So lately, I have noticed some not so pleasant symptoms in my wonderful body.
- My right wrist pain has come back
- I’ve been feeling a bit tired lately, but sleeping pretty great
- I can’t seem to get rid of my mummy tummbly
These all add up to my body, graciously telling me something isn’t quite right with what I’m doing, which means I need to make a change. Really, I haven’t been super strict with my diet, although it’s waaaaaay better than the standard American diet (SAD). Yet, when your body is giving you signs like the ones I listed above, or any annoying others, your body is crying out to make a change before it’s too late (think cancer, heart disease, diabetes, etc.).
Now, I’ve tried many different diets and cleanses and so on and so forth. I know what I need to do and I am going to do it. However, I need some accountability, just like the rest of us, so I’m posing a challenge for you, my beautiful and friendly reader. Next Wednesday, May 11, I am going to start an elimination diet for
14 days, 30 days (you can start at any time though). Now, if you do this, and I am praying that you do this with me, to at least stick to it for 14 days. Once, this adventure is done, I am going to add in one of the foods I took out every 4 days. During this whole time, I will be keeping a food journal. This will include how I feel throughout the day, a picture of my meal, and the time I eat. Sounds like some work, but it will have a huge pay off at the end because I will be able to pinpoint what it is that’s causing my symptoms and be empowered to choose whether the offending food is worth adding back in for good. You with me still??
“What foods,” you are probably asking… well this is the clencher… they are going to be foods that are our society’s main foods or found in a lot of items, or what I like to call “unfood” (processed foods really aren’t food).
Think of it like this, if someone were to poke you on your arm with their finger throughout the day, day after day, you can imagine how annoyed or stressed that would make you, right? Well, this is what it’s like to eat a food or multiple foods that you are sensitive to. It won’t kill you quickly like an allergy from anaphylaxis, yet, it causes A LOT of stress on the body and will eventually lead to leaky gut and inflammation, which leads to a list of other annoyances.
“(Whatever the health concerns, whether for a loved one or yourself, the answer is often found in one’s diet and metabolism (and how the body reacts to food) and one’s immune system’s function. The more inflamed a person is, meaning the more symptoms a person may have such as: sugar cravings, bloating, gas, diarrhea, irritable bowel, mood swings, irritability, skin eruptions, eczema, chronic fatigue, aches and pains, fibromyalgia, diabetes, headache, migraine, seasonal allergies, food allergies, food sensitivities, PMS, environmental sensitivities, ADD, ADHD, OCD, Asperger’s syndrome, autism, chronic ear infections, hives, chronic sinusitis, autism, hypothyroidism, lyme disease…”
Any of these symptoms sound familiar??
Top allergenic foods:
- Gluten (wheat, rye, spelt, barley, bulgur, etc click here for more)
- Vegetable oils
- Nuts (almonds, walnuts, cashews, pecans,etc)
- Nightshades (tomatoes, eggplant, peppers, potatoes –yams and sweet potatoes are fine)
- Sugars (glucose/dextrose, brown rice syrup, stevia herb)
- Any food(s) you think may be effecting you in any way
Now, I’ve taken some of these foods out of my diet, like dairy and wheat, for a while now so those will be easy peasy. The difficult things will be corn because I LOVE popcorn! Eggs will be hard too… but the whole point of this experiment is to really tune into what my body is having a hard time with. It’s about not feeling drained all the time. This is only for a few weeks and in the scheme of things, what’s a few weeks compared to the rest of your life if you’re constantly in pain, tired, dragging throughout the day, cranky…? I’m like you, I want to have super amazing stamina and zero brain farts and happy! Let’s do this together! I’ve created a Facebook group and if you are interested in joining me, please do! The more the better! I will be adding recipes for the week and any ideas that may help us both/all achieve the greatest feeling of achievement and feeling great!
But rather than focus on what to avoid, because really, who likes to hear you can’t have someting? Let’s focus on foods we can discover are delicious and full of vitality… and who doesn’t like new and good?
Foods to enjoy and tips before starting:
Make a plan for the week. I’m not much for planning my meals for the week, I would rather follow my belly to the decision of what to eat so I will stock up on nourishing foods (see list above). If you are more apt to stick with this by making a meal plan for the whole time then go for it! Find recipes that will fit into your journey with ease.
Make simple meals. Don’t go crazy trying to recreate every meal you have. Eat a meal of just chicken and steamed broccoli with coconut oil on top and herbs and sea salt. I think it’s important to have a good favorite recipe that you can try to fit into your healthy food, so you won’t slip. For me, this is pizza! And I have an awesome recipe for that (nomato sauce and crust -sub apple cider vinegar for the lemon juice, and for cheese I toss on some nutritional yeast)! It does take more work, so when I find a recipe that I love, I hold on to it. Then when I make it, I make extras to freeze.
Buy things that you will enjoy eating and fit into the criteria and what you know will make you happy, flourish, energized. Give away food that you won’t use. You can do this by either donating to a food bank or bringing it to work and passing it off to someone who isn’t joining in on this experience.
Relax! This is a biggie! When we take foods out of our system, which were stressing our body, it allows us to detox our system and allows for healing. Detox systems may come on (migraines, fatigue, crankiness, etc- but shouldn’t last long). That being said, you will want to keep yourself rested up and don’t over extend yourself. Take a walk, read a book, watch a movie (Warning: sometimes food comes on the TV and it may cause you to want to throw in the towel, so be careful with this), take a bath, get a massage, take a sauna, play games with family/friends, take a nap if you feel tired, get to bed at before 10pm!
Start a journal from day 1 to track your mood and symptoms. This is such an amazing way to see your progress and for as tough as this might get, you’ll want to SEE the progress!
Join the group! This isn’t going to be easy, BUT it will be totally worth it! I promise!!! Join me on our journey to health by going to our Facebook group! This is where we can ask questions, cheer each other on, and support each other when things get tough! It’s never to late to turn your health and happiness around!! What are you waiting for?