Elimination Diet

Oh you know, a diet where you eliminate even more foods from your already eliminated diet…? 🙂  True story. This 2-3 week diet will eliminate nearly all foods that cause inflammation.  The goal is to heal my intestines and reduce inflammation.  After the 2-3 weeks, I introduce 1 eliminated food item every other day to track any reactions or discomfort.  The whole process will take 6-8 weeks.  So no, I won’t get to go out and splurge on burgers & fries when this is over. Instead of typing a list of what I CAN’T eat during this phase, you get to see what I GET to eat.  Positive psychology…see what I did there?

Vegetables (except night shades & veggies I’ve already eliminated like broccoli, cauliflower, raw carrots, etc.)

Fruit (except citrus & seedy fruits like strawberries, blueberries, & blackberries)

Rice…lots & lots of rice.  Rice cakes, rice cereal, rice pancakes, etc.

Chicken & turkey (only organic…you know, the expensive kind)

Avocado (technically a fruit, but a nutrition powerhouse that deserves its own category)

Sweet potatoes (wonderfully NOT a night shade like its other potato cousins)

Non-dairy milk (only rice or coconut)

Agave nectar, molasses, or liquid stevia (if ABSOLUTELY necessary…according to my guide)

Herbal tea

And that’s it, folks.  No gluten, no wheat, no sugar, no eggs (why are eggs always considered dairy?! Rude.), no preservatives, no caffeine (um…this is not ok), no alcohol, no dairy (nothing new here), no preservatives, no pork, no beef, no beans or legumes, no nuts, and the saddest part: no almond butter.

I’ll admit, lunch & supper won’t be that much different for me.  Breakfast (specifically weekend breakfasts) will be a little tough.

Wish me luck.  This adventure starts Sunday, June 8th.  Why then, you ask?  My high school reunion is Saturday, June 7th and I’d like to indulge in a few glasses of wine to encourage conversation and lessen awkward moments, if possible.

If anyone out there has some decent elimination diet recipes, send them my way!  This weekend I am attempting homemade sugar-free apple butter and rice pancakes to allow for SOME indulgence during these weeks.

I think I should buy stock in avocados…

Inflammation, Be Gone!

I met with a nutritionist last weekend.  Which seems silly since I feel like the guru of good nutrition.  And I am.  For people who don’t have inflamed intestines.  As someone who survived on raw fruits & veggies, nuts, seeds, popcorn, and whole grains, this UC diet seems a little unfair and stupid (yes, I’m 5 years old). Cream of wheat, chicken, rice, and saltine crackers aren’t exactly included in the “diet of champions”…plus, even after eating bland, I still have been feeling crummy.  So I found someone that focuses on IBD nutrition AND athlete nutrition to balance a UC diet with my fitness levels.

The result? Hope. A light at the end of the tunnel.  The angels sang.  Ok, I’m being dramatic, but my nutritionist and I share the exact beliefs and philosophies on diet, medicine, food choices, GMOs (yuck), soy (yuck), and we have no confidence in the USDA or the FDA.  Just sharing my humble opinion.

So here’s the plan…since my poor body is just a ticking bomb of inflammation (and apparently always has been): Vitamin D (1000 IUs 5x/day), aloe vera juice, fish or flaxseed oil (which I already take), and more healthy fats.  NO MEDICINE, NO STEROIDS. Woo hoo! The catch? A 2-3 week elimination diet…which will have it’s own dedicated post soon.

Before I met with her I had discovered kombucha (fermented probiotics in tasty drink form) and intermittent fasting (IF).  Between those two things I’m already feeling LOTS better.

A little on IF…
IF isn’t as terrifying as it sounds and it’s really up to you and your schedule.  I don’t have the will power to fast for 24 hrs one day weekly, nor do I have a schedule that will allow me to relax on the couch all day while I sip herbal tea for a whole day.  So I’ve tailored it to my schedule and it’s really simple:  I have an 8-hour window to eat my daily calories and then I “fast” for 16 hours.  If you think about it, we already naturally fast for at least 8 hours when we sleep.  And most of us don’t eat RIGHT before bed or RIGHT when we wake up…so I eat breakfast around 10am at work (even if I’ve worked out that morning) and I try to eat supper by 6pm.  No bed-time snacks.  Just tea in the morning to hold me over and maybe some flavored herbal tea to curb any cravings I have before bed.  I feel 10x better with this approach.  It gives my intestinal track a chance to chill out…plus, if you’re trying to lose weight or burn fat, this is a great approach to keeping those cravings and the “need to eat” in check.  It’s a great mental training to fight 1st world hunger…for real y’all, we won’t die from feeling a little hungry.

Picture Dump, Catch Up

Apparently I only blog when life isn’t vomiting crazy all over me.  Or only once every 6 months. Whichever comes first. Oops.  Here’s a catch up session in pictures since December of what’s been consuming my life:

Walt Disney World Marathon, January 2014

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WDW Finisher! Best race ever.

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Kodak moment. Running past Cinderella’s Castle.

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Goofin’ around with my favorite Disney characters.

SIUE Dance Marathon 2014

FTK! So proud of them!

FTK! So proud of them!

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SIUE Alternative Spring Break (New Orleans)
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ACPA National Convention, Indianapolis

Great catch-up time with grad school friends

Great catch-up time with grad school friends

Much-Needed Colorado Vacation

Sapphire Point, Breckenridge

Sapphire Point, Breckenridge

Keystone Resort

Keystone Resort

View during my Boulder run. Wanting to move here, ASAP.

View during my Boulder run. Wanting to move here, ASAP.

Fur Babies

Hobbes, my "valentime"

Hobbes, my “valentime”

Scout during a pouting session while I ignore her on a Saturday to do work

Scout during a pouting session while I ignore her on a Saturday to do work

This picture dump makes my life look much more attractive and travel-laden than it actually is.  Hope you enjoyed!