After my health scan results were delivered, I was really gung ho about getting started with the experimental diet laid out by Deb, the practitioner who did the scan. The results showed that I had several borderline food allergies, several food sensitivities, and lacked many vitamins. I immediately considered that perhaps all of these dietary issues were at least partially responsible for my inability to lose this weight. In my mind, the thing to do was eliminate the foods that may be causing these problems, and get the needed vitamins and supplements into my body fast. So right to work I went. This would only be a two week experiment to start, and I knew I could do anything for two weeks.
The main things I needed to eliminate from my diet first were gluten and dairy. Gluten is a substance in certain grains which can cause the foods in which they are contained to be less easily digestible than other, non-gluten containing grains. Gluten has been known to cause serious allergies in some people. In others, it may not be so serious but can still cause problems such as inflammation, stomach upset, acne, and fatigue. I have noticed some of these problems but never connected it to my diet until recently. The scan just confirmed my suspicions. And the same goes for dairy. Dairy, especially from cow's milk, has been known to cause allergic reactions ranging from upper respiratory problems, stomach upset, diarrhea, and heartburn.
Candida was another issue that came up on my scan. Candida are live yeast bacteria living in the gut which can multiply and get out of control. They can cause a plethora of health issues including infections, inflammation, fatigue, depression, and stomach upset. Candida are fed by sugar and more yeast, so avoiding anything with sugar and wheat is helpful in killing them. This kind of goes hand-in hand with avoiding gluten and dairy, but it also means laying off the booze...again. Curses!!
I bravely embarked on the diet/supplement protocol the very next day. Luckily, my job affords me a ton of gluten and dairy-free options, including soups and sandwiches I make with my own two hands. I thought I would have a pretty hard time with the food elimination but I actually did really well. My meals consisted of mostly fresh veggies, fish, eggs, gluten-free breads, and a little bit of fruit. My mom even helped by making dinners according to my protocol. I knew the weekend would be a true test, but I made it all the way to Sunday without any cheating. Come Sunday, however, things took at turn for the worse when I was invited to my friend Christy's annual Daytona 500 party. I went with the best of intentions, even bringing my own beautiful salmon salad and bottle of sparkling water. But true to my usual form, someone ended up convincing me that vodka is free of sugar (it isn't), and gluten (definitely not). A few vodka and sparkling waters later, I was eating chili, fried chicken, and cheese dip. Soon diet soda (gasp!) took the place of the sparkling water.
I know, I know. I didn't even make it a week. But I was back on the diet on Monday and so far, so good. I guess I just wouldn't be me if I succeeded in perfection. I plan to do my best to stick to the diet for the rest of the week. I did honestly feel a difference last week (fewer tummy aches, less congestion, etc.). So this is week two and Billy is talking about jumping on the dairy-free wagon with me. His coach told him it may improve his cardio conditioning. If he does choose to do even some of this with me, I will be glad to give my misery some company. Ok, so it's not totally miserable, just different. But different never killed me so onward I push in my mission for good health. What are my hurdles this month? Two weddings, St. Patrick's Day, and life in general. Sigh....
Published On: March 07, 2011