Okay, so I didn’t even make it a full 24 hours before I fell off the no-gluten, no-eggs, no-dairy, no-corn, no-soy, no-sugar, no-peanuts wagon. Aaaaarrrgh.

I can cut out sugar and artificial sweeteners pretty well.  I haven’t purchased processed sugar for about six months now.  I don’t do most forms of corn due to my UC and cut out most soy a while ago.  I can even avoid the gluten and peanuts pretty well.  But eggs and dairy… those are my downfall.

I grew up in family that had ice cream on a daily basis.  I am almost positive that I have dairy sensitivity (and have since I was a baby and threw up my formula all over my mom for months), but I just can’t seem to give it up entirely.  I can skip ice cream (sacrilegious as that seems).  I can substitute almond milk pretty easily.  But why do you have to take my yogurt and cheese from me??

Eggs, on the other hand, I simply enjoy eating and find easy to prepare. Fortunately, I don’t believe those are a trigger for me, so I should get them back… if I ever make it through the initial 21-day phase of this diet.

For now, I’m going to put this back on the shelf.  I’m going to be moving soon and there’s far too little I can do to control my diet some days.  I’ll still try to keep it as clean as I can, but I’m not going to stress the little stuff until I get settled.

This isn’t admitting defeat… it’s regrouping so I have a more defensible position.

Alright, so I’ve decided to try it.  I’m going to cut out the Sensitive Seven (gluten, dairy, eggs, peanuts, soy, corn, and sugar/ artificial sweeteners).  On top of it, I normally don’t eat pork or shellfish.  Time to see if I can eat affordably and healthily without any of those things.  Not only that, but will it help me lose those last stubborn pounds that linger in spite of my healthy habits?

Here’s where I get to expose myself to the world.  I’m 5’9″ and I weigh 155 pounds.  My waist is 28.25″ and my hips *gulp* are 38.25″.  I’ll measure again at the end of the 21 days.  I’ll also see if I start feeling better.

Today, I had a Beachbody Shakeology shake with almond milk for breakfast.  I had a banana and trail mix (no peanuts, sugar, etc) for snack.  Lunch was a brown rice cake and carrot sticks with chai tea (no sweetener and no latte).  I’ll have an apple for snack and plan to have an Odwalla Berry smoothie for dinner.  (Not enough protein, I know, but I have limited kitchen access for a few days).  I worked out this morning.

I didn’t get the timing right, though.  I didn’t eat within an hour of waking up because I was working out.  I haven’t been timing my drinking right… and I’m low on ounces of water.  I’m still going to stick with this… at least for now.

I recently posted that I needed to be better about my finances and directed my readers to Dave Ramsey’s site.  Since I’d just touted it, I thought I should pay a visit myself.

I did the free budget, using (mostly) the amounts suggested by the site.   For the record, I put food right at the max percentage and debts a little over (because otherwise I’m never paying those suckers off!).

First of all, it’s going to take a huge step of faith to faithfully tithe an amount that is more than half of my food budget.  Ouch!

Second, I’m not sure how I’ll find a place to live on the housing limitations (and I put housing almost at max), but at least I know now to say no to anything well out of the ballpark.

The big one, though?  Food!  How do you feed three growing boys and two less-voracious females on $60.50 per week??  I have problems feeding just me on that amount.

I’ve already had beans and rice recommended to me.  Beans are not a friend of my ulcerative colitis, but brown rice is.  Maybe I’ll start having brown rice with every meal.  I don’t seem to have any sensitivities for that. 

This might not be the best time to be giving up eggs and dairy, though.  I don’t mind the soy, gluten, corn, and sugar.  I can manage with the peanuts.  But eggs and dairy… those get me through a lot of tight budget days.

Time to get creative.

Okay, before anyone starts thinking that I’ve really gone off the deep end (too late!), this is by a woman named JJ Virgin, hence the name.  It’s a food intolerance diet, which is very similar to things I’ve been wanting to try for a while.

Basically, she identifies the seven (really eight) most common food intolerances: corn, dairy, eggs, gluten, peanut butter, soy, and sugar (plus artificial sweeteners, which I believe should just be banned from existence).  She then takes you off them for 21 days (how convenient!).  There’s a testing period afterwards to see if you have learned to tolerate four of the seven: dairy, eggs, peanut butter, and soy.  I’m going to leave soy off the list, as I’ve been largely avoiding soy lately, and spend 21 days testing the other three.

Anyone interested in trying this with me?  I’m going to do it (and subject you to posts about it) anyway, but I thought it might be fun to do it with someone.

Just a thought.  Back to your regularly scheduled blog posts…