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The August Allergy Free Eating Challenge

Thursday, August 01, 2013

August has always brought on bouts of depression for me. It’s not like it’s quite the end of summer, but I know it’s coming. “Back to School” time will be here before I know it. (Ok, I’ve been out of school for over ten years, but something has still lingered on from my childhood.)

It will also be my birthday in 20 days. A reminder that another year has passed and nothing has really changed. I’m still fighting the same fight as last year… and the year before that… and so on. I decided to get on the scale this morning to see if things were really as bad as I thought they might be.

And they were. The numbers displayed were unacceptable to me.

On a positive note, a new month brings a new opportunity to try something different in order to meet my goals. I’ve mentioned before going on an elimination diet ( wp.me/p1N36Q-ea ) or clean eating regimen – so why not start today and try to make it to my birthday? Although I don’t think I can do a full elimination diet, I think I can stick with avoiding three key foods I know are problematic: wheat, nuts, and added sugar. Maybe I’ll even throw in GMO corn and soy for good measure. I’m calling it the August Allergy Free Challenge – not because I’m allergic to any of these things, but because I like the alliteration of August and Allergy.

Here are some of the reasons it’s a good day to start over:

- Meeting this challenge gives me something to celebrate on August 20th other than getting old.
- 20 days does not seem like a very long time. If I feel the urge to eat something off my plan, I can just remind myself that I can have it on my birthday – if I even still want it when the day rolls around.
- I’m beginning the month of my birth knowing exactly what I weigh. I haven’t been weighing in consistently because I hate disappointing myself. Well, now that I know, I should take advantage of it and commit to weighing in weekly to so that I don’t let it get so high in the future.

Speaking of sensitivities, I came across this table in the Wheat Belly Cookbook (click here for the remainder of this post, as I can't format tables here on Spark: wp.me/1N36Q )
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