An elimination diet is quite different the the diets you may be familiar with. The goal of this
I embarked on this journey for two reasons.
1. I really am curious to see if anything presents itself as a sensitivity - primarily dairy and gluten.
2. I hadn't been eating well over the holidays and I feel SO much better when I'm eating well. This was like pressing the reset button for me with food.
I have completed the first two weeks, otherwise known as Phase One and Phase Two. Phase One is the most restrictive and throughout the phases, foods are being added back slowly. Tomorrow will mark the start of Phase Three for me.
The elimination diet begins with two days of a green smoothie fast - all of the green smoothies you want for two days. I used ingredients such as: spinach, mangoes, blueberries, raspberries, kale, flaxseed, hempseed, rice protein, and more. I did not feel hungry during the first two days because I was diligent about making tons of smoothies. The hardest thing for me was that I did miss the act of eating. I wanted to eat even though I wasn't hungry.
|my first two days|
Phase One begins on Day Three. With that comes an approved list of foods from which to eat. Believe it or not, Day 3 was the hardest for me. Once I began eating, I wanted to eat EVERYTHING. Eating from the approved list only was very difficult for me.
Phase One Food List
Do you eat a lot of these foods now? Have you heard of most of these foods?
brown rice, wild rice, quinoa, amaranth, teff, apples, pears, peaches, nectarines, plums, apricots, berries (except strawberries), cherries, grapes, figs (dried and fresh), mango, kale, collard greens, lettuce, spinach, dandelion greens, bok choy, cabbage, parsley, cilantro, sprouts (all types), brussels sprouts, broccoli, cauliflower, beets, carrots, parsnips, winter squash (all types), yams and sweet potatoes, avocados, onions, garlic, and ginger, sunflower and pumpkin seeds, sunflower and pumpkin seed butters, pine nuts, mung beans, adzuki beans, lentils, wakame seaweed, kombu seaweed, nori seaweed, dulse flakes, fresh herbs, coconut milk, coconut oil and olive oil, kudzu, arrowroot (be sure its GF), guar gum (in small amounts), agave nectar and maple syrup
Once I got past the first three days, this has been a piece of cake! I keep getting asked how it's going for me. Truthfully, I tend to forget that I'm on some type of plan because eating from these foods has become second nature to me.
This was my lunch today. How could one complain about eating yummy food like this?
|sunflower seed burger, sweet potato, sprouts, avocado|
Actually, that's not all that I had for lunch.
We can't forget to include the yummy spinach smoothie!
I wake up craving green smoothies now in the way that I used to crave coffee.
I am continuing to have at least two a day.
I need to tell you all something about this elimination
diet plan so far.
IT IS AMAZING, AWESOME, WONDERFUL, FABULOUS, BEYOND WORDS GREAT!!!!
The changes I've seen in only two weeks are beyond belief.
* My skin better than ever. I wake up every single morning excited to look in the mirror because my complexion is better every morning than it was the day before. I have a vibrancy to my face that is phenomenal.
* My nails are growing like crazy too. I keep needing to file my nails because they are growing hard and strong and long and not breaking off like normal.
* My energy level has changed too. Before I would have more extreme highs and lows (thank you, coffee, I'm sure) and the best way that I can describe how I feel right now is a peaceful evenness.
I didn't begin this journey for beauty reasons, but I'm thrilled by them. It just goes to show that the outside reflects the inside. If only eating this way would magically shave my legs for me too!
One more perk: Although we don't have the kids on this plan with us (yes, US... Baard is doing it too!) they are eating so much better by default. Thankfully for the most part, they also really enjoy the food we're eating.
As far as my two goals:
Pressing the reset button: I feel so amazing that I want to continue eating like this.
Food sensitivities: I'm just not there yet. That will become more evident over the next few weeks.
The ONLY downside (in addition to missing coffee) is that most people don't eat like this. It's a little hard socially. So if you are a friend that is reading this and we're going to see one another soon, just let me bring food to share, okay?
If you're interested in learning more, please visit the Whole Life Nutrition elimination page.