1st week of food testing completed

Well I’ve made it to the end of the “setting up” week and I’ve eliminated everything from my diet that is most likely to cause a food sensitivity issue.

So how’s it been?

Well, it’s certainly been a long week.  I started off very enthusiastically but by mid-morning on the first day I wanted a cup of tea more than Alex Salmond wants independence for Scotland.

I felt mean and nasty and by lunch time I had a headache.  This progressed rapidly into a migraine and although I served up dinner for the children I couldn’t face eating and went straight to bed.

Fortunately the migraine was gone by morning and I was able to eat.  But I sorely missed those cups of tea.  They kick start my day and propel me through the morning jobs and as much as I love water it becomes dull when it’s the only choice.

The menu for the week was limited and I mostly ate fruit (apples or pears) for breakfast with cashew or macademia nuts for some extra energy.

Lunch quickly settled into a pattern of fish (haddock, cod or plaice) or turkey steak with roast sweet potato and green vegetables.

I’ve never bought turkey steaks before and they’ve been quite a revelation: lovely drizzled in olive oil and roasted.

I really didn’t fancy salad at all so alternated between courgette and green beans.  I’m not normally a fan of courgettes but a recent trip to one of Rick Stein’s eateries in Cornwall has converted me to them sautéed in olive oil (preferably with lots of garlic but I can’t try that until I’ve tested garlic which is coming up soon).

The biggest problems I encountered during the week were:

  • boredom – there really isn’t a huge lot of choice of things to eat (particularly if like me you have selective taste-buds)
  • feeling grotty and miserable during the first three or four days
  • adjusting to a lack of appetite – I just wasn’t hungry and at times felt like I couldn’t be bothered to eat and literally had to make myself as I was worried I wasn’t eating enough otherwise.

I was tired during the first few days but towards the end of the week felt a renewed surge of energy. I was sleeping really well and was waking up around 6am raring to go.

I feel lighter, actually I am lighter by around 2-3 lbs and am looking forward to adding back all the foods that I’ve taken out.  I get to test two foods a day.  One at breakfast and one in the evening.

Tonight I’m testing broccoli.  I can’t tell you how excited I am to be eating a different vegetable.  Then tomorrow pepper and chicken.

After I try each new food I need to monitor whether I experience any reaction to it eg. headache, fatigue, weight gain.  If there is no reaction I can carry on eating it, but if there is then I am best to avoid it, or retest at a later date.

I’m excited about the week ahead and very curious to see whether any of the foodstuffs I’m most concerned about show any form of reaction.

There’s a part of me that is wondering whether I’ll go through this whole process with no form of response.  But we’ll see.

Next update will be next week.

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