Thursday, March 31, 2011

The eat nothing tasty diet - progress

It's day 35 of my anti-allergen diet (no gluten, dairy, eggs, soy). I feel like 35 days is sufficient time to make some observations that aren't just one-day flukes. Here's how my body has responded so far:

The first few days I was extremely tired and lethargic, and quite bloated. I figured it was either not working or my body was just in a sort of withdrawal that would pass with time.

Things started to improve after about a week. I began to feel way more energetic and alert. A few days later I also noticed that my digestive system was working much more efficiently - no more bloating/constipation. Most interestingly, I was LESS hungry even though I was eating less. I presume this means that I am absorbing more nutrients from the food and my body doesn't keep asking for more. 

It's actually weird to feel full. I'm so used to always being hungry and therefore always having room for seconds/thirds. It's a very bizarre experience to look at food and not want to put it in my mouth! No complaints though =)

And the coup d'etat - NO MORE ACNE!!! Unbelievable! Not even one tiny zit to be found for weeks. If you've ever struggled with acne, you know how frustrating and demoralizing it can be. You also know the amazing feeling you get on an acne free day (I've had only a handful since puberty). Not only does this make me feel awesome on the outside, it makes me think that things are also working better on the inside.

Now, on to the TTC related things. When I started the diet I was on CD 19 with no sign of ovulation (CM totally dry, OPK's all negative). After giving up the bread, I ovulated within 10 days and had a 44 day cycle. That is the shortest cycle I have ever had, and is even recognized as within the "normal" range by some. Now I am on day 10 of this new cycle, and we'll see if ovulation occurs within a reasonable time again, or whether last cycle was a fluke.

1 comment:

  1. Wow - I'm impressed! 35 days on such a restricted diet would kill me (need...more...willpower!) but it sounds like it's doing amazing things for you. I'll be keen to see if this diet fixes up your cycle and turns you into a 'normal' fertile girl. Glad to hear you're feeling and looking good with it.