When You Know Better But Still Do It Anyways

Have you ever had a period of time where you haven’t had a flare-up in a while and that little voice in your head says, “You must be CURED!!!”

You then proceed to chow down on anything and everything you know that you shouldn’t be eating, only to send yourself into a full blown flare-up

Yup, this was me. 

Long story short, I had multiple days in a row of eating things that I know can cause issues. Any outsider could see this was not going to end well for me. Sure enough, after day three of my trip around the cuisine carousel it all caught up to me. Abdominal cramping and bloating, loss of appetite, and the biggest give away, black stools. I desperately called my doctor to see what I could do to ease the symptoms and control this self-induced flare-up.

 

I will openly admit, just because I may know better doesn’t mean I am not human and will also at times pretend I don’t have to watch what I eat. I thought it fitting to share my own personal experience as my thought is that many of you can relate or maybe just get a good laugh at my expense. 

 

Just so you can understand my issues: I can eat pretty much anything within moderation and I am generally good at listening to my body. I have discovered over the years, especially after having my daughter, that there are just some things I need to avoid

For me personally, whole nuts and seeds in excess can really cause some problems, along with cabbage, or other cruciferous vegetables (raw), certain carbonated beverages (sparkling waters are very triggering), and worst of all is whole kernel corn. I am from the Midwest and grew up on a farm, to not be able to eat corn on the cob is devastating to me. 

So what happened during this particular situation? 

I went to a couple of cookouts where there was grilled corn on the cob and I just had one. The next day we went to another cookout, street corn was one of the side items, so I thought, “I can have one”. I didn’t stop there. The next day I ate a nut and seed based granola in my yogurt. Finally, the cherry on top, was the cabbage based salad I had for lunch. That was it, my stomach was done

I could barely sleep that night because of the pain and discomfort. The next day I went to the restroom and things were very black. Working in the medical field I know this means mid–to-upper GI bleed.  I proceeded to contact my doctor who called in for a prescription and referred me to the Gastroenterologist that I had been trying to put off going to (because living in denial is fun!). 

The not so funny part is the mental and emotional aspect of this happening. 

I was mad at myself for “feeding in” to the instant gratification monster. I didn’t think about the consequences or what I should be doing, and what I teach people not to do. I am an avid runner and currently training for a marathon so I had to scale back for a couple days which is not ideal in a training cycle. I would try exercising and running and it felt like I was going to poop myself every step of the way.

Refer to my article from earlier this year

This was a very humbling lesson for me, but also an important one. I have to listen to my body and recognize that I am feeling well because I am taking the proper steps to feeling better and preventing flare-ups. This was a catalyst to finally go see a GI doctor, which was long overdue.

Lastly, I am back to training for my marathon. I was very blessed that this flare-up wasn’t worse and didn’t take longer to recover from. Hopefully you can learn from my mistakes and keep being the healthiest version of yourself. 

Please leave me a comment below if you are working through identifying your dietary triggers too and stay tuned next month for an update on my trip to the GI Doc!

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Aubrea Burchfield

I appreciate your candid approach the topic and feel that it adds even more validity to your blogs. Thanks for sharing!

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