Or the post that should be titled “I really want a freaking cupcake for dinner but instead I’m going to begrudgingly eat brussel sprouts.”
Awhile back, I tried to go gluten free and did see a pleasant decrease in inflammation. And then I got swamped with work, my flare got even worse, and everything completely overwhelmed me to the point that I was reduced to a grubby sweatsuit on my couch watching DVR’d episodes of Chelsea Lately and True Blood whilst stuffing my face with takeout. And I wonder how in the world I gained weight…
I am slowly starting to decompress and return to a state of whelmed vs overwhelmed and am ready to take a stab at better nutrition again. Ok, ok, ok, I’ll be completely honest that in addition to the better diet and benefits I saw while doing gluten free that I also want to jump-start the process of turning my flab back into fab.
I’ve never done an elimination diet mainly because I like eating and dislike being uncomfortable. But after reading and talking to a couple of people who have, I thought it was worth trying. I was more sold when I found out I could supplement with medical food so that I wasn’t as hungry and so that I could make sure I was getting all the nutrients that I need to get.
Step One: Eliminate refined sugars, caffeine, artificial colors & flavorings, and flesh foods. UGH. All my favorites.
I love caffeine. No, I NEED caffeine. It makes me nicer. Same goes for sugars. It is common knowledge with my coworkers that I am bribeable and my currency is chocolate.
Hey Amanda, will you call our client who is mad at us right now because they don’t like xyz? When I talked to him earlier, he was cursing and spitting. Please? While you’re doing it, I’ll run get you Ben & Jerry’s!
Consider it done.
Step Two: Eliminate dairy.
No problems here. I switched to soy years ago and eggs creep me out thanks to a college dining hall experience.
Step Three: Eliminate gluten grains.
Step Four: Eliminate remaining grains, nuts and seeds.
This sucks. I always have a bag of pistachios on me. Always! And I found out the hard way that soy products were considered part of this too. Boo!
Step Five: Eliminate legumes and nightshade vegetables.
Ok, I thought I’d have a harder time with this than I did but I made a lentil dish the day before that was so bad, it tasted like dirty feet smell. And the smell lingered. Au revoir legumes- good riddance!
I did have a little bit of trouble giving up nightshade vegetables…after I determined what they were. I thought nightshades went on lamps. Apparently, I was wrong.
Step Six: Also known as where I am now. With not many options for food. I will slowly start adding different foods back in next week.
It’s not much fun right now. But I will admit that if nothing else, I am sleeping like a champ which is something I don’t do when I’m flaring. That was actually part of my strategy of getting through last weekend- you can’t cheat on a diet if you’re unconscious. I also stopped having crazy cravings this week too. I feel ‘empty’ but ‘even’ if that makes sense at all.
So far, I can’t tell if there’s been a difference in my joints due to this or not. I have had less inflammation this week but I don’t want to attribute it to this quite yet.
I should know more when I’m able to start adding back.
To be continued…..