Week one of no sugar, grains, legumes, dairy, alcohol or caffeine wasn't really that bad. I wasn't tempted to cheat at all because I was so motivated with how I felt on this diet before. The first few days I felt pretty bad. I think my body was angry about the lack of chocolate and oatmeal. I didn't try to do much on those days except rest. But on Saturday when I woke up I noticed a difference. I didn't wake up with my usual body aches. I felt a little more alert and not as foggy. I also lost a few pounds which is always a plus! (I've gained about ten pounds over the course of my three years with CFS.)
However, I am already starting to get sick of eggs again. I need to come up with some new creative recipes for breakfast. I was thinking I could make a breakfast stir fry with veggies and meat or heat up some leftovers. My menu for the week was simple. Basically, I would have eggs with vegetables and half a grapefruit for breakfast, a BIG salad with chicken, vegetables and my homemade salad dressing, a snack of nuts, green apple and almond butter, or cold chicken, and for dinner a protein and vegetable. Last night for dinner I roasted a chicken and brussel sprouts. I also had fish two nights this week with sauteed kale and chard. I'm definitely getting my green on!
One success of the week was making homemade bone broth. Since I was still getting over a cold and most food didn't appeal to me, I decided to make some homemade chicken broth. Didn't grandma always say that chicken soup is the perfect remedy for colds? I did some research on bone broths and discovered that there are numerous benefits! Homemade broth is rich in calcium, magnesium, phosphorus and other trace minerals. Plus the minerals in broth are easily absorbed by the body. Bone broth even contains glucosamine and chondroiton. Bye bye joint pain! Also, homemade bone broths are often rich in gelatin which brings food into contact with digestive juices and soothes the intestinal wall. Lastly, they are super easy to make, which is a big plus for me! I really feel that having some broth each day helped me get over that nasty cold. Since the health benefits are so great, it's something that I'm going to incorporate in my diet on a regular basis.
Despite giving up some things I love; I'm still standing. In fact, I even went to a regular beginner yoga class. (Not a gentle class!) It was hard, but I was able to keep up! Now I'm resting with some knitting to catch up on, chicken broth simmering on the stove, and am filled with hope that tomorrow will be an even better day!