Today, February 7th 2017 is the one month mark since my family started an elimination diet. I wasn't sure what to expect when we started, I think I was hoping for an instantaneous, miraculous change in everyone's well-being, and then I came back to reality and was just hoping my family wouldn't hate me the entire time we were doing it. The first couple of days were definitely the hardest, it got better after the first 4 or 5 days. Now, a month in it's kind of becoming normal to eat this way, that's not to say we don't miss certain foods like really good homemade bread or ice cream or even edamame (we haven't reintroduced soy yet), its just become normal to have a big salad instead of a sandwich for lunch, to have chicken sausage and greens for breakfast instead of french toast.
Everyone has been asking about weigh-loss, my husband is down a few pounds, but isn't as bloated as he used to be so he looks like he has lost a lot more. I'm not sure how much, if any, my daughters have lost but I know my younger daughters clothes look loser. I have personally lost 10 pounds since we started, but I have also been exercising everyday. I have felt like my head is clearer and I feel I am getting more done than I had been, is that because of the diet or just because the holidays are over? I don't know.
The thing that I have been most impressed with is my families willingness to continue eating this way everyday with very little complaining, mostly just the occasional reminiscing about the delicious taste of things we aren't eating. And the way everyone's taste-buds seem to be changing. Sweet potatoes are insanely sweet, squash is being truly enjoyed and I go through an entire refrigerator of veggies every week. It's been amazing. When talking with my family all of them are enjoying what we have been eating, for the most part, the mung bean stew was not a hit, and want to keep flour and sugar as a much smaller portion of our diet than it had been. I couldn't be happier.
So far we have reintroduced eggs, citrus, some members of the nightshade family and nuts. Next week we are going to add beef back. I think we are still a month or so away from sugar and flour and to my surprise I dont think anyone is in that much of a hurry to have it back.
As far as recipes go I still depend a lot on The Elimination Diet. It has been my main source for information, besides my doctor. As we have been adding foods back into our diet I have been able to use a cookbook I reviewed last year Clean Slate, for my review go here. Last week, when I was at the bookstore, I flipped open a copy of The Whole 30 Cookbook and decided to buy a copy so I have more to work with. A lot of the recipes we cant use yet because there is so much we still cant eat but I am looking forward to using it.
When I first started down the path of cooking retro foods I had the intention of eventually making a cookbook called Retro Redo, or something like that, and would take vintage recipes and make them more modern and healthier. It's looking like that's where my path is going to take me, eventually. The first recipe I ever wrote was actually a French Silk Pie recipe made with tofu, I was in 9th grade. I guess sometimes we have to go full circle to find ourselves.
Have great week! And cook something amazing!