And, now for the big “reveal,” as if you hadn’t already figured it out
And, the biggest culprit is probably, gasp, sugar, in ALL it’s forms. The biggest worsening of symptoms was when I went off the “little or no sucrose sugar and very little milk sugar diet”. Issues such as bloating/distention were much more “obvious” for the days following than before (although abdominal bloating/distention remained an issue no matter what food was eliminated). I need to note that I’m not lactose intolerant. In the past, using lactose-free products or lactose-intolerance diet aids made no difference.
Probably some of the reasons other eliminations didn’t “work” was because sugar was still present in some form or another. For example, when I’ve gone totally gluten-free, my consumption of sugar probably went up as a lot of gluten-free products rely on sugar for taste. And, I did embrace gluten-free brownies!
I crave sugar like an addict. Food addiction can be a sign of intolerance. While I can crave other foods such as bread, salty snacks or red meat, it’s not with the same intensity or need. I can easily descend into a sugar binge. Although I only like dark chocolate, I think it’s the still the sugar effect as I don’t like it too bittersweet.
Next, I need to wean myself off the fruit I’ve been substituting for sucrose. When I’ve eaten very little fruit in the past, along with a reduction in carbs and sugar, there was a more noticeable improvement in certain digestive issues.
Starch rather than carbs per se might be an issue – hence gaining weight when eliminated bread, but increased potato consumption.
I will be trying elimination diets again; I’ve found some new ones to follow. The biggie that I have yet to give up entirely is my morning cuppa joe with cream. Caffeine is one of the “must be eliminated food groups.” Right now, dealing with the massive headache and other withdrawal symptoms (have tried to give it up before!) seems too much to deal with.
If reducing all the “oses” in terms of sugar, and removing other common offenders still doesn’t help with how I feel, then I might be FORCED to give it up. I will warn everyone who will come in contact with me in the virtual and real world when I do that. I know I will be cranky!