It’s been about a month since I started on the low residue diet to treat my delayed gastric emptying issue. At first, I didn’t notice much of a change. I was on antibiotics and just generally not feeling especially great. But as the days have gone by, I’ve realized that I am seeing improvement.
For one, I’m not nauseous every morning. This shouldn’t be an accomplishment, and yet, for about the last two years before I started on this diet, I’ve gone to work and wondered if I was going to vomit all over the entrance to my workplace. It was always a burp, but it always felt like it was going to be more. I got used to that. It was my normal. And it sucked.
And now it’s gone.
There’s also a lot less general tummy pain. Still some, especially from gas, which I’ve gotten pretty good at discerning from other kinds of pains. I haven’t had any sustained pain in the last few weeks, and I definitely haven’t had any high level pain. Mostly, I get little needle prick type sensations that are very brief, or kind of a roll of pain in the tummy, but again, brief.
I guess since I’m not feeling quite so sucky anymore, that means it’s time to start reintroducing some fiber. I’m hesitant, because I don’t want to ruin the good thing I’ve got going, but I also seriously miss eating berries. And a lot of my backpacking food has seeds or nuts, so I’m going to have to get used to those things again or seriously adjust my backpacking diet.
My weight has also been fairly constant since starting the diet. It’s not doing dramatic or even daily shifts, but kind of sticking to a single weight for a while, then changing to another weight and sticking there. I’m neither losing nor gaining very much at this point, which I think is pretty good. I do want to lose some weight to make body weight exercises easier, but I want to do it healthily and without impacting the equilibrium I’ve managed to find with my tummy issues.
I’ve been using an app to keep track of my intake and my output. Anything I eat or drink gets recorded, and all of my bowel movements. One of the risks of a low residue diet is constipation, but I’ve managed to avoid that for the most part. I’m going every day, and that’s pretty much exactly what I want.
I’ll admit, the one thing I haven’t cut completely out on the diet is coffee. For one, I love how coffee tastes. For another, getting off of my daily caffeine habit is not easy for me, and I do not wish, as this time, to go through the intense headaches that the process causes. I figured if I wasn’t seeing improvement, then I’d try cutting off caffeine. But I am! So I get to keep drinking coffee. Yay!