Elimination Diet: Days 8-10

Hey everyone!

I had a few new readers for my last post and they mentioned that I didn’t give enough backstory as to why I’m doing this, so I’ll be writing a post, probably at the end with my entire experience and thoughts. So if you were confused, I’m sorry! I thought I explained it somewhere, but maybe it was just on my social media.

Let’s get into Days 8-10!

Elimination Diet: Days 8-10Day 8

What I ate:

  • 7 am – Turkey, rice, zucchini, little bit of watered down cherry juice from TJs (I could barely drink any – way too sweet)
  • 9 am – Banana and strawberries
  • 11 am – Turkey, rice, zucchini, pickle
  • 3 pm – Apple with cinnamon
  • 5:30 pm – Rice, turkey, green beans, pickle, olives
  • 8 pm – Strawberries

How I felt:

My stomach was pretty bubbly all day, but no extreme bloating. It was this day that it became clear to us that it’s more than “just food sensitivities” for me. If I’m eating extremely plain food + more fruits/veg that I ever eat and still not having any major changes, now what? This has helped us figure out that too much fiber seems to mess with me, so you know, only eating fruits and vegetables hasn’t exactly been helpful haha!

Day 9

What I ate:

  • 9 am – Little bit of rice, 4 pieces of turkey bacon and strawberries
  • 12 pm – Rice, olives, turkey, green dragon sauce (hot sauce)
  • 1 pm – Apple with cinnamon/sugar
  • 2 pm – Rice, green sauce, 4 pc turkey bacon
  • 4:30 pm – Banana
  • 6 pm – Turkey, green beans, rice
  • 8 pm – Apple and a pickle (lol)

How I felt:

I actually felt pretty good this day! No bloating, though did feel a bit burpy. I couldn’t seem to satiate my hunger again so I ate a lot of little small meals.

Day 10

What I ate:

  • 9 am – Little bit of rice, 3 pc turkey bacon, strawberries and a banana
  • 12:15 pm – Turkey, rice, green beans, green sauce
  • 3 pm – 3 pc turkey bacon and a couple of strawberries
  • 6 pm – Turkey, rice, green beans, rice, green sauce

How I felt:

I felt okay all day, but by the end of the day I felt pretty backed up again. We actually decided to start the reintroduction phase on Day 11 (that’ll be in the next blog!) instead of waiting until Day 14.

My thoughts after the elimination period:

It was hard. I’m not good at restricting my food, which is why I normally follow a “regular diet” of just eating what sounds good or count macros. I felt extremely UNsatisfied the entire 10 days, making it very hard for me to keep going. I was limited on the proteins I could eat + limited on fats (no nuts, avocado ended up making me sick, etc.) so we tried to get a turkey meat with a higher fat and I tried to cook in a little coconut oil, but that’s about it. As much as I LOVE carbs, an entirely carb-based diet does not keep me full or feel satiated, which was my biggest struggle.

It was also very frustrating and hard to keep going because I was expecting to feel awesome. I knew cutting out, well, everything, would be hard, but I figured if I was feeing awesome it would be easier to keep going. Well, I was constipated for literally HALF of the time – at least 5 full days. No, I didn’t get any extreme bloating, but I had a little bit plus a very bubbly stomach at times. All this shows me that it’s NOT just “normal food sensitivities” which is great to know, but also frustrating. We think we can deduce that I struggle with too much fiber and did add a probiotic in on Day 7, so hopefully that’ll help me.

So where do we go now? Well, I start reintroducing foods. First dairy on Day 11, then back to elimination diet Day 12/13. If I’m not feeling any symptoms, I can add it back into my diet. If I am feeling symptoms, then I don’t add it back in or decide to just eat it occasionally in moderation. Then gluten on Day 14, back to elimination diet day 15/16 and so on.

I will say, though, I did feel pretty good energy-wise showing me that I don’t NEED caffeine all the time and if I’d just eat better-for-me foods, I’d feel much more awake. I slept like a brick most nights (I had about two hard nights) but once I was up, I was usually okay. Still had my mid-afternoon sleepies AND it helps that I’ve been working from home, though. I always feel much better working from home and wish I could all the time.

My doctor has recommended that I see an endocrinologist to help me with some of my thyroid levels which could/could not be affecting me. Other that that, I’m going to continue to  this reintroduction phase for the next couple weeks (and I’ll keep you updated!)

Thanks for reading along! 

Elimination Diet: Days 4-7

Hello, friends! Ready for another update on this (boooooo) elimination diet? I’m currently on Day 7 so I’ve almost made it a week, woo. Make sure you check out my post on Days 1-3!

Elimination Diet: Days 4-7Day 4

What I ate:

  • 8 am – Rice, turkey, small amount of avocado
  • 10:30 am – Banana
  • 12:30 pm – Rice, turkey, a LOT of avocado, little hot sauce
  • 3:30 pm – Apple
  • 5 pm – 2 pickles
  • 6 pm – A lot of rice, turkey, 2 artichoke hearts, pickles, green beans and a tiny bit of hot sauce
  • 8 pm – Frozen grapes

How I felt:

This was the first day (of many) of being uncomfortable because nothing was moving through me (TMI, but you’re reading about an elimination diet lol – sorry!) I had a headache throughout the day, plus some bloating from not being able to go to the bathroom. My energy and mood were pretty good, though, and some ibuprofen did get rid of my headache pretty quickly. I did get tired by the afternoon.

One thing I’ve noticed is that my skin and mouth are SO DRY. I really thought it was sodium, but I’ve tracked it and I’m really not eating much. Quite honestly, I was eating more sodium before this diet so I’m not sure on that one. And yes, I’m drinking a ton of water. It’s the only thing I can drink!

I also weighed myself this day and I was down just about a half pound. Even though I’m not doing this for weight reasons, I’m definitely not at a comfortable weight so I can’t honestly say I wasn’t hoping it’d knock down a few pounds. Oh well.

Day 5

What I ate:

  • 9 am – Unsweetened passion tea with a splash of coconut milk (no caffeine or sweetener, plus coconut milk is one of the only things I can have …)
  • 9:30 am – Turkey, 1/4 an avocado, rice, green beans
  • 11 am – Banana
  • 12:30 pm – 1/2 a cucumber, rice, salmon
  • 2:30 pm – Apple
  • 3:30 pm – 2 rice cakes with avocado and salt
  • 6 pm – Rice, turkey, pickles, artichoke heart, 1/4 avocado, hot sauce

How I felt:

I ended up getting my blood work done in the morning, so I was fasted. I got super lightheaded at the doctor (duh, couldn’t eat plus my diets all funky now) so I asked my boss to let me work from home, which he did thankfully. I had trouble sleeping the night before and as you can tell reading my food, I just couldn’t fill myself up. I tried not to worry about it and let myself snack a bit more than normal, especially since I had some blood work done.

This was the day *shit* hit the fan (not literally). I was so frustrated, constipated, tired, hungry and just OVER IT. Ben was super sweet and asked me if it was okay that he eat pizza for dinner, which was fine with me because I never crave pizza. However, a few minutes later he came out with a bowl of ice cream and I got SO MAD. I was pouting and rude to him, and he got pretty irritated with me (Ben’s usually pretty cool-tempered, so I know I’m being ridiculous if he gets irritated). He’s like, “Are you seriously mad at me for eating ice cream?”

As soon as he said the words, I felt so stupid. Of course, I wasn’t. I ended up bursting into tears and sobbing to him that I was never going to feel normal, I was so sick of people that can eat normal food and I just didn’t want to do this anymore. My emotions were all over the place. We ended up chatting it out and I felt much better.

Oh and PS, the test results came back and some of my levels are pretty low, so my doctor is referring me to an endricrinologist for my hypothryoidism.

Elimination Diet: Days 4-7
Day 6

What I ate:

  • 9 am – Banana and strawberries
  • 10:30 am – Turkey, rice, hot sauce and small amount of avocado
  • 12 pm – Rice and turkey
  • 2 pm – Passion tea with coconut milk
  • 3 pm – Rice cake and pickles
  • 6 pm – Rice, turkey, black olives and pickles
  • 8 pm – Apple, strawberries and raspberries

How I felt:

Still extremely constipated – going on multiple days. I woke up feeling awful, though I did sleep much better that night. I feel like it’s really hard to wake up, but once up I feel okay.

I was still feeling very frustrated. Ben and I started talking and noticed in my little food journal I’m keeping that the serious back-up (ha) happened as soon as I started eating avocado. Plus, my friend Victoria (HEY GIRL) in the comments mentioned that bothers her, too. We know from other times in my eating I struggle with too much fiber and too much protein. Want to know what all I’ve been eating on this diet?

Fiber and protein.

Ben suggested cutting out avocado (WAHHH) for now until my body can regulate itself again but we’re pretty sure he’s right. Good-bye, Chipotle guacamole. 🙁

Also, I weighed myself and was down a pound from the day before, even being constipated, which was kinda cool to see. I lost about 1.5 lbs this week, which isn’t too bad, but again – not my focus.

Day 7

What I ate:

  • 10 am – A lot of rice, turkey, two pieces of turkey bacon, pickle and olives (I seriously blacked out making this – wtf kinda meal is this?!)
  • 12 pm – Vegetable soup
  • 3 pm – Banana
  • 5 pm – Apple
  • 6 pm – Salmon, rice, zucchini
  • 10 pm – Vegetable soup

How I felt:

Still. So. Backed. Up. FOUR DAYS NOW. Super frustrated. But besides that, I felt okay. A little bit tired, but nothing too crazy. Thankfully by the end of the day that finally ended. However, my toe hurt so badly that I couldn’t pay attention to anything else 😂 I guess the probiotic helped? Or maybe my body was finally fed up.

I still felt very frustrated all day and super tired in the afternoon. Missing caffeine like no one’s business! ☕️

Have you ever done an elimination diet? How do you keep going into Week 2?

Elimination Diet: Days 1, 2 &3

Hey everyone! This elimination diet has been killer so far. I’ve also made videos, which you can check out below.

Elimination Diet: Days 1, 2 &3Day 1

What I ate:

  • Throughout the AM – Watermelon Juice
  • 9 am – Rice, unseasoned ground turkey and a pickle
  • 12:30 pm – Sweet potato, unseasoned ground turkey, and squash soup
  • 3 pm – Pineapple
  • 5 pm – A hell of a lot of pickles and grapes (random, but easy to grab)
  • 5:30 pm – Tilapia, rice & green beans

How was I feeling:

Like absolute garbage. Seriously, the caffeine withdrawal and hunger was off the charts. My head was killing me all day I was very bloated and so incredibly irritable. I also had outrageous brain fog and couldn’t keep a thought in my head for the life of me. And I was SO TIRED. This day was awful – plus I did it on a Monday … who does that?!

Day 2

What I ate:

  • 8:30 am – Small banana
  • 9:15 am – Squash soup
  • 1 pm – Sweet potato, unseasoned ground turkey and green beans
  • 3 pm – Baby carrots
  • 5:30 pm – 4 pickles (pickles are life) and a rice cake while I waited for my food to cook
  • 6:30 pm – Unseasoned ground turkey, asparagus and rice (with a tiny bit of hot sauce, which you’re not technically supposed to have, but I found one with no “off-limits” ingredients and literally put two drops in to help with my sanity)
  • 8 pm: A bazillion strawberries and some frozen green grapes

How I was feeling:

So.incredibly.dizzy. I seriously couldn’t even take the train to work because I was afraid of getting sick. I also had a slight headache on and off throughout the day, but my mood wasn’t AS BAD as it was on Monday. I also got very bubbly by the end of the day and my stomach bloated up a bit, which was so frustrating. I was so starving and it was so hard not to say F*CK IT and go to Chipotle, but I didn’t do it.

Day 3

What I ate:

  • 8:30 am – Jasmine rice, unseasoned ground turkey, asparagus and black pepper
  • 10 am – A small gala apple
  • 12:30 pm – Sweet potato, unseasoned ground turkey, asparagus
  • 3 pm – Baby carrots
  • 5 pm – Pickles & a rice cake
  • 6 pm – A LOT of rice, couple pickles (obsessed), unseasoned ground turkey, half an avocado
  • 9 pm – 5 strawberries

How I felt:

I was still struggling without caffeine, but more because I was bored at work. It took me a bit to wake up and I felt great on my way TO work, but as soon as I got there, I really craved caffeine. Quite honestly it’s what keeps me movin’ and groovin’ at work all day. However, I did notice a significant change in how my clothes felt. I actually noticed that my hands, legs and stomach felt less bloated. My legs I noticed because I was wearing jeans with holes in them and I didn’t feel like I was popping out of them like a cheese grater. 😂

However, later in the night I felt very “backed up” … again. So the bloating came back as well as a stomachache because nothing was moving through.

So where do we go from here? Well, I’ve got at least 10 more days of this crap (boooo). I did talk with Ben after how I was feeling the first two days and was actually thinking that maybe this specific elimination diet wasn’t right. We actually think that I struggle with too much fiber as well (and I’ve had a TON more of that with my food these last few days) so depending on how I’m feeling this weekend, I might tweak.

I’m also thinking of adding in chicken and some sort of hot sauce, even if it’s just the one that has barely anything in it. I just cannot imagine eating the same damn thing with absolutely no seasoning or sauce. I’m also more of a “spicy/savory” type person, so I haven’t felt satisfied with anything I’m eating. Too much sweet for me. Though I will say, the strawberries on Tuesday tasted amazing. 😍

I’ll keep you guys updated on the days to come!