Monday, April 20, 2009
The aches and pains are wearing me down. The naturopath thought maybe an Elimination Diet may shed some light on some of my issues - maybe there is a food allergy or sensitivity. It's worth a shot - could be up to 2 months if I do it correctly.
Phase 1 - detox and eliminate all the bad stuff from my body. No: wheat, eggs, dairy, citrus, alcohol, coffee or tea, soy, corn products, sugar in any form , nothing processed. I do this for 2 - 4 weeks to see if I feel better. If I do feel better, that is good - that means I have an allergy or sensitivity to something. To find out what that is, I reintroduce foods back into my diet one at a time. Since joint pain is my biggest complaint, I introduce one food every 48 hours - it can take that long for the pain to occur.
Okay, so it is day 1. I have done my grocery shopping for things on my "yes" list, and tossed all the no-no items that won't "keep" in the garbage. DH is going to try to do it also. Besides seeing if we have a sensitivity, this should allow us to shed some pounds, and give us the cleanse we need. We have not been eating properly, at all!
There is an organic turkey in the oven and we'll get many meals out of that. A nice big salad and a side of potato with olive oil and spices, and we are good to go for dinner on day 1. Breakfast was a green smoothie and some flax cereal w/almond milk. Lunch was a bean/barley/brown rice and seasoning concoction. No wine later - the hardest part for me - for sure! I think I'll put some organic pure cranberry juice in a wine glass over ice and dilute it with some filtered water later - and pretend.
I can do this!