Elimination Diet: Week 1 in Review

SS Elimination diet week 1

It’s been a week. I’m still doing the Elimination diet. This week has had its ups and downs. I still haven’t felt awesome, but I am guessing my body is detoxing a bit or my body just hates me…or both. Hopefully this week my symptoms will lessen or go away. I have found plenty of food that I can eat, however let’s just say I have a lot of things over rice or quinoa. There is nothing wrong with rice or quinoa, but I have a feeling it will get old. I haven’t done much meal planning, just go with the flow–which I feel I would have a bit more variety if I meal planned better. Maybe timing will work out better this week…

I have ate some delicious food and made some food that has been surprisingly tasty. One huge struggle I have had is seasoning. Most spice blends have some kind of pepper in it, whether it be red bell pepper to a spicy pepper. I am also avoiding black pepper–so that takes out every spice blend. I just season to taste, which I do a lot in my cooking when I have a bit more time–I just like to use spice blends when I am short on time. 

Other challenges I have faced is breakfast. I can’t do eggs. I can’t do cereal or oatmeal…and frankly, that is usually what I have for breakfast. I am having a lot of chia pudding with fruit for breakfast, since it really is just chia seeds and nut milk. My other go-to breakfast item is smoothies…and a lot of them. I am making them with rice protein. I don’t love the rice protein powder I got, but I am just going to go with it and hope I can go back to the whey protein I like when I can reintroduce foods. I do know of some good plant-based protein powders, but they are pricer than the rice protein I have. Since I am spending more on food with this elimination diet, I am trying to cut costs where I can. Oh…other hard part about breakfast, NO COFFEE. Yeah, it is sad. I miss that delicious hot cup in the morning. Although I haven’t fallen asleep at work or anything, so I suppose I am doing just fine.

I have decided I now love almond butter, which was not the case a month ago. I have gone through a whole jar of almond butter in less than a week, between having it with apples or rice/nut crackers. It is definitely my go to snack. I think I have ate more almond butter this week than I have in the past year.

I have even had dessert this week: Avocado Chocolate Mousse. It may sound weird, but it is delicious and way healthier than regular chocolate mousse. I will be sure to post the recipe later this week.

Some food highlights of my week: Basil Kale Pesto with Rice Pasta and Roasted Chicken, Salmon over Quinoa with Brussel Sprouts, and Mexican chicken with Black Beans and Avocado over White Rice. (Side note: the “Mexican” chicken was a challenge with out peppers, but I just spiced it with garlic, onion, cumin and oregano.)

elim diet week 1 food

Everything is made from scratch, as I have to to avoid the foods I can’t eat. I do typically cook most of the food I eat from scratch as I like to know exactly what is in my foods, so it really isn’t a big deal. However, I do like my occasionally protein/granola bar or cereal, but I am probably much better off only eating foods from scratch.

Saddest part of the week: The Packers unfortunate loss. That’s all I’m going to say. I did however make Asian Turkey Lettuce wraps for the game. While I missed the cheese and beer (GF, of course), the wraps were tasty.

packers food

This photo was taken during the first quarter…not the last five minutes of the fourth quarter. See I am happy…not sad.

All in all though, this week went fairly well. Two more weeks until I can start reintroducing foods!

Mango Chia Pudding

mangochiapudding

I have a huge sweet tooth and am always looking for treats that don’t make me feel terrible after I eat them. Don’t get me wrong, I love to have a huge piece of cake or a whole pint of ice cream from time to time, but I can’t (well I can, but I shouldn’t) indulge in treats like that daily.  My new favorite treat is chia pudding. It is super easy, but also not too bad for ya. Really it is not bad for you at all, especially if you make smart milk and sweetener choices. I have made quite a few rounds of chia pudding, and I have found this to be the best (at least to my taste buds).

The bonus to this pudding is the benefits of the superfood, chia. Chia is a great source of omega-3 fatty acids and fiber, and they are high in antioxidants. Not to mention, chia makes you feel full, since it can absorb a ton of liquid. Trust me, chia seeds are the bomb, just google “health benefits of chia seeds,” and a ton of info will pop up, as there are many more reasons to eat chia. Chia seeds are also great in oatmeal, smoothies, and on top of a ton of foods!

Here’s how you make this delicious chia pudding.  You will need milk, chia, cinnamon, vanilla, sweetener, and a mango.

chia pudding ingredients

Combine the chia seeds and milk in a bowl.

milk chia pudding

Once combined, add cinnamon, vanilla and stevia. Stir until combined. (I sometimes stir with a fork, as it combines the chia and cinnamon a bit better into the milk.)

stevia chia pudding

Cover the milk/chia mixture and place it in the refrigerator. While your pudding is chilling, dice up mango.  Set aside in the refrigerator, until pudding is ready.  

mango

After one hour in the refrigerator, stir your pudding.  It should have already started to gel. Then, refrigerate 2-3 more hours, until the mixture has fully gelled and is pudding-like.  Stir right before eating, and top with mango. Then,  enjoy! 

mangochiapudding

You really can top this pudding with any diced fruit.  I can’t wait until summer when berries and stone fruit are in season! Oh, the delicious possibilities!

Mango Chia Pudding

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