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The End of the Elimination Diet

I am happy to say the elimination diet is OVER! It was definitely a learning experience and I am so glad that I did it. I was tired of hearing advice from others and reading things that contradicted one another so now I can say that I truly know which foods effect me. I know there is still a lot to learn in terms of moderation but for the most part, I am feeling pretty good about everything. To sum up, these are the foods that effected me in some way:
Soy: night sweats. I still want to explore these foods because I wonder if less processed versions of soy, or small amounts, or in moderation, might be okay.
Gluten/Wheat: inflammation
Corn: indigestion. I also want to try just eating the plant, corn, versus corn products (tortillas, popcorn)
Nightshades: inflammation. I also want to try having just one nightshade in a day and see how I do.
Beans: no effects (except yumminess!)
Citrus: no effects
Seeds: no effects
Fermented foods: no effect
Alcohol (from wine and beer): inflammation

And that's…

Spring!

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So much has happened since my last post, for example, the seasons have changed and it is SPRING! I love when seasons change because I always feel ready for the differences they bring. I feel fortunate to live in a state where we get to see all 4 seasons, and they truly last about 3 months. So what have we been doing to welcome the change?
The trees are flowering all around town!
Well, first off my in-laws came into town this past week through the weekend and we enjoyed turning on the grill for the first time this year! We enjoyed some salmon and grilled veggies one night, and some pork chops another night (I enjoyed my veggies). We also sat on the patio a few different times as well as pulled the Adirondack chairs onto the grass to get a good dose of Vitamin D. We went to Bodovino on Sunday where I enjoyed my first sip of alcohol in 7 weeks. I hadn't missed it a ton but it was nice to enjoy some delicious wine. All in all, it was a fun weekend full of good conversation and good food…

Corn, Citrus, and Cholesterol

Good morning! It's been a few days so I have an update for you all in regards to the elimination diet, the book I was reading last week, and a recent cholesterol test. 

First, Dr. Joel Fuhrman's  "The End of Dieting" was the book I mentioned in the last post. I finished it the other day and I have to say, I really like his approach. He considers himself a nutritarian and his best medical advice is to eat foods high in nutrients, particularly micronutrients versus macronutrients. He does not think people need animal products to live but if one wants to continue to include it in their diet he suggests to do so sparingly and as more of a condiment. I like that he doesn't seem to have an "elitism" view on what types of foods we should eat. One thing that really stood out to me was his suggestion of making sure to eat these types of foods everyday, what he calls "G.B.O.M.B.S." which stands for greens, beans, onions, mushrooms, berries, and seeds. He…

The Other Grains with Gluten

Happy Friday everyone! The elimination diet is still going strong, although I am very looking forward to the next 2 weeks to fly by!

I introduced barley into my diet on Wednesday because I wanted to see if the reaction I had to whole grains was due to wheat or gluten. Well, unfortunately the same thing happened to me after I ate barley. The next morning I woke up with swollen, painful hands. Also, 2 days later I still have a bit of the swelling and definitely the pain in my wrists and the back of my right hand especially, making typing a bit more of a challenge today so this post will be short. 

Today I introduced corn so I will let you know how it goes. Next week I will introduce citrus as well as fermented foods (like pickles and vinegar). The following week will be the last one and I will be introducing alcohol on separate days so I can see which of liquor, wine, and beer I can either tolerate or have the least adverse effects. 

Of interest, I have read a few books recently, "The…

Dog treats, seeds and nuts

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Happy International Women's Day! I have to say that I think it is really odd that women have their own day. Don't get my wrong, I am very proud to be a woman but does that mean every other day is International Men's Day? Because that's bullsh*t. Shouldn't everyday be International "Human" day where we all love and respect each other, appreciating all of the our differences and how they contribute to the world as a whole? Just a thought I had while driving home from the grocery store with Tyler. Something to ponder on your Sunday :)

Anyway, Dog Treats. I have pinned several different recipes on Pinterest but have not actually made any. Tyler had some chicken skin and some left over veggie mix from his meal plans so he decided to mix it all together, add flour and oats, and made dog treats. I do not have specific quantities because he used what he had and then I helped him eyeball the dry goods for consistency (it helps having him be the cook and I am the ba…

Med Changes and Nightshades

Good Morning and Happy Friday!!! This has been a long week. I thought Wednesday was Thursday and by the end of the day I thought it was Friday! So, on the real Friday, I am ready for the day to be over already. I think I am just tired and would love to just play in the sun for a bit and then nap.

Anyway, to recount some things that happened earlier this week, I will start with the medication changes. My rheumatologist asked that I give Enbrel 12 weeks and then tell him how I felt. Wednesday was 12 weeks so I sent him an email and told him I don't feel much improvement (maybe slight in the amount of consistent aching but he swelling and inflammation is still there) and the redness in my cheeks and the reaction to the last shot still concerns me. He decided to have me hold the shot for now and we can discuss next steps at my appointment in April. I have to say I am actually really happy with this choice. The shots were okay in the beginning but since I didn't have any true relief…

Legumes

Friday and Saturday were pretty uneventful in terms of how I am responding to re-introducing foods. However, in terms of entertainment and activities, there were lots!

Friday night started with having dinner over at our friends', the Gables, house, which is always a fun time. Saturday I went spinning with my mom and then later met up with her and my dad to go do some seed swapping! We actually didn't have any seeds to swap so we went later to see what was still available to snag from the "real" seed swap that happened an hour earlier. There ended up being TONS left so I got brussels sprouts, 2 kinds of lettuce, watermelon, cucumber, pumpkin, squash, some herbs and garlic and that's all I can remember off the top of my head. It was plenty! We already had peppers, marigolds, and tomatoes from last year's harvest so we are pretty close to set. Just need some organic rainbow carrots! We are going to plant out seeds this week and I am excited to be able to hopefull…