FODMAP Week 4: UGI, UGH

Not much has changed since my last post; diet is still going well.  However, I did have an episode while on the treadmill the other day where I almost got sick multiple times just while doing an easy to moderate pace.  Although this has happened to me before, it usually only happens after I run up a steep hill and it happens once and I can continue my run.  This time, it kept happening, so I had to stop 1 mile short of my goal for that day. Coincidentally, my follow-up GI appointment was that same afternoon, so I mentioned it to my doctor.  As I expected, my GI Dr. assumed it was most likely from exertion, but recommended that I get an Upper Gastrointestinal Exam (UGI) to see if I had any abnormalities.  The test involves drinking a barium mixture and then taking x-rays at 30 minute intervals.  The whole procedure could take up to 5 hours depending on how long it takes the drink mixture to reach the small intestine.  As part of the exam prep, I have to fast 12 hours before the test.  Lucky, I have an early AM test, but I am still thinking about how hungry I will be that morning and how my whole eating schedule will be mixed up.  I am a creature of habit and like to eat my three meals and snacks each day at around the same time.  I think I decided that I will have a small snack after the test and then go about my regular meals for the rest of the day.

I know this is ridiculous to be worrying about such a minor adjustment and that it is just one day, but, unfortunately that is the way my mind operates.  I like to think of it in terms my father uses: My mind is constantly in 2nd gear and I need to downshift.  Although it would be amazing to downshift all the way to Park for a temporary period, I am pretty confident that is impossible for me.  I know I need to stop worrying about things that do not matter, but I honestly do not know how.  There is something called mindfulness that has been proven to help people with IBS because it helps ease anxiety and lower stress.  Taking the time to research and practice mindfulness is going to be much more challenging than implementing the FODMAP diet was.  I have an interest in food and healthy eating, so that meant I got to bust out some of my cookbooks and experiment with recipes.  However, when I think of incorporating mindfulness into my life, I can’t help but think of a spaced out hippie.  I like to think deeply, but in the form of solving puzzles or math equations, not in the form of thinking about my inner soul and my feelings.  I have no idea if this is what mindfulness is even about, but I think it is my way of procrastinating, because I know I should at least try it since it may be to my benefit.  Hopefully by my next post, I will have motivated myself enough to at least research mindfulness and determine what it involves.  Stay tuned…

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