February 02, 2010

Eating Experiments

I feel certain that Bones has pneumonia as I type this and we'll be back to the pediatrician's tomorrow morning. First thing.

This morning at 11 I had them call me in a steroid as the croup had started. He slept all afternoon which is very not Bones. I'm nebulizing every four hours. He sounds like he's going to lose a lung.

I'm trying not to think past getting him well.

On another note, something not previously blogged, for the next month I am giving up all processed foods including, but not limited to, white flour products, sugar, and anything containing them and this will also include my giving up most cheese.

I read an article in our paper about Dr. Oz and his suggestions for living a healthy life. Some of his items I cannot abide by such as... drinking black coffee. Fair enough, no more coffee. I only drink one cup a day anyway.

I don't drink so I won't have that glass of alcohol either.

I'll be eating pretty much the same thing for breakfast and lunch every day, eating lean meats for dinner, no sauces and a lot of fresh vegies and fruit.

Every morning, as long as my stomach can take it, will be Greek yogurt OR an egg on whole grain bread. Lunch will be some type of salad with balsamic vinegar and olive oil. Snack will be almonds and raisins and I'm allowing myself three small squares of 70% dark chocolate which is evidently good for flavenoids, whatever in the hell that is.

Why am I doing this?

As one of my friends said, "This is tweaking your inner marathon running mentality isn't it? It's one more thing to see if you can get your body to do."

And... yup. He's right. There is a part of my personality being tweaked in this.

But what I really want to see is what kind of, if any, body changes will occur because of this. Will my rosacea clear up or go away? Will my migraines go away? Will most of my digestive issues go away or get worse? Will the 3:00 draggies be eliminated? Will I sleep better? Hurt less?

It's a big body experiment that I'm starting with 30 days and may extend to 90.

And you all are the recipients... as in, I'll be blogging it every day. I'll be blogging the highs and lows and all that comes in between.

What I do not expect is weight loss, although I am weighing myself before just to see what happens in 30 days.

No processed sugar or foods. No high fat meats. No triscuits and cheese.

I'll be eating like a caveman, except for my Greek yogurt.

We shall see. Stay tuned. Tomorrow is Day 1. March 3 is the tentative last day.

Posted by Boudicca at February 2, 2010 09:42 PM

Additives and preservatives... they are evil especially if you get migraines.

Yes, go the caveman route - that's how you have to start. Make sure anything you buy to eat has only "real" ingredients. It's darn near impossible to always eat completely fresh, so you will eventually move into some packaged foods. Read every label. Be very afraid of the words "natural flavors".

In restaurants - go for fresh fish and salad if possible - no gravy stuff at all.


The best thing about a natural diet is that it's not bad for you like low fat or low carb. You will feel better. And after a few weeks, you will notice (if you taste them) anything with additives will taste metallic to you. I think the thing that surprised me most after I gave up that stuff was that Hershey's chocolate kisses tasted so bad! I literally can't eat them and I used to LOVE them.

Good luck. It's a bit austere at first. Once you've got a pattern, you can add to it a bit at a time and see how it's tolerated. I think you'll feel much better.

Posted by: Teresa at February 3, 2010 01:09 AM

Wow. I gave up salt years ago. Now anything with salt in it tastes horrible to me.

But I cannot imagine giving up ALL processed foods.
Good luck to you.

Posted by: Rave at February 3, 2010 11:42 AM

It sounds like you are approaching this like a science experiment where you are attempting to control the variables. Good for you.

At least you aren't trying the full Cougar Diet: http://www.fitforcombatsystem.com/the-cougar-diet/

Posted by: The Thomas at February 3, 2010 12:21 PM

Good luck with your experiment, Bou! What is Greek yogurt, and how is it different from regular yogurt?

Posted by: PeggyU at February 3, 2010 12:24 PM

Teresa- I'm kind of more interested in what it's going to be like not having the refined sugar and white flour in my diet. I think that's going to be the tough one to be honest. I'm wondering if it's going to make a difference in my skin.

Rave- I am NOT a big salt person. I think I can count on one hand how many things I've salted. Blech. BTW, I realized today that included my peanut butter. Holy crap.

The Thomas- The Cougar Diet! NO! I'm married! And if I wasn't, younger men would be icky. Blech. I see these women my age with men in their 20s and I think, "Why?" Anyway, yes, this is my big science experiment. My only concern is that 30 days won't be long enough.

Peggy- Evidently Greek yogurt has more stuff in it that's good for you. Honestly, my body is struggling with it since I'm lactose intolerant. I've added lactaid to my diet when eating it and I'm thinking that's doing something not good in itself... eating something my body is screaming "NO!" However, I find it to be thicker and I actually like it.

Posted by: bou at February 3, 2010 12:45 PM

I have been having steel cut oats and blueberries and bananas for breakfast most days. Really good and so good for you. No lactose problems with that at all.

Posted by: dick at February 4, 2010 07:02 PM