Elimination Diet Begins
Difficult to believe it’s been almost a month since I posted.
I returned from my hike to 3 weeks of constantly changing weather. Cold fronts, heat waves, summer, winter, rain, rain, rain. 80 one day, 50 the next. Strange weather, and not good for RA, which played its normal games, and reacted badly to the weather. When you add in the challenge of my recent hike, it has taken almost the entire month to get back to my normal level of happy joints.
At one point, when I was feeling discouraged over the whole thing. I sat down and re-read my entire journal and blog for the past year. I was surprised at just how badly I was doing this time a year ago, how much improvement I saw over the course of the year, and how much milder the current roller coaster ride was compared to the one last spring.
I haven’t kept my daily journal or logged as much since fall. But reading back over the last year, I can see the value in having a daily record of how I feel, what I’m eating, what the weather is doing, what I’m doing for exercise and therapy. So, now it’s time to log and blog again.
Just before my trip, I started working with a nutritionist. I’m now six weeks into an elimination diet. I am eating only meat, vegetables, fruit, coffee w/ sugar. That’s all. I’ve lost 7 pounds!
Tomorrow, I’m adding back eggs. I’m supposed to eat lots of eggs – 1/2 a dozen or more over the course of the day (unless I have an immediate reaction). If nothing bad happens as a result of the eggs, I go back to meat/veggies/fruit for a couple of days and then try another food. This project will keep me entertained for the rest of the spring, at least!