Need Moral Support!
I want to do a food sensitivity elimination diet plan to figure out what foods bother me. I have attempted to start a couple times, but I eventually give into my cravings. I get so fed up with how miserable and bloated I feel from some of the foods that I eat, I swear to never eat them again, but I either 1) lack the self-discipline to resist or somehow forget how miserable I felt after I ate ___ food (for example, packaged hummus, chocolate-covered pecans, pimento cheese, or even cooked broccoli), and 2) I’m not always exactly sure what those foods are because I often eat combinations or have delayed food sensitivity reactions.
I have become more aware of what foods irritate me lately and that it is not normal to deal with side effects of these foods, because I have been eating raw on-and-off for the past couple months. I feel fantastic and full of energy when I eat mostly raw! When I veer off is usually when my body gets angry at me. My body doesn’t like lactose, or excess fat, or things like chocolate made with sugar and milk that I crave… yet I often have delayed reactions to these foods which make them difficult to pinpoint. The food sensitivity elimination plan by George Mateljan will allow me to pinpoint them. The elimination plan is raw except for some fish.
If I can stick with the diet for the next couple months to figure out what I need to eat and what to avoid, I am certain I will feel so much better I won’t want to go back. I noticed a huge difference when I went raw, but it was hard to stick to with social constraints and cravings. That’s why I’m asking you all for support and reminders – I hate being a picky eater, but this is for my future well-being. I can’t dance when I feel bloated and lethargic from the food I ate, and I am certainly no fun to be around when I’m grumpy. I want tonight to be the last time I feel like I can’t dance because my stomach is yelling at me! It would be really great to have my personal diet figured out by time I start my MFA this fall. I don’t need the added stress, and I certainly want to be a joy to be around! So… I will bring fruit and salad with me to meetings, paries, and potlucks… And I will be refusing (yes, refusing) brownies and cheese for the meantime. There, I said it. AHHH!
I do believe my body needs some animal protein like fish and eggs and I will try to re-incorporate them. I have already found that most meats and dairy don’t agree with my body except for raw milk or goat milk kefir. I have found that salmon, white fish, and eggs are fine for my body. Grains, sugars, dairy, fermented foods, chocolate, and various fats are what I need to suss out. I am yet undecided if I want to go 100% raw to avoid all food sensitivities, or to do the long haul elimination plan to find out exactly which foods I am sensitive to. I’m going to start on George Mateljan’s elimination plan, which includes some fish and eggs, and see where it leads. Also I want to keep researching the influence of acid and alkaline foods, to figure out if that’s something I should pay attention to or not… and read Maximized Living nutrition plan from our chiropractor’s office, and hope to gain more insight from that. So far, all the research I find emphasizes that fruit and vegetables are the primal most nutritious and natural energy sources which are also anti-inflammatory.
I’ll probably write a few more blog posts about my progress to stay accountable… I know my body (and most of my friends) will thank me… Thank you for your understanding and support!