November 8, 2011

Red Light, Green Light!

This hasn't been my year in the health department. I can't really pinpoint when I started to feel like crap all of the time, but I'm sick of being sick. I've been bouncing around doctors all year and when I was referred to the same naturopathic doctor by a handful of people I decided to give her a shot.  I made an appointment in the spring and the earliest I could get in was a full six months later, no joke.

As it turned out, gluten is not my only problem. My body is so stressed that dairy, sugar, and too many refined carbs are wreaking havoc on my systems as well. Yikes!

Too many reds!!!

The solution: a few supplements and a major re-haul of my diet.

It's been a couple weeks now and while it was going well in the beginning, I'm getting kind of bored with what I'm eating. I've been eating the same thing day in and day out.  Lots of chicken breast, turkey breast, steamed veggies, and some non-starchy fruit.  My lunch for an entire week was a lettuce wrap with turkey and hummus.  I ate eggs with pico de gallo for breakfast every morning.  I can't even stomach another egg right these days.  I've been eating an apple with almond butter every morning this week, but we're now out of apples, so I'm in trouble come tomorrow. 

I have been feeling better, so I know I'm doing something right.  I'm obviously not 100% better since I just started this healing process, but I am finally on the road to recovery and feeling healthy again.

Is anyone else following a diet such as this?  No gluten, no dairy, no sugar, and low carb-ish?  What are your meal ideas?


Anonymous said...

My husband is gluten/lactose intolerant. Rice and peanut butter are our good friends. Rice with peanut butter and chopped apple for breakfast. Peanut butter on bananas or celery for snacks. Lately he has been experimenting with lots of different soups.

Betsy said...

Rice and peanut butter? I would have never thought of those two together, but I just might try it! Thanks for the tip!!

Maria said...

My mom's going through something similar. There are lots of gluten free sugar free cookbooks out there, just do a search on amazon!! Good luck with everything. I have to be gluten free & dairy free & I just posted a stir fry recipe on my blog.

Betsy said...

Thanks, Maria. I actually do have some gluten free sugar free cookbooks. (I snatched up everything when Borders was going out of business...tear)

I can't wait to see the stir fry recipe on your blog. Thanks for sharing!!

Caryn said...

(Me again!)
Check out the SCD diet and a website called

Lots of low carb low sugar stuff. Just make sure your honey is organic!

Christy said...

You may want to look up Paleo and primal diets to get some ideas. They have different rules of what they do/don't eat, but pretty much it's just meat, veggies, and fruit.... no breads and such.

itchylittleworld said...

Can you tell me more about the test you took to determine your intolerances? We had no luck with standard allergy testing with my son, but the elimination diet told us lots!

My 3-year-old son had severe eczema until he was diagnosed with food allergies a few months back. I have a blog that shares our family’s battles with eczema, allergies, and asthma (yes, lucky guy has that too).

I think the key is to learn from one another, so the more information out there to the masses, the better. With this in mind I’ve started a blog hop for anyone dealing with allergies, eczema, or asthma, either for themselves or as a caregiver. If you’re interested in joining, please add a comment. I’d love to welcome you to the group.


The Healthy Apple said...

I too am intolerant to so many foods and am going through an entire detox right now due to heavy metal accumulation in my body, which I learned has been the root cause of my stomach problems for years. I am on a no sugar, no fruit Paleo diet where I consume lots of vegetables and healthy fats and lean proteins. I'm happy to help you in anyway possible; good luck and keep your head up!
It will get easier.
Happy New Year!