Ok, let’s recap, shall we?
I’ve been on this diet for a month. I feel great. More clear-headed, quicker to come to the land of the living (without much caffeine) after waking up, less afternoon sleepiness. Better energy. No cravings for sweets or junk. Seriously.
It’s very restrictive though: No dairy, no gluten, no legumes (this includes soy). I’ve also completely quit aspartame, Splenda and MSG. I’ve significantly reduced caffeine (generally 1 cup of black coffee or tea a day) and have almost completely quit refined sugar. I’m getting less than 1/10th of the sugar than I was before. Actually, probably less. I’m spending most of the money I used to spend on eating out at the Co-op and in the health food section of the grocery store. I also take a boatload of vitamins, minerals and supplements as recommended for this diet.
My mom, who is home from Florida for the summer now, has been pretty good about this rather than her typical mode of diet sabotage. She wanted to help, so she’s been charged with cooking fish for me this summer. (Mel hates fish so she rarely cooks it.)
Mom’s last shred of passive-aggressive-diet-misunderstanding (or the let me pretend “I didn’t understand” dumb-bunny move) went like this:
Well, I suppose after a while, you could probably have a little ice cream for a treat now and then.
Mel and I stared at her, mouths agape. I started to protest gently, saying she didn’t get it. Mel interrupted and cut to the chase.
So, she should eat ice cream and possibly have brain damage? I hardly think that’s even a choice to consider.
(The diet is based on the premise that food sensitivies/allergies cause immune system reactions that exacerbate disease activity. Well beyond a simple food intolerance that produces a bunch of gas.)
That had the right impact and she’s been quite good about it since. She’s read a lot of the diet material I gave her and is quite creative with cooking within the restraints of the diet. Since I don’t like to cook, she cooks fish for me when Mel is at work. It’s a nice setup. 😉
As a side effect, I’ve lost about 7 pounds. Though that’s really not my purpose now anyway.