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Readiness for e-diet

Posted by Kathy McEvoy on February 23, 1999 at 12:25:42:

Hi Everybody,

I would be interested in hearing from those of you who have made the courageous decision to go for the e-diet. Would especially like to know how you knew you were ready to take the plunge and the results thereof. Was it a gut feeling or did you do prior preparation such as slowly weaning off of certain things such as coffee, sugar etc. Every time I think about trying it, I must admit I get scared of the side effects.

Also, if anyone was not able to complete the diet the first time, I would be interested in your observation as to why it did not work for you at that time and whether you were able to try again at a later date and be successful. Thanks in advance for the input and best wishes to those of you who will be beginning the diet on Thursday. You have my admiration and I will be asking for your support when I decide I am ready to do it too.

Best of health to everyone,


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Just go for it!!!

Posted by trish on February 23, 1999 at 12:59:40:

In Reply to: Readiness for e-diet posted by Kathy McEvoy on February 23, 1999 at 12:25:42:

Hi Kathy and all you soon-to-be eliminators!

My own biggest fear when starting that diet was trying to go through caffiene withdrawal at the same time. So, I did start to mix in de-caf with my regular approximately one week beforehand. Luckily it worked, and I had no problem as far as the coffee. I was eating garbagey sweet wheat crap right up until the end - my Thursday night dinner was a slab of ribs with french fries and all the trimmings - tiramisu for dessert!

I miss the coffee (latte) still.

I went out to eat yesterday and it was too soon... I found it VERY difficult not to break down, but luckily, my friend kept me on the straight and narrow.

So far, so good - my advice would be just to knuckle down and do it. Don't freak out - it's only for a week - not even. Even if you feel bad, it doesn't last as long as some colds I've had. Plus, you only have to do this once, right? Then for the rest of your life, you'll KNOW if you have any allergies, and be able to make informed decisions. Make sure you have a lot of e diet foods in the house and get rid of what ever you might really be tempted with.

It goes by quickly.

Good luck to all - feel free to email me if you want to chat about it!

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E-diet (Ready or not)

Posted by Denise Wyrick on February 23, 1999 at 14:42:35:

In Reply to: Readiness for e-diet posted by Kathy McEvoy on February 23, 1999 at 12:25:42:

Hi Kathy,

Well I will admit this rather sheepishly but....I am getting ready for the e-diet by going out tomorrow morning and treating myself to a chocolate orange muffin and a cup of cappuccino as a last hurrah before the diet. Then I'm going shopping for white fish :-) and getting my Alka Seltzer Gold. On a more serious note, I have been obsessing about the need to do something about my diet since last July. I cut back on some of the bad stuff I do, and I have successfully eliminated some of the other bad stuff that I imbibe. The problem is that I have reached a plateau in my healing process so the diet seems necessary to make more progress climbing the mountain. Doing the skilled relaxation seems to have prepared me to make the commitment to launch forward and work on another aspect of the program. Knowing this group is available cheering me on is very helpful. You know there is this part of me that would like to bail out on the diet, so going public with my intentions is a way to garner support. Heck I'm pretty nervous about doing it, perhaps you can tell by the chattering of the keyboard :-) On the other hand, I figure what the heck why not go for it...I've done other difficult things in my life and risen to the challenge. The key is to view it as a positive thing I am doing for myself rather than to focus on how awful it is to give up my beloved chocolate! It is a character building thing, where I need to look very deep within for resources rather than a hershey's kiss. Thanks for the kind words of support- Kathy and everyone!

After thought... I might be in better shape getting ready for the diet if spent more time reading the archives than talking so darn much (grin).

More stuff about my ediet experience...

Posted by trish on February 23, 1999 at 18:38:15:

In Reply to: Readiness for e-diet posted by Kathy McEvoy on February 23, 1999 at 12:25:42:

Hi all,

Well, I got through the whole 7 days (in my case)without any severe symptoms at all. I felt flu-like symptoms for a few days, such as aches and pains in muscles and bones, and mostly was just exhausted. I cleared very slowly, too.

Saturday, when I out at the grocery store and bookstore shopping, I experienced a horrible episode of aches and pains - my pelvis, femurs, knees, ankles and all the associated muscles were SCREAMING! I could feel my knees grinding away and felt like I had to sit down. So, I sat there with a couple of books while my partner finished his shopping. When I got home, I went right to bed, and could still feel the aching as I was falling asleep.

Since I was in the testing phase already, I was really afraid it was a reaction to some chicken I had eaten earlier in the day.

Bob confirmed that it was NOT the chicken, but instead something he called an "echo" effect, and that I could expect something similar in around a week! I am so glad that it wasn't a food reaction!

I have not reacted to anything yet, but am testing new things very slowly just because of logistics - I live alone and work full time, so I need to have some convenience factors in place, too - I bought a roast for instance(I'm still relishing beef after that fish OD, and that will last me a few days - and with a lot of the root vegetables left over, I feel like I have to eat them before I buy a bunch of new produce. Consequently, I've only tested green beans, broccoli, chicken, beef, and apples. I am going to have some spinach tonight. Maybe an artichoke tomorrow night. It's a bit frustrating...

I think I'd like to test salmon pretty soon. And pumpkin seeds (c'mon, Bob, I need SOMETHING to snack on!) I'm also chomping at the bit to do the butter, since I miss it a lot. But, I'm keeping in close contact with Bob so I don't mess it up for myself by skipping over something. I have to keep remembering what he suggests so I don't go overboard, and I'm trying to write down everything I eat so I don't forget later. Because I have LGS and cleared so slowly, we are going to try the Pepto Bismol thing after I've tested some more foods. So far, it's been an interesting experiment for me. I am hoping to heal my LGS by learning what I need to avoid (of course along with SR). I'll keep everyone posted!

Be well, all

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Re: Readiness for e-diet

Posted by Phyllis A. on February 23, 1999 at 20:41:15:

In Reply to: Readiness for e-diet posted by Kathy McEvoy on February 23, 1999 at 12:25:42:

I've been planning to do this for several months, but due to several planned trips I decided to hold off until the trips were completed. That time has now come, and I'm ready to start. Other than gathering the needed supplies and food, I've done nothing to "prepare." I've been savoring every bite of my current junk food diet this week, as if to give it the final salute. I sure hope some day I can let some of this "junk" pass by way of my mouth, even if just for a "bite". I sure hope I'm not doomed for failure for not gradually moving into this new way of eating, but I'm the type of person to "set a date and jump in." I'm planning to be "ill" this weekend....probably more so since I'm jumping in from the way I currently eat, and due to my illnesses (which is one of the reasons for doing this).

I'll keep you posted (if I survive)!

Re: More stuff about my ediet experience...

Posted by wendy gorst on February 24, 1999 at 00:04:27:

In Reply to: More stuff about my ediet experience... posted by trish on February 23, 1999 at 18:38:15:

great to hear you are doing so well Trish. congratulations.
Dare I say how jealous I am and wish to be in your shoes without detracting from your success. ONce again, congratulations and thanks for sharing.


Re: My reasons/ my plans

Posted by Johnelle on February 24, 1999 at 12:24:37:

In Reply to: Just go for it!!! posted by trish on February 23, 1999 at 12:59:40:

I have been battling LGS and fibromyalgia for quite some
time, so I have good reason to do this diet. When Lent
began a week ago I decided I would start out giving up sugar
and caffiene for Lent, then do the diet this week. I have
been very tired and had tension headaches for several days,
but I have had an easy time because I've been in such shaky
health that I haven't drunk anything but water for months,
so it's mainly the sugar (CHOCOLATE) deal that's getting me.

What do you mean by "doing the Pepto Bismal thing"? Did I
miss so

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