It may sound a little contradictory but I am now actually starting to look forward to this. Two things made me realise this.
1) I went to my local Sainsbury’s yesterday and was quite reassured. Their FreeFrom section is huge with a good range of everything. Although it isn’t that straightforward – more below – it’s a good start. And they stock the lactose free yoghurt that isn’t soya. Double yey! And a bran flakes equivalent.
2) I went out for dinner last night. Now my IBS-D has always been a little stress related, always. And Thursday was A Level results day. So my stress levels were through the roof. For long and complicated reasons I was not expecting things to go well at all. And by some miracle they were more than fine; they were great. All that tension had to go somewhere and, as ever, it went to my stomach. I had 3 RFTL incidents in the space of an hour. In a restaurant and in a bar after. Oh dear. Cringe.
So, actually, although this diet thing will be complicated, if it puts a stop to last night’s kind of activities then I have to say it will be a relief. I’m sure I’m not the only one to have suffered the embarrassment of IBS-D in public places and it will be nice to not have to worry about it anymore.
I am starting to realise that, when it comes to the food front, I am going to have to make everything from scratch. I was looking at the FreeFrom savoury crackers thinking “awesome! I can have these with permitted cheese for lunch”. No such luck – they contain onion. This is going to take a whole lot more planning than I thought and choosing to do this in the first half term of the school year might prove to be a mistake in the long run. So will be spending the first week (which is the last week of my holidays) making up permissible meals so I can freeze them to microwave. It will at least take the thinking out of things; especially since I will be in the school theatre every night.
Still, at least there’s poached eggs on gluten free toast. I might end up living on that!