Saturday, June 18, 2011

My Food Journey

Hey friends!
It has been way too long since I have posted. I apologize.

I have recently begun a journey to determine food sensitivities. My Naturopath gave me a 7-day Detox diet. I don't know if you have ever done one, but I actually felt GREAT!

I followed this up with a Food Allergies & Elimination Diet.
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How it works: 
You stop eating many foods that commonly cause reactions. After 3 weeks, you begin reintroducing food groups - one at a time. You document any reactions.

My journey:
I began this adventure with eagerness. My kids were even supportive... "Mama, can you have this? Maybe someday you can again." As summer was approaching, I looked forward to lots of fresh fruits and vegetables, complemented with almond butter, rice crackers, quinoa, etc.

After awhile, discouragement set in. I know many people who are gluten-sensitive, and most can have potatoes and corn. Both of these are not allowed during this process- so I had to get more creative. Then, I began having reactions to the food that I was supposed to be eating.... lettuce, pea pods, carrots- well, almost all vegetables. This was followed by a reaction to almonds.

To make a long story short, I am still in the "Reintroduction" phase. My diet is fairly limiting at this point.

The best part: I still feel great!!!

At first, I assumed I would find sensitivities to a couple food groups, adapt, and add the others back in. Now, after growing weary of rice cakes, (which I actually DO like!) I must come to terms with the fact that I might have to eliminate several food groups long term.

So begins the next adventure.... searching for recipes (especially to feed my sweet tooth) that are gluten-free, dairy-free, sugar-free, soy-free, almond-free.

So, stay tuned. Come July, I hope to begin posting some of the new recipes.

In the meantime, feel free to pass along recipes, blogs, resources that you have used or heard about. I already have found a few favorites and just ordered a cookbook. I am looking forward to experimenting!!

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