One of things that Tara Grant recommends in her book is tracking symptoms as you eliminate and reintroduce foods from and to your diet. I love journaling, so this shouldn’t be a problem.
I have been talking to my co-workers about this and one of them recommended the Clever Fox daily planner. I looked into it and ended up ordering one because I think it’s going to be perfect for what I want to do. They come in a variety of colors. I chose purple.
One of my favorite things about this planner is all of the space for planning. Yes, I’m a nerd. There are, of course, the daily log pages. There are also weekly overview, monthly overview, and weekly review pages. This planner also includes space for encouragement and rewards for doing well.
I’ve decided to ease into the elimination, as you can see from the monthly overview. Step 1 is to eliminate gluten, but that’s such a wide range of all of my favorite foods that I thought I’d set myself up for success by breaking that down into phases. I’m also spending a week and a half on the first phase. This is primarily because I’m starting today, in the middle of the week and I think it will be hard for me to remember to start a new phase in the middle of the week moving forward. Secondary considerations are that it will give me more time to get used to this new way of life, and that I have a friend joining me on this quest in solidarity.
I wish that I could start this year off fresh. Unfortunately, I’m on antibiotics for the first two weeks. This could interfere with the symptom tracking and it means I’ll have to pay very close attention during the reintroduction phase to see what gluten is doing to my body.
Ultimately, I feel really great about moving forward on this journey to my personalized paleo diet. I hope that you will find this information useful in some way.