By Diana Hsieh
I'm pleased to report that I'm doing very well on my elimination diet with nearly two weeks completed. (I wrote this on Friday, so it's slightly dated!)
Here are all the foods that I've eaten so far:
- Sweet Potato
- Black Pepper
My angry gut symptoms have disappeared. I've only reacted to one food: Whole Foods' 365 Uncured Applewood Smoked Bacon. I've done okay with Applegate Farms and Coleman bacon (uncured, of course). The Whole Foods bacon has some kind of unknown "spices" in it -- not the very forbidden onion and garlic, since those must be listed separately -- but something else. I want to try eating it again, then if I react again, I'll contact Whole Foods again about the ingredients. (Whole Foods was good and Applegate Farms was awesome when I inquired about ingredients in their products.)
I've lost a few pounds too, plus an inch off my waist. That's good too, because I've had major trouble shedding the weight I gained due to my hypothyroidism. More importantly, my hunger sensations seem to have reset themselves, so I'm not inclined to eat and eat and eat beyond satiation.
This upcoming week will be a bit of a challenge, food-wise. Despite the crappy snow conditions, Paul and I are going out to Beaver Creek for a few days. (He's snowshoing, and I'm snowboarding and maybe skiing too.) I can't possibly eat out on this elimination diet. If I could eat beef, I'd be golden: I'd just order a plain steak or bunless burger. That's just not possible with other meats. So... what will I do? Well, we'll be eating in, just like at home. We've reserved a condo with a full kitchen, and we'll bring a hefty cooler of tasty food. So I'll continue to cook as usual, which will suit us just fine.
The only change that I need to make concerns pork: basically, I've probably been eating far too much of it. I'm supposed to rotate foods, but pork is so convenient for breakfasts and lunch in the form of pork loin, uncured ham, and uncured bacon that it's hard to forgo. I'd better just eliminate it from my diet entirely for a week. (Oddly, I find it far easier to just eliminate something that I like from my diet than to eat it in moderation.) I won't do that this upcoming week because sticking with the elimination diet while away from home and on the slopes will enough trouble. But after that, no bacon for a week for me!
So far, the elimination diet has been a success. At this point, I don't feel deprived... I'm just happy to be feeling better!