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Listen To Your Body ~n~ Recovery

Hey friends, Carlee here. I wanted to fill you all in on something that that happened in my early recovery.

You see, for a long time while I was using I would get this terrible abdominal pain. This pain would also come with dry heaving and nausea. I didn’t know what it was or what was causing it. Shortly after I got clean, I went to the doctor. It was explained to me that I had an issue with my gall bladder. My first thought was “What the hell is a gall bladder?” So I asked and got some more information. Basically the gall bladder digests fats and filters toxins from food and mine was not working properly.

So, I ended up having the surgery for the doctors to remove it. I felt so much better after the surgery was over. However, a few years later I noticed that abdominal pain was coming back. It was horrible and some nights were spent crying until I went to sleep. I decided to do some research and then I remembered what the doctor told me before surgery. “Your gall bladder digests fats.” OH! And I don’t have one anymore so I probably shouldn’t be eating fatty food!

It was like a lightbulb went off in my head. I had a decision to make. I could either keep eating fatty food while suffering the consequences, or I could change my diet and not suffer from the pain. I chose to change my diet.

Here are some examples of how I eat healthier but still satisfy some of the cravings.

·         STAY AWAY FROM FAST FOOD! I have been doing a lot more cooking at home. If there is a meal or entrée you are craving from a restaurant, look up the recipe online and chances are it will be made with some healthier ingredients.

·         Instead of a greasy hamburger from McDonalds, I choose to make my own hamburgers at home with 95% lean and 5% fat ground beef.

·         When I’m craving chocolate (which I often do) I eat dairy-free chocolate ice cream (Also, I want to mention that most of the time we are craving something sweet, it’s because we are dehydrated and need to drink water)

Also, exercise!! I make my way to the gym 3-5 times a week and that really helps me feel my best. It is important to get those muscles moving. Exercise is one of the key elements to living a healthy lifestyle.

Hopefully this helps the next person who has to undergo gall bladder surgery or is struggling with dietary problems.

And remember to ALWAYS listen to what your body is telling you.

Take care friends.