One thing I never really managed to do on the Master Cleanse was properly work out my issues with food. The whole time I was thinking about what I couldn’t have. I started out doing the same thing when I started the Elimination Diet. Instead, I need to focus on how I’m nourishing my body with quality food. The kind of foods I should be eating. Instead of thinking of all the crap I want but shouldn’t be eating.
I’m definitely a healthy overeater. Even though I eat better than most everyone know (less packaged food, less meat and dairy, more veggies), I still eat too much of those healthy foods. So I’m also working on eating mindfully – focusing on each bite, chewing, enjoying the texture and flavor, etc. I’ve already noticed that I’ve been eating less since I started doing this as long as I really focus on it.
I’m supposed to be keeping a food journal but haven’t even started it. I will say twice last week my stomach was bothering me after eating something in the afternoon. The first time it was after eating an apple and the second time was an avocado (and I had a LOT of avocado last week). But nothing this week.
My energy levels have not changed. There was some improvement after the initial 3-day caffeine detox period, but that’s it. And still no change in my eczema or allergy symptoms (minor sinus pressure, itchy eyes and skin).
In terms of sticking to the diet, that has gotten easier. I even survived a Super Bowl party! I took along some Grated Beet and Carrot Salad with Radish-Miso Dressing, Cinnamon Sunflower Truffles, and kale chips. This was a MAJOR feat for me since there wasn’t a SINGLE thing there that I could eat! I’m also less angry when I see and smell people eating fast food (or anything else I can’t have). It’s like I’ve come to terms with it. At the party, I commented to a few people that I couldn’t imagine doing this long term. But now, I think I could. Although I would probably allow myself periods to cheat.
Interestingly, I met someone at that party who is mostly gluten free. She was having stomach pain, reflux, and heartburn. It took her two full weeks of being symptom free before she had relief from her symptoms. It makes me wonder if I might see some improvement next week after I hit my 2 week mark?
To date I’ve lost four pounds. I’d be lying if I said that losing weight wasn’t part of my motivation to do this diet. And that’s why I gave myself a talking to about portion sizes. It’s time to address this issue head on, or plate-on, rather. I thought I could already feel a difference in my waist and then I had a coworker comment that they thought they already saw a difference. I’m never one to turn down any kind words!
I added lemons back into my diet yesterday. Oh how I missed them in my green drinks! And in my hot water. I’m also excited because this opens up my menu possibilities too. Friday I get to have tamari (soy sauce – must be gluten free) and next Monday – NIGHTSHADES!!!
And while I’ve been getting by with our blender and food processor, almost daily I wish I had a VitaMix. I see one in my future!!!