IBS is not sexy! It’s so embarrassing that we don’t even call it by it’s full name. It’s so debilitating that 70% of people who suffer from it don’t even report it. And what’s shocking to learn is that one in five Americans suffer from IBS. That’s a LOT of pain right there.
The reason I want to talk about this today, is because IBS is part of my motivation to lose weight.
You see in August of 2011 I was rushed to hospital with suspected internal bleeding. I had suffered in silence for over 6 months. I knew something was very wrong with me. It wasn’t uncommon to go to the bathroom 16-20 times a day. Sometimes 5 times in 5 minutes. It was excrutiating. Forget long walks. If there wasn’t a bathroom within a 2 minute distance from me I wouldn’t venture anywhere. My poor husband. He was so supportive.
So what on earth does this have to do with my motivation to lose weight now you might be asking?
Well, I had to take a good hard look at my diet and work out which foods were triggering IBS. I discovered that all the things I loved were making me sick. My spicy Indian Curries, Bread, Pasta, Ice Cream, Coffee, Red Meat and Alcohol.
I took a look at all the things that were making me so miserable, and made a decision to quit cold turkey. It wasn’t easy to give it all up initially. But I knew there was no price I could put on my health. To be running to the bathroom 16-20 times a day for the next 40 years was not an option. Plus it could escalate into something worse and …. I don’t even want to think about that.
So in a way, giving it all up WAS easy.
I mention this today, because as I look around my kitchen I’m surrounded by temptation. Fluffy white bread rolls and yummy Nutella, a staple weekend breakfast of the past. But as I gaze at the fluffly white bread rolls they don’t call out to me like they used to. I associate the pain of my illness to them and all desire is dashed with one memory of what it was like to suffer with IBS.
Do you remember when Kate Moss got into a lot of hot water when she said, “Nothing tastes as good as thin feels?” I don’t know why it caused such a stir because she wasn’t the first to quote that. I’d heard it in weight loss centers since the ’80’s.
What she meant was, nothing you eat will ever make you feel as good, as how you feel when you look your best. That’s all. She wasn’t promoting anorexia. It’s not her fault she’s a delicious freak of nature who can look so fabulously gaunt without trying. Some people are naturally skinny. The media should get over themselves and just get real for a minute. There will always be naturally thin people in this world. I know I won’t ever be one of them. But I do know I can get in the best shape of my life. I won’t be skinny. But I will be voluptuously fabulous, lean and mean – just like my idol Lara Croft : )
My wish for you is that if you suffer from IBS please read up on how you can cure yourself. I finally committed to blood tests for parasites and what not and they couldn’t find anything. It wasn’t until I heard the word IBS (I didn’t even know what that meant 6 months ago) and I started reading up on it that I decided to cure myself.
I am better now and to this day I don’t touch red meat and I’m totally gluten free. The curries are a thing of the past and flour and sugar don’t exist in my world. I actually think that being gluten free is enabling me to shed weight and feel great. Just look at Novak Djokovic. He’s gluten free and he attributes his #1 status in part to his diet.
Now I wouldn’t wish this on anyone, but it was enough to turn me around and get my diet right. Suffering from IBS helped me see the light. My diet was destroying me. So part of what keeps my motivation to lose weight so strong is that I don’t ever want to go back to the bad eating habits that made me so sick.
If you want a good quick read on IBS click this link.
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To hear how my journey began this link will take you to my first post.