Last week my husband drained our account and left me with $35 to last for about a week (less than $30 after Netflix is automatically paid). I went to the grocery store and spent $25. I needed toilet paper and cat food. I also got a loaf of bread, some BBQ chicken sloppy joe stuff, chicken strips and lunch meat.
I’ve been following up with a gastroenterologist and I am supposed to start experimenting with diet change to get my stomach and digestive problems under control. I decided this week to try no dairy, aside from some greek yogurt for active cultures per the GI’s recommendation. This was extremely difficult for me. For the past 10+ years I’ve had a cup of Carnation Instant Breakfast Rich Milk Chocolate every morning for breakfast. Plus, I love cheese and ice cream. Even trying lactose free versions were out of the budget so I’ve been eating mostly sandwiches all week. So far, symptoms have remained the same and I’ve rediscovered how much I dislike yogurt. I’ll finish off the cups I bought, but from now on (after we move and I have a kitchen I feel comfortable in), I’ll have to make daily smoothies using yogurt.
The good news: So far I don’t think I’m lactose intolerant!
The bad news: The past few days have been ridiculously tiring and unproductive.
I’m not sure if it’s the carbs or what but digestion has become extremely tiring. I have jaw issues so I eat very slowly and usually take about 45 minutes to an hour to eat a meal. The past few days I’ve been finding myself extremely tired after eating. I can feel my stomach digesting the food quickly, like it’s stealing all my energy. Sometimes the tiredness is so bad, I have to lay down or I feel like completely falling over if I try to move around/get things done. So I rest or relax for a while and then an hour or two later I feel like I’m starving again. The cycle repeats itself. It’s difficult to get anything done. I just finished eating about 20 minutes ago and I already feel hungry!
I’m not sure if it’s a diet thing, maybe a hormone thing or perhaps due to stress. There were a few days that I missed my thyroid meds earlier this month. My skin is generally clear. Once in a while I’ll get a zit on the tip of my nose or in the center of my forehead but this week they’ve been popping up all over my face. Whatever is causing these problems, I don’t like it! I know I’m not exactly procrastinating but I feel so lazy and I hate being unproductive. It’s frustrating.
Any tips for working through tiredness or ways to increase energy?