I have been dieting almost two years, and I must say that it is not by choice, nor has it been fun. I think I have been on 4 different diets in the last couple of years trying to get my digestive system happy and healthy. As long as I stick to the protocol of no starches, sugars, cow's milk, carbohydrates, and gluten, my digestion function better. Many question me, "What is left to eat?" Actually, there is quite a bit in our whole foods stores (organics), but it takes reconditioning the taste buds, your cravings, and how you perceive food
Instead of pasta, bread, burgers, & pizza, try fresh vegetables and organic meats. Maybe reward yourself with a piece of grain bread on the weekend for following your diet.
Cook in olive or coconut oil instead of the vegetable oils. And stop frying things; cook them on the grill or in the oven.
Use other sources of flour such as almond, pecan or brown-rice flour to make your pizza crust, rolls, pie crust, cookies, and brownies.
Avoid sugar-free, low-fat items. They are filled with saccharine and artificial sweeteners. Note "artificial"- how can that be good for you? My theory--the fat is in there somewhere.
Drink almond milk instead of the sugary, hormone-ridden cow's milk, or starchy rice milk. Soy will mess with your hormones, so stay away from it as well. You can get your calcuim from vegetables. Eat a lots of them!
For a snack try mixed nuts, raisins, and cranberries. I have finally given up my morning cereal which was very difficult for me. I now pour almond milk over this mixture every morning, add a banana and eat it for breakfast.
Use vinaigrette on your salads, instead of the starch and sugar ridden ones.
If you want ice cream, Whole Foods offers an ice cream made from coconut milk as well as one made from goat's milk.
Eat white cheeses more often than yellow. While cheeses are easier for your body to digest. I have developed a strong craving for goat cheese. it is great on turkey patties and pizza.
Limit yourself on starchy vegetables such as white potatoes. Eat sweet potatoes as an alternative.
It has been difficult for me as I have been forced to change my eating habits, but what have I learned over the last two years is valuable-- we MUST take care of our bodies through nutrition. The American diet will only lead to illness in the long run. We feed ourselves nothing but sugars, starches, & carbs that feed the bad bacteria in our bodies. I will never look at another food comercial, fast food resturant, or grocery items the same way. I now truly understand the importance of eating for health, and not for comfort..