30 day elimination diet to hopefully feeling better!

Happy Ontario Civic holiday to all my friends, family and readers! Hope you’re all enjoying an extra day off before heading back to the grind.

As I mentioned in a previous post, when I returned from our family vacation in Cape Cod, I decided I wanted to follow “The Myers Way”, which is a complete change in the way of living – change in diet, taking daily supplements, and having certain tests done to check for yeast overgrowth, heavy metal toxicity, and a few other things.


I will be following this autoimmune protocol set forth by Dr Amy Myers, who has put herself into “remission” (I use quotes because these illnesses can never go into remission, you just get to the point where you’re feeling healthier than you ever have been) from her Grave’s disease (a thyroid disorder, which my mom also unfortunately suffers from), and she provides treatment suggestions for others like myself, who suffer from fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, anxiety and depression.

I read her book on my kindle a few months ago, but in order to follow her protocol strictly, I ended up buying her hardcover book last month, so that I could easily take notes, and skip back and forth between pages. I find I need the hard copy of a medical book, and am okay reading a novel on a kindle device.
I took a few of the “tests” or quizzes in her book, and what I assumed all along, seems to be the case – I most likely have yeast overgrowth, small intestine bacterial overgrowth and potentially, parasites in my system. Pretty disgusting eh? The good news is, following her protocol should help eliminate or reduce the severity of these issues.

For the next 30 days, I will be following a strict diet, and once the 30 days are over, I will continue on a similar, less regimented diet. On the Myer’s Way, I can eat the following foods:


And I must eliminate the following foods: 

Quite the long list eh? Luckily, I have followed the paleo diet in the past, which is similar to this (however, this is even more restrictive), so I’ve had a bit of a head start!

I will also be getting back into hot yoga 3-4 times per week. I have already scheduled myself in for the 90 minute class tomorrow morning 🙂 I love Moksha, and the downtown Toronto location has a huge selection of classes! I will also continue with my weekly volleyball and softball teams.


I took all of my measurements and weight, and will continue to do so weekly (this is less important to me – I’d like to get my weight back down, but feeling healthier is most important). It feels very gross looking at my measurements and weight, because throughout all of my life I have been a competitive athlete and have never been this out of shape. I know my age, and illness have a lot to do with this, but it’s still frustrating! Hence why I’m trying out this new way of life 🙂


There are several supplements Amy Myers suggests, however, because I’m not currently working, I don’t plan on including that into my process until a bit later down the road. I have a feeling they will help as well, so I will definitely purchase most, if not all of them, once I can afford to!


  

To prepare, today I did a big grocery shop for the first few days of this new diet, which took me a while because I have not spent THAT much time in the produce section in my life and I couldn’t find some items haha. When I checked out, the cashier was giving me looks and I was wondering why – well, when it was time to pay the hefty $135 bill (remember, this is just for a few days of groceries), she said to me “You are probably the healthiest person I know!”. HA, if only she knew the real story! Hopefully this diet does help, and I do in fact become a healthy feeling person 🙂 

After posting a picture on Instagram today, my brother’s fiancée Nami mentioned that a bunch of kale costs them $10 in Singapore, which costs us $2.50 here in Toronto. After hearing this, I felt a bit better about the bill haha.


  

I brought the groceries home, and started to plan out our meals for the week (Bart is going to follow part of this with me – he won’t be eating sugar in front of me, and he’ll have similar dinners, maybe with different sides since he can still eat bread, wheat and rice). The book is amazing – there is a daily meal plan for 30 days, down to adding leftovers to a new meal, snacks, etc. This is EXACTLY what someone like myself needs! So today I made the lemon garlic whole chicken recipe for dinner, and I’m now in the process of making the suggested broth from it (to snack on for a few days during the week or add to soups).

  

So far, I’m feeling excited and very positive about this. Feel free to follow along to check out my pictures on instagram (I can be found by searching my name, Alexis Tanner, or as the username “therheumaticrollercoaster”). I will provide a daily update on my progress, the good, the bay AND the ugly!

Some of my fellow chronic illness sufferers might ask how on earth I was able to grocery shop and cook and clean today? A miracle! I have been feeling a bit better since our vacation, and hopefully I can maintain that. It will be MUCH easier for me to follow this protocol while I’m not working, and then once I’m back at work, hopefully this will be second nature and won’t feel like work 🙂 Plus, I have an amazing fiancé who will be happy to help me shop and cook!

Have any of you tried “The Myers Way”? If so, what did you think of it? Has it helped with the symptoms your autoimmune disorder(s)?

Wish me luck!

Thanks for stopping by!

xoxo Lex

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2 thoughts on “30 day elimination diet to hopefully feeling better!

  1. I look forward to following your journey, Lex. I wish you the best of luck!!
    A little encouragement: I have been on a clean diet for the past 5 months and it is much like you are starting. I am taking a probiotic/digestive enzyme, omegas, daily multi-vitamin (B, D, K +) , turmeric and more through products by Plexus. Results have been fabulous… more than I even hoped for. I am managing my RA, anxiety, depression and fibro naturally now having gone off all meds. I’ve also lost 45 pounds which is secondary to my health improvements but welcome none the less.
    Soooo, I think you are on the right track and I wish many you wonderful results and much relief!!

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