Currently, I am:
- Gluten free
- Low grains/grasses to nearly grain free (I try not to have more than 1 serving per day...More than that feels like it's too much for my body. My favorites are buckwheat and wild rice ~ I like strong flavors.)
- Low starch (Starchy foods seem to give me similar symptoms than gluten grains)
- Sugar free (I only use natural sweeteners such as honey, maple syrup and coconut sugar in small amounts. I use agave syrup only once in a blue moon, because it's not a liver friendly sweetener. Most of the desserts I have are fruits, fruit based or fruit sweetened...I plan on making some dry fruit syrups and see how my body reacts. I know manage to drink my teas without any added sweetener.)
- Yeast free (I can't stand the smell nor the taste of yeast anymore and my body doesn't seem to like yeast anyway).
- Nightshade free (The hardest part may have been to get rid off tomatoes since they are everywhere but since I realized how addictive they were, I found the motivation to stop eating them. I have found some very good no-tomato sauce recipes using carrots or butternut squash and beets (for color), with proper seasoning, it tastes about the same as real tomato sauce so I don't feel like I'm missing something. Potatoes make me sick within 24 hours. I've always had trouble digesting peppers no matter how much I loved them and eggplants give me a funny sensation in my mouth).
- Soy free (Because it's a health hazard. I only have a little splash tamari once in a while)
- Peanut free (Not that I'm allergic but I never liked the taste & texture, plus when you do a little research it's not such a great food...Sunflower butter has a similar taste and is more nutritious)
- Few(er) eggs (I noticed that my belly doesn't agree with lots of eggs and surely not on a daily basis...I wonder if it has to do with the feed. For this reason, I will stick with pasture fed eggs and plan on trying duck eggs as well).
- Few legumes/pulses (These can be hard to digest so I don't eat them too often and usually stick to a few "favorites" such as kidney beans, cannellini beans, azuki beans, lentils and peas/split peas...I find garbanzo beans/chickpeas very acidic)
- Nuts & seeds + nut/seed butters (I love making milks out of soaked nuts/seeds or butters ~ for express milks)
- Fruits & vegetables (I particularly enjoy greens, members of the cabbage family, squashes & pumpkins as well as a few root vegetables)
- Meat, poultry, fish, eggs (Preferably free range and grass/pasture fed)
- Raw milk & dairy products (Great for homemade yogurt, whey and clabbered milk)
- Homemade lacto-fermented foods and drinks (Don't neglect the good bacteria, you need them)
- Miso (I use a soy free miso made with azuki beans)
- Nourishing herbal infusions
I feel healthier, less aches & pains, less fatigue and more energy. I also have nearly no cravings (especially not towards junk and sugary foods) and experience less hunger due to the fact that I have a varied and nutrient dense diet (so I eat less that I used to). No more mood swings, cranky liver, pounding heart/tachycardia nor hypoglycemia either ;).