Have you recently decided to eliminate a certain food from your diet because it makes you feel bad? Maybe you have an autoimmune disease and your wonderful doctor saw my story and figured, you should checkout this Strange Diet thing. Perhaps you are just one of those people who give up certain foods because it’s trendy or it might make you feel better. Whatever your reasonings might be for cutting a certain food out of your diet, I have some tips for you!
First things first, I have to say it, you might not like it, but I have to be honest with you. We’re pals and friends tell each other the truth even when it’s not easy. Are you ready? Here it is: Eliminating a food(s) out of your diet is not easy! It takes time to get into the routine where when you walk past the gluten-full muffins in the grocery store you won’t cry on the inside. Before you know it when you go to restaurants that offer the table bread you’ll just ignore it like it’s not there. It will get easier, but it will be hard. Hopefully you’ll find some hope that you are not alone in eliminating food and we all go through growing pains of adjusting to this new season in our lives. Now that I presented the brutal advice, let’s get to how to eliminate food!
Hopefully you’ll find some hope that you are not alone in eliminating food and we all go through growing pains of adjusting to this new season in our lives.
- Read food labels
- Have you ever taken the time to read food labels? It’s scary what we put into our bodies. One time I attempted to do the Whole 30 (and failed, but that’s a different story for another day). During that quick trial session of the Whole 30, I realized how much junk was in a lot of the foods we eat. When I officially cut gluten, dairy and soy, I had to become a food label reading wizard. You too will become a wizard like me and Harry Potter. One day, but it takes practice.
- Be kind to yourself
- There’s going to be moments when you are hungry grocery shopping and you are reading food labels and it all looks like a foreign language. Take a deep breath and remind yourself why you are doing this – to feel better, to increase your energy, etc. Whatever the reason might be, just remember to be kind to yourself.
- Find substitutes for your favorites
- What is one thing in the world you cannot live without? Peanut Butter, soy sauce, cream cheese? One of my favorite foods in the world is a bagel with cream cheese; however, bagels are infested with gluten and cream cheese is just spreadable dairy. I knew if I was going to succeed in this lifestyle change I was going have to find a bagel and cream cheese alternative. Guess what? There are so many gluten, dairy and soy free bagels on the market (my personal favorite, Trader Joe’s Gluten Free Bagels) and I found some rad cream cheese alternatives too. Find your kryptonite and find its alternative fast. You might end up eating a lot of it until you become confident in slaying the food eliminating game.
- You either love them or you hate them, but you’re going to want to get to know them especially during this transition. Befriend fruit, find some safe crackers, or protein bars. In the beginning you might accidentally end up at a restaurant that isn’t safe for you and the only thing you can eat is a can of black beans. True story. Trust me in investing in some snacks, if you’re like me you might end up hangry, which isn’t fun for anyone! You as well as your friends and family will thank me later for helping keep the hangry monster happy.
Hopefully I made you laugh a little, because this topic isn’t always the most fun. It’s hard giving up your favorite items. It was an adjustment for me too! When it gets tough remember why you are doing this and know you are not alone. I promise you it’s been worth waking up and feeling good!