Grain Free, Day 5

by - September 25, 2012

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I'm on day 5 of going "NO GRAIN" in my diet. I've been gluten free for over a year now, but decided to take out rice, corn, oats (i.e. all grain) from my diet as well. Why?

• Random hive breakouts on my face
• Still feeling 'yuck' with cravings for carb foods
• Started gaining some of my weight back
• Experienced bloating after eating rice/corn/oats
• Mild MS symptoms popping up now and then

My fabulous chiropractor suggested the hives are a continuation of a detox. Like an onion, I'm peeling back the layers of toxins in my body. The hive allergy (or whatever it is) was likely suppressed by worse toxicity and is now making itself known. Sounds strange, but makes sense, right? I'm peeling back through the layers of toxicity and other issues that caused my body to get in a diseased state.

I found myself justifying various processed snack foods just because they were gluten free (i.e. Pirate Booty, Pop Chips, corn tortilla chips, oat granola bars). Now that I've taken those things out of my diet, I'm feeling much better. I'm happy to say that in five days, I haven't had any of the above symptoms. I take that as a sign that my body is agreeing with it. So I'm committing to be grain free for six months. After that, I'm going to try reintroducing soaked/sprouted GF grains into my diet. However, gluten free is a permanent change for me.

On a sidenote, I also suspect a soy allergy. I didn't realize how much soy I was still eating in those processed snacks. Soy lecithin....gotta go.

I'll try posting more grain free recipes on my pinterest. My husband made amazing homemade guac and corn chips. I ended up using thinly sliced cucumbers and carrot sticks as my 'chips' to dip with. We had tacos another night and I ended up just eating the toppings heaped up like a salad - lettuce, beans, peppers, onions, garlic, tomatoes, cilantro. And instead of reaching for those gluten free crackers and chips as a snack, I'm reaching for pistachios and dried fruit. Oh, and drinking lots of lemon water. It's very detoxifying! Unlike many other grain free diets, I don't eat red meat. Although, I do eat fish 1-2 times per week. I try to make as many vegetarian meals as I can for my family of five.

Just a quick update on my ever-changing eating ways. Thx for reading :)

xox - c

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  1. Hi Clarissa! I just found your blog through the Spunky Coconut a few weeks ago. You are my hero! :) I was diagnosed in January with Hashimotos, and I have been having horrible horrible problems due to inflammation and other issues from the auto immune disease. But, I have committed to doing the Paleo diet for a while to see if it helps. I am on day 3 of being grain free, dairy free, and processed sugar free, and I have to say my energy is up and my inflammation is down. We have been gluten free in our house for over three years now, but going grain free has been a really big challenge for me.

    Anyway, I hope that this works out for you. Because even though I don't know all the issues you deal with by having MS, I do know that auto immune disease takes a real toll on your health, and makes life seem impossible some days. Here's to hoping we have found what works! :)

  2. I remember researching somewhere about soy and edamame and apparently (at least to my small retintention of knowledge) all soy products are Genetically modified. It's not real, pure food.
    Anyway, I don't know facts and I'm not great at stats and whys and things, but i do remember seeing that somewhere.
    I love for recipes. She's yummy and loves food and easy to follow. Her avocado smoothie is one of our favorites!
    Good luck to you. :)


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