Since November, when I began the elimination diet I have:
Slept better
Had more energy
Had much less stomach upset
Had fewer headaches
Had clearer skin
Gotten rid of a rash on my neck and chest that I thought was acne
Had less congestion
Had less itchy ears (my ears used to itch all the time)
Lost weight without much effort at all

I think this is made of win. In exchange for these benefits I merely need to refrain from eating:
Gluten in all forms
Brussel sprouts, broccoli, cauliflower, etc (they give me migraines)
Tomatoes, potatoes, bell peppers, eggplant (they give me eczema - I will compromise on this one occasionally)
Sugar (gives me UTIs - no fun at all)

I'm still not sure about:
Corn
Pork
Chocolate

All in all, that's not too bad. Eating out is complicated, because restaurants frequently don't understand. Even when they try to accommodate they sometimes forget things, like that alfredo sauce is made with flour, so even if you replace the pasta with risotto, there will be a problem. It requires hyper vigilance on my part. In this endeavor, my natural OCD (which I have now had diagnosed - so, yes, I do have OCD as I always suspected) comes in handy.

As far as the weight loss, I have lost the 20 pounds I gained since I moved to the bay in summer 2007. I intend to continue losing weight and getting back to the shape I was in before the tonsillitis of doom. That would be another 17 pounds. We'll see if that's viable or not. As is, I've lost twenty pounds over 7 months, which seems like a good and healthy pace to me.

It's nice to feel healthy for a change!
 


 
20 / 20 pounds. 100% done!
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