So I’m done posting every day about my meals and health. But is this diet over? No. Far from it. There are many things I am still not eating and a few things I still need to add back in. But this is the end of the regiment. From now on, it’s an add as I feel necessary, watch out for bad ingredient labels, and eat as cleanly as possibly. Continue monitoring my skin and using shea butter. By the time the Great Minnesota Get Together rolls around, I will be at a point where I can relax my eating enough to enjoy the fair (in theory, hopefully, skin will be 100% smooth by then, not a rough patch in sight). And once I’m at school, there is only so much control I have. But I can choose to not eat the white pasta, the desserts, and be thankful that the cafeteria buys most of its food locally, even growing some right on campus.
This weekend I will have baked goods with vanilla and possibly a glass of wine (officially testing alcohol). The following weekend I plan to eat a bunch of oranges just to confirm that the reaction I had last month was to beans. The following weekend I will test chocolate. I will have caffeinated tea the next time it is offered to me. At some point in late fall I will re-test potatoes, peppers, tomatoes, and beans slowly. It is possible to recover from a sensitivity. I would give this WAY more time than just until fall, but I am going abroad in January, so I want to check before I have to avoid like everything in Italy.
I still have a few posts reflecting on the experience that this diet has been. It has been good for me and I am so happy I did it, even outside of learning about my bizarre sensitivities. It taught me how to eat to nourish myself and feel good about how I eat. This is not a diet anymore. It is a lifestyle. Using the information I’ve learned, I am going to try to follow these guidelines to continue eating well:
- At least 2 servings of fruit a day: one with breakfast, and at least one snack (I almost always eat more fruit than this, but this guideline makes me not forget about vegetables)
- At least 4 servings of vegetables: one snack, one or two with lunch and dinner
- At least 1-2 cups of leafy greens (separate from vegetables)
- At least one serving of meat and/or eggs each day
- Moderate dairy
- Moderate grains and starchy vegetables: try to maintain a variety, no more than a quarter plate at a meal
- Limit access to nuts and snacks to avoid binging (consume nuts, since they are so healthy, but only from the cafeteria where it is harder to go back for more)
- Avoid processed foods and any ingredient I don’t recognize or can’t pronounce
- Eliminate nightshades and beans until ready to test again