Elimination Diet – Update 1

It’s been 9 days. I’ve been feeling like a bit of a yo-you lately. Up and down, up and down. My emotions and physical reactions have been all over the board, changing sporadically. My husband, claims to feel no different. Actually, no, that’s not right. He did say he’s been extremely hungry and thirsty. Hungry isn’t really a surprise or a difference. He always seems to be hungry, but that’s because he just eats large meals and doesn’t snack enough. But the thirsty part – interesting. I’ve been feeling the same way and we certainly haven’t increased our salt intake. Like my insides are shriveling up. It’s either this diet or the fact that our house is only 20% humidity right now, which is scarily low I’ve been told.

Here is a list of how I’ve been doing/feeling:

Jan 9 (Day One) – Depressed, foggy feeling – maybe the winter blues? I couldn’t feel that way from the first day of the diet could I? STARVING.

Jan 10 (Day Two) – Craved sweets. Thirsty. Still felt in a bit of a fog. A little depressed.

Jan 11 (Day Three) – Slept REALLY well and fell asleep fast, which is rare. Slight headache.

Jan 12 (Day Four) – Mistakenly consumed cane sugar, but in a very tiny amount. No headache – not surprising since I had some refined sugar.

Jan 13 (Day Five) – Felt pretty good. No headache. Sugar cravings were reduced.

Jan 14 (Day Six) – Slept great again. Digestion starting to change – don’t want to get too graphic.

Jan 15 (Day Seven) – Same digestion issues, headache, slightly bloated, but lots of energy

Jan 16 (Day Eight) – Same digestion issues, heartburn, indigestion, headache – all after a large vegetarian dinner. I didn’t eat anything new. Maybe I over ate? I don’t think these are all typical withdrawal symptoms. Oh, and a very short temper. Thirsty.

Jan 17 (Day Nine) – Headache in the morning. Digestion issues again. After pilates class and before lunch I felt utterly exhausted, like if I laid down I’d be out for hours. Also in a fog again. And a cranky, short temper. Thirsty.

So, that brings us to today. I was reading about how removing gluten from the diet can bring about opiate-like withdrawal symptoms. Crazy!

Sugar cravings haven’t been too bad as I’ve been eating natural sugars like honey and maple syrup. But, try to find chocolate without refined sugar – not easy. I’ve cut my overall sugar intake by like 75%, so I feel good about that. I just didn’t realize how much sugar is hidden in our processed foods…even supposedly natural products. It’s really shocking and very sad.

I’ll post another update in one week.

Here is the link back to the post at the start of the diet, if you missed it.

Here is the results post.

FROM: Allergies


  1. Susan H. @ The Food Allergy Chronicles on January 18, 2012 at 2:10 pm

    If you are still having digestive problems, probiotics could help with that…I know it does for me. If you need a chocolate fix and you are having honey…I make a hot cocoa using honey instead of the sugar…yummy!.If you are thirsty, your body must be telling you something…perhaps you need to increase your fluids…more water. Santa brought a ‘Soda Stream’ for the boys for Christmas…makes carbonated water. I love a glass with freshly squeezed lemon juice. Even my husband is drinking more water. The boys like to make their own soda’s. I bought them the syrup to make a Sprite like drink. Would like to try more natural syrups for a healthier option. I have us all on vitamin D to help with the winter blues…also good for the skin. Works for us! These are all meant to be helpful suggestions as I am not licensed in this area…only based on my experiences.

    • Jennifer on January 18, 2012 at 8:23 pm

      All great ideas! I usually do take probiotics as needed for exactly that reason, but the ones I have were made from dairy, so I need to find something else for this trial period. Hot cocoa, hadn’t thought of that. Great idea. We have lots of maple syrup on hand, so that would be good with it too. Yum! Yes, needing more water is a sign my body is detoxing, so I’ve been trying to drink more water, but I already drink so much and spend half the day in the bathroom because of it. Ha! My whole family is on Vit D as well for winter blues and to help the skin. Great stuff. You are always full of such great comments and ideas. I really appreciate your feedback – just wanted to let you know. Thanks, Susan.

      • Susan H. @ The Food Allergy Chronicles on January 18, 2012 at 8:49 pm

        Thanks…I am glad you’re not minding my constant replies! lol The probiotics I mentioned in a previous reply(Inno-Vite DDS original vegetarian capsules from SuperCentre) are dairy free.

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