Saturday, March 1, 2014

Still on my Elimination Diet

I am still on my elimination diet and it is progressing well.  Lately the pollen counts in this area have been through the roof (10 & 11)  and I have had minimal symptoms.  I truly believe that if I were not following this diet, I would be suffering from allergies.  I did cheat last weekend but made sure that I did not have any wheat products and the cheating did not seem to affect me.  I am really thinking that wheat or gluten may be my biggest problem, but I will continue with the diet, just to rule out everything else. 

I stalled in my weight loss, so I have started exercising.  I have recently received some stressful news, which I cannot reveal yet, so the exercising has really helped with my stress levels.  I am so happy that I have finally decided to get healthy. 

Monday, February 24, 2014

Update

I has been a few days since I last posted.  I am doing pretty well on my elimination diet and since I introduced peanut butter, I have introduced whole organic milk and coffee.  I am thrilled to have milk back in my diet and am really surprised that I have not had any problems with it, since I thought dairy was one of my issues.  I used to drink 2% milk and have now switched to whole milk, so that may be the difference too.  From what I have read, people who are lactose intolerant can often drink organic whole milk when they cannot drink other types.  We will see in the future when I try out other milks. 

The other item I introduced was coffee.  I have really missed my coffee in the morning.  I had to introduce sugar and milk before I introduced coffee though because I just will not drink black coffee.  I have found that I eat less with coffee in my diet, it seems to curb my appetite.  Maybe my weight loss will pick up again, because it seems to have stalled out. 

Today, I picked up some organic potatoes, so I will introduce them tomorrow. 

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Glorious Peanut Butter

Today was supposed to be my 2nd day of sugar and I was going to introduce peanut butter tomorrow.  I broke down though and introduced peanut butter today and I must say, it was wonderful.  The creamy richness of it was so satisfying. It was like eating a decadent dessert.  I sat down with a spoonful with a glass of wine and they were glorious.  Who would have thought? 

So, tomorrow will be day 2 of peanut butter.  I have decided one of things I miss in the morning is coffee, so I will be introducing milk on Friday, because I cannot drink coffee without cream.  Also, I have been craving dairy products.  Since I can eat butter, I am hoping that I will not have any problems with milk.  I will introduce full fat organic milk because I have read that people are able to digest full fat milks better and organic to avoid any nasty stuff.  I am so hoping I can tolerate milk. 

Wish me luck.  As of today, I am down 18 pounds since I began this mission. 

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Introducing Peanuts Today

I am still doing well on this diet.  I feel much better than before I went on it and have lost 17 pounds so far...woohooo.  I did cheat on Valentines Day and had red wine.  So, now I have have that in my diet too. 

My introduction to garlic went fine and it was a great addition.  I dearly love garlic fried until browned in a little olive oil.  I have been eating that with chicken and in my salad dressing.  Also, I had garlic shrimp on Valentines Day and that was divine.  Today, I have introduced peanuts.  I have not had any problems so I am looking forward to having peanuts in my diet too.  Actually, what I really want in peanut butter, but I have to work up to include all the ingredients.  The "natural" peanut butter I bought only has peanuts, sugar, palm oil and salt in it.  So, next I will be introducing organic cane sugar.  I know, not the best choice for sweetener, I would much rather have had molasses or raw honey, but I really want peanut butter.  

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Behind a Day

Yesterday was supposed to be day 2 of introducing pineapples, but today is instead.  I got caught up on Monday with getting stuff done that I just didn't get around to cutting the pineapple that I has sitting on the counter.  I was able to introduce pineapple yesterday and seem to be doing pretty well with it. 

Tomorrow, I will move on to introducing garlic.  I am looking forward to that. Also, when I feel like I have a cold coming on, I take garlic pills, so I will be glad to be able to use those again also if needed. 

Monday, February 10, 2014

Day 1 of Pinapple

Sorry I have not updated that last few days.  Since my last post, I introduced sweet potatoes from my garden, which are great.  Last night for dinner I had a piece of fried chicken (no breading), just chicken fried in a little olive oil until done and the skin crispy and a sweet potato with butter.  I was in heaven.  I also wanted to have a salad, but I was too full. 

Today, I will be introducing pineapple.  I am choosing this fruit because I can often find fresh ones at the produce store and they are included on the "clean 15" list of produce with the least amount of harmful chemicals when grown conventionally.  Also, I think that pineapple will make a good replacement for my star fruit in my daily smoothie since my star fruit tree is almost out of fruit. 

I still feel good on my diet and it gets easier all the time the more foods I introduce.  Next I think I will introduce garlic.  I need to introduce more spices since I can only eat salt and pepper now. 

So far, I have lost a total of 15 pounds.  I still need to lose about another 35 pounds, but that is only a perk of being on this diet, since my main purpose is to feel better. 

Friday, February 7, 2014

Day 2 of Butter

I am thrilled to report that I have not had any noticeable reactions to butter.  Woohoo! Not that I could not live without better, but there are just some things that are better with real butter.  I get to introduce my sweet potatoes from my garden tomorrow.  I cannot wait.  I did notice that my star fruit tree is getting really low on fruit, so I will have to introduce another fruit soon that can take its place in smoothies.  I think I will introduce pineapple for that.  I think a pineapple and banana smoothie would probably be pretty good.  

I took my daughter to soccer practice last night and I was able to walk with another of the soccer moms.  I am happy that I got to walk because I have been lazy lately.  I did notice today that I am going to have to start wearing a belt with my pants because I spend way too much time pulling them up all day.  I like having that kind of problem.

It is amazing how much better overall I feel on this diet.  I am looking forward to re-introducing a lot of foods, but I rarely have cravings and am not hungry all that often either.  I definitely eat less, so I am wondering if that is because I am eating better, so my body is not craving vitamins. 

I did receive some bad news today, so I am hoping that does not affect how this diet is going.  I cannot reveal the details yet, but I am sure they will be forthcoming.