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Apr 2, 2020 04:48PM
Apr 2, 2020 05:25PM
whatjusthappened - I think that is the universal response to this way of eating - what can I eat? I mostly stuck to lean clean protein like chicken, shrimp, occasional beef, fish, pork. Non-dairy cheeses like almond cheese, almond or coconut milks, almond milk coffee creamer, there are some non-dairy cream cheeses, and goat products are ok in small amounts, so I did use goat cheese and non-dairy Parmesan. Lots of leafy greens, colorful vegetables, sweet potatoes, brown rice, and low sugar fruits like berries. I ate gluten free steel cut oats and had shakes made with vegan protein powder, frozen strawberries, and almond milk. I used rice Thai noodles and rice based pastas, made pasta salads and spaghetti with low sugar marinara and turkey spinach meatballs. I cook a lot so that probably made it easier for me to modify recipes, but it did take some experimentation. I baked fish brushed with mustard and garlic, and found that using some sauces that had no offenders was key in making edible meals. I can go through my pantry and list some good stuff if you would like.
I think, at least for me, even if I did not have issues with some foods and had lost weight fairly easily in the past, it may have been an inflammatory process set in place by the chemo and aromatase inhibitors, combined with slowing metabolism due to age. Rather interestingly, I did 23andMe and found that I am likely mildly celiac, revealed through genetics. I had a reflux surgery in 1995 and had issues after that - thought it might be IBS, but just lived with it. This diet corrected a lot of those issues, so who knows?
One thing to keep in mind if you are partial to some foods you have to eliminate is that you can reintroduce them after the initial period of elimination. If they don't bother you then you can continue to eat them. If they do you will know they may be culprits in the struggle to lose.
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