You know what I really want right now? A maple cinnamon snickerdoodle. You know what I can't eat right now? A maple cinnamon snickerdoodle. Or anything, for that matter. I'm on day one of The Whole Life Nutrition Elimination and Detoxification Diet. For today and tomorrow, I'll be dining on green smoothies, green smoothies, and more green smoothies. My first day is almost over, and for that I'm grateful. As the day wears on, I find myself imagining all of the wonderful things I can eat when this portion of the diet is over. I actually want the weekend to be over just so that I can eat again! Sad, right? But it's made me more appreciative of phase 1 of the diet, the most restrictive phase. It doesn't seem restrictive to me now though! I can have sweet potatoes, quinoa, sunflower seed butter, avocados and more! Sounds downright decadent to me! I'm thinking sweet potato nori rolls, carrot and lentil soup, and maybe a sweet quinoa berry salad for Monday. But really, I should stop thinking about it because it makes me hungry. The hardest part is that I have to work all day on Monday, so I have to prepare all my meals on Sunday. Cooking without eating? Oh man. That's a tough one.
So why am I doing this, you ask? And what exactly is this elimination diet? Good questions, both, and ones I've been asked a lot lately:
What is the elimination diet?
I'm following an elimination and detoxification diet planned by Ali and Tom at Whole Life Nutrition. You can click here or read their cookbook for specific details, but basically this is a 28-day food plan designed to eliminate foods that your body may be having a reaction to. You start by first doing a two day smoothie cleanse and then a week of limited foods, thereafter progressing through phases of the diet in which specific foods are reintroduced. By slowly adding in these foods, you can determine if your body has a reaction to any of them, and therefore determine what foods you should be avoiding in general.
Why are you doing this diet if you already know you can't have gluten?
Although cutting out gluten has made a significant difference in my health, there are some issues I still have that I'm hoping to eliminate through this diet. Becoming gluten-free has shown me what a difference food can make to my physical and emotional health, so I'm more than willing to believe that food could be the culprit for my other issues as well. Some of these problems are:
- Flushed cheeks...I can't seem to pinpoint what foods cause this, but it generally seems to happen right after eating
- Obnoxious and constant post nasal drip
- While the pain under my left rib that I always associated with IBS has significantly improved, it still occasionally flares up, sometimes in response to stress, other times after eating
- Daily headaches...these only started a few months ago, so they could also be a vitamin deficiency due to eating gluten-free, but I take vitamins daily now and it doesn't seem to make a difference
And on a side note, Chocolate Covered Katie is hosting a vita-mix giveaway! Wouldn't that be fun to have? Stop by to enter her giveaway!
Hope you're enjoying your weekend!