I mainly went on this diet for two reasons: inflammation and IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome). I have been back and forth to my family doctor and a homeopath recently. I have been having lots of joint and muscle pain and stiffness, along with extreme fatigue. My blood work revealed that markers for inflammation are very high but they haven't found anything else wrong with me. The markers were even higher for the second test a couple of months later. I didn't want to go on numerous medications that have lots of nasty side effects, and I didn't want to keep feeling so bad; therefore I decided to try this diet.
Much research shows a correlation with foods we eat and inflammation along with arthritis. So I figured, why not. This diet is for digestive problems, which was my reason number two. I have suffered digestive issues for many years and was told almost twenty years ago that I likely have IBS. I have learned to live with it, thinking I had to and there was no other choice, except medications again. Well, this diet is working wonders for me so far. All my IBS symptoms have greatly improved, my muscles and joints are getting much better, my fatigue has greatly subsided, I am sleeping better at night, and I am losing weight. All of this keeps me motivated to keep going.
This phase is not forever. You do it for a minimum of 3 weeks and then after 5 good days in a row you can start reintroducing foods. I am into week 4 and am hoping I will soon get to reintroduce some foods.
This week we had pork chops, tuna, cornish hens, pork roast, and steak. I usually have fried ground pork or chicken with veggies for breakfasts during the weekdays and pork belly and veggies on the weekends. Here's some of the meals I had this past week: