I am on day 6, phase 2, of the Superwoman Slimdown and I am experiencing a setback. I had been feeling very energetic , but today, I have a bit of a foggy brain. I am still stuffy in the morning, my bloating hasn’t improved and now, this brain fog! It could be blamed on the fact that I had potatoes yesterday, but that doesn’t change the fact that my other symptoms have not improved. Just in case, I will go back to avoiding nightshades. However, being gluten sensitive, I suspect it could be that most of my meals contain some legumes and a bit of grains. Let me explain: Oats and rice have proteins similar to gluten (avenir and orzenin). The Gluten Free Society has a very informative article on the topic. As for legumes (nuts and all grains too), they contain phytic acid, lectins, protease inhibitors, and phytoestrogens. Phytic acid and lectins are in many plant foods and are not always harmful, but they can be problematic for some of us.
Considering my experience and this information, I am going to tackle phase 3 differently. On day 8, I will reintroduce meat, which will allow me to eliminate all grains and legumes. I will still be within the guidelines of the Superwoman Slimdown as I won’t be reintroducing other foods, but I will share my results at that point and will officially start a new experiment: Dr. Amy Myers Autoimmune Solution. Time has come to move on. I was not sure about experimenting with the Paleo world again, since I am reluctant to make meat the focus of most meals (see the Problem with meat), but I felt that this was the option that had the most chance of yielding success at this point. An other good option would have been to pick a raw food program, but it’s cold here, in my part of the world right now, so I prefer conducting this experiment in a few months. For those who don’t know much about the Autoimmune Protocol, this page gives a great overview.
I know this will be difficult for me. I have gone Paleo before, but I have never given up nuts for longer than a week or so, and I have never sticked to anything so restrictive for this long (30 days). But this is partly why I started this blog isn’t?