So this week's food challenge was fructose, and I was definitely a bit more invested in this group since many of the foods I love are in it. The challenge foods I used were cherries and asparagus. I honestly don't eat cherries a ton simply because they are so messy, but I bought frozen ones so that I could throw them into oatmeal and that kind of thing. I added asparagus to my lunches (rice and chicken) throughout the week except for Thursday when the challenge was to eat fructose foods three times in a day. That day I had cherries in my oatmeal and asparagus at my other two meals.
I don't know if this had anything to do with the fructose really, I personally think it didn't, but I have had insane heartburn this week. On Sunday we went to this Prince tribute thing in Portland and I had a little too much to drink, so I honestly think that was a lot of it because I'm old and that's just how things are now. I finally broke down and took a Prilosec on Tuesday night, which seemed to mostly set me straight.
I have mixed feelings about this week. There were no cramps or gas after eating my challenge foods which is great, but I still feel like it immediately affected my constipation somewhat. Looking at my notes for the week, I technically "went" most days, but without being too graphic the output was not what it should have been considering how much I eat. I eat anywhere from 1600 to 1900 calories a day depending on how much I exercise, and let's just say the bathroom trips haven't reflected that. I always feel like I need to go but nothing happens, so that really sucked. I mean that's the whole point of this, is figuring out what foods are affecting my digestive system, but it really blows to have something as innocent as a few spears of asparagus wreck you.
I won't lie, this one had me a bit bummed out because I feel like it's another category where I will have to limit the foods to "occasional only". I really, really hope the rest of the challenges don't go like this. I really want to be able to add in some different foods because I really need the variety!
The next challenge group is mannitol and my challenge foods for this one are even higher value to me than the fructose group! I'm using mushrooms and sweet potatoes for my challenge foods, two things I have desperately missed in my diet and used to eat all of the time. I won't lie, I'll be hardcore depressed if this group doesn't go well. I love sweet potatoes and mushrooms. Like, obsessively love them. Keep your fingers crossed for me!