Monday, March 28, 2011

The Elimination Diet

We are on a diet. This diet.

I have been wanting to go on this diet for about a month now and convinced Aaron to do it with me by bribing him with cheese curds. It would be to difficult to do by myself, since peanut butter, bread, and eggs are very tempting to have sitting around the kitchen.

We have made it through the first week, which has been pretty great for me. Despite the difficulty of giving up coffee and the limited amount of foods I can eat, I have a ton more energy and haven't had a bad stomach ache/digestion problem all week. (Which is a big deal when you normally have a stomach ache at least once a day!)

Last weekend was the detox phase, which is 2 days of only green smoothies. It was pretty difficult, especially when we had to go grocery shopping and register for wedding gifts on Saturday. But we made it! Adding avocado to a few smoothies really helped bulk them up and fill me up. 1 Avocado + lots of mango + Spinach + water = really delicious smoothie.

After two days of smoothies, eating regular food was a relief. Since Phase 1 of the diet is pretty restrictive, we have been eating a lot of lentils, quinoa, and vegetables. It also has gotten me to try a few things I haven't made before, like adzuki beans and collard greens. Here is a list of foods you can eat during Phase 1: Elimination Diet Phase 1.

There is a lot you can't eat, but there is also plenty to eat. We added salmon too, which they recommended if you exercise regularly. Most of the week we have had quinoa bowls with maple syrup, pear, and cinnamon for breakfast. Today we needed to change it up. We made this: Sweet Potato and Adzuki Hash.

Yum, it was really good and with a fried egg on top, it would be even better!

This week we continue into Phase 2, which is the same foods, but adding lemon and lime.

1 comment:

  1. Made a few green smoothies with spinach, kale, collard greens. The hash looks awesome!