Picking up where my last post left off, after discovering that I had what I think can only be described as a bucket load of food and drink intolerances, I was to embark on a 3 month elimination journey to discover which of them actually had a noticeable effect on me.
After deciding to cut out all 17 items at once I was faced with the tricky challenge of overhauling my entire diet. I started with breakfast which was relatively easy as it basically involved buying gluten-free and dairy-free alternatives to what I would normally eat. However, lunch and dinner were certainly more tricky, particularly as I live at home so I would be eating with my family in the evenings. I was also a culprit of not being prepared and just buying a sandwich or ready meal for lunch at work, but as no easily available food really fit my new diet, I came to terms with the fact that I was going to have to be more prepared and either get up earlier or meal prep the night before.
The first week was a success, I think partly because the novelty hadn’t worn off yet, but then I went up to London to visit and go out with two of my best friends who I hadn’t seen in a few months and it alllll went to pot.
I stuck to my restrictions before we went out, but when we left my friends flat everything changed… I drank beer (that tends to be my go-to when I’m out), ate a large amount crisps and fried chicken before going to bed and the following morning in my hungover hanger, ate a gluten-full breakfast. This was initially satisfying, but then, surprise surprise, just made me feel worse… After going home bloated, tired and hungover, I got back on track and realised that I was going to have to figure out how I was going to handle situations like this in the future that didn’t involve being a hermit and that it might involve a bit more preparation and foresight that I wasn’t used to.
Aside from a few (usually hunger driven) slip-ups, the next month and a half went pretty smoothly. I get bored eating the same food over and over again so that forced me to discover new recipes and because I had to think about what I was going to eat, I ended up being healthier in general, which was definitely a positive. Sometimes I did just want to have a meal with my family and not inconvenience them by having to alter my portion or make something completely different, which was frustrating. In spite of this they were as accommodating as possible and were willing to try some of my new (not always successful) concoctions.
The reason I didn’t give in when I was frustrated or made a mistake was because even after only a few weeks I was noticing significant changes. My eczema had decreased, my nose was mostly unblocked and I wasn’t feeling so sluggish after meals. To me this said that something I was eating before had obviously been causing these issues and it was worth continuing with the process.
Well, this is getting a little more long winded than I anticipated (god I can ramble on), so I’ll explain about my holiday experience and how the elimination process ended in a separate post. For now, I hope some of you who may have had similar experiences feel some sort of comradery with me and those of you who can eat whatever you like appreciate it a little more! Lucky b******s.
Until next time,
restricted diet girl
(It started as a joke but I kind of like that sign off….)
“Seize the moment. Remember all those women on the ‘Titanic’ who waved off the dessert cart” – Erma Bombeck