I grew up blaming them on stress (my parents beliefs), but in recent years I've ruled out that hypothesis. Now that I'm out of school (and therefore need to start treating problems like adults do) I think it's time to strip the problem to it's core, and it all comes down to diet.
I could give you my history of diets, the timeframes of when I was vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, but I'll spare you. I've never been a junk food binger, but I've never been into juicing either, and I'm not the biggest advocate of salads. I try to eat balanced, but I could definitely use some improving.
So during the month of February I've decided to take on a project. I'm cutting out a few food groups to see how my body responds. So here is my guide for my February Project.
I know that dairy frequently upsets my stomach, and since I already consume very little of it, I'm just going to cut it out all together. As well as coffee, but don't worry, I prefer tea.
In my opinion, fried food is poison, but how can you turn down french fries? Well, I guess I'll find out. This is probably the category that causes my stomach the most pain, therefore it has to go.
Soy is in everything, but it it won't be in my stomach next month. I don't eat much of it outside soy sauce and soy beans, but I'll be checking packages extra carefully in February to make sure it doesn't sneak in somewhere.
Fruits, vegetables, meats and gluten products (although limited) will remain in my diet since I've never noticed a link between them and my stomach aches. My gluten products are almost entirely whole grains.
The toss ups? Sugar and corn. These are the two I need your help with. Keep, ditch, or limit? Ditching sugar entirely will be nearly impossible with my sweet tooth, but have any of you cut it from your diet and noticed a difference in stomach pain?
My overall goal with this project is to discover which foods agitate my stomach, but gaining more energy and feeling healthier are always welcomed. I'm excited and nervous to begin, but I know it will be worth it. Remember to help me choose what to cut!