I've been struggling for a couple of months with a general fatigue that has not seemed to respond to dietary, sleep, or stress changes. Until now. For some reason, I didn't include this fatigue in my list of reasons for trying the elimination diet. Perhaps because I assumed that it was a vitamin deficiency and didn't think eliminating something from my diet would be the answer; rather, I thought I needed to add something in. But I'm starting to think I might be wrong.
2pm is generally about the time when I begin to fade. But on the first day of my elimination diet (during the smoothie cleanse), I suddenly had a burst of energy right around then. Unfortunately, after that I also got a horrible headache that sent me to bed early. On Sunday (still doing the smoothie cleanse), I woke up feeling very weak and woozy. I spent most of the day on the couch drinking smoothies and water. Until 2pm. Then suddenly I started to feel better and have more energy. Not as much as the day before, but still enough to force me out of the house for a walk in the rain.
On Monday, I had to work all day, so I brought my lunch and dinner as usual. I found myself in a great mood, and feeling energized all day. I didn't experience my normal early afternoon crash, and had no problem working until nine. I was very excited to eat again, but found that I couldn't eat much; nor did I want to. The last time I tried fasting, I caved and ate udon noodles to break the fast. That was such a shock to my system, I felt like a log all day! This time, I wanted to treat my body right and eat light throughout the day. I started with a green smoothie. Have I mentioned that I can't eat bananas right now? Unfortunately for me, I am really not a fan of smoothies without bananas. Eventually, I found a combination of spinach, lettuce, apple, and frozen raspberries that works for me, but I would be lying if I said I love it.
I also made vegetarian sushi that tasted like my own little piece of heaven. Seriously. I'm having it again for dinner tonight! In fact, I had to remind myself of that when I wanted it for lunch today (I had a salad with lentils instead). Instead of just using rice here, I mixed brown rice and quinoa together. Then I used avocado, baked sweet potato, and raw carrots for the filling. So simple and easy to make! I had a couple of pieces of these with my smoothie for breakfast Monday morning, then noshed on them all day.
I also made some lentils with carrots, and a salad of lettuce and herbs with carrots, pears, and avocados. Yum! However, I noticed two things after I ate the salad. One, I started feeling a little tired, although not as much as usual. Two, my left rib pain started acting up, and I was actually in a lot of pain by the time I left work. I'm eating salad again now though, so I can see if the same thing happens.
And as for today? I'm still feeling pretty good. I had a smoothie and some sweet potato for breakfast, then got in a good hour and a half of yoga. After that, I had a delicious pear with sunflower seed butter. I've never had this before, and I had to search to find a brand that didn't have any form of sugar in it, but I think I like it. It's like peanut butter. With a twist. For lunch, I just had my salad, and I keep reminding myself to drink water, as I often forget.
Before I head off to get more errands done, I also want to mention something interesting that came out of the smoothie cleanse that I would not have expected. I've always had a fear of being hungry, in large part because I went through a phase in high school where I would get so nauseous I would vomit if I didn't eat every couple of hours. In retrospect, I think I must have been going through some sort of growth spurt, and just needed to eat more. But ever since then, the second I feel a twinge of either hunger or nausea, I immediately find something to eat. If there's nothing to eat, I panic. My biggest concern about doing the smoothie cleanse was that I would experience that same nausea and not be able to keep the smoothies down. But that didn't happen at all. I barely felt nauseous, and I realized that my body can go without food much longer than I give it credit for. I think...just maybe...I got over my fear of being hungry. And this is a very good thing.