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Alcohol

The good news is, even though we are so sensitive to food, alcohol doesn’t seem to be a problem! Rejoice in small miracles. The bad news is its dependant on the type of alcohol.   Here are the ones that are okay: Whiskey (Bourbon and American Whiskey labeled “straight” whiskey. Most other whiskeys have caramel colouring made from burnt sugars.) Vodka – Make sure it’s unflavoured. Ciroc (original) is excellent. The above doesn’t make us react because they’ve been distilled so many Read More

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FAQ

What is your take on lemons? I haven’t tried lemons. The pure lemon juice that comes in bottles can contain sulfites, but lemons don’t show up high on the IgG test, and they don’t have much sugar so they can’t be that bad (if bad at all). I just haven’t tested them out on myself so I don’t know yet. There doesn’t seem to be anything wrong with them though. Do you drink green tea? Green tea is fine! I’ll Read More

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What Living with Depression and Anxiety Is like (Throw Some OCD Symptoms in There Too)

I was put on antidepressants at a young age. Severe depression runs in my family and thankfully my dad had realized what it was and saw it early in me. (It is controllable by diet but there seems to be a genetic component as well). I can barely control it with diet. Messing up is so easy and if I wasn’t as stubborn as I am, I wouldn’t be able to handle all the home cooking and research. Thankfully, I Read More

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Blurb from 2014 on Depression – What Depression Is Like

I wrote this after an argument with a friend where I was told having depression was basically whining. August 20, 2014 You know what sucks? Arthritis. Pain. Multiple joint replacements. Weekly injections. Chronic pain. Not being able to run or do sports. You know what’s worse? Depression. The depression I have feels like my close friend died last month and no matter what fun thing I do there’s still the underlying grief there, all the time. I can laugh at something Read More

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How to gain weight/maintain weight on an elimination diet

I’ve had a number of people reach out to me asking about how to gain or maintain their weight on a diet that cuts carbs like this one. Here are some things you can do to make sure you get the calories you need. (I’m writing this post because I just counted the number of calories I’m getting a day and its about 3500!!!! – No wonder I haven’t lost any pregnancy weight. This is what happens when you survive Read More

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What Vitamins and Supplements to Take

I’ve had a bad reaction to a couple of multivitamins (most of them contain soy derivatives), so I don’t take a multivitamin. Beware off prenatal vitamins too. If you end up being extremely sensitive, steer clear of either. Just so everyone knows, unfortunately, none of these reactions are caused by low vitamins or minerals. I had all those checked out first. I was particularly wondering about B12. But, alas, it’s a much more complicated problem than that. I’ve done vitamin Read More

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Top foods to avoid (if you don’t want to do an elimination diet)

If doing an all out elimination diet isn’t feasible for you, or if you’re relatively healthy and just looking to improve your energy or lose a few pounds, avoid these foods: Gluten – You know those stereotypical Californian girls who don’t eat gluten “because it makes you fat” but they don’t exactly know what it is? Well they were right anyways. He who laughs last right? Anyways, gluten is composed of two proteins, gliadin and glutenin. It looks like gliadin Read More

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How is it normal to feel after cutting out foods?

You won’t feel better right away. The first two weeks can be hard. Sugar cravings (carbs, chips, soda, sugar) and dairy cravings (cheese) are intense. I also had soy cravings. These fade off in a couple of weeks but don’t underestimate them. Make sure you eat enough. If you’re craving foods just eat more. It doesn’t get rid of the cravings but it helps, and then you won’t be as likely to cave when you get hungry. I started feeling Read More

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Should you start an elimination diet? (How to begin a month long elimination diet)

Looking back on how I did my elimination diet, I can see a number of things I did wrong. This is a post describing how I would do an elimination diet now (pretty much what I’m doing now anyways). This might seem extremely strict… and it is. Not much I can say about that except that it’s only a month, and you might be able to reintroduce most things back in right away. This is the diet that helped my Read More

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Why is soy bad? Is all soy bad?

I had someone contact me asking me why I thought soy was bad, or if soy was always bad, or something like that. She was Asian so soy is naturally a big part of her diet (also it’s tasty). Again, these are my opinions from reading and testing things out on my own body, I could be wrong and maybe (hopefully) your body is different. First, I have an IgG response to soy. If you don’t, you’re reaction isn’t going Read More