Elimination Diet Day 6

Spent most of the day pretending I’m not getting a migraine, because this elimination diet is supposed to fix everything….had the same foods today, as everyday so likely not food induced.


Elimination Diet Day 5

After much thought about anything I did differently yesterday, I missed a major change in my review yesterday. I started cooking with coconut oil yesterday. THAT was the major change. And, well I won’t be using coconut oil, ever. It’s the first definitive (sort of) thing I can remove from the list. I will try bok choy again to make sure that isn’t an issue, when I try to challenge foods. But for now I will also eliminate bok choy to be safe. I also removed one of my antihistamines from my medications yesterday. I am planning to try alternating and only taking the morning one every other day for this week, and see how that goes. I hope to eventually not have to take them every day twice a day unless it is allergy season.

On to today! It was a day of safe foods sweet potato, kale, and chicken and a bit of steak. Felt pretty good today, and went to my gym class tonight and wasn’t faint or lacking energy or anything.


Elimination Diet Day 4

Everything was going well until about an hour after dinner. My throat and roof of my mouth started getting itchy… and then my guts got very upset. So, I reacted to something that I ate on an elimination diet…… fun.

I had bok choy and steak for dinner, with sweet potatoes I had also eaten at lunch and breakfast today. I also had a small portion of squash that I roasted for starches for tomorrow. So, it was either the steak, the bok choy, or the squash. I only had a mouthful of the squash so that is unlikely, and I had the same type of steak a couple days ago. So I would bet that the winner is bok choy.

I love being the type of person who reacts to the foods on an elimination diet that should be safe foods.

Hopefully tomorrow is a better day.

Elimination Diet Day 3

Today was also my first day back to work after the holiday break. Food was okay today, no issues. Had steak with bok choy and radishes for dinner as a change from the constant chicken, sweet potato/squash, and greens.

I did have some extra starch in the afternoon before going to a gym class in the early evening. I wasn’t sure how I would manage, whether I would be lightheaded or faint from lack of food/nutrition but I was fine. It was actually very energizing, i’m so glad that I went.

I’m not feeling much different, but I also wasn’t headache today. Hands were a bit stiff but I was also typing a lot today.

Still going strong so far!

Elimination Diet Day 2

I have gotten past kale for breakfast, and butternut squash doesn’t taste as bad after two days of it. I guess I’m getting used to the taste. Plus, cilantro and parsley are my friends. Flavour, give me all the flavours!

Gut pain hasn’t changed any, and is actually a bit worse. My throat soreness is a bit worse, and I have had a bit of a headache most of the day, that is likely sugar detox related.

I’m not feeling super deprived, and have foods for meals for tomorrow all prepped. I think the key will be going to the grocery store, immediately after eating so that I’m not tempted by all the crap. It’s ‘awesome’ that the checkout lanes are at the candy, cookie, chocolate aisle…..

Tomorrow will be more of a real test, with it being my first day back to work after starting this adventure.

Elimination Diet Day 1

I have had some health troubles, that became more pronounced in the last year. To try to improve my health I am embarking on an elimination diet. Because I have a few different health concerns, I am doing a fairly restricted diet to begin with. Both a FODMAPs for the IBS and an AIP for the arthritis-like symptoms I have developed.

I ate my last bad for me food at noonish Friday, so I am more than 24 hours in and so far I haven’t felt too deprived. Although I was quite hungry this morning, so I was glad to have some pre-made meals in the fridge for today. I think that will be the key to this, having pre-made protein, starch and non-starch vegetables ready to eat when I need them.

Basically my diet will be limited to chicken, and some beef, squash and sweet potatoes, and greens. I can cook with olive oil and salt, so I do get some flavour. But there is a long long list of can’t haves that seem like most foods.

But, this is a journey to improve my health, so it is worth the effort and the time investment to pre-make food so I don’t fall off the plan. Right now I am planning to do the hardcore diet for two weeks, and then see how I’m feeling and re-introduce some of the things on a less restricted elimination diet. But, it will depend on how I feel.

Today I have been a bit headache, probably from sugar withdrawal, my guts have been more sore and upset than normal, but hopefully that is just an adjustment period.

I did make sweet potato chips today, which are quite good and feel like a treat, so when I feel deprived I can have/make those.

I’m not sure I will blog about this journey every day, but it is a convenient place to post notes about how it’s going, so we shall see!

Book Review 2017

I read a lot in 2017. 58 books works out to more than a book a week, which feels like more than I have read previously. But, I have never kept track before so, who knows! When you read a bit every day it doesn’t take long for them to add up! So on to the books:


  • The Good Gut
  • The Crossroads of Should and Must
  • Daily Ritual
  • Younger Next Year for Women
  • How to Live a Good Life
  • Notes from a Blue Bike
  • Benjamin Franklin: An American Life
  • The Productivity Project
  • Furiously Happy
  • This I Know: Marketing Lessons
  • Tools of Titans
  • When Breath Becomes Air
  • The New Better Off
  • Managing Oneself
  • The Vegetable Butcher
  • Deep Work
  • The Art of Asking
  • Born for This
  • Big Magic
  • Appetites: A Cookbook
  • Reading People
  • Smarter Faster Better
  • The Four Tendencies
  • The Cozy Life
  • Focus – A Memoir
  • Grit
  • The Nordic Theory of Everything
  • Steal Like an Artist
  • Who thought this was a Good Idea?
  • Eat that Frog


  • Orphan Train
  • Unwanted
  • A Share in Death (Kincaid 1)
  • All Shall Be Well (Kincaid 2)
  • Leave the Grave Green (Kincaid 3)
  • Mourn Not your Dead (Kincaid 4)
  • Dreaming of the Bones (Kincaid 5)
  • Kissed a Sad Goodby (Kincaid 6)
  • A Finer End (Kincaid 7)
  • And Justice There is None (Kincaid 8)
  • Now May You Weep (Kincaid 9)
  • In a Dark House (Kincaid 10)
  • Water Like a Stone (Kincaid 11)
  • The Thirteenth Tale
  • Where Memories Lie (Kincaid 12)
  • Necessary Blood (Kincaid 13)
  • No Mark Upon Her (Kincaid 14)
  • The Sound of Broken Glass (Kincaid 15)
  • To Dwell in Darkness (Kincaid 16)
  • Echoes in Death (In Death, Book 44)
  • Garden of Lamentations (Kincaid 17)
  • The 100-year-old Man Who Climbed out the Window and Disappeared
  • The Little Paris Bookshop
  • Glass Houses (Gamache book 13)
  • Secrets in Death (in Death, book 46)
  • The Bookshop on the Corner
  • Wicked
  • Orphan #8

This is the first year that I have done a reading log. It seems like a lot when it’s more than one a week, and I think I have read more fiction this year than in years past.

The best fiction book I read was Glass Houses. This series has been phenomenal. It’s very rare for me to not get the mystery half way through and I tend to never know what will happen in Louise Penny books. Both the Little Paris Bookshop and The Bookshop on the Corner were lovely and along the same theme. I also read Orphan #8 and Orphan Train so also a theme there. The Kincaid series was the bulk of my fiction reading, and it was a good series, but I don’t think I will go back to it if another one comes out. The JD Robb in death books are guilty pleasures, I tend to buy them when I’m sick and need something that is easy to read and transports me to something new but familiar.

The best non-fiction book I read was The Four Tendencies. It solidified for me some personality traits that I have to learn to work with not against. There are two books that I think I will go back to again and again and those are Younger Next Year and Eat that Frog. They were full of gems of information, and are books that you can get something different out of each time that they are read. When Breath Becomes Air was impactful when I read it, and I still think about it every once in a while. The Nordic Theory of Everything and Who thought this was a good idea, felt a bit like University books, and I’m glad I read both. They are books that help expand your knowledge in areas that you can’t get from clickbait online.

In all it was a good reading year!

Year in Review

2017 has been an interesting year. A few highlights:

  • starting this website
  • stopping work on a different website that was not fulfilling me
  • Prioritizing exercise for my health
  • Prioritizing sleep for my health
  • Focusing on what the healthy options are for me in each moment: physically, mentally, emotionally
  • joining a gym class that met twice a week, and we were accountable to show-up
  • falling for a silly little television show called Wynonna Earp
  • Grateful for deepened friendships and new ones
  • Read more
  • Reflected more (through this website mostly)
  • Worries over the economy have pushed me to start a side business in the new year

Biggest win this year was focussing on my health and to further that I am planning to do an elimination diet in January to once and for all figure out what I am reacting too. I might blog about it, we shall see.

Biggest regret was not starting the side hustle idea sooner, and putting time into a project that I was not enjoying.