 or 4 times a day. I was forever off work and it felt like I couldn’t eat anything without suffering. It was just completely miserable, and I know that is a big factor as to why I was so mentally down and not happy all last year.
I am a lot better now because I don’t have any diary/lactose. I think that is why my skin is so smooth and glowy now and why my hair is so long and shiny. It was really hard at first, as I was so used to eating pizza, pasta, chocolate! All my favourite things. I had to change my whole diet because you’ll be surprised how many foods contain milk. This also made me depressed because my cravings wanted all the bad stuff, and because I don’t eat meat either it just felt like I was living off vegetables, so I felt tired and run down all the time. This was also when all the stress of the break up was at it’s highest so I just stopped eating. The depression was so heavy, food was the last thing I wanted, I just saw myself as 20 stone even though I was skeletal, you only have to go back a few blog posts to see the photos.
Present: I have started to pick myself back up slowly, I am eating again and look healthier. I eat the right things and my mood has lifted a lot and best of all – i don’t have the horrible bloating or stomach pains. I need to be fit and strong for my trips so that was my main focus. 👊🏻
If you are struggling with depression/anxiety I really would recommend you see a doctor, as I had no idea how much eating what wasn’t agreeing with my body was effecting my everyday life, it just became normal to always be ill and rundown but I didn’t know why. I was so tried, grumpy and depressed – no wonder he left me. Just have a read of the below and I hope you go see a doctor asap if you have any of the symptoms: