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piratejenny 01-27-2013 04:45 PM

Is there any *one* food/type of food you've eliminated...
 
...that has made a significant difference to your health and/or weight loss?

Benefits could be related to joint pain, headaches, eczema, PMS, hot flashes, insomnia, nightmares, digestion, overeating triggers, infections/immune function, blood glucose control, etc.

(Assuming that you didn't have an actual food allergy.)

Of course, many of us restrict carbs in general, or sugar in general, or adapt different WOES such as vegetarian, Paleo, raw, etc, which entail eliminating *many* foods. But I'm curious about the effects of specific foods, and hope that others might find this list useful if they have made changes to their diets but are still experiencing poor health or slow weight loss.

For example:
Wheat (or gluten, or all grains)
Dairy (or switching from cow's to goat's milk)
"Vegetable" oils (and if so, do you use olive oil, avocado oil, nut oils, or none at all?)
Artificial sweeteners (or just one type...I've recently eliminated Splenda)
Soy (or all legumes)
Nightshades


Thank you for your input! :)

piratejenny 01-27-2013 04:57 PM

I'm going wheat-free starting tomorrow; I did a trial week in December, and felt that my digestion improved almost immediately. I didn't eat any wheat yesterday, and my blood sugar this morning was 15-25 points lower than usual. However, I hadn't been testing for the last couple months, and I opened a new package of strips this morning, so I'm going to eat a little wheat tonight to get something like a control number tomorrow.

I've been low-carbing for over 2 years and am less than 20lbs from my starting weight. I've gone up & down, I've tried JUDDD and Fast 5 and The Diabetes Miracle. When I did that wheat-free week in December, I lost 5lbs. That was right before Christmas, and I gained 7lbs back. I don't know if wheat-free will be magical for me, but I do know that "carb creep" always happens for me with a couple of crackers, breading on chicken or eggplant parmigiana, croutons on my salad, a couple of small cookies that are "only" 12g carbs. I know a lot of wheat- and gluten-free substitutes are as high or higher in carbs as the wheaty products; I don't plan to use them. I can have a thin corn tortilla (7g net carb) instead of a low-carb flour one (6g net carb, and much more expensive!). I can eat soups & salads & omelettes instead of burritos & sandwiches.

Mistizoom 01-27-2013 05:02 PM

I'd have to say grains. I don't eat sugar either, but there is some incidental sugar in some of the foods I eat (like a small serving of tomato sauce I had tonight, and the diet ice tea/lemonade blend I still have not given up). I no longer get the foggy/swirly feeling in my brain after every meal - which happened all the time when I was eating carbage. I also don't eat legumes much at all either, but I don't freak out if I have something with peanut butter in it.

Rhubarb 01-27-2013 06:07 PM

Sugar and grains. I haven't consciously eaten either one in six months. I find my energy levels are much more even and that I sleep much more restfully at night.

GME 01-27-2013 06:11 PM

Wheat is out completely. That solved problems I didn't realize I had.

reddarin 01-27-2013 06:16 PM

Wheat!!

I used to be plagued with headaches and heartburn. Cleared up completely when I stopped eating wheat. I also experienced body/joint aches that have gone away. Sinus problems too.

And mostly gluten free but I can eat a corn product without ill effect.

Trigger828 01-27-2013 06:19 PM

all grains and all sugar (except for a bit of natural like in my cantaloupe)

I mention this to people and they darn near fall over lol

Macc0021 01-27-2013 06:57 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by GME (Post 16223388)
Wheat is out completely. That solved problems I didn't realize I had.

Same here. Wheat is completely out, but I just found out that I am allergic... the one thing I noticed is that my nasal congestion has almost disappeared completely. I have always struggled with allergies, sinusitis, etc. Since I cut out wheat completely, I can count the number of times I have had to use a kleenex to blow my nose on one hand! It may sound odd, but it is like a miracle for me! Also, I have not gotten sick (no cold, flu, sniffle, cough....nothing!) despite being around sick people a lot at work. I think my immune system has greatly improved.

GME: I am curious... did you just develop a wheat allergy as an adult? I just found out about my wheat allergy in November as well. I am 27. My allergist tells me that it is extremely rare for an adult to develop a wheat allergy. I tested positive on both the skin prick and the RAST IgE-specific blood test.

avid 01-27-2013 07:28 PM

wheat was the first .....I read Dr Davis' book and that was that.
then all other grains
sugar, except for the times when it is hidden deep in one of few times I eat a processed food.
Good question.
Knee pain...virtually gone....nasal congestion...greatly improved.
mood...also greatly improved.
no more hypoglycemic when hungry.
eliminated one blood lipid med and cut the other in half.

cfine 01-27-2013 08:28 PM

Wheat/gluten-Once I went off of this, my pain levels went to almost zero with the joint and muscle pain. I truly believe that most people suffering from "fibromyalgia" have some sort of intolerance or allergy to gluten. If I eat any I will barely be able to lift my arms. It's amazing how much better I feel. I've had back surgery in the past and now my lower back doesn't hurt one bit(except when I have a bite of gluten.)

As far as the artificial sweeteners go, they don't make me feel bad but I can certainly tell a difference in my weight loss since going off of them. The weight comes off much easier now.

rubidoux 01-27-2013 08:30 PM

If I'm behaving myself (and I try so hard!) I don't eat any grains, legumes, or sugar, and the only veggies I've eaten in the last many months has been greens and cucumbers. And now I'm actually thinking of cutting the greens and maybe the cukes. I think I was feeling better with no veg at all. Actually, I do eat a tiny bit of onion and garlic freely, and those I will probably not give up unless someone wrestles me to the ground every time I try to cook with them.

I also have become very picky about the fats that I'll eat. I am horrified by the idea of storebought mayo, for example. And yesterday I went to three different stores bc I couldn't stand the idea of buying skippy pb. (Oh, that is a legume, isn't it! I rarely eat it, it was actually mostly for a potluck, peanut sauce!) I don't think I have the perfect mix of healthy fats, but I am not eating any unhealthy fats, if that makes sense.

All of this (and I'm not sure which, I thought the greens were safe, but maybe not) has improved my digestion and heartburn a ton. And my blood sugar has been awesome (it really came into line, though, when I started limiting protein). I have a lot more energy than I used to (but that may be just do to LC). Sadly, if I'm losing, it's *very* slowly.

DiamondDeb 01-27-2013 09:05 PM

Wheat and grains - including meat/fish from grain-fed animals.

Vilya 01-27-2013 09:38 PM

Wheat is 100% gone from my diet, and there have been huge benefits. I do still eat corn on occasion, and I use oat fiber in small quantities for my LC "biscuits."

Sugar is minimal; I only eat whatever is in the occasional handful of berries and dark chocolate.

piratejenny 01-27-2013 09:41 PM

Well, wheat sure seems to be "winning"!!!

(I'm a bit relieved because I was afraid everyone was going to say dairy!
I would much rather live the rest of my life without wheat than without dairy! :D)

marieze 01-27-2013 10:34 PM

No wheat/corn/grains of any kind.....I eat animal protein/lots of fat/non-starchy veges/a little pb here and there and same with nuts.

Steadily losing and feeling great. Also, I'm 58 and just had my right knee replaced. My orthopedic doctor told me that I am about 6 weeks ahead of schedule as far as healing and has never seen anyone heal as fast as me!

I told him how I eat and he told me that he thinks that's why....he also said he eats the same way, too!

cantare 01-27-2013 11:45 PM

Wheat is the clear winner but that doesn't automatically give dairy a clean bill. After almost 2 years I'm still mulling the idea of eliminating or restricting dairy as a possible culprit in stalls and facial bloating. Not that I want to give it up any more than you do, PJ...but my experiments keep suggesting I'd be better off if I did!:annoyed:

Mimosa23 01-28-2013 03:42 AM

sugar and wheat.
I don't eat either of them anymore.
Sugar because of the insuline response and wheat because I get eczema and a whole host of other issues from it. I thought for years I had hayfever, I got re tested at my dermatologist/allergy doctor, as nothing was really helping me anymore and it turned out to be a mild simple wheat allergy that was causing my year round hayfever symptoms.
I have noticed better energy, and an overall feeling of health when I do not add them to my diet.

princessmommy 01-28-2013 04:46 AM

Wheat and sugar here too! A month ago I had surgery and couldn't cook for myself so I Ate whatever DH put in front of me Or whatever was easier. I had 2 sandwiches on white bread and my ibs and excema came back Full force! Felt horrible with gas etc. As soon as I started eatting LC again it was gone! Just proves to me Again that wheat and sugars are Not for me!

MSN08 01-28-2013 05:22 AM

Gluten. With the removal of gluten I do not have to eat sugar free. Gluten had a huge impact on screwing up my blood sugar levels and now as long as I stay gluten free I can eat sugar with no ill effects.

emel 01-28-2013 05:38 AM

Wheat and sugar.

GMO's too but that's more for long-term effects and to allieve my sense of being creeped out by them.

luvmybabyhead 01-28-2013 06:02 AM

Wheat/gluten. Hands down it's changed my life not eating it.

avid 01-28-2013 06:43 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by DiamondDeb (Post 16223661)
Wheat and grains - including meat/fish from grain-fed animals.

I envy people who do this.
I eliminated grains no problem, but the grass fed meat/fish are difficult to find and very expensive.
I know I can afford to add a percentage of grass fed meats to my diet, but my
"cheapskate" gene combines with my "it's too much of a bother" hormone to keep me from making the commitment.

Pompom2 01-28-2013 06:43 AM

mashed, baked, fried, casseroled potatoes

I do eat sweet potatoes.

Kittee 01-28-2013 07:16 AM

I don't use artificial sweeteners, I don't eat nuts or nut butter, and I stay away from most dairy except a very small amount of cheese and heavy cream in my coffee. I am doing Atkins '72 right now and the changes I have made are working wonders for me. I feel awesome eating like this :D Also I don't use the oil labeled "vegetable oil" I use a TON of butter (and I mean a ton, lol) and sometimes olive oil.

abby! 01-28-2013 07:25 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by rubidoux (Post 16223622)
If I'm behaving myself (and I try so hard!) I don't eat any grains, legumes, or sugar, and the only veggies I've eaten in the last many months has been greens and cucumbers. And now I'm actually thinking of cutting the greens and maybe the cukes. I think I was feeling better with no veg at all. Actually, I do eat a tiny bit of onion and garlic freely, and those I will probably not give up unless someone wrestles me to the ground every time I try to cook with them.

I also have become very picky about the fats that I'll eat. I am horrified by the idea of storebought mayo, for example. And yesterday I went to three different stores bc I couldn't stand the idea of buying skippy pb. (Oh, that is a legume, isn't it! I rarely eat it, it was actually mostly for a potluck, peanut sauce!) I don't think I have the perfect mix of healthy fats, but I am not eating any unhealthy fats, if that makes sense.

All of this (and I'm not sure which, I thought the greens were safe, but maybe not) has improved my digestion and heartburn a ton. And my blood sugar has been awesome (it really came into line, though, when I started limiting protein). I have a lot more energy than I used to (but that may be just do to LC). Sadly, if I'm losing, it's *very* slowly.

No veggies at all? Are you talking supplements?

Ladysilverpatch 01-28-2013 07:34 AM

WHEAT. I can't believe what a difference eliminating all wheat from my diet has done. Decrease of joint pain. No more brain fog. Read 'Wheat Belly" and it makes so much sense. Sugar-only a touch on rare occasions. Ex: small bite of fudge, etc. Once a week? But, staying away from processed foods. Wheat is in so many processed foods. Eating clean: meats, eggs, vegs, a little cheese now and then.

BigRunner 01-28-2013 07:44 AM

Been wheat free for a long time.

Recent adjustments:
No dairy - started losing again and acne cleared up for the first time since Middle School
No Artificial Sweeteners - sweet tooth is dead and resumed losing once more.

4myfuture 01-28-2013 07:54 AM

The first thing that got me started on my weight loss journey, and my living healthy journey, was ditching the DIET SODA, then artificial sweetner...I truly was addicted to it. I feel free now!

rubidoux 01-28-2013 09:14 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by cantare (Post 16223737)
Wheat is the clear winner but that doesn't automatically give dairy a clean bill. After almost 2 years I'm still mulling the idea of eliminating or restricting dairy as a possible culprit in stalls and facial bloating. Not that I want to give it up any more than you do, PJ...but my experiments keep suggesting I'd be better off if I did!:annoyed:

I worry about dairy, too, but I think it would be really hard to give it up.

Quote:

Originally Posted by abby! (Post 16224219)
No veggies at all? Are you talking supplements?

Nope! I'm not worried either. The people who told me veggies were healthy have turned out to be pretty unreliable. :hyst:

piratejenny 01-28-2013 09:39 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by MSN08 (Post 16223933)
Gluten. With the removal of gluten I do not have to eat sugar free. Gluten had a huge impact on screwing up my blood sugar levels and now as long as I stay gluten free I can eat sugar with no ill effects.

I'm hoping that will happen for me, too--that other carbs (I'll probably still stay away from cane sugar) won't have as strong an effect. Rice & beans would really expand my menu possibilities! I'm 1/2 Mexican, and my vegetarian son & I love Indian, Thai, Chinese, & Japanese food, too!

Quote:

Originally Posted by cantare (Post 16223737)
Wheat is the clear winner but that doesn't automatically give dairy a clean bill....Not that I want to give it up any more than you do, PJ...but my experiments keep suggesting I'd be better off if I did!:annoyed:

LALALALALA :shock: I CAN'T HEAR YOU!!!

:hyst: just kidding! :hyst:

I would eliminate dairy if I absolutely *had* to in order to be healthy;
I'm just hoping that eliminating wheat will make a significant difference! Gluten will be the next step if wheat isn't enough.


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