I tested out eating ‘normal’ food last night at dinner with friends.
We went and had Korean food – the irony of the situation being that a friend of mine came with us, and she was visiting Houston from Korea – and agreed, as is typical for Asian eating situations, to have everything be shared (a style I rather prefer, as I have said often).
They asked for dietary restrictions, and I mentioned that I had mine, but that I was going to use the night as a tester for whether I’m okay eating ‘normal’ foods from time to time (because this diet is a lot to keep up, and it seems a bit nuts to keep up every day for the rest of forever, especially considering holidays and cultural events that have foods that just don’t fit the bill…).
I ate food with them.
It was delicious.
While eating, I noticed quite quickly some physical responses to certain foods (e.g. having to clear my throat from excess mucus somewhat constantly after eating the dish with dairy and the high gluten one).
Afterward, I noticed slight discomfort, but nothing too bad – it was only somewhat noticeable.
I was pleased.
Good thing, I thought.
I went home, delighted with the evening with friends, as well as with the food situation with my body – no, I had no intentions of eating that way anywhere near often, but yes, I would be able to take part in special occasions like tonight.
I go to bed, ready to pass the *** out, because it is so late by then.
At 5am, to a searing pain in my lower stomach, I awaken, almost in a bit of a fit.
I rush to the bathroom, unsure as to whether something needs to come out by gravity, or whether I need to hurl…
… it feels like both.
Almost an hour later, I have managed not to throw up, despite the rising panic that it was wanting to happen, I have cleared out a good amount of what was hurting my bowels so badly, and I go back to bed, exhausted, only to feel another wave of nausea hit me when I lie down flat.
I curl over to one side, and strategically place body parts to help ease the once-again increasing pain in my belly, and somehow fall back asleep.
Today, I felt okay all day, but still exhausted from not enough sleep – had to get up too early today – and somewhat low on energy due to the bit of food debacle early this morning.
I told my friend about what happened, and she said that we are sticking to my dietary restrictions from now on at dinners. 😛
Well, I survived it, which is great, and I now know not to do it unless I want a lot of pain and discomfort – which, I don’t.
The point is that I have lived and learned on the matter, and I can move forward content with my dietary restrictions, and people who get weird about it can go eat a can of glass… just saying… 😛
(Haha – for some reason, that last bit really makes me chuckle, it is so absurd and came out of nowhere.)