Embarking on my elimination diet journey!

Well, I’m starting this elimination diet, inspired by my friend Lori. Hearing about her success in weight loss, as well as trying to identify food intolerance / sensitivities, and just eating healthy, whole foods, sounded appealing. I have always wanted to eat well, and competing issues with food always made me wonder what way to go when trying to eat a healthy diet. Do I eat to help lower cholesterol? Lose weight? Reduce acid reflux? By the time you try to combine all of these competing interests into one diet, there seems to be little left to eat!

The elimination diet eliminates the following groups of foods (which are typically the most popular allergens) for 30 days:

  • red meat (including beef, pork, and lamb)
  • gluten (barley, rye, oats, wheat, and spelt)
  • dairy
  • soy
  • sugar
  • caffeine (coffee, tea, and anything else containing caffeine)
  • eggs
  • corn
  • nightshades (all peppers, tomatoes, eggplant, potatoes)
  • peanuts
  • alcohol

While the elimination diet is pretty strict for the first 30 days, after that period, begins the reintroduction period, where you bring back each group methodically. You add back a single food group for the first two meals of the first day. You record any adverse reactions to that food group. If you have none, then on the 4th day, you can try the next group. If you do have a reaction, after any symptoms have resolved, you can move on to the next group.

So far, I have not suffered on this diet. I posted three links under the “books” link section, which are helpful in guiding me. Lori has been through this for a couple months now, and is helping me immeasurably! Thanks so much, friend!

Lori mentioned wanting to start a blog, and since I already have one with WordPress (Road Trip Memories), I suggested the possibility of collaborating on one. Lori’s computer has sadly crashed, but hopefully she’ll be up and running by tomorrow.

Today is my 6th day and I have so far enjoyed making alot of satisfying, tasty food! So far…

  • Rice pasta with zucchini, onions & tossed in herbs, balsamic vinegar & olive oil
  • Chicken salad (made with mock sour cream)
  • Waldorf salad (again, with that terrific mock sour cream!)
  • Baby carrots glazed with balsamic vinegar and agave nectar
  • Banana bread (no eggs, gluten, dairy or sugar – but plenty of taste!!)
  • Grilled whitefish
  • Baked chicken
  • Roasted veggies
  • Cream of rice cereal with raisins, cinnamon & lightly sweetened with agave nectar
  • Sweet Potato Delight (sweet potatoes with bananas, toasted pecans & agave nectar)
  • Creamy cucumber-dill soup (yet again, there’s the mock sour cream!)
  • Chicken & rice soup
  • All the fresh fruits I can eat
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3 Responses to Embarking on my elimination diet journey!

  1. Heidi says:

    We started today! Man, have there even been that many meals for you to make all of that stuff? I didn’t see the pancakes mentioned either. I desperately need to go grocery shopping.

    I also tried the Bananas dipped in almond pieces and it was very good.

  2. Heidi says:

    You should post some pictures of your foods/recipes that you are trying and like! I am very visual.

  3. Jennifer says:

    Yes, there have been that many! It’s been 7 days now. Most of those items are just parts of meals, so over the course of the past week, it’s not all that much. Yes, I forgot the buckwheat pancakes…I’ll add that!

    Good suggestion about taking photos of the food…I’ll have to do that.

    Let me know if there are any more recipes from my books you’d like.

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