I’ve been in the process of writing this post for about a month now. I had a check-in with my doctor after two weeks of Paleo and she recommended I make some changes to allow my gut to heal. She looked at the results from my blood work and suggested the following:
-No eggs for 4 weeks
-No tomatoes or onions for 6 weeks
-No cheese or butter EVER
-No yucky oils. Stick to olive, coconut, toasted sesame, roasted hazelnut, flaxseed or walnut oil.
I made it about a week and I was ready to give up…all together. I could handle getting rid of gluten and dairy because I knew it was really making my stomach hurt, but no tomatoes?! Or eggs?! I was starting to feel like I couldn’t eat ANYTHING and was getting sad. I said from the beginning that I didn’t want this diet to make me feel like I was constantly missing out. I am a foodie. Being deprived is not really part of my personality. I tend to go all out on most everything I do.
So, instead of giving up on Paleo all together I added eggs back in after one week. I felt fine. The next day I added tomatoes. I felt fine. The next hour (yes, hour), I added onions. I felt fine.
I got cocky. A few days later I tried blue cheese on a salad. I was NOT fine. At the time I thought, how bad could a few crumbles make me feel? Well, within minutes I was having severe stomach cramps. Then it was off to the bathroom….where I stayed for about 15 minutes. I was out at a nice restaurant…awesome! It was pretty embarrassing, but at least I learned my lesson…NO MORE CHEESE!
Since then I wouldn’t say my stomach is back to 100%. I’ve been doing Paleo for over a month now and while I feel much better, I would say I’m only about 90% there. I am still having some minor stomach problems and I’m wondering what I need to change. My guess is the eggs or the tomatoes, but I haven’t had the willpower to cut them out again.
Before starting the diet I used to have those bathroom moments almost DAILY. Since starting Paleo I can count on one hand the times I have felt that bad, so I know I am making progress.
I go back for more lab work in another month and we’ll see if things are looking better!
I’ll update more soon on the emotional changes I’ve noticed and my Paleo Inspirations!