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 says that these foods fight disease and provide optimal health. This appeals to me because A) I already like these foods and B) It makes sense to me that these plant-based foods are healthy. He gives a lot more detail in terms of which foods should be cooked or eaten raw, but I will not go into that. I encourage you to check out the book! I got it at the library so I would suggest looking there first.

Last Friday I introduced corn. I had popcorn for a afternoon snack and then corn tortillas with my fish tacos for dinner. Within 2 hours of the popcorn I had some reflux and then after dinner my stomach hurt for a little while. Then in the middle of the night, Saturday night, I woke up and spent time some in the bathroom. 

In better news, I had citrus yesterday and so far nothing seems abnormal. I try fermented foods on Thursday and I am feeling confident I will not have adverse effects from vinegar. By the end of the week I will know which foods I handle the best, which is exciting! This long experiment is coming to a close!

Next week will be the last week and I am testing types of alcohol. I am fairly confident I will have a reaction to beer and possibly liquor but I am hoping wine will be okay. It would just be nice to know if every once in awhile I can join in on festivities and not feel miserable. But, I guess we shall see.

My work offered a cholesterol test to those who were interested so I had  some blood work drawn last week. I found out that my overall number is the same as it was 2 years ago, which is good that the fish I have added has not really driven that number up, but it's hard to know if it would be lower if I didn't include it at all. The bad news is that my HDL (good choleserol) to LDL (bad cholesterol) ratio is higher than it should be, which is worse than 2 years ago. So it is either my diet or it could be the changes in my activity level. I am really excited about having more variety in my diet (less fish) and getting back into a workout routine, once I am done focusing on food. 

I am really ready for spring, which is in 3 days!!! Anyone celebrating St. Paddy's day today? 


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