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Hey everyone! I hope you all had a great start to the week! I sure did because I got in my 5 mile run yesterday!!!! Although I had no IT band pain, I did have some pain in my left heel, so basically I am not attacking all possible injury points as best I can to make it to race day!

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Just FYI, this post may contain a little TMI (too much information) or some triggering words for anyone with an ED, so feel free to just come back tomorrow if you’d rather not read ahead! I won’t know 🙂

  
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I realized last week when I was typing up my training update that I hadn’t talked much about food (other than WIAW) in quite a while! As many of you know, I was told last October that I need to cut gluten, soy, pasteurized milk and white sugar out of my diet. I completely cut out everything but white sugar up until about a month ago. I’ve been using pasteurized milk on occasion in coffee. Lol okay more than on occasion currently.

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However, I am still having constant issues: extreme bloating, gas, other things I just can’t bring myself to say on this blog… haha. Let’s just say I had to run back home in the middle of that 5 miler and then head out again to use the restroom…

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It just never seems to go away, which is why I’ve determined I probably have IBS. I’ve had both an upper endoscopy and a colonoscopy to make sure it wasn’t anything especially serious (colitis, cancer, etc). With everything ruled out I don’t really know what else to do. I even stopped taking my birth control two months ago to see if that was the problem (as suggested by my doctor), but nope.

Personally, I am at a loss. I know I try and look like I’ve got it all together on the blog, but I certainly don’t. I experience some level of symptoms nearly every day. I don’t know if stress had made it worse recently (probably) but I do find that I feel so much better when I’m happy and busy doing things with people. For example when I was out of town for ten days my symptoms were practically non-existent.



I’m sharing all of this because 1) some of you may be experiencing similar issues and I hope I am someone you can relate to and 2) some of you may have suggestions! I will take any at this point.

I also came clean a couple months agoabout my problems with binge eating. It happened with me because for well over a year I was over-exercising an under-eating. Binging resulted as an emotional and physical response to that abuse (granted, looking back over my life I’ve always had various episodes of binge eating, just nothing that lasted this long). Although it still occurs on a rare occasion, or in much more subtle forms, I have made a ton of progress with it. I find that when I’m busy then it’s not as much of an issue. I’m also eating way more healthy fats than I ever was before, and in the morning, which I know has also helped a ton.

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Beyond eating right, I have had some great friends that support me (many I met through blogs) and becoming more spiritual has made a big difference as well. Knowing that everyone is made to be different and I am perfect exactly how God made has been my mantra whenever I feel out of sorts.

It’s definitely a never-ending process and I still have slip ups, but I’m happy to say that despite these I’ve made huge strides. I just hope that I can KEEP improving, especially with the stress of school, GOTR, marathon training and blogging on me this semester!

And the rest is easy!

Remember, if you ever have more personal questions or stories you’d like to share you are always welcome to e-mail me at peaceloveandoats@gmail.com !

 

Anyone dealing with similar issues?



 

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