~ Weight loss. In spite of the fact that I have increased calories and fat, I dropped one pound a day for the first five days. It was all retained water which just fell off of me. I didn't even know it was there. In five days, my wedding ring started to slide around and my shoes became looser. It was not my goal to lose weight on this diet which makes it all the more astonishing.
~ Joint health. One of the reasons that I started this elimination diet was to hopefully identify a trigger for the major and chronic joint pain, swelling, and injury that has been long plaguing me. I am stunned by the very positive and unexpected changes. For the first time in years, I am able to kneel back on my heels. I had reconstructive surgery on my knee as a teenager... this is not an action that I have ever expected to be able to do again. As I was changing cubs diaper, I noticed a comfortable looseness. And I just sat back. wow. I have had no noticeable joint pain or swelling since the beginning of this trial.
~ The carb flu on day #3 was horrible but passed quickly. My energy is slowly picking up and I feel good.
~ I enjoy eating. I cannot fully express what significance this has for me. For years, eating has been a trial, physically and emotionally. Pain, discomfort, illness, guilt. The kids liked to joke about all the cereal I ate... but it was the only thing that didn't cause pain. Now, I am eating ravenously and mostly comfortably. My symptoms have not disappeared entirely but I am hoping and praying that this month will bring much healing.
In the last seven days, no wheat, gluten-based products, processed food (including vegetable oils other than olive), processed sugar, potato, or chemical additive has knowingly passed my lips. I have been eating all kinds of meats, veggies, fruits, high fat dairy, and nuts.
After the carb flu passed, my cookie cravings largely disappeared. And even though I plan on reintroducing the eliminated foods at the end of the trial to judge the effect, I can't see why I would go back for good. After only 7 days, I would say that the jury has enough evidence for a pretty strong case in favor of a permanent lifestyle change... But we'll see. I'm no health nut. If it is God's will, I just want reasonably good health to be able to better fulfill the duties of my vocation.