Elimination Diet: Week 7 roundup

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.

 

 

Building Immunity: Fighting Off the Flu

Last night I felt the first twinges of a cold or flu.  Swollen glands in the throat, feeling “flu-y” through my body.  This morning, throat is worse as are my body aches and fatigue. There’s a bad bug going around work, so I decided to stay home and rest.

I got the flu shot in October, but I read that the shot may not be as effective against the dominant strain this year.  But is this the flu or just a cold?

WebMD to the rescue.  There’s a great article about the difference between colds and the flu.  Here’s an excerpt:

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