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Day 10 – New Protein

I had a very rough evening last night. After my last meal I was desperately craving more protein and something fermented…and it was literally driving me crazy. I tried drinking more water; had an extra decafe chai, but it just didn’t remotely put a dent in the mad-crave.

I was not hungry…I was craving! Seriously craving!

After a couple hours I decided my body knows what it wants and needs so I had a rye cracker with almond butter and one with goat cheese. Both food items I know are safe for me. I was still craving kefir in particular, but I only gave into one craving. For the protein.

At this point I should note that previous to starting this elimination plan to help me find what foods are making sick with headaches and muscle pain in particular I was eating egg or meat protein at least twice a day. And on days I’m very active or training hard that can go up to 3-4 times a day. Not very big portions mind you…but enough to keep me feeling fed and fueled.

This morning I feel so much better! I had started to feel ‘bound up’, groggy, and draggy over the past few days. Not a good sign for me considering I’ve battled IBS most of my adult life, and considering that I know the foods I’ve been eating are not a problem for me…I’ve just been doing my best to stick to the menu until I get to the stuff I’m not so sure about.

Looks like I will have to change that a bit – after my very happy wake up, my day started as usual:

Record my weight as soon as I get up and then start my day with my dandelion and *milk thistle supplements taken with 8 oz of warm water with lemon juice.

Breakfast:

  • 1/2 c blueberries
  • 1 c flax granola mix
  • 1 teaspoon of chia seeds (and my local bee pollen).
  • Silk Coconut Milk

*Lunch is supposed to be the chopped salad recipe from last night with left-over squash topped with Manchengo.  I am out of some of the greens I need to make the salad and didn’t have enough to make double last night. Up here where I live it is 15 minutes at least on a good day to get to a store. This time of year it easily runs 20. I’m 5+ miles out from all the towns around me with stores so I don’t just ‘run’ to the store when I run out. Period. I make do.

Since I’m still craving something fermented so badly I’m going to have the left-over squash and Manchengo with 1/2 [8 oz] a ginger kombucha (I am blessed that we have a company in the state the bottles kombucha…so I can buy it fresh and fairly local!).

Starting tomorrow I’ll be adding kefir into my breakfast.  As I had mentioned in a different post I learned last summer that my body needs fermented foods to function – so I’m going to have to deviate from the menu’s a bit. I was hoping that I could make it through without doing such, but it is obvious to me that I had better take what my body needs into account – especially as I have spent a long time learning what helps me function better.

I did expect to have to make some changes as I went along. I was just hoping it would not have to be so often.  C’est la vie!

Lunch 1:

  • Roasted butternut squash with sunflower seeds, and a tbsp of grated Manchengo.
  • 8 ouces of ginger Kombucha *Oh are my taste-buds ever doing a happy dance! I have missed my kombucha and kefir desperately!

I will be on the road today about the time I should be having Lunch #2 – so I’ll be substituting sitting down to eat by sipping on the way to my afternoon appointment:

Lunch 2:

  • Green smoothie made from most of the ingredients that would have been in my salad, substituting with my pre-frozen kale cubes since I was supposed to have kale as part of today’s snack and as part of my dinner. Eating it once a day is enough for me about now.

Snack:

  • Handful of almonds
  • 1/4 of a cinnamon poached pear – left over from yesterday.

Dinner:

  • Pork loin ‘chop’ – boneless
  • Steamed Kale with sunflower seeds, lemon oil, and goat cheese

Dessert:

  • 1/4 of a cinnamon poached apple – left over from yesterday

I am hoping that feeding my craving for more protein last night will be enough to last a few days so I can stick to the menu’s ahead without too many more changes. Having kombucha today and adding kefir back into my breakfast tomorrow should nix the craving for fermented foods. If the cravings start up again I’ll just have a spoonful of almond butter and call it a day.

Honestly though – I’m feeling so much better today that I suspect I’ll get through this evening just fine.

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Day 9 – No Test

Record my weight as soon as I get up and then start my day with my dandelion and milk thistle supplements taken with 8 oz of warm water with lemon juice.

Breakfast:

  • 1/2 c blueberries
  • 1/4 c flax granola mix
  • 1/4 c [dry] (verses 1/3 cup) of Quinoa flakes *Cooks up to about the recommended serving of a hot rice cereal.
  • 1 teaspoon of chia seeds (and my local bee pollen).
  • Silk Coconut Milk

**Today I was allowed to add a rice (no puffed rice) cereal to my breakfast. I chose to add Quinoa flakes instead as they land in the same reaction percentage as rice and I know I can tolerate the quinoa flakes just fine.

Lunch 1:

  • Spicy Vegetarian soup with sunflower seeds and 1/4 avocado

*Decided to show my meals spaced out the way I eat them from here on out. I mushed/blended the avocado into my soup.

Lunch 2:

  • Baby Romaine with cucumber/mango salsa and goat cheese *The sunflower seeds and avocado were supposed to go on this salad. But I decided to use up the salsa that I had made since I don’t like stuff sitting in the fridge and I am rather sick of having similar salads day after day.

Snack:

  • 1 Chocolate covered [drizzled] pear slice

Dinner:

  • Lamb
  • Roasted winter squash with butter and cinnamon
  • Salad with baby romaine, zucchini, carrot, 1/2 apple, and cilantro with Limone (Lemon Wine) vinegar and evoo [extra virgin olive oil] *Skipping the 1/4 avocado and replacing with baby cucumber. I’m not a fan of avocado…I keep having to ‘hide’ it in stuff. I need a break from the darn stuff! Cucumber is not considered highly reactive and I’ve been fine with it earlier in the plan.

Dessert:

  • Cinnamon poached pear and apple *I keep forgetting to mention that I can have whipped cream with my poached fruit. I don’t often indulge in whipped cream as it is almost always a fast way to bring on stomach cramps and bloating. So I haven’t been adding anything at all to the pear. I like, no actually, I love cinnamon so I do not feel like I am missing a darn thing!

**I should also mention that the pear and apple are left over from earlier in the day.

Day 7 – No Test and Day 8 – Bread

Day 7 – Sunday – No Test

A day without testing a new food.

Record my weight as soon as I get up and then start my day with my dandelion and *milk thistle supplements taken with 8 oz of warm water with lemon juice.

Breakfast:

  • 1/2 c blueberries
  • 1/2 c flax granola mix
  • 1 teaspoon of chia seeds (and my local bee pollen).
  • Silk Coconut Milk

Lunch:

  • Roasted squash, kale and Manchengo salad. *Again, I made mine with Pecorino Parmesan as it is also from goat milk like the Manchengo.
  • Spicy Vegetarian Soup Carrot Ginger Soup with sunflower seeds. *I was getting a bit tired of the soup on the menu and I still had a container of the Carrot Ginger Soup so I chose that instead.

*I keep forgetting to mention that I’ve been splitting my lunch into two smaller meals. I just have not been able to eat everything all at once that is on the menu and I like to eat 4-6 times a day (Small frequent meals). I learned a few years back that I do better with my food spaced out evenly throughout the day and into my evening.

Snack:

  • Salt Free Potato Chips *Since I rarely eat them I chose to have an apple with a handful of almonds instead.

Dinner:

  • Chicken with Lemon Garlic Sauce on a bed of mixed greens *I had leftover Apricot Glazed Chicken and chose that instead.
  • Roasted Butternut Squash, Summer Squash, with garlic and herbs

Dessert:

  • Cinnamon poached apple

~*~
Made it through the first week with only  a few minor issues.  Weight loss has been slow and steady (as it should be.) It has been rather nice to not have a bloated/painful tummy this week. Although, I can tell my body is not happy with the lack of fermented foods. I learned over last summer that my body likes fermented foods to function better. But I’ve decided that other than my probiotic, I will stick to the  plan menu for the next 20 days as much as possible. I do plan to test my kefir and kombucha during this time-frame though.

Day 8 – Monday – Bread

*I will NOT be testing bread as I already know that I cannot eat white or wheat bread without having issues.

Record my weight as soon as I get up and then start my day with my dandelion and *milk thistle supplements taken with 8 oz of warm water with lemon juice.

Breakfast:

  • 3/4 c blueberries *Increased this today…working my way up to the 1 cup I’m allowed.
  • 1/2 c flax granola mix
  • 1 teaspoon of chia seeds (and my local bee pollen).
  • Silk Coconut Milk

Lunch:

  • Slice of whole wheat or white bread with cheese, *sunflower seeds, and *avocado – **1 rye cracker with goat cheese instead
  • *Mixed greens and 1/2 diced apple *I was on the road today so I brought the cracker with cheese and my snack with me and tossed the rest of the lunch menu in my Nutribullet with coconut water when I got home.

Snack:

  • *Carrots with Hummus – **Had my apple with the hummus. Again, since I was on the road and put my carrots with my lunch veggies into my Nutribullet when I got home.

Dinner:

  • Protein (The last of the apricot glazed chicken) that has been tested on a bed of baby romaine
  • Leftover veggies from yesterday’s dinner

Dessert:

  • 1 Ounce of Dark Chocolate *I will only have a half ounce so I don’t have trouble sleeping

Tomorrow is not a test day, so I basically will have three days in a row of foods that do not usually bother my stomach. I will say that I’m getting a bit sick and tired of this 1/2 piece of fruit thing. I hate wasting fruit and I do not like when cut fruit oxidizes on me. So I keep giving my Senegal parrot or my pony the other 1/2 of the fruit unless I’m poaching it. Then I tuck the other half in the fridge for the next night.

Days 5 and 6

Day 5 – Friday – Rye

* I have discovered that I can eat Rye foods from time to time if I keep it spread out. So I was looking forward to my menu today.

Record my weight as soon as I get up and then start my day with my dandelion and *milk thistle supplements taken with 8 oz of warm water with lemon juice.
*I keep forgetting to mention that this is something I take – not something that Lyn-Genet Recitas has listed in the Plan.

Breakfast:

  • 1/2 c blueberries
  • 1 c flax granola mix
  • 1 tablespoon of ground golden flax and a teaspoon of chia seeds (and my local bee pollen).
  • Silk Coconut Milk

Lunch:

  • Mixed Greens
  • Roasted Italian Winter Veggies
  • Goat Cheese
  • Pumpkin seeds  *I used my sunflower seeds again.
  • Spicy Vegetarian Soup

Snack:

  • 1 Rye Cracker with raw almond butter
  • 1/2 apple

Dinner:

  • Chicken with spicy apricot glaze (Supposed to be on a bed of:)
  • *Mixed greens
  • Roasted zucchini with herbs, onion (dehydrated) and
  • 1 tablespoon of grated Manchengo cheese
  • *Beet and Carrot Salad with sunflower seeds

*Put all these in my Nutribullet with cold water and coconut water.

Dessert:

  • 1 ounce  1/2 ounce of dark chocolate *I’ve only been eating a half ounce as one ounce is too much in the evening for me if I want to sleep well.

Day 6 – Saturday – New Protein

*I finally decided it was safe to make that granola recipe as my body seems to have adjusted to the flax I’ve been eating. So this morning I finally had the recipe that this plan calls for with my breakfast.

Record my weight as soon as I get up and then start my day with my dandelion and milk thistle supplements taken with 8 oz of warm water with lemon juice.

Breakfast:

  • 1/2 c blueberries
  • 1/2 c flax granola mix (Verses the full 1 cup allowed. I need to ease into that allowed amount as I go along.)
  • 1 teaspoon of chia seeds (and my local bee pollen).
  • Silk Coconut Milk

Lunch:

  • Baby romaine with beet and carrots salad with pumpkin seeds and 1/4 avocado. *I had so much to do thanks to storm Nemo that this all went into my Nutribullet with cold water and coconut water
  • 1 Rye cracker with goat cheese

Snack:

  • 1/2 pear and a small handful of almonds *Wasn’t hungry enough for the fruit so I skipped it.

Dinner:

  • Lamb! Yay! on a bed of mixed greens
  • Roasted squash, kale and Manchengo salad. *I made mine with Pecorino Parmesan as it is also from goat milk like the Manchengo.

Dessert:

  • 1/2 cinnamon poached pear.

Tomorrow is a ‘No Test’ day for the most part. One of the items on my menu is not something I plan to eat so I’ll choose an approved fruit instead or if I have time try my hand at the Kale chip recipe.

The weight is still coming down slow and steady. Only one day had no loss at all. But that is okay. As long as I don’t start to bloat, experience pain, or any of the other symptoms I battle when I eat a food that is not ‘good’ for me then I am still a-ok.

The evening/pre bed-time headaches have stopped. Not sure if it is the weather change or if my body is finally adjusting to the lower caloric intake.

I am not sure I mentioned that this is a twenty day diet testing period. The purpose of which is to help me find a ‘safe’ baseline of foods I can eat as I test through other foods. Figured now would be a good time to mention it.

 

List of Nightshade Veggies and Fruits

Please read: Plant taxonomy
*I have added the link above to help those that are confused about plant taxonomy, meaning how plants are broken down into their classifications. I don’t mind when anyone asks me to double-check a plant on the list (and when I have time I even check plants that are not on the list) – and as I have stated before, some of my readers have been invaluable in keeping this list as ‘correct’ as possible. But, those of you that get upset about seeing various plants on this list need to understand something – I am not the taxonomist or botanist that classified them! Getting mad at me for having a Solanaceae plant on this list, that you ‘like’ for whatever reason, is not going to change its classification in the plant kingdom, and no, I will not take a plant off the list unless it can be proven that it is not, in fact, part of the Solanaceae family (Some plants have been reclassified as science progresses.).

A little bit about Nightshades:

A large family of plants grown in the shade of night called Solanaceae. These vegetables and fruits contain a substance, called alkaloids, which may be responsible for some health problems including muscle pain, morning stiffness, poor healing, acid reflux, insomnia,  gallbladder problems, arthritis and other inflammatory problems.

These alkaloids are produced by the plants to protect them from harmful insects.

However, these substances can act like chemical substances and have strong physiological effects in humans.

There are four basic types of alkaloids found in nightshade plants. These types are:

(1) Steroid alkaloids, which contain a fairly complicated fused ring structure and are found in most food nightshades including potato and tomato.
(2) Tropane alkaloids, all originating from the simple amino acid ornithine and found in fewer of the overall nightshades, but more extensively researched due to their strong drug-like properties
(3) Pyrrolizidine alkaloid.*
(4) Indole alkaloids.*
*Both important groups from a drug standpoint.

Solanine
Solanine is the toxin (Glycoalkaloid Poison) contained in all nightshade plants such as tomatoes, potatoes, and goji berries. It can occur naturally in any part of the plant, including the leaves, fruit, and tubers. Solanine has fungicidal and pesticidal properties. Again, it is one of the plant’s natural defenses.

*This is about as in-depth about why nightshades can cause trouble for folks that I intend to get into. You can find a ton of information online if you search for information about:

  • nightshades
  • no nightshade diet
  • solanine
  • solanine toxcity syndrome

Nightshade Vegetables:

  • Banana Peppers
  • Cayenne
  • Chili Peppers
  • Datil
  • Eggplant
  • Habanero
  • Jalapeno Peppers
  • Paprika
  • Pimentos
  • Potatoes (sweet potatoes are okay)
  • Sweet Peppers (black pepper is okay)
  • Thai Peppers
  • Tomatillos
  • Potatoes
  • Wax Peppers

Nightshade Fruits:

  • Goji Berries/Wolfberry
  • Gooseberry/Cape Gooseberry/Ground Cherry
  • Jerusalem Cherries
  • Pepino
  • Tamarillo
  • Tomatoes

Herbs / Plants:

  • Ashwagandha
  • Banewort (another name for nightshade)
  • Belladonna / Atropa Belladonna (used in Homeopathy, found in Viagra)
  • Bittersweet (Atropine Belladonna)
  • Brugmansia
  • Datura
  • Devil’s Cherries (another name for nightshade)
  • Devil’s Herb (another name for nightshade)
  • Divale (another name for nightshade)
  • Dubiosia
  • Dwale (another name for nightshade)
  • Dwayberry (another name for nightshade)
  • Great Morel (another name for nightshade)
  • Henbane
  • Hyoscyamus
  • Jimson Weed
  • Mandrake
  • Mandragore
  • Nightshade / Deadly Nightshade
  • Petunias (yes, the flower)
  • Solanum
  • Tobacco

*I may have a few of the above on the ‘wrong’ lists…but the point of putting this all down in list form is to help you sort out what in your diet might be causing you to suffer from muscle pain, morning stiffness, poor healing, acid reflux, insomnia,  gallbladder problems, arthritis and other inflammatory problems.

Other foods that contain solanine:

*As it turns out, although the healthy divine little blueberry fruits are not a nightshade plant, they do contain solanine. In the spirit of being cautious here is a list of non-nightshade plants (specifically not in the Solanaceae family) that contain solanine:

  • Apples
  • Cherries
  • Sugar beets
  • Huckleberries
  • Okra
  • Artichokes

Other forms of ‘food’ that can contain solanine:

  • Modified Food Starch (Be cautious of starch if it doesn’t say where it’s derived from.)
  • Starch (*If it doesn’t say where it’s derived from, check with the manufacturer)
  • Yeast (*Most yeast contains potato, both baking yeast and beer yeast. **Red Star yeast does not contain potato.)
  • Shellac Wax (comes from Lac beetle that feeds on Wolfberry plants, found on shiny fruit and veggies, commonly not listed in ingredients)
  • Palmitate Vitamin A (In margarine and milk, it’s derived from potatoes.)

Medicines and Chemicals:

  • Acrylamide
  • Atropine
  • Chaconine
  • Hyoscine (another name for scopolamine)
  • Nicotine
  • Scopolamine (common in motion sickness meds)
  • Solanine
  • Viagra (contains belladonna)

Not to be mistaken for Nightshades:

  • Black Pepper
  • White Pepper
  • Green Peppercorns
  • Sichuan Pepper
  • Tasmannia
  • Long Pepper

Another note on starch:
Shredded Cheese often contains potato starch, food manufacturers add it so the cheese will not clump. I now buy my cheese in blocks and shred it myself. I often pre-shred small amounts from the block.  A little extra work yes, but avoiding the muscle pain and belly aches are worth the work.

*One of my readers pointed out that the problem with nightshade vegetables and fruits is possibly the Lectin. Here is a good article about Digestive and immune distress due to Lectin.

As a last note:
I’ve known for a long time that I have to be very careful eating nightshade plants. It is probably not a coincidence that I had to have my gall bladder removed in my late 30’s.

Solanine cannot be destroyed by cooking at high temps – other than in one case: deep frying is the only way it can be destroyed in potatoes. And since I don’t usually like deep fried foods of any sort I rarely eat fries anyhow.

So you will notice that I will be very cautious about adding nightshades into my diet. When I do it will be in small amounts.

*Update

To all who do not agree that there could be such a ‘beast’ as ‘night shade’ sensitivity.

Due to a recent complaint from a reader, who believes that I have not stated clearly enough that this list and journal is based on my experience – I want to once again state that:

This journal is based on my experience. It is meant to provoke thought. I want you, the reader, to question everything you are told, especially if you, like me, have battled debilitating pain and illness most of your life.

Question everything. Including this ‘list’. As I believe I mentioned before, there is no ‘official’ list out there. That is why I worked to compile this list and share it with others. It may by no means be complete, and I have stated that on some of the items on the list that I myself am not even sure how accurate their place on the list is. I have even added, deleted, and amended this list with the help of my readers.

When something one needs is not ‘out there’…one creates it! Hence this list!

I am not a medical professional. I have never claimed to be such. I have stated over and over: “what worked for me – may not work for you.” And just in case I have not stated this clearly enough for the reader that decided to take me to task – this is based on my experience, and my experience was extreme.

~Amy

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My diet

Day 1 – Monday – No Test Day

Record my weight as soon as I get up and then start my day with my dandelion and milk thistle supplements taken with 8 oz of warm water with lemon juice. (16 ounces actually, but I cannot drink down the whole thing all at once – so I sip at the rest.)

Breakfast:

  • 1.2 c blueberries
  • 1 c flax granola mix
  • *The recipe for the above is awesome – but experience with my thyroid has shown me that I have to take it easy on flax/fiber in large amounts or it messes with my thyroid medication. So I used a tablespoon of ground golden flax and a teaspoon of chia seeds (and my local bee pollen…that is my addition).
  • Silk Coconut Milk

* Put everything in my Nutribullet this morning.

Lunch:

  • Carrot Ginger Soup with sunflower seeds
  • Steamed broccoli drizzled with orange oil and some lemon juice
  • Mixed greens with 1/2 pear. Skipped the 1/4 avocado as so far I only like them in one of my green drinks. (You can have pumpkin seeds with this, but I have not been able to find unsalted pumpkin seeds and I live an hours drive from my ‘local’ Whole Foods or Trader Joe’s in any direction.

Snack:

  • Apple

Dinner:

  • Healthy sauteed kale and veggies with spicy coco sauce
  • Beet and carrot salad with sunflower seeds *I had a suspicion I was not going to like grated beets and carrots as I’m not a fan of carrots! So next time this comes up on my menu I’ll be tossing the whole lot into my Nutribullet with a little bit of coconut water and drinking it.

I managed to pretty much follow the recommended menu for the first day.  I definitely was tired, knew I would be, have been for months.  I very much missed having protein in my diet – I learned a few years back that I do better with protein verses carbs…but I understand why the menu is designed the way it is and will keep to it as closely as possible.

*Slight headache that I’m attributing to lack of protein and a pretty big slice in my usual caloric intake. [**I am not counting calories at all…I just knew by looking at my portions and at the foods on my plate that I was well beneath my usual intake. This is absolutely not a plan that counts macros of any sort.)

PS…as much as I don’t like the lack of protein I was not hungry.

Day 2 – Tuesday – Almonds

Record my weight as soon as I get up and then start my day with my dandelion and milk thistle supplements taken with 8 oz of warm water with lemon juice.

Breakfast:

  • 1.2 c blueberries
  • 1 c flax granola mix
  • *The recipe for the above is awesome – but again: experience with my thyroid has shown me that I have to take it easy on flax/fiber in large amounts or it messes with my thyroid medication. So I used a tablespoon of ground golden flax and a teaspoon of chia seeds (and my local bee pollen).
  • Silk Coconut Milk

*Put it all in my Nutribullet again this morning

Lunch:

  • Carrot Ginger Soup with sunflower seeds
  • Steamed broccoli drizzled with orange oil and some lemon juice
  • Mixed greens with 1/2 pear – skipped the 1/4 avocado as so far I only like them in one of my green drinks.

Snack:

    1/2 apple with handfull of almonds (Yay!)

Dinner:

  • Healthy sauteed kale and veggies with spicy coco sauce over 1 cup of brown rice. (Yay!)
  • Beet and carrot salad with sunflower seeds *I had a suspicion I was not going to like grated beets and carrots as I’m not a fan of carrots! So next time this comes up on my menu I’ll be tossing the whole lot into my Nutribullet with a little bit of coconut water and drinking it.

Okay…this thing with all the darn kale…too much for me even if it is cooked. So I steamed a bunch of it. Ran it through my processor attachment of my blender, filled an ice cube tray with the chopped up kale and added a teeny smidgen of coconut water to the kale…it will go into a green drink instead.

**Headache tonight before bed…just slight, once again…bugged by the lack of protein, but I am not hungry and there is a method to this madness.

***Weight loss is remaining steady and according to what the Plan predicts at this point. I knew I was not reactive to almonds so I was very happy to add them in today.

Day 3 – Wednesday – Chickpeas

Record my weight as soon as I get up and then start my day with my dandelion and milk thistle supplements taken with 8 oz of warm water with lemon juice.

Breakfast:

  • 1/2 pear
  • 1 tablespoon of ground golden flax and a teaspoon of chia seeds (and my local bee pollen).
  • Silk Coconut Milk

Lunch:

  • Baby romaine, [baby] carrots, 1/4 avocado, and sunflower seeds (*I put this in my Nutribullet; added water, a 1/2 scoop of Trader Joe’s Greens – this was not part of the diet – but I needed a break from ‘salad’.)
  • Spicey Vegetarian Soup *Good thing I make these recipes myself and that they are not a mix! I have to go really easy on ‘hot’ spices for various reason. But the soup was really good and like the Carrot Ginger Soup I was able to freeze more portions.

Snack:

  • Handful of almonds (Yay!)

Dinner:

  • Chicken with Italian herbs and Orange Zest oil on Mixed Greens
  • Roasted Italian Winter Veggies

*Oh double-YAY! Real meat protein! Woohoo!

*Fierce headache before bed again. I don’t believe I drank enough water this time around. Plus the super dry air is killing my sinuses. It felt more like sinus pain than anything else.  I was fine in the morning.

Day 4 – Thursday – Cheese

Breakfast:

  • 1.2 c blueberries
  • 1 tablespoon of ground golden flax and a teaspoon of chia seeds (and my local bee pollen).
  • Silk Coconut Milk

Lunch:

  • Leftover Roasted Italian winter veggies on a bed of mixed greens with sunflower seeds and soft goat cheese

Snack:

  • Raw almond butter and 1/2 apple (*Instead of the carrots the Plan called for…just could not tolerate the thought of carrots again… There is also a recipe for homemade hummus to go with the carrots and I might have tried eating them again that way…but I had my 6 month check-up and needed to go order fuel oil, and pick up the next couple days worth of meat and produce for the Plan before the storm hits so with no time to make the hummus I decided the better course was deviate a teeny bit.)

Dinner:

  • Chicken with mango Cucumber Salsa (I cannot wait!)
  • Mixed greens, carrots, 1/4 avocado (Going in my Nutribullet
  • Steamed broccoli with Orange oil (Skipping the chili flakes)

Dessert: (Yes! Dessert!)

  • 1 ounce of dark chocolate

*I went over my elimination diet plan in detail with my NP today. She’s on board 100%. She told me I looked better today than I have in months. I wish I felt it! My blood work was done today as well. Specifically to check on my thyroid and make sure it’s behaving and my med dosages are still stable for my thyroids needs.

Since I have to get moving to feed my critter crew and make my salsa I’m going to stop here.

BTW…feel free to ask questions. I do not mind.

 

 

Oh the lists that I have stashed away…

I have lists of foods based on their Glycemic Load (Not index in case you are wondering…two very different approaches.)

A list of foods with solanine.

Then there is my list of goitrogenic foods – foods that eaten raw,  or in large amounts cause my already faulty thyroid to slow down even more.

And a worn list of gluten products and various dairy products that I cannot tolerate.

You may be thinking, “Man that is a lot of lists! Are you hung up on food or something?” *Well, yes and no! At one point I was carrying a little bitty notebook with me at all times to keep track of various foods that I should not or could not eat! It sounds like I fuss about food a lot. In all actuality I hate to think about it other than to plan for my needs and adjust to what I need for my activity levels.  And I really, really, really despise when someone comes along and tells me I’m picky.  I’m not really. I just do not like to be sick!

And now I have a list of ‘reactive foods’ – foods that often cause food intolerance and the little shop of horrors that comes with being intolerant of foods.

So which lists should I post I wondered? My choice: the goitrogenic foods, the “Dirty 7”, and common reactive foods as those lists cover all my other lists in one form or another.

Most Common Goitrogenic Foods:

  • Broccoli
  • Broccoli Rabe
  • Brussels Sprouts
  • Cabbage
  • Cauliflower
  • Collards
  • Horseradish
  • Kale
  • Mustard
  • Rutabaga
  • Turnips
  • Millet
  • Peaches
  • Peanuts
  • Pine Nuts
  • Walnuts
  • Raspberries
  • Spinach
  • Strawberries
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Swiss Chard
  • Watercress
  • Soy Beans and Soy products, including Tofu

So what is a goitrogen?

Goitrogens are substances that suppress the function of the thyroid gland by interfering with iodine uptake, which can, as a result, cause an enlargement of the thyroid, i.e., a goiter.

If you have a low functioning thyroid, or something a bit more serious such as Hashimoto’s…you basically should not eat the foods above in great quantity, and you especially should not eat them raw.  Cooking the above will destroy the goitrogens.  *Personally…I even limit my cooked intake if I’m feeling more sluggish than usual.

The “Dirty 7”

  • Gluten
  • Soy
  • Corn
  • Dairy
  • Eggs
  • Peanuts
  • Sugar – this one everyone should know!

If you know anything about Genetically Modified foods then the soy, corn and gluten in particular will make sense to you. Dairy, in particular:  cow’s milk based dairy is a very big problem for many people. Besides that, I don’t want all the hormones and antibiotics that are pumped into most of the cattle that provide our dairy.  Eggs and peanuts…honestly that shocked me a bit. But thinking back on it. I developed a severe dislike of eggs when I was a kid after eating them for years. I was probably reacting to them even then.

I’ll go into the eggs and peanuts a bit more at a later time. In the meantime…if you are curious to learn more about the “Dirty 7” I encourage you to read:

The Virgin Diet by J.J. Virgin

Reactive Foods by Percentages:

90-95% Reactive

  • Farm Raised Fish
  • Deli Meats
  • Sushi (Most because it is from farm raised fish)

85% Reactive

  • Shrimp
  • Turkey
  • Tomato Sauce
  • Egg Plant
  • Oatmeal
  • Greek Yogurt
  • Black Beans
  • Cannellini Beans
  • Hard-boiled Eggs
  • Cauliflower
  • Cabbage
  • Non-organic Spinach
  • Cottage Cheese
  • Salmon
  • Asparagus
  • Bagels

70% Reactive

  • Yogurt (regular)
  • Green Beans
  • Oranges
  • Pork
  • Pasta

60% Reactive

  • Peppers
  • Mushrooms (Excluding Shiitake)
  • Swordfish
  • Cod
  • Tuna
  • Edamame
  • Pineapple
  • Grapefruit
  • Cod (Unless you are thyroid deficient in which case it lowers it to 30%)

50% Reactive

  • Veal
  • Cow’s Milk
  • Couscous
  • White Rice
  • Almond Milk
  • Quinoa
  • Artichokes/Sunchokes
  • Tomatoes
  • Bananas

40% Reactive

  • Wild White Fish
  • Lentils
  • Peas
  • Lactose-free Milk
  • Tahini

30% Reactive

  • Egg Whites
  • Nut Butters made with roasted nuts
  • Strawberries
  • Tofu
  • Snow Peas

20% Reactive

  • Bread
  • Scallops
  • Steak
  • Roasted Nuts (If you have chronic illness or autoimmune disease, or battle depression this bumps up to 75%.)
  • Bok Choy
  • Cow’s Cheese
  • Sesame Seeds
  • Tempeh

10% Reactive

  • Potatoes (In small amounts.)

5% or less Reactive

  • Pit Fruits (Mangos, apples, avocadoes, etc.)
  • Garlic
  • Chickpeas/Garbanzo
  • Shiitake Mushrooms (May be higher if you have systemic yeast.)
  • Raw Onions
  • Chard (Will be much higher if you have thyroid issues.)
  • Spinach, organic (Will be much higher if you have thyroid issues.)
  • Radicchio
  • Endive
  • Lamb
  • Chicken
  • Goat’s or Sheep’s Cheese
  • Pears
  • Berries (Except Strawberries.)
  • Broccoli (Higher if you have thyroid issues.)
  • Carrots
  • Kale (Higher if you have thyroid issues.)
  • Zucchini
  • Winter Squash
  • Beets
  • Mixed Greens
  • Arugula (Will be much higher if you have thyroid issues.)

So just what does ‘reactive’ mean as it pertains to the list above anyhow you may be asking – glad you asked! The ‘short’ answer:

Food sensitivities can play a role in many common health conditions. Complaints such as digestive problems, headaches, joint and muscle pain, and fatigue are all symptoms which can be caused by our immune system’s “reaction” to foods, additives, or other substances in our diet. Sometimes the reactive food can be a food chemical like solanine and it’s not easy to determine without testing. And sometimes even foods which are considered “healthy,” such as chicken, broccoli, or garlic can cause symptoms.

Whew! Long post…I’ll continue this tomorrow.