Saturday, December 31, 2011

Living Well

It's the last day of 2011.  Oh what a year it has been!  No recap yet though.  My Blogiversary is on January 9.  I plan on doing a three day recap leading up to that date.  I know you just peed your pants with anticipation.

Wednesday night we had a fun adult's night out for Mediterranean food and copious amounts of wine.
Thursday evening we took the kids to Holiday in the Park at Six Flags.  The weather was great, but it was very crowded.  We only rode a couple of rides, but it was still fun.

Okay, so right before the marathon Randee went to a new chiropractor.  She is more than just a chiropractor, she is all about total body wellness and living well.

One of the big parts of her practice is food allergy testing.  It cost a butt ton of money, but it shows you all foods that your body is allergic or sensitive to.  The theory is that years ago people ate with the seasons.  Whatever was currently growing in the garden is what you ate, thus you were rotating your foods.  Nowadays people eat the same foods, over and over again, causing them to develop allergies to those foods.

I have been gluten free for 1.5 years.  I was having stomach pains and have a daughter with Celiac Disease.  I did it as a 30 day trial, and felt so much better I never went back.  Therefore, I really believe that diet changes can make you feel so much better!

Randee got her test results several weeks ago.

Randee was not real happy with her results. So she wadded up the paper and threw it in the trash.

I found this fascinating, so about a month ago I went in for my first visit.  I had the allergy and hormone blood work done.  I got my results yesterday.  Here is my list of foods I'm allergic to:

  • Almond
  • Banana
  • Pinto Beans
  • Swiss Cheese
  • Corn
  • Egg White
  • Egg Yolk
  • Gluten
  • Cow's Milk
  • Peanut
  • Safflower
  • Sesame
  • Soybean
  • Tomato
  • Black Walnut
  • Wheat
  • Red Bean
  • Blackberry
  • Brazil Nut
  • Blue Cheese
  • Cherry
  • Chestnut
  • Duck
  • Kiwi
  • Goat's Milk
  • Millet
  • Oyster
  • Parsley
  • Red Pepper
  • Peppermint
  • Walleye Pike
  • Radish
  • Turnip
  • Whey
  • White Bean
Quite the list don't you think?

The doctor gives you a 90 day "elimination diet."  Basically, for 90 days you remove foods that are bad for you and those that you are allergic or sensitive to.  You also drink detoxification shakes twice per day.  You eat on a four day rotation plan.  This means that you don't eat the same foods except every fourth day.  This is supposed to mimic the eating by the seasons diet.  By eating on the four day rotation plan you keep your body from developing sensitivities to foods.  

After 90 days, we will reintroduce the foods I showed an allergy to one at at time.  If I tolerate the food, it can then be added back into my diet.

I think I am going to give this diet a try.  I ran two freaking marathons in two months.  I trained for what seemed like forever.  If I can do that, I can alter my diet for 90 days.  It won't be easy, but neither is running a marathon.  It will take sacrifice (like more cooking & taking away my favorite foods like cheese and hummus!), but so does training for a marathon.  You are supposed to eliminate all alcohol  and caffeine for 90 days.  I'm not allergic to either.  I'll drink them in moderation.  I have too many social events coming up to agree to totally do away with both!  

The hardest parts of this diet will be...

Dairy free means no CHEESE!

Corn free means no tortilla chips!

Nut free eliminates a lot of the gluten free products I currently eat, like bread and crackers!

Sesame free seemed like no big deal till I realized that meant no HUMMUS!  
January 2nd is THE DAY.  I'm starting 90 days of P90X and 90 days of the Elimination Diet.  For those people I interact with on a daily basis, you might prepare yourself for at least a week or two of uber bitch.  By week three I should be back to my normal mildly bitchy self.  Who knows, maybe by 90 days I'll be a new woman and eliminate my bitchiness too!

Anyone ever done a diet like this?  Anyone done 90 days of P90X?

Also, what are your New Years Eve plans?  We're headed over to Randee's house for fun times.  If I have any blog appropriate pictures I'll post them tomorrow! :)

Happy New Year's Eve!


  1. I think I'd rather run a marathon than give up cheese :-). WOW - that allergy test sounds interesting. Can't wait to see how the elimination diet works out.

  2. Ugh on the allergies! You can still eat hummus -- just make it yourself without the tahini (can of chickpeas, olive oil, salt and whatever else you want to throw in there). So it's not as good, but it's still better than NOT eating it - right?

    I hope you bitchy runners have a fantastic NYE and a wonderful 2012 :)

  3. Umm, what the hell are you going to eat? That's a long list!! Good luck with it!

  4. Melissa brings up a good point. My suggestion is more meat. Yes, put more meat into you in 2012. That's what I think.

  5. OMG - this sounds like 90 days of hell! Good luck! I'm curious to see how it goes!

  6. None of these allergies include wine or beer, so cheers!

  7. What I want to know after 90 days is if p90x Plyometrics ever hurts less the next day. I will be anxiously awaiting your answer, because I swear that never gets easier for me, and I hurt for days after!

    Interesting about the allergey testing. I have never heard anything about rotating what you eat, and I never thought you could get a test to see everything you are sensitive to.

    Also, I did a cleanse last year for a month. The first week SUCKED and I was very cranky.....but it's amazing how much better you start to feel.

    I hope it goes well for you!

  8. Holy crap! I would die!!

    Good luck!