Good morning! As you may remember, I, under the direction of my holistic health coach, started an Elimination Diet some months ago to help me determine which foods were causing inflammation in my body. I am finally finished with the reintroduction phase, and want to update you, plus share a great recipe I tried last night!
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To review, based on my needs and desires, my coach and I eliminated all animal products from my diet, including seafood (which I don't care for), eggs and dairy. We eliminated all nightshade fruits and vegetables (did you know tomatoes are a fruit?), all nuts and nut milks, all citrus fruits, bananas, all legumes, all corn and soy products, non-natural and/or processed sugars and caffeine!
I can imagine how you feel just reading about this. I'll bet you're now wondering what on earth I was eating for eight weeks! I felt the same way in the beginning, although I was committed to seeing it through. The answer: I enjoyed lots of whole foods and delicious things! Here are a few of my favorite meals and snacks. All foods are organic and non-GMO:
fair trade organic decaffeinated coffee;
fresh fruit or eggs with mashed avocado for breakfast;
homemade caramel chia pudding;
roasted veggies and greens; and
mashed avocado with salt.
Even after eight weeks, with a wide variety of fruit and vegetable choices, I did not get bored. In fact, I found myself less hungry and with more energy!
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The foods I've reintroduced and the results:
Bananas = Not good. My inflammatory symptoms included constipation;
Nuts = Mixed response. Wanuts caused tongue sores. I did not experience any inflammatory responses with almonds, Brazil nuts or cashews;
Ghee = Great. I detected zero inflammatory response and am grateful for the push to try ghee;
Wine = Great. Despite being prohibited from enjoying any alcohol with Methotrexate, I did sneak some Prosecco this Christmas and experienced zero inflammatory response;
Chicken = Mixed response. I experienced indigestion some of the times I tried chicken, but not every time;
Turkey = Mixed response. I experienced indigestion some of the times I tried turkey, but not every time;
Beef = Mixed response. I experienced indigestion some of the times I tried beef, but not every time;
Pork = Mixed response. I experienced indigestion some of the times I tried por, but not every time.
Goat milk & cheese = Great. To be honest, I am a bit grossed out by drinking animal milk, so I only tried goat cheese and detected no inflammatory response.
Sheep milk & cheese = Great. Again, so I only tried sheep cheese and detected no inflammatory response.
Cow milk & cheese = Not good. My inflammatory symptoms included flatulence.
Oats & non-glutinous grains = Honestly, I did not even try these. One terrible day after eating oats convinced me to forego all grains. It seems my immune system has begun to misinterpret other grains as glutinous;
Eggplant, with and without skin = Not good. My inflammatory symptoms included facial blemishes and flatulence;
White potatoes = Mixed response. I detected no inflammatory response with mashed potatoes, but baked and fried potatoes seem to take a very long time to digest;
Tangerine, orange and grapefruit = Not good. My inflammatory symptoms included mouth and tongue sores;
Nectarines = Not good. My inflammatory symptoms included flatulence and other unmentionables;
Eggs, both alone and baked into a recipe = Great. I detected zero inflammatory response and cannot get enough of them, lately. I really missed eggs.
Tomatoes, both cooked and raw = Not good. My inflammatory symptoms included facial blemishes, flatulence, headache and mouth sores; and
Peppers, both cooked and raw = Not good. My inflammatory symptoms included facial blemishes and belching.
Whew! After investing five months in this process I learned that it does not matter if you are only eating healthy foods. As you can see, many healthy foods are giving me the biggest problems. No one specific diet nor any amount of common sense could have helped me get better control over my body's negative responses to foods.
If you are interested in a health coach's advice with starting an elimination diet of your own, my wonderful coach, Julie Cerrone, has started an online program that is VERY affordable! Click the link here to begin! Plus, I just know you'll love Julie as much as I do, so YOU'RE WELCOME.
Where am I in my health journey now? Based on the data collected above, I've decided to follow the Autoimmune Protocol, with alterations in accordance with same. In fact, now that it is Winter, my husband and I have reinstated Slow Cooker Sundays. Last night I tried this recipe and it turned out DELICIOUS! I am excited to try more AIP slow cooker recipes from this website. Let me know which ones you try and how you like them.