Today I'm going to just try to list the changes I have already gone through as far as my diet is concerned.
Since October I have not eaten any type of bread, buns, biscuits, cookies, cakes, crackers or pies. I also haven't eaten any type of pasta. I tried to eat wheat pasta as a substitute but I had the same allergic reactions to it as plain pasta. I removed cheddar cheese from my diet too.
I miss bread a lot, especially the biscuits. Pasta was a staple food in my diet. I wish there were a healthy alternative. Last night I was reading about Rice Pasta, which is a possible option for me. However, I would like to find others who have eaten it and get their opinions about the product.
I have to be honest here. My friend Gail commented on our picture that she could tell I have lost weight.
I am 4' 11" tall :) When you're finished chuckling at that height I'll tell you about my weight . . . . . . . . .
Okay, let's continue :)
In October when I started removing the things above from my diet, I weighed 115 pounds. That left me some room to lose weight without sacrificing my health. Within a month of removing those things from my diet, I lost 10 pounds. At that point my weight tapered off and I now weigh 105 pounds. I'll also note here that my mother, in an effort to lose weight started removing these same things from her diet. Her result was a weight loss of 20 pounds in one month.
I no longer spend every day of my life feeling bloated and sluggish. I feel more energetic and stronger than I did when I weighed just 10 pounds more and ate bread all the time.
I must confess, sacrificing bread, pasta and cake has been a very difficult thing for me to do. I bake a lot and take these cakes to friends and neighbors. As I hand them their dessert I am silently wishing I could take a seat and share the treat with them.
Some days, I feel an incurable hunger. I haven't figured out how to resolve that without feeling bloated and sluggish again. I guess it is possible that my body will adjust to these changes in time.
What am I eating more of? I eat a lot of salads. At least one meal a day is in its entirety, a salad. I can eat Mozzarella and Parmesan Cheeses in small portions without having any reactions, but rarely choose to do so. I eat my meats broiled or grilled for the most part. Batter and breading on meats (or anything for that matter) is a no-no for me. Rice. . .I eat a lot of rice. I make stir fries a lot more now and I see rice quickly becoming a substitute for pasta. But I still miss pasta. The only types of cereal I have found that I can eat are rice based, mostly Special K.
So basically my diet now consists of vegetables, grilled or broiled meats and rice.