Today is the last day of week 2. I have successfully eliminated corn products from my diet, which is no easy task. Corn products include but are not limited to corn, corn starch, corn flour, corn meal, and corn syrup. These ingredients are in nearly everything that is prepackaged. There are the obvious things, like corn chips and popcorn. However, it is also in soda, candy, most condiments, some sweet tea, and even some meats if the animals were corn-fed. The list goes on, but I won’t go down that rabbit hole right now.
If you are looking to eliminate corn products from your diet, this website will be useful. It lists the various corn products and byproducts and what they are typically used for, including cosmetics. The most important thing is to read the labels when shopping.
The thing I found most startling was that prepackaged honey mustard contains both corn starch and corn syrup. It’s my favorite condiment, so that is a shame. Tonight, I did find paleo dijon mustard. I’ll be alright. I double-checked the ingredients and it is fine for me to use it until I eliminate seeds.
I just stepped off the scale and my current weight is 255.4. I’m up almost half a pound, but that could even be due to the fact that I weighed myself in the morning on Sunday last time. Honestly, as much bacon as I’ve eaten this week, I expected to have gained more back. Tomorrow begins the elimination of all other grains: rice, quinoa, couscous, oats, etc. I can do this.
As a reward for not giving in to the plethora of corn products in my path this week, I have ordered Eat Dirt: Why Leaky Gut May Be the Root Cause of Your Health Problems and 5 Surprising Steps to Cure It by Dr. Josh Axe. This book was recommended to me by my dermatologist. I checked it out from the library and I’m only a couple of chapters in, but it aligns well with the other book I read and the research I’ve been doing. It has a lot of helpful information that I’d like to hold on to, so I decided to buy it.
On a side note, I learned today that potatoes are one of my trigger foods. I had eaten a small amount of potatoes three days in a row last week. On the third day, a bump appeared on my lower lip. I’ve had them before but didn’t know the rhyme or reason for it. They are like a cross between a pimple and a blister. Anyway, I hadn’t had any potatoes since then until today. Today, I had a large serving of potatoes and a new bump appeared on my lower lip within an hour.
Nightshade elimination is the week after grains, but I’m going to go ahead and eliminate potatoes now. The flare ups just aren’t worth it. I’ll eliminate the rest of the nightshades when I get there.