I see the world as one big laboratory, and my life as a series of experiments. I don’t always know what to do, but I’m pretty confident that I can try just about anything, observe the outcome, and act accordingly. And heck, it’s fun. I’m ten days into the latest experiment, and it’s been quite an interesting run!
A couple weeks ago, Roland and I were visiting his sister, who was learning to manage her new gluten free diet. Coupled with her intolerance for dairy, this was proving to be quite a challenge. However, the efforts were clearly worth it, as she lost 7 pounds in just 2 weeks, likely as a result of reducing inflammation and dropping the excess water that accumulates when our systems are chronically irritated. In addition, she generally felt better, with less joint pain, improved energy, and a complete resolution of what had been a steady stream of digestive issues.
Roland knows that he too has some dairy intolerance, and both of us have more than our fair share of joint pain. He also knows that some grains and beans irritate his stomach and/or cause him head congestion, but which ones specifically are the problem seems to be a moving target which he’s never pinned down. We got to thinking, what would happen if once and for all, we tried an elimination diet, free of all dairy, grains, and beans, and then added them back in one at a time? Would we be find out that all along, we’ve been eating something that we should be avoiding?
Given my chronic back pain, (and because I’m a bit of a nut) I decided to also add in my anti-inflammatory protocol, a 4-part dietary strategy to reduce systemic inflammation. That means high omega-3 fats, high anthocyanins and flavonoids, lots of turmeric (daily if possible) and no sugar or refined carbohydrate.
We committed to doing this for 30 days. During this time we’re observing our digestion, skin, joint pain, energy levels, sleep, athletic performance, you name it.
Today is day 10. Stay tuned, tomorrow I’ll let you know what we’ve learned so far. Even the preliminary results are getting interesting!