As if competition dieting wasn’t restrictive enough, add a food intolerance on top of that, fructose intolerance.
After many visits to the doctor and multiple tests, I was finally diagnosed with fructose intolerance. Whew, what a relief! Finally an answer to why I had been having stomach aches and digestive problems for most of my life. Even as a little girl, I can remember complaining of ‘tummy aches’ after eating well, almost anything. For the longest time, doctors quickly passed me off as someone who just had IBS, which doesn’t come as a surprise because of the lack of knowledge and awareness at the time.
It has been nearly 4 years since I was diagnosed. There is still so much that I have had to learn on my own simply because fructose intolerance is not as prevalent as some of the others. Makes me wonder how many are being misdiagnosed like I once was?
It’s always interesting to try to explain to people why I can’t eat hardly anything off the menu at restaurants or have to kindly pass on certain dishes at social functions, family gatherings, etc. It’s not that I’m being picky, believe me, I’d eat most of the food if I could! So let me try to break it down…
Fructose intolerance aka fructose malabsorbtion is a condition in which a person lacks the protein needed to break down fructose, so the body cannot absorb it. So because my body cannot absorb it, it goes all the way down to the lower intestine, a place where fructose is NEVER supposed to be and what happens from there, well, you guessed it…to put it simply, all hell breaks loose.
So what has fructose? A whole slew of things that you and I would never think of. And through trial and error, I have been able to eliminate all problematic foods from my diet: that’s fructose itself (in processed food) as well as fruit, fruit juice, jam, any artificial sweeteners (soo bad), HFCS (High Fructose Corn Sryup…the worst!), and fructans which are just as bad and if not worse! Such fructans include wheat, spelt, kamut, and all onion stuff basically. I have to be a serious detective when it comes to reading labels because wheat, fruit products and artificial sweeteners are hidden in just about EVERYTHING. Fructose is not an essential nutrient, meaning everyone can live without fructose, so ‘fructose deficiency’ does not exist.
What I have found is that if I stick to a “Gluten-Free” and “Wheat-Free” diet and stay away from fruits and most veggies, I’m good to go. So what in the world do I eat then? A lot of chicken breast, fish, leafy greens, zucchini, squash and green beans. Yum. So now you know more than you probably wanted to know about my digestive system. Cheers. 🙂