Around Exit 12. That’s usually right around time when I look over at my boyfriend on our way home from work. Like clockwork, Laziness rears its ugly head.
“I don’t feel like cooking dinner tonight. What do you want for dinner? Chick-fil-a, Zaxby’s, Tokyo Express?”
“I don’t know, whatever you want. You choose.” Says Laziness’s companion.
And now on Day 1 of dipping my toes into the deep end of a very strict Elimination Diet (6 weeks of torture), when I saw Exit 12 in the horizon, I could feel the words forming on my lips. “Chick-fil…?” But I kept them to myself, resisting the urge.
No joke, old habits die hard, but so does a mystery sinus infection from HELL. Having gone to Urgent Care, the Emergency Room, to an allergist, ENT, two family practitioners, two dentists, and being stuffed inside of a tube and having my brain baked for twenty plus minutes only to be told, “It could be a mild sinus infection, but other than that, we can’t find anything wrong with you,” I’ve had enough.
I know that’s a mouth full, but that’s been my life since August 15, 2014. I remember the day well and hope I never have to repeat such a thing again. Sinus pressure, dry sinus, wet sinus, brain fog, depression, dizziness, balance issues, fatigue, gas, toothaches, nasal inflammation, breathing issues, chest congestion, popcorn popping in my ears (seriously, that’s exactly what it sounds like on a daily basis), and more, OH MY!!!
‘If the doctors can’t do anything about it, then I’m going to take matters into my own hands.’ That’s what I decided last week. Figuring the only thing left to do now is hook me up to a bunch of machines and have me run on a treadmill or see a nutritionist, I chose to wait on getting a cardio work-up. It’s not really an option anyway given the amount of moolah I’d have to dish out. Even with insurance. I could see a nutritionist, but my insurance may not cover it either and quite honestly, I’m tired of being poked and prodded. Another possible solution? Reboot and try an Elimination Diet!
Now there’s an idea. Something I’ve somewhat experimented with in the past and had great results.
On paper I’m a very healthy young lady, but physically, I feel like crap. My diet is crap. Crap, crap, crap, crap!!!! That’s what I’ve been putting into my body and expecting to feel like a million bucks. And that’s supposed to make sense?
So I’m doing an elimination diet. What do I have to lose? Maybe a few pounds, but weight loss is not my goal, People!
As much as I would love to spend the next 30 minutes or so going over the details of this diet, it’s getting kind of late here and beauty sleep is very much needed. However, I will list some of the things I’ve eaten today and I’m proud to say that I survived Day 1 without chewing someone’s arm off out of starvation. High-five for that!!!!
Here we go:
Breakfast: Cream of Rice w/ Almond Milk, Coconut Oil, Cinnamon, and a Pear
Snack: Homemade Applesauce
Lunch: Mushroom Arborio Rice w/ Cauliflower Dressing and Asparagus (Lots of it)
Dinner: Turkey Burger (No bread), 1/4 Avocado, More Rice, and Steamed Broccoli
*Nibbled on more applesauce and a date while cooking. Drank a lot of water also.