Sunday, March 18, 2018
This is day 19 of the elimination diet.
Just wanted a add a bit in reply to one of the comments I got on my last blog. About how it will go after the first 4 weeks of elimination have passed.
As I understood it, we (dietician and I) won't really add a food back in after the first 4 weeks but we will 'test' it. Which means I keep eating as I do now, using the elimination diet, but per week I will eat ONE food that I cut out, for one day (in different amounts from small to large) and see if it causes symptoms. Then after that we wait for days, going back on the elimination diet. If there are no symptoms, we note that food as 'safe', cut it out again, and the next week we test another food. (If there ARE symptoms, the idea is wait until all symptoms are over again before we test a second food). And so on.
Only after all foods have been tested, will I add the 'safe' foods back in. That means that the time during which I need to follow the diet will last quite a bit longer (maybe 2 - 3 months) than just the first 4 weeks. Which is, of course, a challenge especially for a binge eater.
So far I have not had any 'real' (big) binges. In part it may be so because I eat no refined sugar, less carbs than before, and I have more fatty foods like avocado and other fats, and somewhat more protein.
I overate a few times. The dietician gave me a list of things that I can eat should I overeat or binge: NOT carbs or sugar nor fruit, no foods that are to be cut out during the diet, but things like nuts or (lactose free) cheese. It helps to know that if I should not be able to stop myself from bingeing, I can turn to those foods.