Preparing for Holiday Madness

Our tree is decorated, though somewhat crooked.

IMG_2599Our gifts are wrapped, except Kurt’s stuff which has yet to arrive, eek!

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Our stockings are hung by the chimney with care.

IMG_2601Now all that’s left to think about is our whirlwind schedule. As usual, we will be travelling way to much this holiday season. It’s exhausting just to think about. Worse than the exhaustion, however, is the out-of-wack¬†stomach I am always left with. Fast food during drives, holiday baking and eating at other people’s houses aren’t great for me. When I’m at home I can control¬†what I eat easily, and avoid foods that are problems, but at other people’s houses I don’t have that luxury. I’m trying to create a game plan to make the holidays a little easier on my stomach. So far this is what it involves:

IMG_2598I’m going to start taking probiotics a couple of days before we leave and continue to take them everyday until we are home again. Hopefully this will help my digestion a little. I will also take a multi vitamin every day that we are away to make sure that I am getting what I need. I also will be trying to drink a lot of water and eat very little meat and fried stuff, as these are the worst offenders for me.

I’m really hoping this all helps and that it isn’t too difficult to do all of this. Holidays are the worst time for sticking to anything dietary!

IBS

I mentioned a while back that I was trying to go gluten-free for a while. It really didn’t go well, nor did I last very long. Recently I started looking into IBS. For a long time I have just assumed that I have IBS, but I never really took the time to look into it. I’ve gone to a myriad of different doctors about my gastro problems and have had a tonne of different tests done, but there were never any conclusions. From what I’ve read, at that point doctors usually diagnose IBS and call it a day. My doctors never really did that, they figured since I wasn’t losing weight and the problems seemed to come and go, it wasn’t a big deal.

Anyways, I was looking into it and I realized that the foods that commonly trigger IBS are the same foods that cause me problems. I know for me the major players are bran, fat, and dairy. There may be some others, but these are the foods that affect me the worst.

These are really hard foods to cut out completely (especially since we have a huge jar of whole wheat flour in the cupboard), especially since two are foods I’ve considered healthy. I’m slowly trying to reduce my consumption and think of ways to replace these foods with good alternatives, for example, spelt flour.

Hopefully, I can eventually cut out the foods that make me sick. In the meantime, I’m trying to keep things balanced.