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My happiness comes from my middle

Friday, 3 January 2014
Christmas Day ice cream cake

Two years ago I quit sugar and wheat, one year ago I quit dairy. I love being free from addiction, hypoglycemic episodes, cravings and bloating but I still have not yet managed to stay sugar/dairy/wheat free during holidays.

This time I mostly did, but even a little bit every day caused a bigger problem than I naively anticipated. In the 2.3 weeks we were away I had some ice cream, some chocolate and a few lovely almond friands. Combine that with wine and a lot of fruit (the cherries and mangoes in Australia are to die for) and voila – I was extremely bloated, uncomfortable and way more miserable in my body than one should be when it’s summer and everything around you is amazing.

Christmas Day ice cream cake

How can something so beautiful affect me so terribly?

I have known this for a while but yet again it was confirmed – my happiness totally comes from my middle.

I feel healthy and fit when my midriff is under control and I cannot feel/hear food digesting. Whenever I’ve either eaten too much or something that doesn’t agree with me, I not only feel physically off but I also do not feel mentally well at all.

At the end of the holiday I seriously considered going back on Citalopram (and the pill as dairy gives me pimples) again. There were some very blue days. Very blue.

Now that I’ve been back at home for a few days and have stayed away from sugar, dairy and wheat, my stomach has settled and is no longer puffy as if I’m expecting another child. As a result, my mind is calm and content.

Whew.

Has anyone else noticed that their mental wellbeing is linked to their digestive wellbeing?

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P.S. After I wrote this post I found an interesting article on this topic, the intro states:

With a sophisticated neural network transmitting messages from trillions of bacteria, the brain in your gut exerts a powerful influence over the one in your head, new research suggests.

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  • Ffion Friday, 3 January 2014 at 19:05

    I definitely find that if I consistently don’t eat right, then I feel miserable, which is why I’m doing my best to get back on track in January.

    • MrsB Sunday, 5 January 2014 at 12:45

      Do you feel the effects immediately, like same day or next day, or does it take more than a week for you to start feeling off? For me it’s pretty immediate, which I find fascinating. The good thing is that feeling good also happens fast, usually by the end of the first day that I’ve eaten well :)