I’ve been told multiple times to give up coffee: when my stomach issues started six years ago, last summer when I was trying to do a semi-elimination diet. Six years ago, I basically ignored the doctor. Give up coffee? Oh. Hell. No. Last summer, I took things a bit more seriously, but I still wasn’t quite ready to give up coffee.
But with this latest round of stomach issues (no doubt triggered by the stress of being laid off), I gave up coffee willingly. (I know, I’m shocked, too.) When I was in Margate for the Fourth of July, I realized that I didn’t have coffee all weekend and my stomach also felt fine all weekend. Driving back, I stopped for a coffee and stopped very shortly thereafter for a bathroom stop.
The correlation between coffee and stomach issues couldn’t have been more obvious at that point, and I decided to give life without coffee a try. I think the fact I don’t have to be at work early in the morning now has helped the transition a ton–needing to be alert at work is a big reason I had a hard time giving it up in the past. It’s been about three weeks, and I can honestly say the change in how I feel is so dramatic. No more running to the bathroom a gazillion times a day. It’s seemed that, for me, the acidity of coffee stays with me all day and continues to bother my stomach sometimes.
I am, however, perpetually sleepy.
I haven’t been posting as many food pictures lately, partially because I’m bored of them, partially because my meals have been very random as I try to figure out what I can and can’t tolerate. I have been trying to eat lots of small meals and snacks, and that also seems to be working. (But the lack of coffee really still seems to be the most helpful.) This morning, that was cookie dough cereal with chocolate chips to make it chocolate chip cookie dough cereal.
Lunch was far too boring to even photograph: just a naked turkey burger and a microwaved sweet potato. Yawn.
Tonight, I made some whole wheat fusilli, sauteed onions, spinach, mushrooms and grape tomatoes and topped it all off with some pesto and chicken. Yum.
Will run for fusilli.