How do I do this?
I know that many of you when you read over the Do’s & Don’t list of healthy eating got overwhelmed. “What do you eat?” I am often asked. “How do you really do that?” “Does it really make that big of a difference?” The answer is Yes!!
Some of you will be so grateful for the answer that has been stopping you from everything you want that you will jump in and change your diet overnight and grit your teeth through the pain of Candida die-off & toxic elimination. However, if you are more like me and need a realistic plan to change over your diet slowly, over time, so your new eating because a life plan. Here is how I did it.
Month 1 – Eliminate milk and looked for substitutes that I didn’t mind. There are nut milks, rice milk, hemp milk & oat milk. My favorite is rice milk. Add a fruit for breakfast and a vegetable for dinner. (Not starchy like potatoes.)
Month 2 – Eliminate cheese and butter. Look for substitutes. I personally love daiya cheese. No soy & melts really well & tastes delicious. For butter there is earth balance, which is gluten free & vegan. (link)
Month 3- Eliminate the rest of dairy. Yogurt, ice cream & any product or dish that contains dairy in it. Try green smoothies for breakfast & add a salad for lunch. (By this point you are going to feel so much better that it will give you the will to continue to see how great you can really feel!)
Month 4 – Eliminate gluten bread. There are some very good gluten free substitutes for bread. My favorite is the gluten free New Grains sourdough bread. Other brands are Udi’s & Kinnikinick. Start experimenting with Vegan cooking. Try rice with dishes. My favorite Vegan cookbooks: Veganimacon by Isa Chandra Moskowitz & Terry Hope Romero and The Vegan Table by Colleen Patrick-Goudreau
Month 5- Eliminate gluten/wheat pasta. There are vegetable pastas, rice pastas. Just make sure they say “gluten free.” Add raw vegetables and nuts for snacks throughout the day.
Restaurants are quickly becoming altered diet friendly. Most restaurants now have gluten free menu’s & dairy free menu’s. I have found that most Japanese restaurants that serve sushi are friendly to this diet. Ask for gluten free and only eat gluten free soy sauce. (Soy sauce contains gluten.) Most nice restaurants that I go to I can order something and just say “gluten & dairy free.” They will alter the dish and make it still really yummy!
Month 6 – Eliminate gluten entirely! Gluten is in everything! Click here for a list of things that contain gluten. (link) Keep experimenting with Vegan cooking.
Month 7 – Keep status quo
Month 8 – Eliminate cookies, even gluten free, dairy free ones.
Month 9 – Eliminate chocolate, even gluten free, dairy free brownies & chocolate bars
Month 10 – Eliminate all sugary treats.
Month 11 – Eliminate anything that has white or brown sugar added to it.
Month 12 – Keep status quo
Month 13 – Eliminate all starchy carbs. Rice, potatoes, gluten free oatmeal, gluten free bread, etc.
Month 14 – Celebrate that you did it & now you feel great!!
This slow plan allowed me to handle the pain of toxic elimination in my body and still function, work, and take care of my family.
When changing over your diet, always be kind to yourself. If you have a traumatic month and need to halt your progress, that’s okay. Always work within the parameters that you have.
A lot of people worry about their families and how they will respond to a “new” eating plan. I found that my family resisted for a few months, but as I found recipes and substitutions that they liked as well, they began to all support me in my new way of eating. Sometimes I also made separate meals, one for me & one for the family.
As I realized that I deserved, literally had a right to feel great all the time, my new eating habits became easy for me to live. You will find this as well.
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