It’s been two weeks of the IC elimination diet and I am about ready to cave. In fact, I have caved a few times. I’ve had 3 cups of tea during the time and a few tipples of wine with some friends last week. I felt like I’d failed and let myself down for a while but then I realised it’s not a weight loss diet where eating things you’ve decided are bad for you means you should feel guilty. It’s completely different. Although I don’t feel like it, this is kind of my choice. It’s only up to me and it’s my journey. Giving up everything in one go was hard and unrealistic (even if the website recommends it!) I bet the people who have written the advice have never had to do the elimination diet themselves and I even suspect they typed their advice while munching on some gluten filled, chocolatey goodness!
Being a vegetarian, I have really struggled to find meals I can eat as even the Quorn products I rely on daily mostly contain Wheat and apparently ‘Tofu’ is a no go for IC sufferers. ‘Try a stir fry’ they said. Have you tried finding a sauce that is free from vinegar?! This week, I made the most disgraceful excuse for a stir fry, using Jack fruit, plain veg and rice noodles. It was disgustingly bland and even my partner wouldn’t eat it all (and he eats everything!) ‘What about a nice salad?’ Yeaahhh, salad without tomato is just not okay.
I decided to look for inspiration of some veggie IC diet blogs and I kid you not, they were utter rubbish! One even wrote in her bio about how she used to love adding different flavours and spices to her recipes but now has learnt to appreciate the blandness of plain food…. I mean, seriously, is this supposed to make me want to eat like this?
On top of all the limitations, the few gluten free, vinegar free, etc free foods I can eat do not fill me up at all and consequently I have found myself rumbling since day one. I feel like a stray cat, getting only the scraps and not knowing when I will be full again!
I keep looking to find the benefits in all of this. I’ve been keeping my food diary and trying to spot trends. I even thought I’d figured out the triggers when I didn’t have a belly ache for a few days but then as soon as I thought about it more, the pain crept up and I had done nothing differently. Through having my cave in moments, I have learnt that thankfully, chocolate and wine are not my trigger foods (PHEW!) I strongly suspect that gluten does have something to do with it because I’ve always had to have gluten breaks but to say that it is to blame for everything seems a little steep.
I guess I need to give it some more time. More reports to follow!