Day 9 of elimination diet
Thursday, March 08, 2018
On February 28 I started an elimination diet of 4 weeks, eliminating gluten, lactose, sugar & sweeteners and peanuts. (As a vegetarian I am not eating meat nor fish anyway).
Dietician says I can have (some) soy but so far I've avoided it. She also wants me to attempt to eat low carb.
I am hoping to reduce or end muscle & joint pain and irritable bowel symptoms (IBS).
What is going well is that I am enjoying my food more than I expected. I am not experiencing nearly as many cravings as I thought I would. In fact skipping or delaying a snack seems a lot easier now.
The diet I am doing now resembles the Eat to Live program which I followed for 12 weeks in 2012 or so. Basically I can eat fruit, veggies, nuts, seeds and fruit, rice and quinoa.
Because I did that program (which is basically a vegan diet that limits grains, simply said) I have some experience with how to make food choices and I was more or less prepared for the extra work that it takes to eat in this way. That's something I'm thankful for.
The first few days were rough with terrible moods and emotional reactions and headaches on the second day. From the day I started I have been having a lot of tummy troubles: stomach aches, upset gut. I hope that this is just caused by the transition. I've had symptoms of IBS for a few years now so it may be 'part of the package'.
Yesterday seemed a better day, no belly aches for the second half of the day but today again is not great.