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A New and Different Starting Point

February 6, 2013

I have done traditional doctor recommended elimination diets over the years.  I contemplated going back to ‘square one’ and trying to work through another round. But something was banging around in the back of my mind. I was becoming more and more suspicious that some of the very foods I had started other elimination diets with might just be the culprit to some of my troubles.

Years back I figured out that I was lactose intolerant and gluten intolerant. On top of that I have Hashimoto’sFibromyalgia, Raynaud’s, and IBS.

I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia as a young mother and at that time they didn’t know a lot about it. Or even how to treat it. (And honestly the advances haven’t been all that phenomenal.) I gave up quickly on being medicated because it interfered with my life.  I turned to herbs and alternative therapies early on. It was at that time I discovered that I had to pretty much eliminate foods with Solanine from my diet or suffer severe and debilitating pain.  The plants that carry Solanine are in the Nightshade family.  And onions…never have quite been sure why – but I cannot tolerate onions. Dehydrated in small amounts, yes. Vidalia’s in a very small amount cooked, yes. Very strong onions…absolutely not.

It’s ironic, but many of the foods I gave my mom a hard time about eating…were from the nightshade family. Seems that even as a child my body was not a fan.

So where to start? I already have a longish list of foods I cannot or should not eat, or cannot eat without them being cooked…and on ad nauseum! [I will be adding various food lists to help others that may be facing the same uphill climb to restored health.]

Spending the past few months doing a lot of research and reading was leaving me feeling like I might just have to try enlisting the aid of a doctor again. Something I really did not want to do as I have found that most specialists are maxed out and cannot really ‘listen’ well to what you have already tried. And honestly I often get ‘pat’ answers or suggestions that I can tell will not work because it is just going back over territory I have already trod through. Something I never mind doing on the trail…but that irritates me insanely when it comes to my health!

Then late one night while doing a search of food intolerance I hit pay dirt! Not just one, but two! Women authors, over fourty that were addressing the issues of food intolerance, what it does to your body, and how to over come it. And one author in particular had an elimination plan for people with thyroid disorders! I bought both books and devoured them in short order.

But I came up a teeny bit short with both plans. I was reading over the menus and already knew some of the things that I could not eat.  In the meantime I had bought myself a Nutribullet and had been reading David Wolfe’s articles.

So here I am. Sitting on very good information from Lyn-Genet Recitas, J.J. Virgin, Tosca Reno, and David Wolfe.  (Tosca Reno has been a ‘must read’ author of mine for years.)

After a lot of thought I decided to combine a little bit of J.J. Virgin’s approach in the first few weeks to help prep myself for Lyn-Genet Recitas’ plan.  I wish I could tell you that I was following one or the other plan to the letter. I cannot. What I can tell you is that if you chose one plan or the other to follow. Follow it to the letter if you do not have a handle on as many of your troubles foods as I have on mine. If you have thyroid problems…go with Lyn-Genet Recitas: the Plan (Yes, that is the name of the book.) If you are willing to jump into the elimination diet waters with a bigger boom…go with J.J. Virgin’s:  The Virgin Diet.

A word about the word “DIET”…in all actuality neither program is a diet…they are both programs to help you find out what is keeping you sick, fat, and miserable with gastric pain, muscle pain,  head pain or a combination of all of them. These books ease you into a lifestyle change with your eating. They help you arm yourself with the knowledge of which good foods are good for you and which are not.


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  1. Hi Amy,

    I found your blog very interesting. I’m suffering from cluster migraines and arthritis in my hands, hips and ankles where I have old injuries. So I’ve committed to confronting the causes as medication has not been helpful so far and I’m beginning a similar journey to yours with diet. I’m a sixty-seven year old painter and mixed media artist living in Vermont so need to be in my studio too. I love yoga, biking, swimming and hiking for my exercise and these have all been interrupted by my inflammation problems. So far i don’t think I have lyme disease. Gardening has been in the background for several years as it really triggers all of my problems. But right now I have to rest a lot and focus on diet because my symptoms have accelerated so much. Good luck with your goals and I hope you achieve more health and less pain in your life.


    • Hello Pippa,
      Thank you. I would definitely miss being in my gardens, and do when the pain gets out of hand from time-to-time.
      You may want to see if your doctor will test your for tick born bacterial infections. There are now more than just the Lyme to worry about and they can cause similar symptoms. I wish the same for you.

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