I haven’t posted for a while. A combination of having the flu for a week and the holidays sidetracked me. I recently completed Week 7 of the Elimination Diet and I wanted to post an update on how things were going.
Having the flu really set me back I think. I started taking Sambucol, which is an elderberry syrup concoction that is supposed to boost immune function. To help with my throat and respiratory symptoms, I was also using Ricola cough drops. Both have a fair amount of sugar, which I am supposed to be avoiding. I also was unfortunate enough to have my period during the week I was sick, and my IBS-D is always much worse during my period. I also got a bright idea that I needed more Vitamin C so I started eating cooked strawberries. This was not a good idea. So basically most of weeks 5 and 6 were a lost cause for me, and my symptoms were not great.
So while this is the end of Week 7, I don’t think I should count most of weeks 5 and 6 because of everything that was going on.
Having been recovered from the flu since just before Christmas, I can say that I am starting to stabilize again with my diarrhea symptoms. Things are not “normal” but overall most days are better than before I started the diet. I have the occasional “bad” day where I go more than I’d like (I count 3 or more as qualifying) or when I go it’s particularly watery. But generally I am more stable and things are more predictable than they were.
I started to introduce two new vegetables over the last couple of weeks. This is based on the recommendation in the book I am following, Digestive Health with Real Food. I did this because I have lost more weight than I should and I am officially too thin. So I’m trying to get more carbs in my diet to hopefully gain a couple of pounds.
First I tried butternut squash, but I had two strange reactions – itchiness and insomnia. I can’t be sure it was the squash so I will try it again in the future. I know butternut squash can absorb a lot of chemicals from the soil if you don’t buy organic and mine was not organic. It’s possible I was reacting to pesticides. I had no gut problems with the squash, which is good.
Next I tried sweet potatoes. These have worked great. No gut issues and no other problems. If it continues to go well (I do a 4 day trial and today is day 4) then I will include these in my diet going forward. This is so exciting I can’t even tell you.
More updates later. Thanks for checking in.