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Elimination Update

20 J0000006UTC 2011

No, I’m not about to tell you about anyone’s poo. I’m here to tell you how the gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free, corn-free eating experiment is going.Thankfully, I am not going at this project alone– I have a an amazing partner, and he happens to be a Taurus, which means he is steadfast and much better at this than I am. So here’s the deal…

For one, it’s all we think about. Food prep is our new mission in life. As we eat one meal, we are thinking about what the heck we can fix for the next one, what sounds good, what we are craving and what would make a suitable replacement for it. We chop tons of veggies, spend more money than we used to on meat, thankfully reap the early harvest of arugula and kale from our little garden and seem to ingest a lot of nuts, coconut oil and bananas. Sometimes I feel like a caveman; other times like a fruit bat.

Next, we have found some pretty interesting food replacements. It became clear pretty early on that we could not just take a bunch of stuff out, especially stuff we really like. We love cheese, for instance. We tried some really weird almond “cheese” product that was a) sweet and b) 97% fat free, neither of which I want in a cheese-like-product. We worked it out and then found dayia, cheddar cheesy like shreds made from mostly arrowroot and tapioca (another root). It’s pretty darned good. We also made garbanzo flour crackers (I’ll post the recipe) and they were pretty good too.

Lastly, and I’m still working this one out, is that we are just plain hungry most of the time. My grasp (so far) is that this is because we have removed most of the complex carbohydrates, eating mostly proteins, fats, fruits and leafy veggies. There is occasional rice, millet or gluten free bread– but what we need is a big potato, sweet potato or butternut squash– I’m just missing the butter on top, you know?

It occurs to me that one could do a cleanse or an elimination diet or a whole eating overhaul and still eat like crap. I mean, french fries are technically on our menu, and we’ve had our fair share, but deep-fried oil is not the body’s ideal intake. The key, once again, at the beginning and end of each day, is balance– how to provide for the body what it needs, not offend it too badly and enjoy what you put in your face along the way.

Chow, people!

3 Comments leave one →
  1. kierstyn permalink
    20 J0000006UTC 2011 6:05 pm

    Thanks for the refreshing honesty and transparency Kris! I have to ask….how is it possible that French fries are on the menu but a baked potato with butter is not?

    • 20 J0000006UTC 2011 6:07 pm

      Ha! The fries and potato are both on the menu…just the butter is not because of the dairy factor. I brought up the idea of incorporating more potatoes, sweet potatoes and squashes so that we feel more satiated after meals. Hmmmm, maybe I should have been a little more clear about that. Still love the fries, maybe just not every other day…ha!

  2. 20 J0000006UTC 2011 9:26 pm

    I can’t wait till the end of this cleanse comes and I bit into a bready bun on top of a cheese laden burger with an ice cold IPA to wash it down.

    the bull

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