kirstyk4 wrote: It is not only confusing and stressful, but it is starting to make me very sad/depressed. I have changed many aspects of my life in order to do this diet (which I am okay with except that it does not appear to be helping my number one symptom).
Do you experience any additional stress to this? Do you worry or ruminate over the past? Stress literally shuts down your digestive system, so it can lead to symptoms like constipation. This may be something you want to look at.
The diet has made me very irritable in the mornings and evenings, and if I hadn’t learnt to deal well with stress (luckily) before starting, I could see myself getting aggravated, annoyed with people and generally setting of a stress response left, right and centre. It’s easy to imagine someone developing a stress problem, at least during phase 1.
In addition to the stuff mentioned already, you might find mucilage (found in high amounts in freshly ground flaxseed, okra and slippery elm) helpful.