Whenever I try something new in training or nutrition, I am always skeptical about the results that I will get from it. But, I always keep an open mind and give the person who designed the program some merit for even coming up with one. In my mind I say that there has to be something that really worked for them to empower them to publish a book, e-book, or video program about it. As I approach my second 20 days on The Elimination Diet, it made me realize that this is definitely one of those programs that is worth your time and effort.
If this is your first time reading my update, go to this post first.
I have experienced so many things while I’m on this diet that I didn’t even expect to experience. My body is functioning as it should be and I didn’t even realize that it wasn’t! I actually talked about these things from my previous post but I wanted to elaborate on them a little bit more here:
- No more sleepiness during the day – I must admit that the first 7 or so days without caffeine was difficult because I would have headaches and sleepiness. My usual wake-up-go-to is coffee whenever I need something to keep me awake during the day. But, on the 8th day, I started noticing that I am just able to stay awake without the after-lunch sleepiness even without coffee. What’s even better is I can go sleep as soon as I hit the bed and wake up feeling energized. Believe me, I couldn’t even go back to sleep once I’m awake even if I wanted to.
I do think that this effect is not just from the coffee or lack thereof. Eliminating the sugar definitely helped me minimize the insulin spikes that trigger the sleepiness after I eat and also my cravings for sweets.
- I feel satisfied – one of my very first fears before starting ED was the fact that I might give in to “banned foods.” I am glad to say that the Elimination Diet Cookbook has kept me satisfied – no hunger, no cravings. Even when I go out to restaurants or meetings, I am able to stay on track by simply asking how the foods are prepared and to take out certain ingredients.
I’ve even found out that soy sauce contains wheat! So, I went to the local health food store to find a soy sauce alternative. To my delight, I found Bragg’s Liquid Aminos. I couldn’t even taste the difference between the two.
- Stubborn fat still hasn’t returned – remember how I told you about the little “bump” I have on my lower abs? Well, I’m excited to report that it still hasn’t come back even though I haven’t been paying much attention to my calorie intake.
Lastly, I actually haven’t weighed myself because I just don’t want to stress about it this time around. However, the Elimination Diet definitely passed “The Jeans Test.” Basically, I tried on the new skinny jeans that I bought after it just came out of the dryer. You know how your jeans seem to fit tighter after you just washed them? Well, I did wear my skinny jeans then and they still fit me perfectly. It’s like magic!
Before I end this post, I wanted to share with you the dessert or breakfast recipe that has been my saving grace during this challenge. It is called “Orange Muffins” in the ED Cook Book but Dax also made an apple muffin version of it which I make about once a week. I hope Dax doesn’t get mad at me for publishing it so here it is:
- 1 cup mashed, ripe banana
- ¾ cup unsweetened apple sauce
- 1 tablespoon apple peel
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 ¼ cup rice flour
- 1 ½ teaspoons cornstarch-free baking powder
In large bowl mix, bananas, apple peel, apple sauce, and oil. Add flour and baking
powder. Blend well. Fill six 2 1/2 inch nonstick muffin cups 2/3 full. Bake at 375 for
20-25 minutes (mine turns out good at 22 minutes). Turn out onto a wire rack to cool.
I basically make this whenever I need something to sink my teeth into or as a quick post workout breakfast. This recipe definitely taught me that I can still eat baked goods that will help me move closer to my goals (or stay where I’m at) without having to surrender to chocolate cake or other traditional fatty baked goods out there.
I also realized the power that foods can have on our bodies which made me rethink a lot of my past habits. In terms of nutrition, this would be the true definition of “eating clean” especially if you eat your startches after a workout. Now I know for sure that food can definitely be a source of health. It is definitely the best source for preventing major diseases that our current lifestlyes are susceptible to.
Read the conclusion of my elimination diet experience. In that last post, you can get tips about how to prepare and have a successful elimination diet experience.