As we mentioned toward the end of last month, Sherrian and I started the CLEAN Program Elimination Diet over 2 weeks ago. The main purpose of this elimination diet is to see if Sherrian has any food triggers that are making her health ailments worse (or even causing them in the first place).
We are basing the diet on the book Clean by Alejandro Junger, M.D., and the full list of foods that are allowed can be found here. The big items that we are eliminating are sugar (besides what naturally occurs in some fruit/vegetables), dairy, eggs, nightshades (tomatoes, eggplant, and most peppers), grains, beef, and pork.
Preparing For The CLEAN Program Elimination Diet
Before we started this elimination diet we either froze or ate all of the perishable items that aren’t allowed on the plan. This wasn’t one of those situations where someone goes on a diet and “has to” eat all of the unhealthy items in the house. We actually had pretty ‘healthy’ (I hate that term for individual items or meals) things in the house beforehand.
The biggest problem that we faced was not being able to buy everything in one setting, so we had to rely on fast food way too often. We both gained a good amount of weight in the weeks before starting (we’ll talk about that in another post)!
We made a few videos showing all of the food that we purchased both before and during the program, and you can find those below (if you are reading via email, you can click the links in this sentence).
We purchased a lot of fresh fruit and vegetables, as well as snacks that fit within the guidelines. We also purchased chicken, ground turkey, salmon, and a lot of salad. We used this as an opportunity to try different things, and even different combinations of some of our standard items.
2 Weeks Of The CLEAN Program Elimination Diet
It took us a few days to get used to the limited options. It’s not just the lack of cheese or milk that hurts me with the dairy exclusion, but it’s the fact that I can’t have my go-to items such as Greek yogurt, cottage cheese, eggs, or even whey protein powder! Those are all great sources of fat and protein, and I used them heavily to round out my macros. That’s a lot of versatility gone…just like that!
I also miss ground beef, although ground chicken and turkey have been nice substitutes. I don’t miss grains as much as most people who do this, but it would be nice to have some oatmeal or even a wrap every now and again.
I definitely miss having peppers, strawberries, bananas, and grapes, and I can’t wait to be able to add them back into my salads and smoothies.
The plan calls for one meal, 2 smoothies, and however many snacks you feel you need (I am still trying to hit my macro-nutrient goal each day). Most of the time I am not able to get in 2 smoothies, so I have 1 smoothie, a large meal, and a few items as a snack. I have had a lot of green olives, fruit, and nuts over the last 2 weeks, and I have discovered some interesting combinations.
Problems During The CLEAN Program?
The only problem that I have experienced so far is not being able to get in enough calories on many days. It’s very difficult to find combinations to make up enough, without going over the amount of fat I am trying to get in each day.
I have a plan for the last week, to try to get in more calories from carbs (very difficult without most grains), and I’ll let you know how that goes next week.
1) Have you ever done an elimination diet?
2) Are you sensitive or allergic to any food?
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