I’ve wanted to share more about my health issues; although, without a clear direction of how to fit almost six months of struggles in one post. I’ve since realized that I can start with the known cause of my weight loss: I’m eating an average of 1500 calories a day.
Now, as a big girl, I could put away some food and I loved it! But, my first symptoms were massive bloating and nausea. Eating one banana could make me feel full all day. At this point, I wasn’t eating enough, so I resorted to tracking my food intake and forced myself to eat what I could on a “full” stomach. They weren’t large meals, which made it very difficult fitting in high-fiber foods and enough protein to postpone the inevitable hunger. I’d eat half of a small baked potato and a piece of rotisserie chicken before feeling stuffed. This amounted to 500-800 calories a day, forcing me to commence intermittent fasting (IF). I dropped 20 pounds.
Currently, my bloatedness has eased; it’s still around but I can now eat an average of 1500 calories or more! It doesn’t sound significant, but I didn’t choose it, I had to work up to this. Some things still irritate my digestion (and a weird pressure under my ribs) like coffee and sometimes sugar. In order to process my food and minimize discomfort in my abdomen, I drink senna tea. It’s a natural laxative. I also cook and plan most of my meals and I’ll also take walks after lunch at work or at the local park.
You’re probably wondering how is this a transformation? This sounds more like an illness, LOL! Since I’ve returned to intermittent fasting after a good year or two of having trouble being consistent, I’ve started to notice how IF is becoming a lifestyle change. Ths is major! Should my health improve, I’d still want to fast because of the energy, digestive relief, portion control and grocery savings (Lol!) it provides. Before you know it, the body naturally burns stored sugar and fat without physical exertion and the weight begins to dissipate.
The downside is having an eating window outside of every food activity that never ceases to emerge at short notice (friends going out to eat, family ordering out, etc.). Another consideration is insomnia. I’ve always had difficulty getting enough sleep. IF just exacerbates it. That’ll be my next challenge: figuring out how to go to bed and wake up on time, LOL! Also, without exercise, weight loss is slower but there’s a chance of less excess skin (hopes and dreams!).
I’ve got a ton more symptoms connected with the same issue but it would overload this post (LOL!). I’ll eventually share them and my trials with seeking medical treatment in future updates. I would like to add that I am nervous about my health because I haven’t had total relief and I’m nervous that I might be losing weight too quickly, but when I remind myself it’s been almost half a year and some of the symptoms have improved with effort, I feel some comfort (LOL!).
I’d love to hear your experiences with intermittent fasting, how you manage it and any great (+high-fiber) recipes! I also won’t shy away from talking digestive health, so share it all in the comments below and follow me for more updates!