Monday, 17 February 2014

Elimindation Diet: Day One

Today is the beginning of a 21 day elimination diet!  I am both nervous and excited!  Thankfully TheHubs is excited, as that is a huge support and motivator!  We decided to embark on this together, as I read that a lot of endo symptoms are reported to decrease/disappear if the right diet is followed.  The endo diet seems to include some basic no-no's (e.g. soy, red meat) that are common causes of inflammation or increased estrogen.  However, after some trial and error, through an elimination diet, some endo sufferers can go back to including dairy, etc.  It all depends on how you feel, which is why you need a clean slate through an elimination diet, to have the ability to really listen to how your body responds.

I have found so many conflicting reports about what should be included/excluded in an elimination diet.  An endo elimination diet tends to be a bit more strict, asking that you even eliminate fish and white (e.g. chicken) meat - more mainstream elimination diets tend to say these meats are okay.

What we're excluding:
  • soy
  • gluten/wheat
  • meat
  • dairy
  • eggs
  • sugar
  • alcohol
  • certain fruits/veggies: oranges, strawberries, corn
What we're including:
  • lot's of fruits & veggies
  • quinoa
  • flours: almond flour, coconut flour, brown rice flour
  • milks: almond milk, coconut milk
  • green tea
  • warm lemon water
This morning started with a workout, then warm lemon water to list what my symptoms are on Day 1.  Then a heart quinoa hot cereal breakfast was the beginning.