Today’s blog post is really personal, but I want to share what I’m doing in case my story can benefit anyone else.
For the past couple of years I’ve been dealing with a slew of minor health issues that just won’t go away. I’m often tired, get frequent headaches, and my friends always comment on how I seem to be permanently “sick” with sinus issues, chill etc. I finally decided to start seeing a Naturopath, in an effort to regain control over my health. So far things have been going really well… but I think I hit my first rough spot today.
My Naturopath thinks that I might have a food sensitivity that is causing some of my symptoms. Now, I realize that not everyone believes in Naturopathy so if this sounds like baloney to you please stop reading and spare me the negative comments.
Moving on. So as I was saying, I might have a food sensitivity that causes my problems. Food allergies and intolerances are a sign that your body is having problems digesting or metabolizing certain foods. In order to try to figure out what I’m sensitive to I have to go on an elimination diet program.
What is an Elimination Diet Program?
An elimination diet program is a series of steps designed to help you identify foods that are causing problems, and then help you repair the health of your digestive system.
For the first two weeks you can only eat foods that are easy to digest. This helps the digestive system cleanse itself of unwanted toxins and function more efficiently. From what I gathered from some (minimal) research online, what you’re allowed to eat varies widely. Some people say you can’t eat nuts, other people say it’s ok. The same goes for things like chicken, cayenne pepper, etc. If you’re considering trying an elimination diet I would recommend talking to your Naturopath to get a list of foods that will work for you.
After the first two weeks you have to start adding back foods that you may be sensitive to, and you must record your symptoms. This is how you can begin to identify ingredients that bother you.
This is just a quick explanation of what the diet is, so you can (hopefully) understand what it is I’m doing.
What Can I Eat?
The reason I said I hit a rough spot today is because I looked at the list of foods I’m allowed to eat and felt intimidated. The list is very specific, and doesn’t include a lot of food items that I enjoy.
Here’s what I can eat:
Grains: Organic Brown Rice, Rice Cakes etc.
Proteins: Fish, Organic Chicken, Lentils
Vegetables: raw, steamed, juiced, or baked (except avocados, corn, mushrooms, white potatoes, tomatoes, bell peppers, eggplant)
Fruits: raw or juiced (except most citrus, pineapples, bananas, melons and dried fruits)
Spices: Cayenne or Salt-free herbal seasonings (I’m using Mrs. Dash Garlic & Herb All Natural Seasoning Blend*) (No Paprika or MSG or Salt)
Condiments: Olive Oil, Lemon, Herbs
Beverages: filtered distilled/spring water, herbal teas such as chamomile or mint (not caffeine, no green tea etc.)
As you can see, that’s not a very big list.
Lunch: 1 Minute-Rice Brown Rice cup with a sprinkle of Mrs. Dash, eaten as I ran through the door to go to work.
Verdict: Fine. I’m not suppose to eat minute rice though (it has vegetable oil and salt).
Snack: 2 Brown Rice Ricecakes (unsalted)
Verdict: usually I would hate this, but I was starving and it tasted better than usual.
Dinner: Baked Trout with Onions, Garlic & Olive Oil, Organic Brown Basmati Rice, Roasted Cauliflower
Verdict: Delicious! I’ll try to post the fish recipe tomorrow. The rice didn’t cook properly… but it was my first time making it.
Dessert: 1 Fresh Raw Peach
And right now I’m drinking some cherry herbal tea (no artificial flavours or colours).
I’m hoping this gets easier as the week goes on… I’ll keep you posted