There are so many different diets around these days…..
“No carbs”, “No sugar”, “Gluten free” (not a fad if your coeliac!), “Alkaine diet”,
“clean eating”, “fat free”, “paleo” etc etc etc
I’ve found I’ve had to change my quite a few things in my diet since transplant (ignoring the time when I was still enjoying the side effects of chemo). Whether this is due to GVHD or if I’ve developed IBS no one is really sure. There are many foods I now struggle to eat either at all, or in large quantities:
- Meat – Red meat in particular – I find I struggle to digest meat. It seems to sit in my guts for several days before its digested. So consequently I suffer with bloating, stomach cramps and constipation for a few days if i eat a steak or a bit too much chicken! So i have switched to fish, pulses, smaller portions of chicken/pork/minced meat.
- Dairy products – in particular milk– Dairy seems to make me feel nauseous, effect my reflux and has a habit of given me an upset stomach the next day! I’ve switched to more almond milk and soya products
- Fatty Foods – Things like greasy fish and chips can make me nauseous or diarrhea the next day.
- Acidic foods – I still suffer with acid reflux (I have a hiatus hernia, but its something I’ve always not been good with just chemo and everything heightens it). I just have to listen to what state my stomach is in and sometimes avoid tomato based sorts and have a few crackers to soak it up!
- Bread – Now I’m not claiming to be gluten intolerant, I have no idea what it is about bread but I seem to bloat up after and sometimes the next day too. I’m not sure what it is, about it as its not all breads but I’m currently looking at a bloated stomach after some (shop bought) pizza last night!!
I’m slowly getting used to the adaptations. I’ve not completed cut the foods out of my diet just yet. I’m still doing a bit of a food journal to try and work out any patterns before I cut out any foods completely!!
So my question to you – has anyone else suffered with anything similar post transplant/chemo?!?! Has it effected your digestion?