Even though we tend to eat pretty well most of the time I am still having some troublesome and worrisome health issues. I am seeing my family doctor regarding my problems and awaiting other appointments. I am also seeing a homeopath who has made a few suggestions that have helped a little but there are still issues causing major problems. I did get a blood test done to show food sensitivities in hopes I could find some foods I could eliminate in hopes of feeling better. The test was done over two months ago and the results are still delayed. This is just to long to sit and wait and do nothing. My homeopath is already questioning the validity of the results even if they do show up since it's been so long, sigh. So I am going with my last resort. I am starting an elimination diet tomorrow: "Digestive Health with Real Food". I have had the book for about a year and have wanted and not wanted to start it several times. It is very daunting but I am feeling that it is the only thing left to try besides going on powerful medications for an unknown time with tons of nasty side effects.
The idea behind it is to eliminate most problematic foods from your diet for a minimum of three to four weeks, possibly as long as eight weeks. Then you start reintroducing foods, one at a time and see which ones are a problem for you. The problematic ones get eliminated again and may be tried at a later time. Some foods may always be problematic and some you may tolerate later or in small amounts. The biggest problem with this diet for me is the minimal amount of food selection during the elimination phase: you can eat most meats, healthy fats,and four vegetables. Yup, that's it. Another problem is I am not a huge meat eater so it will be difficult for me :(
I have started prepping tonight to start tomorrow. I cooked a chicken to have the meat available and I will make a chicken stock tomorrow so I can make a soup. I cooked a pork chop, roasted carrots and boiled green beans. My breakfast and lunch tomorrow will come from these foods. No more breakfast foods for awhile as there are no grains, dairy, caffeine, or eggs.