The past couple of weeks have been a re-learning experience involving food, pain and weight-gain. I thought since I had lost over 40lbs that the fibromyalgia might be less or even gone completely since I hadn’t had a bout since early June this year but I was incredibly mistaken these past two weeks. I admit, I had been slipping back into old habits but didn’t really realize how much I had actually “slipped” until my body was screaming in pain once again. I have been struggling with just being able to move my hands and hips again and it’s been almost impossible to work in this much pain until just a couple of days ago it hit me. I suddenly realized I had been eating dairy again. I had gotten some all-natural balkan yogurt and had been eating a couple of those a day. Plus, I’d been drinking a bit of milk and having cereal in the mornings too. To top that off, I’d also been eating cheese and having toast with butter for snacks! Boy, am I ever sorry I allowed myself to slip back into this habit!
In addition to the pain, I’ve been eating a whole lot more than I should be. Being in all this pain, I have been opting for dining out as opposed to cooking at home simply because it doesn’t hurt as much to sit and eat while someone else does the cooking and washing up. Not to mention the free refill soda pop that is consumed while chomping down on some tasty morsel that will ultimately end up back on my back-side in the form of fat.
It’s been two days now since I stopped eating the dairy and the pain is slowly ebbing but I find it still very difficult to move or relax while this constant aching continues to deny me of sleep and peace of mind. I’m tense, irritable and constantly on edge. I’ve gained a few pounds during all of this and am currently weighing in at 224.4lbs.
I have to admit I love dairy products. The real deal. Milk, cheese, yogurt, and everything in between. This is a huge weakness for me and will likely continue to be one for many years to come. I think if I didn’t have the fibromyalgia and the osteo-arthritis, I’d be more than happy to consume dairy in vast quantities for the rest of my life. But until such time as things change in this regard, I’m doomed to banish it from my life, albeit very reluctantly.