Are you allergic?

January 30, 2012

Day 29

Diets? I don’t really believe in them. I think that you shouldn’t try any diet that you can’t maintain for the rest of your life. If you can’t refrain from carbohydrates forever then a Atkins diet wouldn’t work for you. Everyone needs carbs anyways so I’m not quite sure how healthy that diet is anyways. I believe that if you want to eat healthy that you shouldn’t just shoot for a month or two, but a lifetime. If you eliminate something from your normal eating habits for a short while and it causes you to lose weight it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to realize that you will put that weight back on once you reincorporate it. I haven’t always been the smartest when it comes to my health. I’ve always been more of a eat whatever you want and burn it off before or later. Nothing was going to stop me from enjoying pizza and pizookie (best cookie ever… served with ice cream). Well now those fitness days are over do to injuries and I have to start watching what I eat. What a hassle.

I’ve always had problems with digestion so I decided to give juicing a try. I wanted to do a detox weekend and clean out my system. I didn’t detox, but did gag over some beet juice I made. Bleh. I believe that juicing is a great way to incorporate fruits and vegetables smoothly into your system. Kale and fennel is something I would never eat otherwise. I still enjoy juicing, but it can be a lot of work for a little juice and isn’t something you can do for every meal. Well I wouldn’t recommend it.

Now like I said I don’t believe in diets, but I have discovered a way to eliminate some harmful foods that I might be allergic to. Hypoallergenic diet is a diagnostic diet that helps you identify foods that your body might be sensitive or allergic to while making you aware of what foods optimizes your health. Basically what you do is eliminate foods that doctors and nutritionists have discovered to be allergenic. I haven’t been diagnosed with any allergies, but some allergies are harder to spot. I know that this seems finicky, but its worked for some and I’m hoping it’ll work for me.

What I can’t eat.

Meat: pork, beef, veal, cold cuts, sausage, shellfish
Dairy: eggs, milk, cheese, yogurt (this will be the hardest one)
Starch: all grains and gluten products (death to taste buds)
Beverages: soda, fruit drinks, tea
Fruits: bananas, dried fruit, jams, jellies
Fats: margarine, refined oils, spreads, peanuts

What I can eat is everything you don’t want to eat… healthy food.

The Hypoallergenic diet plan is to eliminate these certain food for 4 weeks and then reincorporate them one by one. For example, if you reintroduce pork into your system and your body has a negative reaction then you know that you could be allergic to pork and then should reduce or eliminate it from your normal eating habits. I hope I’m not too allergic to anything I love dearly. If I found out I was allergic to chocolate my body would just have to suffer forever.

This will be definitely be a challenge. I feel that I’ve over compensated this past week to prepare myself for the detox. So far in 2 days I’ve had a greasy breakfast burrito, reuban sandwich, berry cobler, bbq ribs, and pizookie. I have 3 more days to enjoy food before starting this month long torture on February 1st. It is just a coincidence that I chose the shortest month. Don’t judge. Well wish me luck and if anyone eats chocolate around me in the next 28 days I might bite their hand off… human flesh isn’t off the limits. Zombie diet?

by best pizookie maker gabe g.
dessert on the healthier side

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