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Week 1: The Elimination Diet Review

Four four days straight, I managed to pass Exit 12 without so much of an urge to make a pit stop on ‘murderous-row’, the restaurant-saturated street on the way to our house.  I resisted the urge to kick this elimination diet shenanigans to the curb and sink my teeth into a juicy, greasy chicken sandwich.  Instead, I went home, pulled out a few salmon fillets, veggies and big girl portabellas and made dinner and prepped meals for the next day.  The future was bright and full of more produce.  Until Day Five came along….

After my four days of elimination zen, I broke down.  I was huuuuungry!  My body said, “Whoah, whoah, whoah.  Girl, are you crazy?  FEED ME!!!”  Is it even possible to live without citrus, potatoes, eggplants, peppers, nuts and seeds, gluten anything, meat (only turkey, fish, and wild game allowed), soy, beans of any kind, dairy, sugar, and canola oil?  And the list goes on.

Im-hungry Patrick

I have to admit that I’m surprised I made it this far on such a restrictive diet and I would’ve gone longer had I not gotten bored with the menu or maybe prepped better, but I had the drive, I was committed all the way up to my first bite of California Roll at my favorite Japanese restaurant on break-down day.  Really, I was.  But I didn’t regret my decision to jump off the wagon.  I needed it.  To regroup, to think this thing over.  To put more protein and fat into my body.

My thinking of going all in on this thing was that I didn’t want to do it in phases.  I wanted to do it once, suffer once, and be done with it.  Get the results I wanted, find out what’s causing these crazy sinus issues.  Boom-Bam-Pow, Done!  But I can’t ignore my voice of reason and hunger headaches.

So what was a typical day like for me?  Why was I so freaking HUNGRY?

Breakfast: Cream of Rice with almond milk, coconut oil, and a pear/apple.

Snack: More fruit

Lunch: Salmon, Veggies, Arborio Rice with Mushrooms and Cauliflower Sauce

Dinner: Turkey Burger (no bread), beet greens, sweet potato wedges

This isn’t enough for a grown woman like me…not even close.

Elimination Dinner

And by the way, everything that you can possibly think of has sugar, citrus, or soy in it.  Including my Vitamin D supplements, which send me searching on Amazon for a substitute.  I even checked the labels on my mouthwash because I WAS dedicated.

Going to Whole Foods proved to be an adventure too. I found myself circling the hot bar, drooling over Thai tofu and citrus rice.  Both yummy and healthy.  Both off-limits.  Ironic, most of the healthy things you typically pick up in a health food store were off limits to me.

But have you noticed that not once in this post have I declared defeat?  That I’m done?  I’m like a surfer.  Rising and falling with the waves and at times I may fall off the board, only to get back on.  This isn’t a failure, just a bump in the road.  I didn’t fall off the wagon, I jumped off to take a different path.  Only time will tell how successful my next attempt will be, but one thing’s for sure, it’s gotta be better than the last.

COWABUNGA!!!

Healthy Journey!

Photos Courtesy of:

http://berzinatorfitnessdesigns.com/15-tricks-for-killing-hunger-on-a-diet-part-1/

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Day 2 at the Elimination Station

Four four days straight, I managed to pass Exit 12 without so much of a word about making a pit stop on ‘muderous-roe’, the restaurant-saturated street on the way to our house.  I resisted the urge to kick this diet to the curb and sink my teeth into a juicy, greasy chicken sandwich.  Instead, I went home, pulled out a few salmon fillets, veggies and big boy portabellas.  I was rocking it in my kitchen.  And then day five came along….

After my four days of elimination zen, I broke down.  I was huuuuungry!  My body was screaming, “FEED ME!!!”  Is it even possible to live without citrus, potatoes, eggplants, peppers, nuts and seeds, gluten anything, beef, chicken, soy, beans of any kind, dairy, sugar, and canola oil?  And the list goes on.

I have to admit that I didn’t think I’d make it four days on this restrictive diet, but I had the drive, I was commited all the way up to my first bite of California Roll at my favorite Japanese restaurant.  Really, I was.  But I didn’t regret my decision to jump off the wagon.  I needed to regroup, to think this thing over and start SLOWER.  My thinking of going all in on this thing was that I didn’t want to do it in phases.  I wanted to do it once, suffer once, and be done with it.  Get the results I wanted, find out what’s causing these crazy sinus issues.  Boom, Bam, Done!  But even I can’t ignore voice of reason and a growling gut.

So what was a typical day like for me?  Why was I so freaking HUNGRY?

Breakfast: Cream of Rice with almond milk, coconut oil, and a pear/apple.

Snack: More fruit

Lunch: Salmon, Veggies, Arborio Rice with Mushrooms and Cauliflower Sauce

Dinner: Turkey Burger (no bread), beet greens, sweet potato wedges

I hate cutting sweet potatoes because of the dull knives we have in the house, so if you’re like me and only eating for one, you could probably get away with just cutting half of the potato into same size slices.  Make as thick of thin as you want.  Toss onto a baking sheet. (I cover mine with aluminum foil for easy clean up)

Drizzle on the oil.

Sprinkle on the salt, pepper, and your favorite spices.

Coat the potato slices well.

Bake for 25-30 minutes depending on the thickness of your slices.  If you’re only cooking half of the sweet potato, reduce your cooking time to about 20 minutes and check periodically.  Temperatures may vary depending on your oven.

Brain fog slowly clearing, having old memories (good), nostalgia, single days, new beginning, something’s happening.  I’m actually doing okay.

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