Monday, June 27, 2016
"The Plan" or a new way to find out what I am allergic to.
Today is day three of "the Plan" a book by Lyn-Genet Recitas. I discovered the book while trolling the internet looking for information on my "sudden weight gain" after the tick bite last summer.
Day one was spent at the grocery looking for the supplements and the food. Of course, once I got home and was trying the new recipes, I found I had not purchased the right things. So, the second day was back to the grocery for more kale, more broccoli, more onions and more zucchini.
How is it going? The morning weigh-in the second day was fantastic. I lost 1.5 pounds. I am finding it easier and easier to drink my 100 ounces of water a day. I managed 72 yesterday and I am already working on 54 ounces at 10:30 am on day three so it looks good.
I have lots of energy (and G reported this morning the the past two nights have been the quietest he can recall as I must be quite a noisy sleeper usually) and am actually enjoying the recipes (which, otherwise, I would NEVER have tried). The spicy coconut sauce is something I will make frequently and G likes it as well ( OMG--he doesn't like anything healthy). I had leftover sauce on my sautéed kale and brown rice last night for dinner alongside steamed broccoli with orange oil and grilled carrots and I nearly swooned and I sort of forced myself to finish--which I shouldn't have done. That's a lesson learned. I can save the remainder for the next meal.
Now the book interested me (in the first place) as it is an elimination diet. The first three days are pretty much just vegetables which are on the lowest scale of reactivity -10%--- inflammation and allergy. From day four onward--every other day is a "test" day for a new food. If there is a reaction (usually weight gain) then that food is removed from the diet (to be tested again later) and two rest days follow to allow the body to recover.
There is a list of foods that are reactive for 85 to 90% of the clients who use "the Plan". Guess what? Well, you already guessed didn't you? I have been eating most of those two lists pretty much all the time. In fact, my top 5 foods are on those lists. Like Greek yogurt. Like Balsamic vinegar. Like soy milk. That's my breakfast and lunch--like every single day for the past year.
I haven't had a test day as yet--so will be interested in seeing which of those foods is the "trigger" food that is causing the inflammation and weight gain. Today is my first day with a salad and no Balsamic vinegar. I subbed apple cider vinegar. But perhaps I will sub again and make it with lemon juice instead. Better safe than sorry.
The flax seed granola is terrible. I can never finish the serving even with additions of dried cranberries and pumpkin seeds. But it aids in elimination if you know what I mean and this is an elimination diet.
My eyes itch less, the eczema around my eyebrows is gone, I am sleeping soundly, wake up ready to take my supplements, drink that first 18 ounces of water and get busy with my day. Day Three is a Good Day all around. And it's the second to last day for me to go to work. Parting is such sweet sorrow.