the elimination diet.

now don’t let the word diet confuse you. it’s not really a diet where all we eat are carrot sticks. though honestly, at times it feels like it. as we’ve started this whole “where does our food come from” journey, we were also seeking answers on a parallel track. answers that included, why does my body still hurt so badly after 2 1/2 years in a car accident? where the stresses of life and work put me out of my normal routine for 3-4 weeks? is there really true to what my naturopath said about my ancestors not really being able to eat dairy? and if so, does that mean i’m cooking 2 meals for the rest of my life since obviously i’m asian and obviously kyle isn’t?  i think the latter could have been the main driving point.

nonetheless, we’ve sought out professional nutrition advice from food experts at bastyr center for natural health in seattle. i’ve gone there before for prior ailments and honestly, there’s a lot of truth to this idea of holistic healing. so it made sense for us to go back there to get more information and find out what steps we needed to take to determine if the foods we were eating were impacting us in a bad way.

there’s this test you take when you first start….i don’t recall the name of it but you answer questions specific to you in the 24 hours or the last 30 days. i choose the latter. the questions as specific information, about stress level,  sleeping habits, all the way to if you have a running nose! you then # you place next to each question, tally up the total on both sides of the test and voila, it apparently tells the nutritionist if you’re messed up or not. kidding….well, kinda of. the goal is to be at 30 or below…yes, that would be total points. i had 154.  the higher the # the more potential of outside/external contributors that are negatively impacting your life. it sounds a bit wonky until you actually take the test and have to be honest with yourself. it’s actually quite eye-opening. the other thing that was educational was to hear that a lot of foods act as inflammatories…so if my body is trying to recover from something (let’s say a car accident), if i’m continually eating foods that are inflamming my joints and muscles, it will just provoke whatever is going on. ahhhhhh!

next, you’re given ALOT of paper with the main point being that you can’t eat food that is on “The Don’t Eat” list of foods for 2 weeks. at least they’re supportive and provide recipes, local eateries and a convenient shopping list. so as of monday, we will be fasting from the following (that I can think of):

  • dairy
  • eggs
  • soy
  • wheat
  • refined sugar/sugar
  • alcohol
  • caffeine (coffee and tea)
  • corn
  • peanuts
  • no citrus fruits (other than lime or lemon)
  • night shade vegetables…. we were somehow cleared to eat. but if things are still bad, we have to a 3rd week where we remove all of these veggies.

as i had previously mentioned in another post, corn is in everything. i mean everything. so is wheat.  to give you an idea, for monday and tuesday night, i made a japanese squash soup that met all of food restrictions. shitake mushrooms, rice noodles, fresh squash, ginger and chicken stock. however, as we were just finishing the pot on tuesday night, kyle decided to confirm that we could indeed have chicken stock.  we can’t.  who knew that essentially chicken stock contains soy, corn, whey, sugar and a whole lot of other things that we can’t eat.  seriously, they’re little dehydrated cubes of chicken and stock. so we start again… least we’re just over the caffeine headaches (don’t even get me started on how brutal that was).

stay tuned for more updates on how we’re doing.  in the meantime, my favorite addictions are:

– almond butter
– coconut milk w/ peaches and strawberries smoothie
– banana with almond butter
– fresh squeezed lime with club soda
– anything with almond butter….can you tell i’m a fan?

i think these items are the only things that will help me get through the next two weeks.  now i recognize those who are wondering, what the heck will these folks eat?! think fresh fruits, fresh veggies, grass fed meat. uhh, and almond butter.


1 Comment

  1. Your Basytr test reminds me of when we did the World Vision class for new employees and we took the stress test and you, James and I’s scores were through the roof . . . according to that test I am amazed we are all still alive.

    Chicken stock is very easy to make, maybe you’re already on it, though. I just a leftover chicken carcass and onions, celery, carrots, and garlic if you like in with water. Simmer for half a day or so, cool, skim off the fat, and put in bags to freeze. That may expand your ability to make soups. Plus it’s way cheaper that store bought (and I think tastier!).

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