September Whole Foods Challenge

Be Healthy, Gluten-Free Living August 31, 2012

So I’ve been feeling a bit…crappy lately.  Not all day every day, but enough that it’s exhausting both mentally and physically.  My stomach’s been upset, my body has been achy, and I have some wicked heartburn right now as I type this.

I’ve known for a while that it would be best to do some kind of an elimination diet, but haven’t felt pushed to start it until now.  My body is begging for it.

With elimination diets, there are different avenues you can take.  The most important thing is to simplify your diet for an extended period of time, then add in potential offenders one at a time to see what bothers you.

There is something in packaged foods that is bothering me.  What it is, I have no idea.  So packaged foods are out.

I know I’m reacting to some beans, and I think garbanzo beans are hitting me the hardest, so beans are out too.

Added sugars might be upsetting my stomach, so they are out too.

And while we’re at it, it’s going to be easiest to cut out all grains for a bit so I can see if any of them are bugging me.

I’m pretty sure alcohol isn’t sitting too well, so the wine is out too.

What does that leave me with?

Whole foods: Meat, poultry, fish, eggs, vegetables, fruit, nuts, and other healthy fats (avocado and coconut).

My September diet will look pretty similar to the Whole 30 diet, although I want to stress that I’m not jumping on the Paleo bandwagon, nor am I recommending any kind diet to anyone.

This is something I’m doing for me because I’m at the end of my rope.  I’m ready to feel better.

And because I have a sweet husband, he’s agree to do it with me.

Don’t worry, he’ll survive.

I’ll keep you updated on how it goes, but I won’t be posting every single meal.  Maybe at the end of each week I’ll give you a recap.  If you want to see the recipes I’m pinning for September, you can check my Pinterest board.



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  • Reply Tiff @ Love Sweat and Beers August 31, 2012 at 3:45 am

    What a sweet hubby! :) Good luck with the new plan.

    • Reply inspiredrd August 31, 2012 at 8:38 am

      Thanks Tiff!

  • Reply Gluten Dude August 31, 2012 at 6:12 am

    I’m five days behind you my friend. Let’s hope come October 1, we both feel revived.

    • Reply inspiredrd August 31, 2012 at 8:38 am

      Here we go! So glad you’re doing it too.

  • Reply Sarah Ling August 31, 2012 at 8:40 am

    I have really been having stomache issues lately too (pretty much all of what you listed)! I feel like it’s gotten so bad that I’m desperate to try something drastic as well! My own laziness has kept me from taking that next step, but this was so good to hear – I’m tired to being sick & tired! Thanks for sharing, Alysa :)

    • Reply inspiredrd August 31, 2012 at 8:42 am

      So sorry to hear you’ve been feeling badly too. It definitely takes some planning, but when you get to this point it’s worth it!

  • Reply Laura West Kong August 31, 2012 at 1:28 pm

    I’ve been going down that path and it’s helped me feel so much better. Hope it helps you too. Do you have any idea which beans are the easiest to add back in? I’m personally tiring of the meat thing and hoping my body will tolerate a bit of legumes, but I don’t want to start in blindly with the harshest ones.

  • Reply Sassy Celiactivist August 31, 2012 at 2:03 pm

    Looks like we’re both at our wits end! I, too, will be following a similar diet for the month of September! I wish us both luck and healing :)

  • Reply Angela @ninemoremonths August 31, 2012 at 9:05 pm

    This is what I’ve been working towards! I’m just worried about my family resisting giving up grains.

  • Reply Maureen August 31, 2012 at 9:49 pm

    I’m about to do the same thing. I’ve been very relaxed with my diet in August and I need to clean up my act….my body needs me to. I’m feeling sick & sluggish most days.

  • Reply teri@managedmacros September 1, 2012 at 6:40 am

    I love it!!! May have to copy cat!!!

  • Reply Allison @ Decadent Philistines Save the World September 1, 2012 at 8:47 pm

    This is intriguing! I am going to have to do some research here and discuss things with my husband. While he’s come a long way since arguing that tofu was straight out of Dante’s Inferno, he still doesn’t read labels very well and doesn’t always think about what he might make for dinner. So a 30-day elimination diet (which I think might be good to pinpoint my eczema breakouts) is something I think I can do. Thanks for the good ideas!!!

  • Reply Kathleen @ KatsHealthCorner September 2, 2012 at 9:54 pm

    I know you can do it. :)

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  • Reply Tonya September 9, 2012 at 10:09 am

    Oh Alyssa….I am right there with you on the elimination diet. My hands and feet have been really swollen and hurting. I hate to say it….but I think it is the wine. I love red wine so this is going to be quite the sacrifice :( Good luck to you with your eating and I look forward to more updates!

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    This is so great and I hope it brings you the ‘answers’ you were looking for!!
    By so great, I don’t mean that you have to go through it, but that you’re committed to it and to find the culprit!!

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