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?