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October 2012

Tomatoes

First Re-introduction: Tomato Paste

So on day one of the re-introduction part of my second elimination diet, I decided to eat two 6 ounce cans of organic tomato paste (the only ingredient being tomatoes). In hindsight, I probably should’ve only eaten one. But, the quantity seemed so small that I didn’t feel like one would be enough of a test. I heated the paste for a few minutes just to make sure it was cooked through. I then ate a third of the 2 cans at breakfast, another third at lunch, and the last portion before dinner.

Honestly, I didn’t expect to experience anything. And I didn’t for most of the day. I felt a hint of achiness when I went for a walk before I had the third portion, but it wasn’t enough to be sure it was from the paste. I had the third portion on an empty stomach, before dinner. Shortly thereafter, my joints started aching. It was a strong enough of an ache, and in enough of my joints to be able to definitely blame it on the tomato paste. I’ve never had such an experience before. I also felt a little bit bloated.

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Elimination Diet Round Two

October 30, 2012

Araxi-Black-Forest-Cake

I just completed a 30 day elimination diet, followed by two weeks of re-introduction. I’ve done an elimination diet once in the past, to test for eggs, butter, cream, and dairy in general. The main purpose this time around was to “reset” my eating habits. As many of you can probably relate to, I relaxed my diet a bit during the summer, mostly in terms of sugar consumption. I figured I was due for some super clean eating to break those patterns. I also figured that if I’m already going to cut out quite a few items from my diet for a month, I may as well take it a little further and do a full on elimination diet.

The only thing left to do was decide what to test for. I opted for nightshades because I’ve been generally avoiding them as a precautionary measure. Since nightshades are paleo compliant, I wanted a definitive answer as to whether or not they affect me.

The actual elimination portion of the diet went well. Last time I did an elimination diet, I felt rather deprived. I focused a lot on all the foods I wasn’t allowed to eat. This time around, I decided to focus on nourishing myself. I made sure I ate enough food so that I wasn’t hankering after snacks. I sipped on bone broth to help with the nourishment. It worked. I didn’t have cravings and I felt well-fed. Keep reading…

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Batch-Cooking-Oct-29-2012

Hearty fall flavors this week. I can’t believe it’s been so long since I’ve had these honey and vinegar braised short ribs – they’re delicious fatty goodness. And along with horseradish celery root puree and some spinach, they’re what’s for dinner. And for lunch, I made a turkey sausage, chard, and mushroom frittata. Breakfast will be kept simple with either eggs or sausage and some veggies/fruit – whatever’s in the fridge.

Now I have food for most of the week – such is the joy of batch cooking :)

What’s on your menu for the upcoming week?

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Braised-Short-Ribs Eggs-for-frittata

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What's-In-Your-Cart-Oct-28-12

Do you ever peek into other people’s shopping carts, or gawk at their purchases at the check-out? Do you then try to figure out what kind of diet, if any, they’re on? Followed perhaps by a quick glance at the shopper to evaluate the success of that diet?

Somehow I doubt I’m the only one… In which case, you might find my weekly shopping loot interesting.

Even more nosy? ;) Here are the details:

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Fig-and-prosciutto-meatza-with-zucchini-noodles

“But if you don’t eat bread, what the heck do you eat??”

This should answer that question and then some. Check out the images below of everything that I ate this past week to see the extent of my suffering on this paleo/primal “diet”.

So I’m now off the elimination diet, and trying not too get too derailed too quickly. You’ll notice I’ve separated snacks from desserts/treats below. That’s as a result of the elimination diet. Previously, desserts/treats were too often simply snacks. I hope to keep those separate. Also, still not eating dairy – not sure for how long, just experimenting without it for a bit. For the time being, I’m using homemade ghee instead of butter.

It feels nice to be able to eat whatever I want. But the safety net of the elimination diet is gone, meaning a bunch of stuff could creep back into my diet – mostly referring to sugar. I’d like to eat a little more cleanly for the next while, so we’ll see if I can keep that up without becoming too restrictive.

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