- March 1, 2012 at 8:47 pm #74708
Jackie2ParticipantTopics: 57Replies: 197
Wondering if you went on your weekend trip yet? How did you manage? Been thinking of you.
I went to Florida for a week. Stayed with my parents. Found parts of stay very difficult. Wondering how your trip went.
Traveling 20hrs in the car was tough. I ate hard boiled eggs, raw veggies, kiefer and a yogurt. Found driving that long w/o coffee etc was not as hard as I thought it would be.
The sun on my face and sand in my toes was just what the doctor ordered 🙂
Hope your well…wondering how you did.
JackieMarch 2, 2012 at 4:07 am #74722
Thanks so much for thinking of me… I was delighted to see your post! I know what you mean about the sun & sand… really helps the body & soul doesn’t it? I’m glad your journey went ok but am sad that you had tough times at your parents. It can be very awkward with this diet at someones else place can’t it? No-one fully understands. x
I’ve been meaning to post since we got back from our weekend away (3 weeks ago now!) but I’ve been torn as to how to “report back”! That might sound odd… but basically it went so incredibly well that I was afraid to a)tempt fate, b)get too cocky and c)have my post misinterpretted by newbie who would head for the nearest bar and the all-you-can-eat buffet!
So here’s how it went:- I had rung ahead and asked for a room with a fridge so I that I cuold bring hard boiled eggs, coconut oil, avocado, rocket, sardines, lemons, dressing, tumeric tea – so I knew I’d be ok for lunches, snacks & drinks.
For breakfast the chef made buckwheat bread (I know, incredible! It was yummy too!) and bought organic eggs so I had fried eggs (didn’t chance poached because they add vinegar to the water) on buckwheat toast with coconut oil and drank lemon hot water. (I have been having 1 or 2 cups of filter coffee a week but I find hotel dining room coffee can be a bit insipid and can sit in jugs for a while so didn’t want to waste my quota on below average coffee!)
Because I’d been doing so well and would behave myself fully for breakfast & lunch, I had decided to take a few chances on the evening meals. Friday I had king prawns in a buerre blanc sauce to start(I had tried real butter before and had been semi ok) and then had rack of lamb with a thyme jus for main (I’d had lamb no prob, just keep it once a fortnight and I figured that in a high end place they’d reduce the jus rather than thickening it with something nasty so took the chance). Saturday night we ate in the bar which was a mistake because the choices were so limited… I had calamari (which has some sort of light coating, wasn’t great so hubby ate most of it) and I ordered a steak with onions and it came smothered in sauce. I scraped off the sauce because I couldn’t be bothered to send it back and it was fine but a waste of a “cheat” if you know what I mean! I also had 2 glasses of wine each night with lots & lots of sparkling water to wash it through me!! And on the Saturday we were given a flute of Champagne for Valentines and it would have been very rude to refuse haha!
And you know what?!!! NO reaction, Nada, nix…. not an itchy scalp… no dry hands… no headache… so rash or hives… incredible!! What’s more incredible is since then I’ve been pretty mush sticking to stage 1 still with a few little extras and every few days I get a slight headache or slight itch as my body figures out what it likes & doesn’t like!
I think the key to the weekend though was the absolute relaxation… and that allowed my body to heal and my head to clear. Wwe had 2 full nights sleep (I’m up most nights 4 or 5 times with various children at home), 2 late lie ins, relaxing meals, sitting and reading, a leisurely drive with a lovely walk, a full afternoon in the spa just chilling in the sauna, hot tub, relaxation room… and really really nice time connecting with hubby. Everything went so well, there was no tension, no stress, no-one pulling at us for our attention and we just gave to each other and really re-connected. We’re usually quite good at staying connected and have regular date nights and nights away (with 4 kids we have to really work at finding the time for each other but we’re focussed on keeping that connection because we’ve both had failed marriage before and refuse to let it slip!).
Since the weekend away I’ve been doing really well. As I mentioned before I’ve had a few slight reactions but am getting braver about what I try. It can be hard to get the balance right between figuring out what to introduce so that I can move forward sensibly… and not risking a relapse. I’m perfectly happy sticking to a very strict stage 1 allowed list all week and fully enjoy what I’m eating, I literally don’t miss anything or feel hungry or unfulfilled. But I’m very glad to be at the stage where I could accept an invitation to dine at someone’s house or take a chance when out at a restaurant and not feel like rubbish for days after.
We’ve booked a break away in Portugal, just the 2 of us in May!! We’ve chosen a private villa for a week so we can get total solitude as well as my own kitchen so I can stick to the diet… and then for the last 2 nights we’ll move to a hotel and at that stage it won’t matter if I eat out and chance a few nasties because we’ll be nearly home! My main challenge will be the luggage weight allowance going over beacuse I’ll take my own coconut oil, apple cider vinegar and even pre bake bread and bring that over (and slice & freeze it when I get there). It will be easier to do that than bring all the ingredeints and trust a strange oven etc. We’ll book a transfer service to take us via a supermarket to stock up one the day we arrive and hopefully we won’t have to leave the villa for the entire week! Bliss!
Thans again for thinking of me and checking how I got on! Several times I’ve sat down to post an update but I just didn’t know what to write!
How are you doing?
LxMarch 2, 2012 at 8:21 pm #74781
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What an amazing story!!!! I’m so happy for you and so amazed by the progress you have made. We are so blessed that Raster and Able have given so much to us to be able to make such great progress.
I’m thrilled to hear what you were able to do and you can hear the peace and calm you found in your vacation with each other. That is a gift this diet makes difficult to find peace. I’m sooooo happy for you.
I must say I’m not brave enough to try what you tried.
I ate 3 rasberries, and a handfull of blueberries and felt like I was living on the edge.
A glass of wine or two…something to dream about.
I’m still very cautious. I think because as soon as I even eat too much yogurt I get a reaction in my mouth…to much sugar in a short period of time. I have a reaction so I just don’t chance it much.
I’m happy with the diet just as you are. I’m happy feeling healthy.
I’m so happy to hear your going on another trip. We are learning to live with this and move on. You bring hope.
I’m going to try one more Doctor. An infectious disease doctor here in Michigan and then I have an appointment with Mayo Clinic in Rochester Minnesota. I don’t think anyone can help me as much as Raster or Able. I just think I want someone to tell me I’m ok…or not ok. 🙂
Peace and Blessings,
JackieMarch 3, 2012 at 1:47 am #74789
I wish you well with the new doctor and hope s/he tells you what you need/ want to hear. As you say, no doctor will help us as much as Able & Raster have and we’re eternally grateful fur their time & patience. I did PM Able as soon as I got back after the weekend away with full details – he urged me to post it publicly and I’ve been meaning to do so.
You’ll get braver in terms of what you try. I agree though that it’s not worth taking the chance just for the sake of it. I tried that too soon and it set me way back so I’m very careful now. Once you feel healthy again you just don’t want to rock the boat do you?
I actually started with non sugar items like different types of meat – I know Able recommended a little rice, some natural yoghurt or an apple first but that just didn’t make sense to me in terms of my own body so I haven’t tried either yet. Instead, I started with poultry other than organic chicken (turkey, duck, goose, quail) and was fine with all of those. And then I tried shellfish (crab, prawn, lobster) and they were fine too. What that meant was that I could then extend my meal options hugely without ever needed to try any new carbs, off list fruit or veg… does that make sense? I’m also having 2 or 3 cups of coffee a week and am fine but won’t puch it. Again my strategy is to try things that had been eliminated for other reasons than directly feeding the yeast. Nuts & seeds are still a problem but about once a week I try a tiny bit just to check because they’d be such a handy source of protein and a great tasty snack! I use Hemp in my Oatbran bread every 2nd week and am fine with that but i think others have had problems. It gives the bread a lovely bouncy moist texture.
You sound like you’re in a good place at the moment mentally so well done for that! It makes such a difference doesn’t it? I’m feeling so much stronger – I even applied for a new training contract yesterday and have a meeting set up for that! I wouldn’t have dreamt of taking on anything extra even a few weeks ago, in fact I was cancelling contracts because I just wasn’t up to it!
LxMarch 3, 2012 at 2:26 pm #74827
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Lucylu wrote: I know Able recommended a little rice…
Did I really suggest rice to you as one of the first test foods for the second stage? Well shut my mouth and call me Shirley. What on earth was I thinking? I don’t even have rice (of any color) on the second phase of the diet on the forum, and if I had added a third stage list of foods, I doubt I’d put it there either, so I must have been dozing when I typed that.
If by some chance you remember where or when I stated that, I’d love to remove it from existence; you know, just to protect my “anal” reputation.
Thanks, AMarch 4, 2012 at 4:05 am #74881
Sorry Able, I must have mis-read/ mis-understood/ mis-interpreted.March 4, 2012 at 8:51 am #74896
WilliamHolstMemberTopics: 42Replies: 72
Congradulations lucy. Its always good to hear what successful people are eating now, and what foods they experiment with first.March 5, 2012 at 8:13 am #74985
Thanks William – it really is very satisfying to be this far in my progress. I’m still playing it safe but at least I now know the extremely strict approach I took to the diet & supplements worked so well. I tried Quinoa for the first time today and am feeling fine now… it’ll be good if I’m ok with it as it’ll be a really handy lunch option.
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