Clean Eating Update

I started my elimination diet at the end of May and completed it about 60 days later. For a few weeks, I did a very good job of only eating real food with clean ingredients. Towards the end of the summer, though, things started to go down hill. I returned to school with a determination to eat well. That lasted, oh, a week.

I really struggled with the lack of options in my school’s cafeteria. The pasta was white, and the only nightshade-free sauces are cream-based. The tortilla and Asian lines are filled with nightshade spices. The “home” line (usually my favorite” almost always has potatoes or tomato sauces. The “grains” line, the go-to line for clean food, always has tomatoes in it. The soups always have tomatoes.

Curse you, tomatoes, for being so healthy for people without sensitivities!

What does that leave me? A few types of fruit, yogurt, salad, roasted broccoli and zucchini, two types of meat, and sandwiches with questionable bread. On the weekends I can have eggs.

So, yeah, that didn’t happen. I quickly started eating white pasta and desserts again. I had low energy and I didn’t feel good about myself, especially since I was gaining weight, but I couldn’t stop. I had awakened the carb monster again. My eczema thankfully didn’t flare, but it I had a few patches that stopped healing. And by last week, my eating was getting so sloppy that I started to notice problems with my skin.

I had been planning on detoxing over my fall break and then testing potatoes, but my eating had become enough of a problem, I decided to just stick to the detox. I ate clean meals that I had prepared at the end of the summer – stews, soups, and smoothies – as well as some meat and spaghetti squash I made up. I didn’t feel great, but I felt better about myself and I noticed changes in my body that made me feel better.

I have only been back at school for two days, now, but my will power has already triumphed a few times. I haven’t been perfect, but I have avoided the foods most dangerous to my self control.  I am feeling good about myself, and I really hope to continue improving.

More than anything, I am looking forward to finally having my own place, and being able to prepare my own food.


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Welcome! I'm Chloe. I have a passion for creating a healthy life and a healthy environment. Join me as I explore homemade and reusable products, essential oils, and real food. Look around a bit. I look forward to getting to know you.
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2 Responses to Clean Eating Update

  1. When you did your elimination diet did you stick with any sort of meal plan or just avoid processed foods and anything you have sensitivity to?

    • Healthy People Healthy Planet says:

      I followed the guidelines outlined by Whole Life Nutrition. I eliminated a TON of foods, all of which were suppose to be foods I may have a sensitivity to, and then slowly added them back in. While they outline the plan and offer some recipe suggestions, I had to make my own specific meal plans.

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