Instead of Taking Away-Try Adding!

strawberry oatmealLast week, I wrote about an elimination diet and how it can really boost your health if you are experiencing any digestive symptoms, joint pain, migraines, or lots of other illnesses.  The problem is, some people really struggle with eliminating foods.  I had some trouble myself.  When I went out to dinner with my family or friends, it was really hard to watch them order cheeseburgers and fries, while I ate a salad.  When I went to parties and someone made a delicious queso dip that I wanted to try or a beautiful chocolate cake, it was really hard to turn it down.

What worked for me was a gradual approach.  The first thing I did was take all artificial sweeteners out of my diet.  I didn’t remove those foods though, I just ate the full sugar version.  Instead of Diet Coke, I drank regular Coke.  Instead of sugar free yogurt, I ate the full sugar yogurt.  At that time, I didn’t know a whole lot about nutrition, but I read some articles about how artificial sweeteners actually make you gain weight and there are some articles that suggest they cause cancer.  (I wouldn’t suggest adding full sugar foods to your diet if you are diabetic.  Also, this is not really the most advisable solution for anyone, but it helped me get over the hump.)  I decided I didn’t want to eat any foods that were not found in nature.  I drank one soda a day and slowly cut out sugar over time.

Next, I began eating more vegetables.  I knew I really wasn’t eating enough.  Some days, I might only have one vegetable.  I attempted to get some type of fruit or vegetable in every meal.  

I knew that full sugar soda wasn’t good for me, but I had trouble giving it up.  I am not a coffee drinker, so I was counting on soda to help me through that afternoon slump.  Since, I was having trouble giving up soda, I tried adding more water to my diet.  I drank a large glass of water in the morning and one at every meal.  

What I would suggest for someone wanting to increase their nutrients, but having a lot of difficulty giving up the foods they’re used to, is ADD foods.  Add 7-9 servings of fruit and vegetables to your diet.  Add water to every meal.  Add organic foods, grass fed beef, free range chicken and wild caught fish to your diet when possible.  

After you’ve done this for a few weeks, (or months if necessary) check out my upcoming program for eliminating foods slowly.  It will be for people just like you and me, who really struggle to give up those foods that have been all we’ve known our whole life, but know they’re not good for us.  I’ll be doing a webinar soon to introduce this program.  I hope to help many people change their diet and see how amazing life can be when you are pain free and have lots of energy!

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