I am one week into the elimination diet that I promised myself and all of you in my last blog. I have had absolutely no gluten, dairy or nightshades for an entire week. I know I sound a little overdramatic but I'm really proud of myself for sticking with this promise. As most of you know, I'm not always the best at keeping promises when it comes to my eating habits. But I'm incredibly surprised at how easy this has been. I've had to be a little more creative with food then usual, but that's turned out to be the best part. That, and the fact that I feel so good and my skin is really clearing up. My stomach hasn't been hurting all week and I don't feel as bloated. I have no idea if I've lost any weight, but my jeans are definitely feeling a bit looser.
My main goal in this elimination diet was to clear my skin, which had been breaking out badly since I went off the pill. I figured getting inflammatory foods out of my diet couldn't hurt while my hormones were trying to get off their roller coaster. So I'm not sure if it's the diet, or just time that is helping, but either way I'm just overjoyed that it's clearing and I'm feeling good. Eliminating three food groups certainly forces me to eat better, and I'm not craving any junk. I really thought I would be but it's coming very naturally to me. I've been shopping for healthier foods and cooking satisfying meals using some of my cookbooks (which were admittedly previously unopened). Here are a few examples from my week:
- Hot gluten-free cereal with almonds and currants
- Black bean and sweet potato soup with coriander and cumin, with a green salad
- Veggie burger with avocado and greens and a side of roasted asparagus
- Broiled tilapia with lemon and herbs, roasted veggies and salad with blueberries
- Wilted swiss chard with garlic, wild mushrooms, cranberries, red onion and quinoa
I'm pleasantly surprised that all of these meals have been filling, delicious and full of all of the essentials. I did get a little pizza craving on Friday after my friend invited me over for Papa Johns (all three culprits in there...gluten in the crust, dairy in the cheese, and the peppers are a nightshade). So I decided to make my own version instead. I found a gluten-free crust and since I can't have tomatoes (nightshade) I used refried black beans for the "sauce". I topped it with onions, spicy sausage, and a dairy-free Mexican-style "cheese" (which was much better than it sounds). I was skeptical, but it was delish! Even my picky mom liked it.
I decided to keep the good vibes going by trying something I've never done to work out. I found the perfect opportunity when a new Groupon alert hit my inbox. It was for a free "Intro to Pole Fitness" class in my very own hometown. I signed up immediately. Saturday morning at 11:15 found me at Vertical Girl Fitness (http://www.verticalgirlfitness.com/ ) with a room full of women, mirrors and poles. It looked a bit intimidating at first but as we made our way through the warm up, everyone was laughing and loosening up. Before I knew it, I was nailing moves like "Mud Flap Girl", "Sexy Ups", and the slightly scary "Fireman Spin". The hour flew by and at the end, the instructor asked me if I wanted to come back next week to try out their Anti-Gravity Yoga class. Why not?
I'm heading into week two of the diet with a positive attitude which is really cool. I'm looking forward to trying new recipes, taking new classes, and continuing my little experiment. Who knows, if this keeps up, I just might never end it. When the work is fun, it really doesn't feel like work.
Published On: February 15, 2012