Hello all, been many months, if not over a year or so since I have been here, sorry about that. I'm glad I'm back though. I have a question regarding diet. I'm an Empath.
I've noticed as an Empath, as I get older (currently I'm 24), I have become not only more sensitive to feeling emotions, but physically there's stuff going on too, and I think it might be because of my diet. I'm wondering if it's that or something else? I'll list my symptoms, and what I eat. Sorry it's long.
Keep in mind I don't exercise but I'm trying to get back into it, just really hard. I've been walking more, but during the day in 90 degree hot and humid weather, I can't get a full breath of air. I know it's not asthma, but the same affect happens when i exercise. Even walking for 10 minutes can be hard sometimes. I literally can't stay outside or a minute, or i feel dizzy and my chest tightens more, same thing happens if i talk for 20-30 minutes then my lungs feel inflamed and exhausted. If i continued, i'd have a panic attack and/or something else.
My chest is usually tight, but when I meditate it sometimes helps, but not always. It's muscle tension affecting my breathing from what it seems like. My doctor said it was something about sighing too much, something about letting out too much carbon dioxide and not exercising so my balance is off, feeling short of breath and with a tight chest.
Another thing that's weird that changed this year, I can't have that many carbs or I get really, really hungry. Back in February, I ate some fruit and other stuff with carbs daily, I found myself starving no matter how much I ate, so even when my stomach was full, I was hungry. It was something about blood sugar too, but I'm not diabetic or hypoglycemic. Doctor said something about carbs and sugars should be low in my diet until I exercise more, so I've been trying.
Also, if I eat stuff like a potato or anything with starch, I can't have much of it, or I go into a panic attack, my body starts shaking and well panic attack symptoms, and I feel too much energy or something. I've always had a theory about how panic attacks were associated with energy build-up or blockage, but not sure if that's true or not. Doctor said to avoid bananas as simple sugars would "spike my insulin" as he said in my current state, even though I'm not diabetic or anything.
I have Geographic Tongue, sometimes the bumps get inflamed if I'm not careful so there's certain things I have to avoid. My tongue gets sore when inflamed, taste buds near the tip blow up, that white coating, less saliva production, and I think maybe some in my throat, because then it gets hard to swallow sometimes.
Sometimes I also have acid reflux issues.
Is all this true? Is there something I don't know? Honestly, I try to eat healthy, but I don't think I know what I'm doing anymore. I live alone and honestly never get to see anyone because all my friends got married and have jobs and I don't. I'm supported by my parents. Living alone is well....really terrible a lot of the time, especially when sick.
Anyway, here's what I'm eating in my diet. I have to be careful since I have to eat gluten-free and I have Geographic Tongue. I usually eat twice a day as I don't get hungry for 7 hours usually:
- Beef patties (can't have bread, gluten free, basically a hamburger without anything on it) which is 80% lean.
- Eggs (about 3 a day).
- Lettuce (I have salads without anything on them so it's just lettuce about twice a day).
- Spinach (sometimes, about once a day, sometimes twice).
- Half a banana (every now and then, but I can't even do it once a day or anything with starch once a day or my body freaks out).
I'm not sure what I can/can't have in my condition but I feel I'm not entirely eating right and have no idea what I'm doing, just my body isn't normal and is acting weird ever since February. I used to be able to eat lots of things with no problems.
I ask you all this: Is it the food or lack of food causing the symptoms? Or, is it something else I don't know? I'm trying to walk more, exercising is hard, some days my breathing is better, some days it's not. Fiber helps sometimes. I'm kind of lonely and rarely get to see my parents, or anyone, and living alone is scary with this kind of stuff going on. I need help. Thank you all.
updated by @realfaction: 01/13/17 07:52:00PM