Heartburn, acid reflux, indigestion … I feel like a walking Pepto-Bismol commercial. It seems that even water has the ability to cause heartburn — and here I expected it to put that fire out.
I have been a sometimes-vegetarian for years, but recently I decided to ditch anything besides honey that comes from animals. Not because it isn’t delicious and not because I am overly sensitive about our environment, but because some things cause pain and suffering in me. Food can be a lupus trigger, and I have decided to figure out if I can find remission or at least some relief through my little pie hole.
I started an elimination period upon my return from a trip last month. A few years ago, I did this when I was still a meat-eater. Honestly, I hated it. I was a good cook, but I was also a surf-and-turf kind of lady. I had no clue how to make vegetables taste flavorful outside of a hearty salad … served alongside a steak!
This time, however, I’m giddy with excitement, partially because I have spoken with so many autoimmune warriors who have gone plant-based, and they have either gone into remission or are finding a higher level of relief from the symptoms that can rob a person of life. I wrote a column about feeling a bit apprehensive regarding my hope of finding remission, and a commenter gave me hope by speaking about their experience. I read that comment at about 3 a.m., and I became so excited that I wanted to shout! However, my neighbors may not have appreciated that.
I arrived back home on Oct. 29 and hit the ground running with my elimination diet. I have been sharing my journey with friends on social media, but I’ve decided that perhaps I could help others eat better and also talk about what I am feeling by starting a public Facebook page. I try to upload to it daily. In the short time that I have been eliminating and adding foods, I have gained much more energy. I can count on one hand the number of times I’ve had a tummy issue.
I tease and tell people that I became a vegetarian by mistake, and that’s almost true. In the beginning, I was in so much pain and had so much fatigue that I would not eat. I started buying fresh fruits and veggies because they could be eaten raw and while lying down. I started noticing I was regaining some energy and strength, and an accidental vegetarian who sometimes ate meat was born.
This time, I am very methodical about what I am doing and I am determined to avoid anything that I know will cause me pain, no matter how delicious it is when going down. Goodbye nightshades and so long white flour, you will be missed. I am, however, learning an entirely new way to cook and eat, and it’s bringing me relief.
Have you considered going plant-based? I’d love to hear your journey. Here are some of my recent meals and drinks. Enjoy!
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