mspenny : I’m with you, girl. Lactose intolerant, egg sensitivity, GI issues, feeling poorly all the time. I finally reached a point where I was sick of always feeling bloated and gross. 2 weeks ago I started an elimination diet and cut out everything but whole foods. The first week was hard and I was a very cranky lady. Then it became easier to find/make healthy options consistently. Now, I add in a specific food every 2-4 days and see how my body reacts. Almond milk destroys my stomach but lactose-free milk is fine. Potato chips weren’t horrible but definitely caused a bit of bloating. I had 8oz of coffee this morning and so far I feel fine. I have not tried adding gluten back yet but will probably attempt it late next week.
Results so far: No more bloating, minimal tummy/GI issues (tied to certain foods), dopped a few pounds, shrunk a couple of inches, more restful sleep, skin is glowy, eyes are bright, and lots of energy. I work out 3-5x per week, cardio and weights and we walk our dogs for 1-3 miles every night.
Things that I found helpful:
1. Supportive Partner: my spouse is a very conscientous eater and his diet is very clean as well; we cook dinner together almost every night.
2. Snacks: I’m a champion snacker and I love nibbling on things all the time; I keep fruit, carrots, dark chocolate, almonds, etc. with me at all times.
3. Fluids: drink lots of water. Add lemon, mint, basil, blueberries, whatever.
4. Journal: log your food intake so you can review your meals/snacks for any triggers. Buy a cute journal and carry it with you all the time. I’m still really bad at doing this consistently. Maybe try taking photos of your meals/snacks.
5. Mentality: it’s really hard to do gluten-free when you’re also lactose-intolerant. Just sayin. Be prepared to be frustrated and disappointed with food options; I promise it does get easier! Keep trying till you find foods that work for you.
Foods we love: cauliflower rice, zucchini noodles, adding spinach to most meals, adding corn/peas/carrots/celery/bell peppers to foods, blackened chicken (my fave), lettuce wraps, avocado, brown rice, roasted veggies (potatoes, yams, zucchini, carrots, etc.), almond butter, frozen bananas, lactose-free yogurt, chia pudding, turkey burgers.
tiffanybruiser : Interesting! I’ve noticed that my appetite has also decreased noticeably since starting this plan 2 weeks ago. I also no longer get that overwhelming/crazy hunger that overrides my reason and causes me to make poor food choices (eat all the things). Without that hangry-brain, I’m able to make smarter meal/snack choices.