Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Day 6: Elimination Diet

I'll quick start by following up on two questions I had from day 5.
1. What are rice cakes? A: rice cakes are these thingies.
2. Do I cook differently for my husband and girls? A: I use the term "cook" loosely right now, but yes, I do. I mean, geez, I barely like most of what I'm eating, I can't even imagine trying to get the rest of the family to eat it! Ha. I have very little energy for cooking normally for the rest of the family so I have been feeding them very, very easy and simple meals. Last night they had smoothies, steamed edamame and chicken gyoza (frozen from a bag).

Let's see. So, Day 6. This ED would be so much easier if I were a hermit. On Day 6 I went with Eloise and my friend to IKEA. A little known fact about me is that I think IKEA's 50 cent hotdogs are the most wonderful food ever. I didn't get to have one, of course. Boo.

I had my usual applesauce and rice cakes with sunflower seed butter for breakfast and then some lentil soup for lunch. Late afternoon I made some guacamole (without lime juice) and ate it with baby carrots. I didn't eat again until I was time to put the girls to bed and I realized I was pretty hungry, so I warmed up some leftover risotto and sweet potatoes and chowed down. Right after that my stomach ache came back and I was almost 100% sure I knew why: I over ate, and I did it really quickly while completely ignoring my body's signals to stop eating. As I was eating this plate of food I kept thinking I needed to put it down. That I was full. I was literally eating it standing up following around my daughter. Once my plate was cleared I put it down I felt awful. I fell asleep around 9:00 while putting the girls to bed, woke up at 10:00 still feeling awful. I got up and brushed my teeth, put pjs on, then went back to bed.

It was a good lesson for me, though. I do think that a lot of times I don't listen to my body's signals to stop eating. Even if there is just two or three bites left, not enough to save really, it's OKAY to stop eating. It's okay to compost that extra food. I began to wonder if some of my feeling better on the ED isn't simply from me eating less food overall. I have to admit, it's really easy to not over eat when I'm sitting at a table and eating food I barely like in the first place. I stop pretty quickly when my body tells me it's full.

Still no headaches. No other tummy (or other) issues to report. Stable energy and blood sugar throughout the day. I actually felt so normal (meaning, not terrible, but not super buzzed) with energy in the late afternoon that I hung a new towel rod in the bathroom and a new magnetic knife strip in the kitchen. Usually I am fighting to keep my eyes open at that time of day, not looking for projects to do!


  1. Do you have any idea about the quantity in pounds or numbers of apples, etc. your using on a daily or weekly basis? I'm trying to prepare to start and fit this into my grocery list and Azure order. I'll probably be getting started when you're about done by the time I get everything in place.

    I want to get some family dinners in the freezer before I start too.

  2. Well girlfriend, if you don't like that food - you wouldn't like eating at my house! I was thinking, "Hmm, that sounds pretty good!" About that 50 cent hotdog, it was probably full of all kinds of crap anyway! :-)

  3. Hmmm ... this is starting to inspire me!


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