Today is day 12 of my gluten/dairy/soy/corn/egg elimination diet and leaving out sugar/alcohol, due to their inflammatory factors. And I’ve made some very interesting observations this week… well, interesting for me, but I’m kind of a nutrition nerd! Ha!
First, I have lost 5 pounds in the last 12 days. My fascination is not because of the number of pounds, as I know from previous cleanses that I can easily lose that amount of weight in that period of time. However, in the past I have removed all “starchy carbs” (bread, pasta, rice, potatoes, cereal, etc.); this time I have removed only gluten-based carbohydrates (bread, pasta, cereal) and am still eating rice and potatoes! I honestly didn’t think I would have the same weight loss, reduction in bloating, and feeling of internal “cleanness” without removing the potatoes and the rice also. I consider that great news!
The second interesting thing from the last couple of days is that I feel like my hives have been showing up more often and the psoriasis on my scalp is worse than it has been in a long time. These seem to indicate that my immune system is reacting to something. I realize it may or may not have anything to do with my elimination diet… and I wonder if it could be the process my body is going through as it relates to antigens and antibodies, described here. It will be interesting to see what happens with these symptoms during the second half of the elimination diet. (Note: I’m not craving any foods at the moment, just trying to understand why the symptoms related to my immune system might be worse.)
Overall, I feel really good… clean, lean, energetic, clear-headed, emotionally stable (unlike last week!), nourished, well-fed. Woohoo! Half way done.