What a wonderful day! The sun is shining, it’s 75 degrees, and I enjoyed espresso for the first time since J and I started the Elimination Diet two and a half weeks ago. Above all else, I have missed coffee the most. I “challenged” coffee first out of a long list of challenge foods because I believe it’s good for me (sense my defiance). I didn’t take cream or sugar like I prefer (dairy and sugar are some of the last things we’re supposed to challenge) but I savored every drop. And I feel great.
As I mentioned in a previous post, here’s how the challenge phase works:
- After being on the strict Elimination Diet for 2-3 weeks, we’re to consume the “challenge” food or drink (in this case coffee) 1-2 times on the same day. The idea is to consume a hefty portion of the food or drink (e.g. I drank two double shots of espresso this morning 🙂
- Now I will deny myself coffee and wait two days (that means tomorrow and Monday I’ll be back on the Elimination Diet)
- If I notice no reaction before Tuesday (e.g. increase in constipation, gas, fatigue, congestion, headache) it’s Ok to go back to drinking coffee and live happily ever after. I will then challenge the next forbidden food/drink/ingredient….I’m ready for CITRUS!
- If the gods are crazy, and I do have a adverse reaction, I’m supposed to stop consuming coffee… and my heart will break.
I chose to write about the Elimination Diet because I think it’s a good idea for anyone who wants to improve overall health. This diet is like pushing the “reset” button on my routine. Sure I eat well enough, but I indulge regularly, and eat and drink more than I need. On this diet, both J and I are eating more fruit and vegetables and living without crusty bread, cheese and alcohol and sugar.
Summertime is the only time of year I would attempt this diet because there are many delicious foods in season. My CSA share each week has also made this diet easier. The six pounds I’ve lost (about 2 lbs. per week) are an added bonus. I feel like myself again.
Below are some dishes I’ve made in the last two weeks. The salads are my favorite.