Hey Friends! How’s it goin?
This is my first time linking up with Jenn over at Peas & Crayons for What I Ate Wednesday, so here goes.
I think I mentioned a couple weeks ago that my recent oatmeal obsession was due to some stomach issues. I’m gonna write a post dedicated to that ordeal soon, but let’s just say that my symptoms were NOT fun.
I spent about a week surviving off of mostly fruit and oatmeal in various combinations and only eating full meals at lunch.
Breakfasts were oatmeal (Cinnamon Roll Oatmeal)
More oatmeal (Coconut Cookie Dough Oatmeal)
And even more oatmeal (Vegan Coconut Granola Bites)
And when I decided to mix it up, I went with the tried and true green smuice
But eventually, I decided to attempt an elimination diet in an effort to figure out what was wrong.
My ‘Elimination Diet’
I didn’t really know all that an elimination diet entailed and, for the first time, I didn’t do much research before I started. I just spent a day eating the things I normally ate, and took note of what I ate right before the pains got really bad. Then I cut them out of my diet. All of them; cold turkey. And within a couple days, the symptoms were gone.
I was elated, but also terrified, because all of these things were on that list:
- peanut butter
- meats like chicken, turkey, beef and pork
- roasted veggies
I looked at this final list and all I could think was: ‘How can I return to a life without peanut butter?!?’
That’s right I was more afraid of having to give up peanut butter, which I used to hate, than coffee. #Priorities
Next Came the Hard Part: Reintroducing foods
I’m not gonna lie- I was not looking forward to eating whatever was making me sick again. But one cannot exist without peanut butter, so I took the plunge.
I started off with peanut butter and I did it in style…with a big ol’ spoonful
Once I realised that peanut butter was not my issue, I
ate a couple more spoonfuls and celebrated with my favourite sandwich combo: peanut butter, banana & cinnamon on an english muffin.
I really wanted to dive right back into eating meat at this point but I decided to go with roasted veggies next
I topped it with shrimp since I knew seafood was okay and my tummy was in foodie heaven
I moved on to meats and had a little turkey bacon with my breakfast one morning and all was well.
I actually started to think that maybe my stomach issues weren’t food related at all.
And then I added a little shredded cheese to one of my post workout, breakfast-for-dinner sandwiches. It was a really great sandwich: Ezekiel Bread topped with extra old cheddar cheese, avocado, turkey bacon and a fried egg. The only problem was the intense bloating after I ate it.
The only thing ‘new’ was the cheese so I knew it was responsible 😥
I’m staying away from cheese while trying to figure out if it’s just cheese that’s the problem or dairy on the whole. Definitely not fun when you consider how much I absolutely LOVE pizza, but I’ve got peanut butter to comfort me right?
What about you?
Have you ever done an elimination diet?
What would be the hardest thing to give up?
Any tips for going non-dairy?
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