Elimination Diet: Week 2 ?>

Elimination Diet: Week 2

Two down, one more to go! This week has been equally as tough as the first one, if not worse. I thought I would really feel the benefits of the diet this week, but I have been battling a sinus infection all week and it made me feel tired and cranky, which just compounded the frustrations, food cravings and isolation I have been feeling. So, I guess you could say it’s been a really rough week.
Luckily, I have an incredibly supportive husband who has stuck with me through this whole thing. Would you believe that he hasn’t had a beer in TWO WEEKS?! And he works for a brewery too, so apart from the occasional taste that was required on the job, he has had no beer! I am so impressed. I know that he misses the taste of beer (so do I!) and I really can’t express my appreciation enough.

The last few days of the diet have been especially hard because I started the cleanse part of the diet.

The cleanse is a nine day cleanse that involves taking some liver cleanse powder, some green-tea like powder and what seems like 50 supplements. For the first two days of the diet I had to replace one meal with a shake, then for days three and four I’ll replace two meals, day five is all three meals, days six and seven are two meals, and days eight and nine I replace one meal. I can add things like fruit and greens to the shake, but it really doesn’t taste that great and it’s really hard to drink the whole thing, especially when I know it has to be my entire meal. I’ve hardly had any appetite as a result. In fact, I’m sort of writing this blog to procrastinate because I don’t really want to drink another one!

shredded duck breast with mushroom-kale pesto!

This diet has been much more challenging than I thought. We’ve eaten well, but now I am starting to worry that it won’t help. I don’t know what I am going to do if, at the end of all this, my reflux isn’t better. I should probably stop stressing about that and have faith that it will work, but this is a lot of work and I really want it to pay off!

As worried as I am about my reflux not improving, I am already seeing a major benefit of this diet, and even if it doesn’t improve my reflux, I think this one benefit will be worth it. Having to cut out so may “go to” foods has really helped me understand what foods my body needs, not just what my body wants. There are many times when I think I am hungry when I’m really thirsty, or I think I “need” something sugary like a cookie or a brownie, when a piece of fruit will do. I have done a lot less snacking because I am filling up with good foods that stick with me, and not foods that satisfy me temporarily but provide no nutrition. And while I fully intend on having a cookie, brownie or otherwise sweet treat when this is over, I think it has given me an overall awareness of how much I ate out of boredom, thirst and mindlessness and it will change how I eat from now on.

OK, now for the positives of this week – the yummy meals we ate!

  • Split pea soup
  • Shrimp salad with avocado and a really yummy vinaigrette
  • Lettuce wraps with veggies and a black bean sauce
  • Shredded duck breast on a bed of quinoa with a mushroom-kale pesto
  • Salmon filet with steamed broccolini

Well, my stomach is starting to growl so I guess it’s time to go drink my delicious shake!

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