Prepping for the Elimination Diet
As with any "diet" or "lifestyle change" the key is prep. We don't fail when we have all our meals prepped, our fruits and veggies ready to go in the fridge, our healthy snacks on deck. We fail when we are too busy to eat lunch, get home from work, have to feed the kids and we are STARVING!! We have nothing ready and those chicken nuggets are looking pretty tempting!!
Ways to prepare:
~Be ready to actually prep!! This means taking time Sunday or whenever and cut and cut and chop and dice. No one likes this...if they say they do they have no children! I suppose I don't mind when I can gave a glass of wine next to me and my music in the background or the latest podcast to listen to...but no wine on elimination diet and I have two kids so my background music is them playing school or having a dance party (or ever so rarely fighting...sarcasm)!
~Plan your meals and snacks for the week! Write them down. Try to pick meals with overlapping ingredients to save money and time.
~Don't allow yourself to become HANGRY!! Don't skip meals, have snacks with you. We carry them for our toddlers why can't we have a stash for ourselves?
~Cut what you can ahead of time. I also like to cook my meat ahead of time. I can cook chicken, turkey beforehand and even freeze it until I'm ready to use.
~Have a meal or two in the freezer ready to be eaten for those days that life just gets in the way. Chili or soups are great for this.
~You have to prepare your mind! THIS IS FOR ANY DIET NOT JUST THIS ONE. (and by the way I'm not sure why it is the elimination DIET, makes it seem as though weight loss is the intended goal however it is usually a medical issue like bloating, rashes, headaches, IBS, fatigue, weight gain, brain fog that we are trying to solve. But that being said most people do lose weight on it). Seriously the mindset is HUGE!! WHAT IS YOUR WHY?!?! Honestly weight loss is usually not a good enough reason for motivation for a diet. It just isn't. BE SPECIFIC...I want to be able to get down and play with my kids, I'm sick of feeling like crap, I don't want to take medicine. My hubby and I are doing a 21 day fast with our church #Rockcity, in Columbus, Ohio. We do it every year in January. Some people fast social media, some certain foods, some all solid foods, whatever you want. I am fasting to remind myself to stay engaged in my quiet time of prayer and reading. Our fast is the elimination diet. That is a bigger why. I will not cheat because of my why. So write down your why, know it, put up post its with it. If my why were, I'd like to get tone I can 100% guarantee you I would have eaten pizza day #3 : )
~Prepare your house. Get rid of any temptations you can. For some reason cleaning my fridge helped me. (see pic below...the A and R are still there from our pesky elf who put stickers all over the fridge in December!)
~Tell your family and friends...you need support!! You need the kind of support that says..."what? You don't need that cookie...demon be gone!!" Not the "its only one, you've done so well this far, reward yourself". Oh you know the friends who will do this!!
~If you fall off the wagon...no biggie!!! Hop back on it!! No one is perfect...remember my mantra PROGRESS NOT PERFECTION. And just because you eat 3 donuts at breakfast please don't continue the downward spiral all day long. This is very common for us ladies!!
~Expect it to be uncomfortable at first. This is a change. Most of us are addicted to carbs and sugar. Seriously it is like crack to your mind (science backs this!). You may have caffeine headaches (buffered vitamin C is the cure!). You may want to decrease your caffeine a few days ahead of time.
~Drink plenty of water! I absolutely positively stink at this myself. I mean awful. There are days I drink less than 20 oz, I'm trying people! I'm getting better!! Goal is an once per kilogram of body weight. So take your weight in pounds and divide by 2.2. This is your kilogram weight (sounds a lot better than your weight in pounds huh??). This is the number of ounces you can aim for.
~I'll try to post some recipes as well!! Feel free to share what you love too or requests if you have any!
This is a tough but definitely an attainable diet! We are currently on day #14 of #21 then we will slowly reintroduce foods back. I have to say I was a little hungry the first few days but overall I have felt great!! For me the biggest change has been no bloating! I still miss my favorite guilty pleasures, but I actually feel pretty good. This is a good "reset" for us. To remind us that we like healthy foods and that we CAN change our cravings!! Amazing when you cut sugar, suddenly fruit is so sweet!! You stop craving it as much...seriously I promise!!
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And remember this is for education purposes and should not replace advice from your physician. Make sure you talk to your health care provider before embarking on any "diets".