So, I stuck with the 14-hour-fast for a couple of weeks, and I didn’t seem much of a difference with my digestion or my skin. I also started obsessing about food and watching the clock after the novelty wore off.
Since I stopped, I’ve heard enough negative things about fasting for women that I probably won’t do it again unless it’s by accident. Or maybe I’ll try it again if I feel my adrenals have become “bulletproof”. Hah.
Regarding my food intolerance issues: At first, I saw an improvement from eating only listed foods. I gradually added things in by trial, and at some point, I stopped being as careful. Ultimately, I think I’m eating something that’s still a problem. I’m not sure what it is, but just to eliminate one issue, I’m not drinking for a while. So far, that has achieved zero results as my skin is worse than when I quit, but I’ll give it longer and see what happens.
(NOT MY DRAWING! Click on the image for a hilarious story. Seriously, if you haven’t read the material at hyperbole and a half, you are missing out! the dog stories are the funniest, I think, but there are many gems.)
If it doesn’t start helping, I will start suspecting eggs and peppers, and I’m thinking about doing an autoimmune version of paleo for a while. I have to structure it in some interesting way so that it feels like a project and not deprivation. Right now, I’m leaning towards a budget “simple” paleo plan with a limited number of items, removing all the autoimmune provoking foods.
Once I can get my skin clear, I will try rotating in some of my three-month elimination foods, since those will be available to me again on September 1. Oddly, I think I miss brussels sprouts the most – much more than Strawberries. I don’t think I’ve actually stayed off cinnamon for 3 months because I know I’ve had some in various concoctions that I have not prepared myself. It’s in a lot of “spices” as well as some digestive bitters, neither of which have an actual manifest of their ingredients. Whether it’s cinnamon at all or some other very common spice that I didn’t have tested, I don’t know.
At this point, I’m planning on putting onions back on Thanksgiving even though I’m supposed to wait until December 1. I probably need to try cinnamon before that so that I get a clear picture of what’s going on. Obviously, I will need cinnamon for that meal too. And brussels sprouts, but like I said, as soon as I get my skin clear, I will try something on the 3 month list.