Elemental diet throws food sensitivities into sharp relief

Discussion in 'Diet and Improving Your Gut' started by Meg Davidson, Jun 12, 2015.

  1. Cort

    Cort Founder of Health Rising and Phoenix Rising Staff Member

    Wow...passing the big test - exercise!
    That is impressive.
    I guess I will have to look into amines...
  2. Lissa

    Lissa Well-Known Member

    LOL.... that reminds me of the Cookie Monster, or maybe Grover! NICE!!!!
    :D (That's my apres meal look.... green face and gritted teeth!)
  3. Cort

    Cort Founder of Health Rising and Phoenix Rising Staff Member

  4. Lissa

    Lissa Well-Known Member

    OK- short version of an update here. Mission accomplished- I made it the full 2.5 weeks!

    Just started back on food yesterday. Taking it super slow- all I've had is jasmine rice, chicken, homemade (chicken) bone broth, pork, and scrambled eggs. All organic and only seasoned with salt and pepper.

    Yesterday did not go well.... For whatever reason my gut went nuts after the first meal which was only rice and broth. Result was staying within range of the bathroom all afternoon and evening. Exhausted from losing so much fluid.

    However, I've stuck it out and have been doing much better today. Appetite remains very good. Already eager to add more foods but I'm trying to be cautious. Haven't tried any veggies or fruit yet. Maybe tomorrow I'll try adding a banana. Seems like good timing to be testing foods like you would with an elimination diet.

    Still intend to write up a cheat sheet to help others. Maybe later this week...
  5. Cort

    Cort Founder of Health Rising and Phoenix Rising Staff Member

    Congratulations on making it through 2 1/2 weeks. Have you noticed any positive effects?
  6. Lissa

    Lissa Well-Known Member

    Yes, I lost 9 lbs and 4" off my waist. Proof positive that SIBO was causing massive bloat in my midsection. I had lost the inches and then had a bloat fest reaction one night (for no apparent reason) which caused the 4" to come back in just a few hours. Then it disappeared again overnight. Crazy stuff! I'm only 5'2" so it makes me look like I'm 7 months pregnant! Ugh!!!

    As for energy levels and brain fog - yes I did improve somewhat. But nowhere near where I'd hoped based on others reporting it to be nearly miraculous. I still need to pace, I still crash & burn if I try to do too much. I'm really hoping things will improve as I add more real food back. Still in the early stages here, hoping the damnable SIBO is kicked.

    So far I haven't gained the weight or the inches back yet... And I'm not suffering from the horrible belching anymore! (It made me sound like a 12 yr old boy in a burping contest.... Or a swamp monster hunting for dinner. Not to mention it was horribly uncomfortable to have all that air stuck in my belly.) That is a real improvement right there!
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  7. Cort

    Cort Founder of Health Rising and Phoenix Rising Staff Member

    I know definitely know about the bloat - I'm surprised I don't have stretch marks :woot:
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  8. Cort

    Cort Founder of Health Rising and Phoenix Rising Staff Member

    Lissa reports on how she did (see green download button) on her 2 1/2 week home-brewed Elemental Diet plus provides the cost, recipes, her "Yuk-Shake" tweaks and other tips on the doing the elemental diet can be found attached to this post or in the Diet Resource section here. They include
    • Drink fast – gulp big, and then take long pauses in between. Also keep swirling cup to keep nasty crunchies at bay.
    • Don’t look at the Yuk-Shake while you drink! You don’t want to register what it is that you are drinking!
    :hungry: :hungry: :hungry:

    (Lissa - I had to add doc and docx to the allowed upload files in the Forum - that's why it didn't work for you.)

    Attached Files:

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  9. ankaa

    ankaa Well-Known Member

    I thought that you just consume the elemental drink when you're on the elemental diet? can you eat one meal a day when you're on the elemental diet?

  10. Lissa

    Lissa Well-Known Member

    Hi @ankaa ! Yes, you are correct, just consume the drink on the elemental diet.

    Meg had asked specifically about the Rotation Diet, which is sometimes used when fighting candida and/or leaky gut. It is supposed to keep your body from reacting to foods that you eat too often.

    By skipping 3 days before eating that food again, your body gets a break and is less likely to think that there is a foreign invader. (Feel free to correct me, anyone --- just working from memory here, and ME/CFS isn't all that kind to memories!! Haha!)