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Updated Plan – Month 2

Per the food emotion breakdown, I started to listen to my body and accelerated the plan to include more nutrients. I added quite a few things in week 4 at a faster pace than I would have liked, but it was important to get the extra nutrients in those foods and regain my sanity.  I …

The food emotion nervous breakdown

After a while, I had to come to terms with the fact that I was doing this wrong. Or at least something wrong. All of the tales of glowing skin and higher energy were not coming true for me. Instead of having energy to ride the mountain for hours, I started getting dizzy on the …

Day 9 – Planning Ahead

As we enter week 2, I started thinking more seriously about the schedule of adding certain foods into the regimen. One goal I wanted to hit was eating Raw for the first month. Raw is important because when food stays below 200º F the natural occurring enzymes stay in their most active form. These enzymes …

the Plan

I’ve been inspired to do a cleanse for a couple  of months now. A series of events made me hopeful that I could reverse my celiac disease and various food intolerances. After an expensive allergist, testing negative for H. Pylori, a Prilosec prescription and negative reaction and trying home-fermented probiotic rich foods,  I got desperate. A few books helped me spawn the idea that I could spend a few months really restricting my diet and healing my gut to possibly reverse my current food intolerances and negative reactions.

I can’t eat gluten and  adapted to that life style change fairly easily. However, I would kill to be able to eat pizza and beer again… or just not have to worry about being sick for three days if something accidentally got in my food. I also started to have bad reactions to dairy and my stomach was constantly hurting.  My throat frequently gets raw and I lose my voice every time I eat large amounts of dairy. Having lived in Wisconsin for 5 years, I love cheese more than is humanely natural and the thought of cutting out dairy forever is very, very upsetting.

So I made the plan: It’s fluid and has the potential to change, but there are a few large goals that I hope to keep and a few smaller more flexible ones.

Large Goals:

  • No Dairy, Corn, Soy, Gluten, Grains, Natural and/or artificial Flavors
  • No alcohol, chocolate or caffeine (this one is going to be hard)
  • The first drink of the day will be Celery Juice – this is supposed to stabilize acid levels in the gut
  • Eat primarily raw fruits and vegetables. Don’t feel abashed about high-sugar fruits and veggies. Drink herbal naturally caffeine-free tree (peppermint, ginger, fennel etc).
  • Track everything! Heal the gut and learn what I can and cannot eat long-term.

Smaller Goals:

  • No night shades – for the first 2-4 weeks
  • Try to eat only RAW fruits and vegetables for 2-4 weeks
  • Juice a lot – the core ingredients should be apple, celery and cucumber. Apparently this is a good mix of electrolytes to keep you stable and stave off hunger
  • Slowly reintroduce things to the diet. The first things are avocados, sweet potatoes, bone broth, nightshades, pasture-raised all natural meat.
  • Make it 2-3 months
  • Don’t eat right before bed
  • Drink lemon water in the mornings

I’ve made it a lot easier by planning out meals for a couple weeks at a time. I’m hoping to plan meals a couple weeks in advance and stay consistent with the goals. If I feel awful or can’t maintain my activity level, I’ll introduce potatoes and broth quicker. If I’m feeling great, I’ll try to go longer.