After posting all the things I'm not supposed to eat, I decided to check out some other elimination diets. Almost every one has you omit wheat, dairy, soy, corn, alcohol and nightshade veggies (Who knew?). Not all of them omit distilled foods. Some take out certain beans and nuts. I love how they all say to talk to your doctor first before trying these. No offense if you're a doctor, but, seriously, how many know that much about nutrition? My doctor actually does because she's a holistic doctor, but most don't get much in their studies at all.
I actually was on a diet similar to this three years ago. The difference with that was that I had an IgG blood test done which tells you which foods you are sensitive to. Then you had to abstain for 90 days from all those foods and challenge each food every four days. At the time I did this test, I was forty pounds heavier and while on that diet, I never felt better in my life. Problem was, it was so restrictive and since I wasn't as knowledgeable about health and nutrition, I didn't know all my options. I felt deprived and returned to bingeing so I quit. If you're a binge eater, you know how not fun that is.
I also found out later that those tests aren't completely reliable. As mentioned in my previous blog, I did find out that wheat, dairy and soy are big offenders in my diet. Although I give in here and there on them, I pretty much have them out of my diet now.
So here is what I can eat:
1. All fruits except citrus (but I can have lemons and limes-All the diets don't agree though.)
2. Grains such as brown rice, amaranth, millet, quinoa, teff (never had this before), buckwheat (which isn't actually wheat..who names these things?)
3. Dairy substitutes: almond milk, rice milk, coconut milk (Definitely have to read the labels on these)
4. Meats: organic chicken, turkey, beef, wild game (Wonder if I'll be brave enough to try...kind of doubt it.) water packed tuna (Read labels. Most have soy believe it or not.) Fresh or wild caught fish
5. Veggies: Just about all except the nightshade ones mentioned in previous blog.
6. Beans: All except soybeans. Some of the diets exclude beans but I'm keeping them in.
7. Nuts and Seeds: All except macadamia and peanuts. These can also be eaten as butters. This is another one of those foods that some diets exclude.
8. Oils: Olive oil and ghee Some diets list some other oils, but since a lot of those are genetically modified, (GMO), I'm just sticking to organic first cold pressed olive oil and ghee. Ghee is clarified butter and is absolutely yummy. I don't know why it doesn't affect you like regular dairy, but I don't really care if I understand it. I use electricity and I don't understand that either.
9. Cereals and Pasta: Puffed rice, puffed millet, brown rice cakes, 100% buckwheat noodles, cream of rice I actually don't eat these things often but might bite the bullet for this diet so I don't feel deprived. For me, deprivation equals bingeing...not pretty.
10: Sweeteners: Pure maple syrup, rice syrup, stevia, molasses I have to be careful with these because they might start up my latent sweet tooth, but I'm going to leave them in as an option.
If anyone else wants to join me on this experiment, let me know and we can have an email or Facebook group. If you have problems like IBS, Fibromyalgia, ADHD(Raising my hand on this one!), migraines, Lupus or just don't feel like you used to when you were younger, I challenge you to try this with me. I am going to start this on April 12th because the day before is my anniversary and I want to eat at a restaurant with ease and maybe have a drink..or two. Cheers!
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