Hitting a Wall and Pushing Past It

17.11.2015 | 15:16

Hitting a Wall…And  Pushing Past It….

Dragon Dispatches from the Divine Dragon

I’ve tested my limits this week, and thought I’d finally hit them….

I was (almost) ready to give up, throw in the towel, and just go back to the Standard American Diet.

Well, okay, maybe things weren’t that dire, but I was not a happy camper.

I’d been doing an elimination/reintroduction diet, and the results were…underwhelming.

On the upside (or maybe it’s really a downside), I’ve discovered that maybe very small amounts of sugar aren’t the cause of all of my digestive ills.

I’m sort of wondering if I’d be better off it it were….

(Many people would think so.)

I’m still on the fence regarding butter.  I don’t drink milk or eat cheese, but I hate to cross yogurt and kefir off of my “okay for occasional indulgence” list.

Ironically, none of the eliminated foods appears to be the major cause of my trouble.

It’s protein powder.

Specifically, plant-based protein powders.

Even more specifically (but not limited to it), pea protein….

I won’t claim that I’ve tried every available brand.

But I’ve tried a great many of them.

And I’ve tried the highest-quality ones on the market.

(None of which I’m going to trash here.  Because they work just dandy for other people.)

So far, I’ve had success with one.

You read that right.  One.  Count it:  one.

This was beyond frustrating, because I like adding a little protein boost to my green smoothies.  And whey doesn’t work for me either….

And then there was my other pain point:  weight.

As in, I gained too much over the summer and haven’t been able to lose it.

Even worse, the extra weight is all fat, not lean muscle or bone density.

Nothing was budging the numbers on the scale.  Not resistance training, not bursting….


I was completely and utterly discouraged.

And damned ready to give up in frustration.

So I posted my honest results – or lack thereof – in our Facebook forum.  (There’s a group of us doing the diet/cleanse program together.)

I received a phenomenal outpouring of compassion, encouragement, support and suggestions.

It eased the frustration and renewed my commitment.

I found a different workout to try, one that works from the inside out.

The same day, I went to a local healthy grocery, and there on the shelf I found something new:

Collagen protein.

Not whey.  Not pea.  Not some other allegedly “digestible” blend.

I haven’t been doing either thing long enough to measure any results.

But the protein doesn’t make me feel bloated or over-full.  It doesn’t give me gas.

It also satisfies my hunger without all of the added fillers.

And the workout is making me feel as though my internal (“smooth”) muscles are getting toned, as well as all the others.

It seems to be loosening up some stagnant “chi” energy.


I didn’t give up.  I didn’t throw in the towel.  I didn’t quit.

I shared my pain and frustration.  I reached out for support.

And I received it.

I renewed my commitment to get to the root cause of my digestive troubles.

I’m awaiting the results of a blood test to determine if I have intestinal permeability (“leaky gut”) as I write.

I’m carefully making note of any symptoms, and which foods seem to trigger them.  (Not always as easy as it sounds….)

And I’m still looking for the answers which will help me, once and for all, design a personalized, individual diet that works for my needs.

I never imagined this journey would take as long, or be as challenging, as it has been.

I’ve made tremendous progress, but I still have more work ahead of me.

But I’m trying to remain patient, and I’m still in the game….

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  1. jenn
    November 17, 2015 | 5:48 pm

    Good. For. You! Diane! Don’t ever throw in the towel. We all have moments/days/weeks like this, but every time we come out of them we are better for it. Look at you now! I too, started collagen protein and love it. I’m ok with pea protein, but tend to just throw in frozen peas in my smoothie. It’s hard to find grain free options and so far I love collagen too! yay for us!

    • daletchworth
      November 17, 2015 | 8:01 pm

      Thanks, Jenn, for the support! Good to know there are more collagen protein fans out there! 🙂

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