Alright, so now that my Elimination Diet is over (we survived!!), let me give you a brief look at the last week.
For Days 6 and 7 (the final totally clean days), I was in a much better place than the day before. I think, after letting myself have that small “cheat” of a glass of wine, it reminded me that I’m in control here. I’m not putting my body through the internal wringer because I have to, it’s because I CHOOSE to. It also reminded me that I’m not doing this forever. It’s just a couple of weeks.
Following my week of clean eating, I decided that rather than trying to take the time to add back all of the potential trigger foods/allergens I would pick my three top contenders. (Maybe in 6 months, I’ll start the process again for the other 3-4.) I figured I could tackle those three things in about a week, and that seemed reasonable. Can you tell I’m ready to get back to normal!?
My Top 3 Contenders:
Nightshades (just a reminder, these are bell peppers, tomatoes, eggplants, etc.)
I tried nightshades first, namely because it’s what my husband missed most 😉 We were able to add them to salads and stirfry, and even sauteed a big batch to have with breakfast. We had really missed those flavors, and especially the spice of hot chilis, so this addition made a big difference at meal time.
Then I waited…
Well, spoiler alert! I felt fine. I do want to give you a heads up though, before you go into this all willynilly. More than just “feeling bad” if you have a problem with nightshades, this is one of those foods that, especially when eaten in large quantities like this diet suggests, can give you other physical side-effects if you’re prone to them: rashes, hives, cold sores, etc. So, if you know you have dealt with these things in the past, be careful.
Then, a few days later:
So, here’s what I’m getting at. I honestly didn’t notice much of a difference physically whether I was eating these foods or not. And, I’ll have to say, though I went into this process looking for answers, I’m relieved.
However, I’ll certainly not say that this whole, somewhat painful process was all for nothing. There are certainly things that I learned and habits that I will keep with me. Check back in for my next post where I list some additional tips and tricks for surviving the Elimination Diet and also share the positive aspects that I hope to make a part of my everyday life.