I promised several people I’d post what I eat in a day on the elimination diet. I’ve hesitated for a couple reasons. First, my elimination diet should not be yours! I don’t want people to copy what I’m doing–I’ve chosen what to include and exclude during this adventure based on what I already know about myself. My lingering question is really in regards to whether or not I should include dairy in my diet, but also I’d like to uncover any other potential culprits that I might not be anticipating.
I picked two different days to show you—yesterday and today. My thoughts are: (1) I ate more fat on these days than I normally do, and (2) I think it’s because I didn’t eat quite as many vegetables as I normally do. But this is a peek anyway. I’ll post a couple more days sometime this weekend, and that will hopefully provide a bigger snapshot.
Frankly, tracking my food intake makes me anxious. Not because I think anyone will judge me (I know that will happen—I don’t really care), but because it makes me start counting things, and I don’t like how I feel when I do that. I can explain the higher fat, lower veg intake—I haven’t been to the grocery store, didn’t find any recipes to make, and really just wasn’t in the mood for veggies at lunch for the past few days. Also, I’m trying to make sure I get 2-3 Tbsp of coconut oil per day. Note: I used it for salad dressing by warming it up till it melted (otherwise it is semi-solid at room temp). The bottom line is that the two days I’ve shown you are typical for approximately 2-3 days a week.
I’ll do a veggie focus over the next few days and track that, which is my “other typical” type of day, so we can look at the difference, and hopefully show an overall view.
If I were designing an elimination diet for someone else, there would be some similarities to mine, but it would also be very individual based on health, history, special dietary considerations that are already known, and goals. I’d like to emphasize that this is not a “detox” (I have some thoughts about the idea of detoxing that I’ll share soon), and it’s not being done for weight loss. I have no idea what I weigh. I decided this past January that I would not weigh myself till 2013. I just needed a break from the numbers (and I reconfirmed that need by tracking my diet for the past two days and not enjoying those number either!)…but I’ll do it for a few more days just for you 🙂
I’m heading to the gym in a few minutes, but am already fueled, so I don’t anticipate needing a snack after—just water. Oh, also, I forgot to add in my coffee intake–1.5 cup today and 1 cup yesterday (black).
Today was a long day—I worked my butt off after slacking yesterday, and I’m all caught up (I think—I probably have a few papers to grade later).
I have been sticking to my yoga/sauna goal for this week 100%, and I am happy to report that I’m thoroughly loving it! I plan to talk about the infrared sauna very soon in a post. I also signed up for a local yoga workshop, which I’ll mention again, I’m sure, since my friend is hosting it at her yoga studio in Bloomfield! (Are you local? If so, check out the options–you can do one class or any combination).
Overall, I feel great. I’ve got some energy and a good outlook on things—my stress level is low, and I’m breathing more deeply more often. I think those are all good signs! I’m planning to go to two yoga classes tomorrow morning, at Blue Lotus in Pittsford, and I am really looking forward to it. (Are you local? Meet me there!).
Do you track your diet/calories/macronutrients?
Do you weigh yourself? How do you feel about it?
Have you ever done an elimination diet?