DIETS. Aaaahhhhh…. I really don’t like the word, because in my mind it connotes something negative. However the actual definition of the word ‘diet’ that I want to focus on today is this definition that I found on Google. I really didn’t like the term ‘elimination diet’ for a while, until I realized that it could be beneficial for me in my certain situation. I am in no way telling anybody else to do them, but I’m sharing why I needed to do one for a few weeks.
I like this definition of ‘diet’ from Google:
‘the kinds of food that a person, animal, or community habitually eats.’
Right now I’m doing a different way of eating, because I’m working with a dietitian to figure out which foods are the most irritating to my stomach and focus on using the means God has given me to help heal my gut, so I can eat all those foods again.
I’m doing what’s called an elimination ‘low FODMAP diet’ for 2 weeks, but I’m following it loosely. I’m not being super strict with myself, because I have a history of restriction. Even though the amount of oats that is recommended isn’t more than 1/4 cup, I can’t beat myself up about eating more. I’m thankful to be in a good place right now where I can do this experimenting and discover how to best take care of my digestive system.
This elimination is to help my body not to hurt my body. My whole perspective of eliminating foods is much healthier than it used to be, and I think that’s why this puts me in a really healthy place to be working with digestive/gut healing right now.
. . . So I’m doing it, but I’m not focusing or worrying about not deviating from it at all, because that’s not living. I don’t have life threatening allergies or celiacs disease, but rather I have foods that occasionally irritate my stomach. However, I’m not going to give up any foods based on restriction any more, because I’m done with that. I’m done with demonizing foods or thinking that a food that God created for His glory isn’t good.
In light of that I’ve been eating a bit differently these past 3-4 days. I’m doing ‘low Fodmap(ish)’ for 2 weeks, and so that means a little less of some certain vegetables, not a ton of dairy, yet I’m still eating yogurt and nut butter. I thought I would share a few of those for WIAW with Laura and Jenn.
Yesterday’s eats and the day before are as follows. . .
Snack Time: A Peanut Butter Wella Bar! (Monday Snack)
Monday Snack #2: A Rudi’s Tortilla with Costco Peanut Butter and Me Eat Paleo Choco Coconut Power and Jam and Almonds!
Monday Night Dinner: A nice plate of salad with chicken, carrots, cheese, and a balsamic oil dressing.
Last but not least, I saw Laura post her ‘Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Skillet’ on her Instagram on Sunday, and I had it on one of my Pinterest boards, so I made it yesterday.
The verdict was that my family and I loved it. It was so peanut buttery, moist, dense, and full of chocolatey goodness.
That made for some good dessert along with some So Delicious Coconut Mint Chip Ice cream.
Of course later I also had some cereal, nuts, and chocolate, because dinner is never quite enough to help me make it through that late night work. 🙂
Some verses that I’ve been meditating on this week that have really hit home with me are from Revelation 4.
‘The four living creatures, each having six wings, were full of eyes around and within. And they do not rest day or night, saying:
“Holy, holy, holy,f]
Lord God Almighty,
Who was and is and is to come!”
Whenever the living creatures give glory and honor and thanks to Him who sits on the throne, who lives forever and ever, 10 the twenty-four elders fall down before Him who sits on the throne and worship Him who lives forever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne, saying:
“You are worthy, O Lord,g]
To receive glory and honor and power;
For You created all things,
And by Your will they existh] and were created.”’ (Revelation 4:8-11)
It’s just constantly amazing to me that the Holy God of the universe would want tiny humans like me to know His glory and to know His love and forgiveness and adoption. It’s amazing. There just really aren’t human words that I could use to describe it.
Have you ever done an elimination diet?
What are your thoughts on elimination diets?
How would you describe the way of eating that your body likes best?