{How This Blog Became Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free and Mostly Vegan } What Next?

by Valerie on September 19, 2009 · 1 comment

Update June 2010 on How This Blog Became Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free and Mostly Vegan – I had originally named this series the Detox Diet Diaries, but my experience with these changes in my diet, while incredibly positive, has made me decide I really do not like the concept of  a detox diet.   It is ironic in that the diet my naturopath put me on was incredibly helpful, and a year later, it has become clear I have non-Celiac gluten intolerance, as well as a strong dairy intolerance.  I continue to avoid all dairy and gluten, as well as other problematic foods such as corn, but have grown to really dislike the concept of “detox” – the term promotes the concept of a quick fix, which is just nonsensical.  I firmly believe that the vast improvements in my health are based on the long-term changes I made, and want my posts on the experience to convey this.        
So I have recounted my first 12 weeks on the detox diet.  I don’ t know about you, but I am kind of losing interest in reading about it.  You see, I live it every day, so writing about it is, well, less fun. Plus it makes me focus more than I would like on the diet and when I focus on it, the diet feels more restrictive.  

So too much thinking about it is not fun.  Especially since I will be on it until early December when I get a bunch of tests done for other health issues I have (which the detox diet should help).  Only once I get the results of those tests, do I get to go back to trying more of the eliminated foods and do the food allergy testing. 

So it really no longer makes sense to give you all a week-by-week update, especially since not much is changing in term of what I can eat.  But, while my eating is pretty much status quo for another couple of months, there have been changes.  Here is where I am at at 16 weeks on this diet:

* no more afternoon slumps
* heartburn has gone from 3-4 times a week to 3-4 episodes in almost 4 months
* I lost 13 pounds {to be fair, I did keep an eye on my calories, but that was to make sure I stayed in a healthy range, despite eating a lot of vegetables, and  I was also not actively dieting and I never went hungry}
* I eat 7-9 servings of fruits and vegetables a day instead of the 4-5 I used to eat before the diet
* I have developed a taste for kale smoothies {plus I find it motivating a smoothie can easily be 4 servings of fruits/vegetables on its own)
*marked increased energy and focus

So is it worth it? When I look at a list like the one above, it seems worth it, but on a day-to-day basis, the diet just feels restrictive when I think about it too much.  Most days I try not to think about it and focus on the food I am eating, which is tasty.  In the long run, though, I honestly need a little more flexibility for my eating to make things easier.  My trip last month really reminded me of that. 

I will be sure to check in again regarding this topic later in the fall.  In the meantime, I am thinking of starting a series of posts on balance and wellness in general, rather than in the context of a detox diet, mainly because I know so many of you wonderful readers are interested in the topic.  And what better time to start something new with a new season starting next week.

Thank you, very much, for all your thoughtful comments and questions as I shared my journey.  And once there are more news to tell on the subject (hopefully by year-end) I will post an update.

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1 Melita September 25, 2009 at 12:25 pm

i know that all of your hard work will be worth it! i think i speak for everyone in thanking you for posting the diet detox diaries. they were most insightful. but knowing that you struggling with the posts is making the actual day to day worse, then it's definitely time to stop, or put it on hold. you are such an incredibly strong person, i can't imagine how it must be to live your day to day with the restrictions you have. i salute you girl! i am excited that you are continuing the wellness posts. we could all use a little more wellness in our life!


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