Elimination Diet: Week 9 Roundup

I am finishing out Week 9 on the elimination diet I started shortly before Thanksgiving.  This was to attempt to get my post-infectious IBS-D under control.  I have been fighting IBS-D since the beginning of 2014 when I was unlucky enough to get a pretty bad case of food poisoning at a local restaurant.  Things are going well overall and I am happy to report at least one new successful food reintroduction – EGGS!

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Elimination Diet: End of Week 4

I just finished Week 4 of the Elimination Diet based on the Aglaee Jacob book Digestive Health with REAL Food.  As I discussed in an earlier post, Week 4 gave me substantial improvement in my IBS-D symptoms for two whole days, until an unexpected visit to the Emergency Room caused me to abandon my diet for a day.  After that, I did lose the progress I made, but I feel confident I will get back to that place soon.

All in all, I am very pleased with my progress to date.  I have lost ten pounds since beginning the diet a month ago.  I feel much better than I did.  My energy has improved substantially. My bloating is gone, and even though I am still suffering from diarrhea, it’s not nearly as bad as it was a couple of weeks ago.  My seborrheic dermatitis, which started in 2012, improved dramatically, and in the last week or so has basically disappeared.

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Tips for Surviving the Elimination Diet

So how do you manage to keep your willpower strong for 4-6 weeks on a very restrictive elimination diet?  Well, if you have been continuously sick like me, that alone might provide enough motivation to get you through.  Otherwise, here are some ideas:

Remember, it’s just six weeks out of your life.  Think about things that have or might happen to you that would require a pretty substantial change to your daily routine.  An unexpected illness or surgery for example.  I knew a woman who fainted and hit her jaw on a counter while going down.  Her jaw was wired shut for two months.  Everything she ate was through a straw.  This is less hard and less painful than that.  Thoughts like that help me when I’m feeing weak and just want a milkshake.

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Elimination Diet: End of Week 3

Today is the first day of Week 4 of my elimination diet, attempting to heal from Post-Infectious IBS.

If you are not familiar with the elimination diet I’m on, the book I am following recommends you do at least 3 weeks and as many as 6 weeks before you begin to reintroduce other foods.  The goal is to have 5 consecutive days of “substantially improved bowel movements” before you end the elimination phase of the diet.  I discuss the source of this diet in yesterday’s post.

Here are my observations so far, having completed the first 3 weeks:

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