Day 10 Of The Elimination Diet
Its day 10 of the Elimination Diet for me and things are really starting to change. The first 4 days were extremely rough, the withdrawal from caffeine an refined sugar most definitely hit me! Even though I drink minimal amounts of coffee (1 or 2 a week) I did drink green tea daily and I must have had some level of refined sugar in my diet as its so hard to avoid.
I am no different from everybody else, sure I am a Personal Trainer with a keen interest in health and how we can achieve the most from our bodies. This in turn can help us to achieve that goal or challenge we have set, or in some cases overcome a health problem that is holding us back. It doesn’t matter where you turn we have processed food, easily available and convenience has become the key to marketing! To stay away from the trap of ‘grab and go’ habits, preparation and some planning is required. For the Elimination Diet even more planning and preparation is required!
From the list of foods eliminated (click here to see the initial article on why I started the Elimination diet), it is easy to think ‘what the hell can I eat?’ However, if we switch this mindset to look at all the great things we can include in our diet, with some planning and creative thinking we can cook and prepare some delicious meals! It has challenged me to research, be creative in the kitchen and find new ingredients to provide the variety I crave in my diet. It is hard enough trying to eat according to the guidelines, to eat boring food or the same food day after day will for sure impact the success of the diet.
The Elimination Diet is a diagnostic tool to help identify potential food intolerance's or allergies, the requirement to follow the plan is crucial in order for your body to have the chance to repair and reset. The guidance I have found from my research on the Elimination Diet varies, some contradict each other and there is no simple or set way to carry out this super useful and extremely helpful diagnostic protocol. The benefits are agreeable, but the best way to reach the conclusions fluctuate slightly and there is no simple plan to help following this process that little bit easier and more achievable.
As I move into day 11 and work towards day 23 of the first phase, my key now is to record everything, experiment and research more than ever and to generate an Elimination plan that could be followed easily, with the aim to support somebody who wishes to find out how good they could feel!
On day 10, my energy is rising, my sleep is improving, my skin is better and my world appears brighter and more clear. No longer am I in a fog of chemicals making me feel tired and lethargic, reducing my ability to recover after hard training sessions and I am starting to realise how good I could actually feel! I cant wait to hit day 15!
To say your gut and brain is connected could not be more true and there is so much evidence available now to support this. Gut health and the food we put into our body directly affects our mood, our behaviour and our health. My mood has improved and I feel like I can take on the world right now!