Thursday, April 15, 2010

Day 8: Elimination Diet

Cynthia asked a few questions about the ED that I thought would be fun to answer.

Now that you're this far into it, is there anything you want to share that you wish you'd know at the beginning?

Good question. I would say no, in that, there is nothing I look back and think "oh, if only I had known THAT it would have been better or easier!" I am certainly learning things along the way, but that was what this process was about. Oh you know what? One thing is, I wish I would have had a better idea of how much I would be in the kitchen. That I would need to really to be putting aside some of my other pursuits for all of the cooking and cleaning up after it.

Favorite combinations for green smoothies?

I liked spinach, two apples, mint and ginger. I didn't like more hearty greens like kale. I didn't like the pears. But that's just me. Since that two day smoothie fast I haven't gotten too exciting in the smoothie realm. I actually got a bad batch of baby spinach and haven't had green smoothies for a couple of days now until I get back to the store. Now my smoothies are more like raspberries, apples, coconut milk and blueberries or something like that.

(Are there) things to avoid during the two day green smoothie period?

Yes, grocery stores! Parties! House work! Seriously. Avoid anything and everything. Get yourself a few good movies or some books or magazines, something you like to do to keep your mind off of being hungry.

I hope that helps a little bit. I love questions and comments, keep em coming!

Today was another good day. Same breakfast. I must say, as much as I hate repeat meals in the afternoon and evening, I am a creature of habit for breakfast. For lunch I had a cut up cucumber and left-over stir-fry from last night. Just the veggies and sauce, no rice. I have no idea why, but when I re-heated the sunflower seed butter sauce it turned a very un-appetizing shade of grayish/greenish/brown. I lost my appetite quickly. In fact, I had a tummy ache after eating it, but I think it was very psychosomatic.

For dinner I made rice noodles with pesto and sauteed zucchini. I have eaten five zucchini in the past 24 hours or so. Not too shabby!

Besides the brief tummy ache, I felt fine today. My sleepiness is catching up to me, though. It's been a busy week so I don't think it has much to do with the ED.

My sister and I had a great phone conversation about food tonight. She probably knows more about nutrition than I do at this point and is currently on a raw foods diet. She is also the best cook I know and I wish I could go in to business with her running a yummy whole foods restaurant. We talked a lot about protein needs. I said I was worried I wasn't getting enough protein on the ED, although my energy level has been totally fine. She mentioned that she has read many articles that challenge the conventional wisdom on how much protein we really need. It was interesting. I didn't really learn that in school. We did learn about non-meat sources of protein, but not that humans may not need that much protein after all. Interesting.

We also talked quite a lot about how following diets like these really help to re-arrange our thinking about the kinds of food we eat and the amount of food we eat. That it really takes the discipline of following a regimen (at least for some of us) to make those changes in our thinking.

I rarely snack while on the ED. When I used to get out food for my kids I would always take swipes of things-- cheese, crackers, pretty much anything I handed them. It was amazing how much I would eat without even thinking about it. I would bet I am consuming maybe 2/3 of the amount of calories I did before, getting much more nutrition, and am not as hungry (physically or just in my head).

1 comment:

  1. I'd love to hear more about the protein discussion. Due to my PCOS/IR I've been told to eat 100g of protein a day. Can you imagine? It's why I'm so fond of buffalo (43g in 5oz serving) but then I see information on defeating diabetes with a vegan lifestyle (PCOS/IR is related) and I'm just confused. The Texan in me doesn't want to go vegan. I love me a good steak from time to time. (Grass fed of course).

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