I am a ridiculously healthy eater. I sprout, soak, ferment, brew and STILL I need to do more? Really?
Okay, so sometimes I “cheat.” There is a bag of Mounds bars in my freezer, tucked right besides a pint of chocolate ice cream (all natural) and, ahem, a few Reese’s. Don’t judge me.
Is that enough bad stuff to make me need to drastically change my diet? No. And guess what dear readers, I am still a real food foodie. I don’t let a few indulgences get in my way of a healthy lifestyle for me and my family (and you shouldn’t either).
So why the big change? Doctor’s orders. My youngest is 10 months old (and oh so tiny). She has had severe eczema since she was born. Creams, syrups, balms, lotions (natural, chemical filled petroliums even) – we have tried it all! We went to the Doctor (a D.O.) yesterday and this is how it went down:
Dr.: Do you breastfeed?
Me: Yes, since day one.
Dr.: Good. Don’t stop. The skin issues would be worse if she wasn’t breastfeeding.
Me: I don’t plan on stopping.
Dr.: Have you gone dairy and gluten free yet?
Me: No, thought about it but didn’t dare until I was told I have to!
Dr.: You have to.
Darn. I love me some bread. Not just any bread, homemade bread. Fresh out of the oven. (Okay, I am currently “starving” so let me just go on for one more second). Not just any homemade fresh out of the oven bread….it has to be Stacy’s Honey Oat Bread. I want a piece right now so bad I can taste it. But I can’t taste it and that is driving me crazy! Ok, slapping my face now.
Anyway, I am planning on extended breastfeeding. Our little girl is really small and has GI issues and I want to make it as easy on her as possible. If that means modifying what I eat in order to make her health better – so be it. (Ask me how I feel about this after another day of not being able to eat anything!).
So that is why I am committed to doing this. What is “this”? It is an elimination diet that allows me to eat NOT A SINGLE THING THAT I WANT TO EAT. Yes, I can eat plenty of things. All of which will give my body the nutrients that it needs. But that just isn’t always enough! (Side note, Dr. said gluten and dairy are out for a while but first we have to do an elimination diet of most everything to create a blank canvas, if you will. Then we start adding back, after a month, everything (gluten and dairy last) to see if there are any allergies).
So I won’t starve? Okay. I won’t starve. But will I be miserable? There is a chance. So here is what I am going to do…I am going to keep track of it (not daily, don’t worry) on here so you can help encourage me to keep on keepin’ on! IT IS ALL FOR MY BABY.
Turns out this just may benefit me too. I have some other friends that are gluten free/casein free and they comment on the fact that removing gluten from your diet effects way more than you would expect (in a good way). Here are a few symptoms I think could be affected by gluten (or another food allergy):
- Horribly dry itchy skin
- Constant headaches (though this is a separate issue that I am working on with my Dr. right now)
- Mood swings (sorry Anthony)
- Blotchy skin
- Little tiny annoying bumps on my arms
- Lack of energy
Yes, most of these are the symptoms of having two children in diapers, but it is worth a shot. I will do this for my youngest and perhaps find a “cure” for some or all of the items on this list. It is worth it. Maybe I am starting to get a little bit more pumped?
And the moment has passed.
One last thought…it is tough when people have to be on special diets. Mommy can cook this for one person, and that for another and make sure everyone gets what they need (or doesn’t get what they don’t need). But what is REALLY tough is when Mommy is the one who can’t have everything.
Fry up some eggs and bacon for breakfast, serve it to your family, and then snack on some sliced sweet potato and a piece of lamb? No thanks. (Yes, I know there are other things I can eat, but really? Those seem to top the elimination diet lists…who would eat that for breakfast? Ask me in a week when I am starving and chowing down on fish and asparagus for breakfast).
So tomorrow marks the official start to my elimination diet. Today was day 1/2 and I had a splitting headache (preexisting problem or lack of caffeine? Who knows). So Saturday November 12 is day 1. I must continue the full elimination diet for 1 full month. (I am so sad, just realized this covers Thanksgiving…sigh).
Let the count down to December 12 begin people.
Have you “been there, done that, got the t-shirt”? PLEASE, words of wisdom in the comments…stat!
My biggest struggles thus far are giving up coffee, bread, cheese and eggs. These are significant staples and I don’t know what to do without them! Raise my empty wine glass (no alcohol allowed either) to the next 30 days. (Shudder and say) Cheers!
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