So let me tell you, the elimination diet is freaking hard. I didn’t realize so many things I put in my body are so toxic. The first few days of eliminating the “bad stuff” I had tremendous headaches, could barely focus, was extremely fatigued, and was soooo moody (sorry, family!) I thought to myself many times, ‘is it worth it?’
Eliminating caffeine was the worst. Ever have a caffeine headache? It feels like someone is taking a sledge hammer and whacking your skull. The first couple of days I had to give in and have a cup.
I haven’t actually moved into the detox stage yet – actually trying to get my body used to the elimination phase because I’ve come to realize this is the way I want to eat. I want my diet and my family’s to consist of fresh, healthy foods without all of that crappy, processed stuff that’s out there. I’ve just started the book Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollan, and I’m feeling a bit frustrated with our food industry. More on that later.
Now I’m going on my third week without caffeine and processed foods and I feel GREAT!
My moods are leveled and my energy is higher than ever. I think it has a lot has to do with caffeine. Caffeine seems to be my enemy when I always thought the opposite. Do I miss having a cup of coffee while my children are having breakfast? HELL YES! I miss the smell, the taste, and the whole experience of relaxing with my cup of joe, but I realized after eliminating it, it does me no good. I’ve succumbed to some bread and a bit of sugar, but I am going to continue eating healthy (salads with lots of veggies, green tea, bean soups, and fruits) so I can continue to feel as good as I possibly can. I feel positive, enlightened, healthy, energetic, supportive towards my family, and young again. What more could I ask for?
I’ll continue to update y’all on this journey! If you are up for giving up coffee or anything else for that matter and need some support, leave me a message at firstname.lastname@example.org. I’m here for you.