It’s my site, so I’m going to voice an opinion here.
I think the best kind of diet to start the new year is an elimination diet.
Furthermore, I think every adult should do one.
Yep, I said every. I usually avoid extremes when writing, so you know I mean biness.
A while back, I wrote about how Mister did his life-changing elimination diet. It took care of so many problems – problems we didn’t recognize as problems, as well as problems we certainly didn’t think would have been resolved by food. He’s 40lbs lighter, he focuses like a brain surgeon, he has crazy-eyes energy, his skin glows, his joints reverse-aged about 20 years…I could go on.
It took a long time to purge the system and then reintroduce foods one at a time – at least 2 months, maybe more. It took twice that for this granddaughter of Italian immigrants to re-learn how to cook for him, and it took over a year to figure out just how sensitive he was to trace amounts of his problem foods. First, he went through the lifestyle transformation alone, and eventually we turned our whole family’s eating on its head. For the better.
After seeing firsthand that identifying food sensitivities can work miracles, I’ve decided that every adult should do an elimination diet. If you can be strong for 3 weeks, you may be able to leave some of your poundage and chronic discomforts behind.
No, I’m not overselling this. Mister is a new person.
Let’s pretend you have a gluten intolerance, but you don’t know it. Would it be uncommon for you to have cereal for breakfast, a sandwich for lunch, and a bowl of pasta for dinner? That’s a lot of burden for your body to handle.
So, what happens if you’re eating a whole lot of something that your body can’t process? Any number of things, including fatigue, brain fog, skin issues, digestive discomfort, mood swings, and it can even mimic food poisoning.
I’ve read personal accounts of chronic autoimmune disorders and mental illness that were corrected by diet alone. Based on Mister’s reactions, I tend to believe these stories.
It’s no news that we don’t eat the way we were built to eat. We don’t eat seasonally, there are additives, pesticides, hormones and pollutants in everything, and there’s much less variety in today’s Standard American Diet than there was even 60 years ago.
It’s not even the same stuff. If you feel so inclined, do a quick search to learn about how the cultivation of wheat changed around the 1980s.
Know what also happened in the 80s? The U.S. Dietary guidelines started recommending that we shun fat and ramp up our bread and cereal consumption in order to get “enough” complex carbohydrates. And everyone got fat and sick.
(In case you haven’t figured it out by now, gluten is the big offender in our house.)
If you’re starting the new year committing to a diet of low-carb, low-calorie, paleo, keto, or any number of buzzwords, you just may be working backwards. Why not first identify foods that are causing you problems, and see what happens? There may be more going on than simply calories in, calories out.
Just a thought.