Food and drink is a big part of my life. Even though I cut out most fast and processed foods a long time ago, I still eat out often. D and I enjoy food. We bond over trying new restaurants. When we travel, our favorite activities include trying new drinks, visiting breweries, and exploring the restaurant scene. Food makes me happy. Meals and drinks with friends is really something special and social. This aspect of my life, our lives, makes completing a Whole 30 or AIP elimination so hard. During my last Whole 30, I often turned down social engagements with friends or with D because it is too hard to be around the alcohol (or numerous people drinking around you) and choose appropriate items from menus to eat. This aspect of an elimination diet is depressing for me. I also knew that doing "another" strict eating plan would cause some friction between D and I. He and I have different eating habits, and he gets tired of having to work around my restrictions.
Then there was the fear. Fear of the possibility of my body not tolerating my favorite foods: eggs, tomatoes, coffee. Peppers, cumin, chili powder: goodbye taco nights. Nuts: not my beloved Larabars! The thought continues to linger (especially now that I've seen results after eliminating these foods) that I will lose a food that I love so much. The mental battle between what I loved more, my (seemingly cosmetic afflicted) body or my food. Seriously, the struggle is real.
[Why should I have to give up delicious, healthy foods like a caprese salad?!]
You may remember that I am a pescatarian. This has always made completing a Whole30 difficult. After all my research for the AIP, I felt like it was going to be extremely difficult to complete the protocol utilizing only fish. For this reason (and also hoping to appease D a bit more by making additional carnivorous dishes), I made the decision to consume meat while on the AIP. There is plenty of research or opinions claiming that meat (organ meats specifically) help to heal your gut, but I have not messed with a lot of it. My plan was to make the best meat choices I could: buying grassfed and locally as much as possible. Of course, this is expensive. BUT it has improved my success and progress on the AIP.
I'll be providing a more thorough update on my body's healing and progress on the AIP next week!
Have you ever had to give up a food for a health reason?
What food would you have the hardest time giving up?