Posts made in October 18th, 2011
1. Sometimes, especially around birthdays and holidays, I feel really guilty for “stealing” Babyface from his family, friends and home country. Obviously, our decision for him to become a U.S. resident wasn’t an easy one and one we made with careful thought and planning, but still. It can’t be easy to be that far away from everyone and everything you know.
2. I had madelines for the first time yesterday and am totally in love with them. I thought they were going to be crunchy, but they are so spongey and yum. I need a madeline pan. I also need to go to France, obviously.
3. I don’t think I’ve ever loved an inanimate object as much as I love my new iPhone. I’ve definitely become one of “those” people.
4. I’m pretty excited that nothing major came out of the elimination diet. I know it is hip and trendy to be gluten-free or vegan (and some people really need to go that direction for their health and quality of life), but man, I love my cheese and bread. Do not want hip and trendy. Do want pizza.
Do you have any confessions to share?
We’ve been officially off the elimination diet for about a week now, so I guess it is time to share what we learned, what we didn’t and what will change for next time (there will be a next time).
First up, a little recap. Babyface and I were both feeling fatigued and having digestive issues (among other symptoms) and decided to investigate if any of our symptoms were related to food allergies, intolerances or sensitivities. We embarked on an elimination diet that first had us “clean” our diet by cutting out gluten, dairy, soy, refined sugars, artificial sweeteners, artificial colors, artificial flavors, alcohol, caffeine, red meat, pork, poultry and eggs. After two weeks of going without those, we started to reintroduce items one at a time to see if there were any negative reactions.
- We had WORSE digestive symptoms in the elimination portion of the diet. They ended once we reintroduced food.
- We did not have any obvious reactions to any of the food groups when we reintroduced them.
- Almost all of our symptoms from prior to the elimination diet are gone.
- We picked a really heinous time of year to do this.
So what does this mean? I have no idea, honestly. I have some theories, but none of them are really steadfast.
It did seem really strange for us to have worse digestive symptoms (bloating, gas, other not-so-awesome things) after cutting out so much. We did come to the conclusion that it might have been that we were actually eating more fiber than normal and that could have been the cause. Whatever the cause was, the symptoms disappeared once we started reintroducing foods.
You are probably thinking that it is weird that we didn’t have any negative reactions to the foods and yet we both feel so much better than we did before the diet. I think it’s weird, too! Again, I have no concrete thoughts, but my theory is that we might have minor or small reactions to some of the groups of food (that were too small to notice when we reintroduced them) but that when stacked all up on each other for months (years, really) cause bigger issues. Or it could be that both of our bodies just needed to have clean slate to work off of to recharge the batteries. Or it could be that we both just had some sort of bug and it had nothing to do with the foods. Or it could be that neither Babyface nor I are aware enough of our bodies to notice changes. Or it could be all in our heads! Who knows? All I care about is that we feel better.
What I do know is that we picked a pretty rotten time of year to embark in such a restrictive challenge. Fall is riddled with birthdays and events in our family and it required quite a bit of pre-planning and, in some cases, some “cheating” to make sure we got fed. That was not how I wanted to go about this.
Both Babyface and I have talked about how we’d like to give it the ole college try again at a more calm and do-able time (we’re thinking January). Even if we don’t find any food intolerances that time around, just being able to “restart” the new year feeling in control of my food and body sounds promising. If nothing else, I had so much fun creating recipes with all the restrictions.
So the final word(s)? Inconclusive. But at least we feel better.