Monday, February 16, 2015

Here We Go.

Eddie and I woke up this morning ready to embark on a wild two-week journey. People we've shared this with think we have lost our darn minds. We are going two weeks with no sugar, no soda, no gluten (he may bend the rules on this), no corn, no legumes (THIS will be the problem for me), no dairy (for me only). What CAN we eat? Meat and veggies and berries. Lol! It will be interesting. 

Why the HECK are we doing this, you ask? I have been plagued for YEARS with some symptoms that I didn't really realize weren't normal. I won't get into all of it with you, but I have a list of symptoms (everything from headaches to joint pain to reflux) that are stemming (probably) from some sort of food intolerance...we just don't know what. Like I said, I've felt "off" since around the 9th grade (the earliest I can remember having most of these symptoms), but I didn't realize they weren't normal.

Our children, of course, aren't so excited about it. We're trying to remember that things like spaghetti squash would've weirded us out as kids, too, but we're also going to be making what we make and you either eat it or not (with the option of a few other quick but healthy replacements). Two polite bites, please! James is going to be THRILLED with our supper tonight, though. Bacon Venison Chili with NO BEANS. Ha! This will probably be his favorite meal ever.

So we're on a 14-day journey. At the end of those 14-days my hope is that we'll add a few things back in and continue to eat healthy 80-90% of the time.

I AM going to be updating some on our progress, just because I want to be able to look back on it. I will NOT be posting daily about it, because no one wants to read that.


Simply LKJ said...

It is challenging at first, but you will get used to it. Before being diagnosed with several allergies/sensitivities (did not do a stomach biopsy as my numbers from tests were enough for my doc to say no gluten!!!), I was put on a month long diet of no gluten, no soy, no dairy, no peanut products (sugar was not on the list). I felt better in just one week. I strongly suggest you have a doctor run the tests. They are eye opening. My daughter had the ALCAT done (expensive and insurance usually does not pay), however, after years of migraines, doctors, meds, hospitalization, we found the MAIN culprit...WHEAT! along with many other triggers. She now only has one or two a YEAR!!! My doctors ran a different series of tests (blood and skin) and they were paid for by insurance. They don't go quite as in depth as the ALCAT, but are eye opening as well. It is important you find THE triggers, could be ONE thing or SEVERAL, and with degrees of sensitivity. Some can eventually be introduced after a period of time, some will need to be avoided for life. Happy to talk if you have questions.

Jen said...

You crazy! :)

Anna Catherine said...

👍 Best of luck! You'll feel so much better!

Amanda said...

Simply LKJ is absolutely right. It's challenging, but those who choose to make it a way of life will find it's actually not THAT hard once you get used to it. I was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease in October 2013. In February 2014, my husband graciously supported (and joined!) my decision to read It Starts With Food and we participated in our first Whole30 together. It was life-changing to say the least and we haven't looked back. We adopted the gluten-free, dairy-free, sugar-free, (mostly) grain-free lifestyle and I have NO regrets. It sounds extreme, but it's really not. We eat real food, whole foods, and stay away from processed foods. It's as simple as that. We're not die-hard and overly strict about it (weekends are our downfall), but we can definitely see/feel a difference when we follow this lifestyle and when we don't! Everything in moderation, even moderation itself. Good luck!! Hope everything works out for you!