*Continuance of “My Story” starting with Blog #1: When your life flashes before your eyes in a flood gate of memories…
JE from when we’d started Step 4 of GTin5 program, Reseeding the Gut phase(which had lasted 2 weeks).
Done with the Pathogen Purge! Started Step 4, Reseeding the Gut Phase, today so 2 more weeks of this before the last phase(Step 5) called 80-20 Maintenance. That’s when we start to truly implement and learn to eat a wide variety of foods again. I almost feel like I’m living a dream. It’s so surreal from how I have ate and virtually existed for that last few years, especially the last 2 years. Thank you for my health improving Papa!
Step 4 Phase came and went without any drastic improvements.
The last phase of the GTin5 program, Step 5, was called “80-20 Maintenance”. This step would last for the next few months to as long as we chose. It consisted of eating 80% healthy nutrient dense whole foods, and the other 20% percent would still be good quality foods, however the foods might be something different than we had normally ate during the entire program. The 20% by NO means was intended for us to eat junky food. 20% was intended for a person to diversify their palate and not feel guilty if you ate something different than what had been the new “normal”.
For example, maybe a person would eat a healthy snack, or a desert made of wholesome healthy ingredients that they wouldn’t normally eat on a daily or weekly basis.
Another example could be going out to eat with friends. Perhaps the seasoning on the ordered salad has ingredients in it that they wouldn’t normally eat. These new ingredients would be a part of that 20%. At the end of the meal, the waitress brings the group a desert to share. The individual decides to have a couple bites of the desert. This too, would be apart of that 20%. An 80-20 maintenance is a great guideline for everyone. If you happen to go out to eat with friends, why not try 80-20 maintenance?!
Tired of the same old tasteless, dry and boring salads? Want to mix up the way to get some yummy greens into your diet?Try making your own salad dressing! Don’t feel up to it? Well, purchase a different salad dressing to try! GOOD fat such as Flax oil, an Omega oil, fresh Avocado(or oil), or any nut oil is a great base to start off in making of a healthy homemade salad.
Try adding some chopped nuts or some superfoods such as Hemp Hearts into the salad with any of the good oils mentioned above. Incorporating a 1/4 cup of grapefruit, orange, berries or finely chopped apple makes a delightfully colored and flavored salad! There are so many ways to mix up the foods we eat simply by changing a few different ingredients in our meal!
As Mom and I started Step 5, 80-20 Maintenance, we introduced foods that she hadn’t been eating while doing the program for the last couple months, or for me having not ate for years! This is going to take time, I thought, to introduce more foods into my diet.
Introducing new foods was not easy for me. It was like introducing new foods to a baby. (No, I’m NOT kidding.) I had to introduce any new food ONE bite(sometimes it wasn’t even a full bite, instead being a 1/2 or 1/4 bite) in a day. Then, a few days later, I would try that same food again. Baby steps! One day I tried a bite of an egg white. Upon eating it, I’d listen, tuning in to what my body was saying, paying special attention to all the signs and symptoms it would give me; a headache, bloating, feeling nauseated, dizzy, becoming pale in color, or have more severe left side back and upper abdomen pain. After a couple of days, I tried one more bite of egg white. If I got any of the same signs and symptoms again, that indicated that my body wasn’t ready to eat that food. I would wait a couple weeks and do the same process with this egg white all over again.
In the meantime, I would do the exact same process introducing a different food. Some new foods were compatible with my body, so I would slowly increase one bite to two bites after a day. Then three bites and so forth. Yes, this was a LONG and tedious process… but it was also VERY important!
During the process of Step 5, I wasn’t getting as much success re-introducing new foods into my diet as I wanted(which goes back to Mom’s blogs Somewhere Down the Road, Plans and Goals). The bloating, left side pain back, and abdominal pain came back again. Headaches, nausea, and dizziness came back too. At times, I’d get the hot and cold sweats.
Why? I’d think. It’s not over yet, is it God? Something isn’t right…
The abdominal and back pain weren’t as severe as they’d used to be, but the pain was present and heading back in the direction for the worse. Thankfully, I wasn’t doubling over from the abdominal and back pain like I had been prior to the GTin5 program.
Ultimately, I decided to take a break from re-introducing new foods back into my diet. I stayed eating the same foods that we had ate throughout the extended 10 week program. It didn’t take long for me to realize that eating just those specific foods weren’t making the symptoms or pain decrease.
What is going on?