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    I'm not compliant all the time. If I were I would be doing great. I still have times when I go off plan. It is impossible to eat on plan when I'm required to eat out. And I don't eat on plan on holidays and special occasions and sometimes I just am tired of eating healthy but my G.I. symptoms are at least 75% better than they were. I was having diarrhea every single day and may only have it a couple of times a week now when I get a hold of something that triggers me. It's odd for me to have formed stools. I feel for you with your diet being so restricted. Those certainly are not my favorite veggies and I like fruit. Pasta bloats me like crazy. I hope at some point you can eat more food. This diet doesn't seem to be working that well for you. Have you seen a gastroenterologist?
    8 hours ago
    Do you think the antibiotics are messing up your stomach. My doctor puts me on high doses of probiotics now when I have to take them.

    I usually bloat up when I eat something that doesn't agree with me.

    I eat very simple. A doctor told me what when you have G.I. problems like I do it helps to eat simple. My diet is mainly fresh lean meat, fish, eggs, fresh or plain frozen veggies, fresh or plain frozen fruit, seeds and nuts, healthy fats like olive oil and butter, unsweetened almond milk, decaffeinated tea, a serving of legumes, and rarely some quinoa. I avoid most processed foods, use less sodium, less artificial sweeteners, and less omega 6 fatty acids. No transfat, nitrites, nitates, hormones, antibiotics, additives, chemicals, pesticides, preservatives, dyes, junk food, fast food, sugar, high fructose corn syrup, fruit juice, farm raised fish, cured meats, caffeine, MSG, alcohol, soy, gluten, foods that come in tins containing bisphenol-A, microwave popcorn that contains perfluorooctanoic acid, low fat foods, diet foods. I prefer grass fed meat if I can afford it, wild caught fish, organic produce when possible. I eat the same thing for breakfast every day by default. I avoid processed foods as my doctor recommends that so I can't eat cereal besides I don't tolerate sugar, wheat, milk, additives. I can't handle veggies for breakfast like some people or leftovers like some people. I don't tolerate a lot of fat either. I eat 6 "fried" egg whites, 2 strips of uncured bacon drained, a clementine or berries, and a glass of almond milk. I blot the bacon and eggs and get rid of as much grease as possible. I don't have any gut problems with this at all. Your breakfast may be different. For lunch I eat something like baked chicken or uncured ham or uncured turkey breast with a salad with some real cheese, 2 hard cooked egg whites, radishes, carrot strips, green onion, sweet peppers, cucumbers, green olives, and some home made salad dressing like a vinaigrette. These veggies don't bother me but I can't handle things like raw cauliflower and raw broccoli in it like I used to have. I have problems with bagged lettuces as there is something in there that causes me problems too so I usually have iceberg if I have issues or unbagged romaine leaves, not stems, if I am not having problems. If I am having problems I will cut back on the cucumbers, peppers, radishes. I sometimes will eat a peeled apple, too, for lunch. For supper I have some baked or grilled meat, a starch like sweet potatoes, potato, peas, etc, plus another cooked nonstarchy vegetable or just 2 nonstarchy cooked veggies with a little olive oil or butter, plus a piece of peeled fruit. I often eat nuts and seeds for a snack.
    21 hours ago
    I just found out what was wrong with me recently. I had tried some herbal tea and felt nauseated, bloated, gut pain, and diarrhea. A sparkfriend mentioned that some herbal teas have barley in them and I looked on the box and this one does. So I was still consuming gluten.

    I think eating less helps too. I feel better when I don't eat so I know that something I'm eating is often causing me problems.

    Most of the time I only worked part time after I had my son because it is hard to deal with too many schedules in a home. At some point the schools start up extracurricular activities and then you spend a lot of time in the car chauffeuring them.
    106 days ago

    Comment edited on: 8/18/2016 12:22:55 PM
    I do have an occasional day without problems but mostly I have problems every day. Some days are much worse than others. I have made all sorts of changes and it doesn't seem to help as much as I had hoped. I assume, like you do, that I probably have to be fairly strict to get it under control. I am thinking that I have to give up all gluten/grains, dairy, and soy at least. I can't use sugar alcohols either. When I do eliminate all of these things I do a lot better but it isn't all that easy to do. I can't eat out. I have to fix 3 meals a day. I get bored. I'm sure you can relate.
    107 days ago
    Thanks. I see you as very resourceful woman and as someone who makes thoughtful decisions. I think you basically need the right break now to get back to pursuing some of your other goals which you have deferred in order to be a good mom. I'm not saying that mother's who work are bad mom's but having a mom at home until a child enters school is the ideal and it requires sacrifices which you have made. I hope you can find time for you soon to decide what path you want your life to take. emoticon
    166 days ago

    Comment edited on: 6/19/2016 1:29:57 PM
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