My Thoughts On The Elimination Diet

posted on: Wednesday, January 21, 2015

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That would be my elimination-diet-friendly avocado toast. I miss actual toast. I miss bread. I MISS GLUTEN AND CAFFEINE AND WINE AND BUTTERRRRRRR.

Okay, my thoughts on this are a bit more cohesive than that first beauty of a paragraph up there, but that’s probably because I just ate. Eating helps with the thinking, you know.

So, I had a few readers mention that they would love to hear more about the diet and my thoughts on it. My thoughts as I am hitting the homestretch? I’m very glad I did this. I can say this now, because it’s mostly-over in four days, but I am. November/December took my clean-eating habits and destroyed them. It was Italy’s fault, really (no regrets and YOLO and all that). How dare they have the most delicious pizza, pasta, mozzarella, and pastries ever! The nerve. Then, we entered into Thanksgiving, which led into the sugar-induced coma that is December. My good habits lost out to my insane sweet tooth. It was no contest. I mean, who are we kidding?

The food has been super delicious, that’s the good news. The bad news is that it takes way more planning and eating out is nearly impossible. Adam and I did go on a date last Friday night that was, by far, the most granola date we’ve ever had. Kombucha at a local brewery followed by my new favorite restaurant in Charlotte, Luna’s Living Kitchen. If I could eat like that every day, I’d be a happy lady. Katie also made these raw, vegan brownies for a potluck we had and made my ever-loving day! My sweet tooth had reached astronomical levels and I may have teared up at first bite. They are amazing and I already made a batch since Sunday because Adam practically begged me to. I am so very thankful for friends who delight in taking on dietary-restriction challenges.

I don’t usually do well with strict boundaries. I fight against them. Every fiber of my being hates boundaries and being boxed in somehow. I’m mentally claustrophobic. But this month? I needed this month. I needed the boundaries to reign in my sugar intake. It worked! I feel better mentally, physically, and I’m back to eating clean.

So, that about wraps it up on the elimination-diet front. It’s taken me a while to write about the experience, because my thoughts on it change daily. Some days, I love it. Others? Not so much. Everyday, though, I feel good that what I’m putting into my body is so good for me. Even those brownies! I’m still a huge fan of moderation (and butter, did I mention butter?) and though I’m ready to be set free from the boundaries (and not have such crazy dietary restrictions), this has definitely set me up for a great year.

We have yet to reintroduce our prohibited foods back into our diet, so it’ll be interesting to see if either one of us reacts to anything, so “To Be Continued…” on all of that.

Have you ever done such a thing as an elimination diet? Do you hate the word “diet” as much as I do?

 

  • Laura B

    I really really don’t like the word diet, I think it seems like a really restrictive word.

    I’m glad to this has started your year off on a good note!