1.23.2015

February Project

For as long as I can recall, I've been plagued by terrible stomach aches. They're the reason my parents withdrew me from my private school to be homeschooled in seventh grade.
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! 

XX,
S. Roderick

16 comments:

  1. Oftentimes, stomach upsets are caused by dairy. You might want to limit sugar first before cutting it altogether.

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    1. I know something other than dairy irritates my stomach, but dairy doesn't always agree with it either. I'm not doing dairy in February and I'm definitely a bigger fan of limiting sugar rather than cutting it out. . . at least at first. Thanks for your thoughts!

      XX,
      S. Roderick

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  2. I hope you can figure out what it is! I will second the comment above me and say that I have to limit my dairy intake or I have horrible stomach pains.
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    1. Thanks so much for your input! I hope I can figure it out also!

      XX,
      S. Roderick

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  3. I agree about the sugar, although this will be difficult. Best of luck to you. I can't wait for you to share your findings!

    Heidi D.
    www.wishesandreality.com

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    1. At the very least I'm going to limit my sugar, which means no bakings, so I will be needing all of the luck I can get. Thanks for your comment!

      XX,
      S. Roderick

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  4. You poor thing!! I have a tough tummy as well... but I also love food. I try to keep my house "clean" with fresh/raw fruits, little bread products, and all organic. BUT when I'm out... bring on the gas-x and the binge eating. A horrible routine I have!! Good luck with everything, I hope you start to feel better by cutting out these foods!

    xoxo

    Kaley

    My Closet Life Blog

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    1. Thanks for your comment! Some members of my family don't eat the healthiest, so it's hard to avoid the temptation sometimes. I wish I could just get the bad stuff out of the house!

      XX,
      S. Roderick

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  5. Good luck and I hope your stomach feels better. Thanks for sharing and have an amazing weekend.

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    1. Thanks for your comment!

      XX,
      S. Roderick

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  6. I hope you feel better dear! You have a lovely blog!

    I nominated you for Liebster awards. More info on my page!

    Dora
    http://www.thebangsbang.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks, Dora! Glad you liked the blog, and I'll be sure to check out your page.

      XX,
      S. Roderick

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  7. Dairy is also pretty harsh for my stomach! But at my age, milk is so important for growth (calcium and whatnot) so I might have a hard time cutting it out entirely. I am staying away from fried food though! Love your blog, and this is a lovely post! <3

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  8. I don't know much about what would be the best for you but I hope you figure it out, all very soon. Good luck!

    xo www.naomiinwonderland.com

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  9. I have been through the ringer with stomach issues too! I've found that like the other people have said, diary is pretty common for stomach upset. Sugar and corn probably wouldn't upset your stomach unless you had an allergy but it's never a bad idea to limit your sugar intake, or at least cut out white sugar and replace it with natural sweeteners. I feel like fried foods would have the potential to upset your stomach though, try eliminating things one at a time so you can really pinpoint what makes you feel bad. I really hope you figure it all out - I know how discouraging it can be when you system is all out of sorts. :)


    Lauren | Disco Daydream

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  10. Such a good idea. I totally need to eat healthier! I'm such a sucker when it comes to starch or greasy food. :(

    StyledByBlondie.com

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