one week of feeding my body right.

i can not believe how quick this week went by!
time flies. i used to roll my eyes when my grandma would say something like this. but have gotten used to the fact that she was right a long time ago. she always is 😉 but this time i thought it would be different. it normally always is when you try to ‘be good’ no? the moment i try to eat healthy all i can think of is food. unhealthy food. haha. so i thought this would be almost impossible to tackle for me.

it isn’t. au contraire! i wouldn’t say it is easy. it requires a lot of effort. but it’s also empowering so it’s worth all the prepping, cooking, planning ahead. my body feels great! i haven’t had a painful stomach since seven days. for me that’s a record! feeling shit after eating has been a daily occurrence since such a long time. i don’t even remember when it wasn’t. so not being in pain or having to rush to a toilet pretty much after my last bite is new to me and not at all something i take for granted.

but not only that. cooking for the elimination diet forced me to get a lot more creative in the kitchen. i mean who wants to eat steamed veggies with rice for 23 days? not me! i even managed to eat something else each day of this week. today i made an amazing stir fry with coconut cream and rice noodles. quick and simple. and so deliiiiicious. and elimination diet friendly. isn’t that amazing?

apart from new recipes i’ve learnt a few things during this week:
l. bananas are THE craving killer.
ll. garlic is life! it makes every dish tasty. poor co-workers, haha.
lll. tupperware is my new best friend.

only two more weeks to go and i’ll be reintroducing foods. i can not wait but until then i am actually loving this journey!

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day two of treating my body right.

i did a terrible mistake!

on my first day of the elimination diet and basically a day after i nearly died – so i felt – i went for my normal triathlon training schedule. just a quick swim. 30 minutes. not a problem. so i thought! 15 minutes in i set next to the pool feeling like the world was one big merry-go-round. not fun. will not make this mistake again.

lesson learnt: you might feel good. energetic. motivated. happy to jump right back into your normal life schedule. but your body is still recovering. and this elimination diet is also not nothing. you are cutting out on basically 50% of your normal diet – maybe even more – one day to the other. so your body will need energy to adjust.

take it slow, papi!

so day two has been slow so far. i allowed myself to hang around in bed for a while in the morning and then treated myself with a large frozen banana-blueberry-coconut smoothie – deliiiiiiicious!

lunch has been probably the healthiest meal i’ve ever had in my life. haha!
steamed broccoli and spinach with brown rice. sounds pretty boring? it’s actually refreshing to slow down in the kitchen a bit, too. i’ve read – okay i didn’t read the entire thing but the important bits – quite a helpful paper about the comprehensive elimination diet – if you’d like to read the important bits, too – and something quite obvious and simple is mentioned but it has helped me a lot:

eat simple. cook simple.

easy, right?

don’t get caught up in crazy recipes that are gluten-, egg-, dairy- & nut-free, vegan, rainbow-coloured and make you grow wings all at the same time. don’t make it extra complicated for yourself to pull through the elimination diet. just go back to the basics. when was the last time you had rice and steamed veggies with no fancy-pants sauce sprinkled with superfoods-dust?

all i needed for lunch was garlic, olive oil, some salt & pepper, veggies and rice. and it was really tasty. allow your tastebuds a break, too. you’ll be surprised how nice that can be!

yay to my second day of treating my body right by slowing down!

hello out there.

i’m new to this. and i haven’t quite figured out what this blog is gonna be about. about life i guess. yes – my life. somehow. but actually that’s not what i want it to be about. i’d rather want this blog to be about life in generell. about all the great things it has to offer. but also about all the sad things that come along the way. basically i want this to be a raw reflection of what life is. it’s beautiful. but it can be tough, too. the other they i was sitting with some people who are close to my heart. we were sitting in a bar sharing epiphanies about life. one was sharing her thoughts about her anxieties. another was talking about his depressions and how depression didn’t necessarily mean sadness. and a third one was talking about her dad who’s dying. sounds terrible or not? it wasn’t. it was emotional. it was honest. and it was raw. and i thought it was great. no masks. no fake smile. no walls to keep up. and in this moment i thought ‘this is what i miss in the world out there’. i want more raw things. more raw thoughts. raw emotions. raw people.

let’s be raw!