After Christmas I started on an elimination diet to ferret out food reactions. I’ve had food sensitivities for many years, but they change over time, and I wanted to see where they stand. An elimination diet takes you back to basics, and for a while, you only eat foods that almost no one reacts to.
Many people say they feel much better eating this way, but no one prepared me for the detox that sometimes accompanies the dietary change. Holy cow! It was intense, but I’m through the worst of it.
Even though I’ve followed a plant-based diet for 35 years, I’m finding that the simplicity of the elimination diet gives me more energy and clarity, and makes me feel more centered, grounded, peaceful and calm.
Right now I’m only eating steamed brown rice, cooked vegetables and some cooked fruits. It might sound monotonous, but it’s not so bad. When you eliminate strong flavors like sugar, salt, hot peppers and vinegar, your taste buds adjust, and simple foods taste good again.
I see it as an opportunity to celebrate what I can eat rather than feel bad about what I can’t eat. I’m grateful that Mother Earth provides ample varieties of food for me to choose from.
It also feels good to be able to do something healthy for the planet. Vegconomist magazine reports that a plant-based diet reduces your carbon footprint by 73%. Animal-based food puts more strain on the planet than plant-based food. Global meat and dairy production is reponsible for more than half of all greenhouse gas emissions — more than all of the vehicles on the road.
What changes are you making in 2020? I’d enjoy hearing your thoughts. You can share them with us in the comments section below.
With love and appreciation,
Painting at top: “Origin,” 36 x 36 inches, repurposed acrylic latex paint on canvas.