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Since my last recap, I have finished Phase 3 and am almost done with Phase 4. Looking forward to moving into Phase 5 soon!
The foods I can introduce during Phase 3 include:
clam, tuna, shrimp, rye, barley, amaranth, cranberry, papaya, honeydew melon, whey, cane sugar, carob, garlic, parsley
So far, from Phase 3, I have successfully tested / added back:
honeydew melon, shrimp, squash, cranberry, cane sugar, papaya, tuna, parsley, rye
The foods I can introduce during Phase 4 include:
chicken, catfish, lentil, kamut, wheat, blueberry, cantaloupe, cherry, American cheese, sunflower seeds, oregano, mango
So far, from Phase 4, I have successfully tested / added back:
chicken, kamut, wheat, blueberry, cantaloupe, cherry, American cheese (think Kraft Singles, gross), sunflower seeds, oregano, mango
I have a few things left to test from Phase 4 before moving into Phase 5 where I can try turkey, sole, watermelon, pineapple, grape, hazelnut, and pistachio.
How I’m feeling: Really good! My skin looks great (save for the occasional, unavoidable hormonal breakout). I have lost 20 lbs since Christmas. My pants no longer fit and are givin’ me “saggy butt” but I feel healthy and energized. Although I have reintroduced wheat, corn, and certain cheeses, I notice if I have them in excess they start to bog me down and I feel tired/groggy. I’ll be working on keeping my portion/dosage amounts at a decent level so I can stay feeling light and awake.
Also, since I’ve added so many foods back to my menu, I notice I sometimes get into a rut and eat the same things over and over again. This is not a good thing! Eating on a rotation and having plenty of variety is key to keeping food sensitivities in check. I need to get back into the kitchen, meal plan, and keep finding inspiration for new dishes and snacks.
And for those who asked, yes, I can go out to eat but it’s not super fun since I always have to watch what ingredients/seasonings might be used. That being said, I am lucky because the more foods I add to my menu the easier it is to find something to eat. My usual go-tos if we are out at a restaurant are bun-less hamburgers with cheese, french fries (as long as I check the oil they are fried in), baked potatoes, cottage cheese, asparagus, or fresh fruit. But don’t be afraid to see if we want to meet up for a meal! I enjoy the social aspect of dining together and can always bring my own snacks of eat beforehand.
What I’ve been eating lately:
- pork and feta quesadilla using 100% corn flour tortilla with side of avocado and sour cream
- prosciutto, goat cheese or brie with crackers (either 100% Wasa Rye or 100% Pain des Fleurs buckwheat)
- mashed cauliflower, green beans, asparagus, lima beans with tuna, tilapia, or corn noodles and shrimp
- Maple Hill Creamery Wild Blueberry yogurt (from 100% grass-fed cows)
- That’s It Fruit Bars (I get cherry/apple or apricot/apple but they have other kinds too)
- apples with dark chocolate almond butter dip (based off this recipe)
- dark chocolate coconut milk pudding (based off this recipe)
- fruit and juice smoothies
- organic frozen dark sweet cherries from Costco
- Food Should Taste Good’s all natural Sweet Potato tortilla chips
- Sahale Snacks Valdosta Pecans
What I’ve been using lately:
Redmond Earthpaste Toothpaste – amazing natural toothpaste! I bought it in Cinnamon flavor. It has safe-to-eat ingredients, no sodium lauryl sulfate, no fluoride, no glycerin, and the benefits of bentonite clay. Although it doesn’t foam and the taste + texture take a bit of getting used to – my teeth feel super clean! I switch between this toothpaste and Jason’s Natural Toothpaste (Tea Tree & Cinnamon).
Jojoba Oil – My latest obsession! You can find this many places but I bought mine at Trader Joe’s for under $8. I’m still using coconut oil instead of traditional body lotions but have started using jojoba oil on my face as a cleanser, moisturizer, and to remove make up. It’s lighter than coconut oil, less greasy. and soaks in faster. I use this as a leave in conditioner too. Just a few small drops will do ya!
Alaffia Everyday Shea Moisturizing Shampoo – using this more than Morrocco Method nowadays. Although I still like Morrocco Method, Alaffia has come back as a favorite now that I’ve started pairing it with jojoba oil as a leave-in conditioner. My hair is soft, shiny, and no longer feels greasy, dull, or weighed down.
So, that’s what’s been going on over here!
Again, if you have any questions about things I’ve written about or about MRT/LEAP in general just let me know. Wishing you all good health and happiness!
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