So while I try my best to avoid foods that cause me to puke during a race or run to the bathroom 5 times during a treadmill run, my body still has not been cooperative. Case in point:
No, I'm not 6 months pregnant. This is one of my recent "gain ten pounds overnight" phases. Fun, right? Something I am eating/doing drinking will cause my stomach to go from relatively flat to "how far along are you?" in a matter of minutes. As you might be able to guess, trying to run with a sudden ten pound weight gain is not fun.
So after lots of planning/calling/making appointments/etc. I finally got to an appointment with the right doctor today. I have to admit I was pretty relieved to see these two books in the room:
|Food Rules and Forks Over Knives|
Not because I think you have to read Michael Pollan in order to be a great doctor, but it was a relief to know that I was speaking to someone who would do more than write me a prescription and tell me to get the h-e-double hockey sticks out of there.
Roughly six gazillion dollars and 14 pints of blood later (me, EXAGGERATE? Never.) and I was sent home with this bad boy:
Let me tell you - it's quite interesting having a conversation about this kit with people. About four different doctors/nurses in the office had "tips and tricks" on collecting stool. I filled my quota for poop talk for a while, thanks. It tests for 50+ different things so hopefully at the end of it I'll have a better idea of what's up.
Do you go out of your way to find a doctor who is a runner/athlete?
I don't think you need to be an athlete to be a good doctor, but I do think it's a bonus when your doctor can identify with you - whether that's because of diet, exercise, whatever.
Do you have any food allergies/intolerances?
Not that I know of. I have tried cutting out dairy, meat and gluten at various times to try to get rid of some symptoms but nothing has been particularly effective in the long term.