Diet Details

Fruit saladThe diet is actually going great!  I’m not sure if I feel much of a difference or not.  I think I’m concentrating too much.  But I am surprised about how full I can feel with such limited food options.  I have learned that it’s not all that hard to make fresher food.  I especially love all the fresh fruit we have been eating.  We had to stop by the store tonight to pick up some more fruit.

For breakfast, we have been having bacon and lots of fruit.  I’m pretty sure this is Jesse’s favorite part of my diet.  I mean… how bad can a diet be that includes bacon?!  Lunch is the hardest part.  I had salad Monday and Tuesday.  I’m not really a salad person.  You have to eat a lot of salad to feel full.  I think I’m done with salad for a while now.  Wow, that’s a lot of salad for one paragraph… salad, salad.  🙂  Then dinner is pretty normal to what we usually have.  We just have to make sure we don’t use any sauces in cooking the meats.  There are pretty much no sauces that are allowed.  It’s amazing what you find in your foods when you start reading ingredients!

Lunch today was amazing.  My mom called me yesterday to say that she had made soup, and that there was extra if I wanted to pick it up on my way home from work.  The soup was sooo yummy… and very filling too.  I think I will make this even when I don’t have to eat like this anymore.  Thanks, Mom!

Here’s the recipe (from the South Beach Diet book):

1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
1 small onion, chopped
1 celery stalk, finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, smashed and peeled
1/2 tsp dried basil
1/2 tsp dried rosemary
1/4 tsp dried thyme
1/4 tsp salt
1 (15 oz) can cannellini or great Northern beans, drained and rinsed
1 1/2 cups lower-sodium vegetable broth (or chicken broth)
freshly ground black pepper

In a large saucepan, heat oil over medium heat.  Add onion, celery, garlic, basil, rosemary, thyme, and salt; reduce heat and cook, stirring occasionally, 15 minutes, or until vegetables are softened.

Add beans and stir to combine.  Transfer about 3/4 of bean mixture to blender.  Add broth and puree until smooth.  Return mixture to saucepan, stir to combine, and bring to a simmer to heat through.  Season with additional salt and pepper to taste.  Serve warm… about 4 servings.

I added some leftover chicken to make it more of a meal.  Mom said she sometimes likes to add rice to it too.  She also pureed all of the soup instead of the 3/4 like the recipe, and since I’m not allowed to have canned food right now Mom used dry northern beans.

All of this fresh cooking is really making me wish that I had more time to make everything fresh.  This week I have purposely had to set aside time to prepare for each meal.  I’m looking forward to someday when I can concentrate more time on stuff like that.  Maybe when we move to a farm! 😉

My Last Supper

I’m all set to start the new diet tomorrow. We bought tons of fresh fruit. It’s kinda nice actually, we usually don’t buy too much because I forget that it’s there and then it goes bad too fast. I chopped up lots of pineapple and watermelon to go with breakfast in the morning. I’m actually looking forward to how healthy I will be. I think we eat fairly healthy, but I hardly ever come home from the grocery store with no snacks or canned and boxed foods. We’ll see if I feel the same way in a couple days when I feel like having my normal muffins for breakfast and cookies with lunch.

So, before tomorrow we had to finish up all the foods that I wont be able to have for a while. It’s funny because I know that if I do have these food allergies then I’m only making myself worse. But it was worth it! And I had already planned on making these this week before I knew about the diet. We squeezed in baked spaghetti (containing all six of the foods I’m supposedly allergic to) and salmon with rice, corn, and milk. Won’t be seeing any of those for a while.
Baked spaghettiSalmon dinner

So Easy, A Caveman Could Do It

The other suggestion Dr. Nofsinger had was to try the Caveman Diet (also Paleolithic of Paleo diet). I tested allergic to all of the food categories they tried. The purpose of the Caveman Diet would be to see which food is causing me the most problems. The diet would consist of eating only fruits, vegetables, and meats. Everything must be fresh or frozen and nothing can be canned. I can’t have anything containing milk, wheat, soy, egg, or corn. I think this eliminates almost all of our normal meals. Caveman and womanAs hard as the diet will be, she said that if I find the food that is bothering me it will make such a difference that wont miss the food anymore.

I will be on the Caveman Diet for at least seven days (preferably fourteen days if I haven’t starved by then). This time period allows time for traces of the food offenders to be cleansed from my system. After that I will gradually add the foods back one at a time and track any symptoms that result. For three days in a row you eat the purest form of each food. If I’m fine, I keep that food while I add the next one. If I’m not fine, I can quit that food and try the next food.

I think the hardest part will be that Jesse can’t really do this diet with me. I’m not really sure how we will handle the meals that we eat together, as this is obviously not a Fatboy diet. I started looking up some recipes on the internet, and seriously… do these even count as a meal? Roasted carrots with a whole onion, that shouldn’t be a suggestion. Anybody have some good recipes that would be allowed on this diet? I would really appreciate them.

The other thing the doctor suggested was things to reduce and eliminate dust from my environment. One of the tips included plastic encases for my pillows, comforter, and mattress (cozy, huh?). Another was to replace all of our carpet with wood or tile floor (um, who would pay for that?) I don’t think we will be going that far yet. We’ll wait and see how the diet and shots go first.

By the way, if you’re interested we googled what the doctor called my response yesterday. It was a vasovagal attack.