For the last six months I've only eaten eight foods, carrots, celery, zucchini, squash, chicken, canned tuna, romaine lettuce, (rarely)GF bagels and olive oil. I've done this because there was no real way to tell what else my digestive system could handle and these foods are the "least reactive" of all foods (95% of people do not react to these foods). Yes, it's been quite a harrowing experience but well worth it since before I started this regime no matter what I did I was ill and in pain and putting on weight. My digestive system was so confused, it thought many foods were actually gluten, any food that chemically "looked" like gluten at all was a reactive food. On top of that I was reacting to most other foods because they were what are called FODMAPS, essentially short chain carbohydrates that don't digest well if the gut isn't healthy. And wow, was my gut UNHEALTHY.
So, six months ago I started taking a boat load of supplements, probiotics, prebiotics, glutamines, glutamates, vitamins, digestive enzymes, unhealthy bacteria "blockers" etc. In the mornings it was like having a meal of pills before my actual breakfast! hehehe. By Christmas, three months in, I got to test a few foods to see how my system would handle them. I chose onions (good GOD, add some damn flavor to stuff, ya?), peas (yay for Tracey King's Mushy Peas recipe!) and cornbread(used as stuffing for the bird). I was so darn thrilled to find that I didn't react to the new foods! (Ok, I must confess, I did also add chocolate, I mean, I'm human and it was Christmas right?)
I went right back onto the regime after Christmas and have just had it confirmed that I have lost a significant amount of weight in the last two months!! The reason that's great is that the major symptom of this whole illness for me is the inability to lose weight no matter how few calories I eat and how much exercise I do. I'm finally on the other side of this thing and my insides are finally healing. I couldn't be happier, seriously. So, here's my celebration of being able to once again eat mushy peas a la Tracey Fletcher King. ;o)
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