Hi ladies - gonna jump on in here.
As of the first, I'm back on track. My goal is to make it to my birthday (end of December) and be able to run a half marathon, be working towards dropping 100 lbs, and be able to look back on the year and see I did it mostly grain free/sugar free. Thankfully my DH is very supportive of this, and towards that end, I'm able to get everything out of the house. Right now we're working on cleaning out the freezer, so I'm packing the breads in his lunchbox so I don't have to deal with them.
Since Christmas, I've already dropped almost 10 lbs. We did paleo and grain free at separate times a few years ago, and I know it's what I need to control the IR and really clear up so many symptoms. I am not currently going dairy-free, but have accepted the fact that it may be in my future. Once DS weans from formula, we may discover that he truly is dairy intolerant, at which point I'm going to have to work on getting it mostly out of the house. For now I have to limit his non-formula dairy to a small (regulated) amount of cheese each day or deal with the consequences.
I joined a meat CSA last month, and I inventoried my freezer a couple weeks ago. So now we're meal-planning with a vengeance. Last night I made a sloppy joe stew with bell peppers, celery, leeks and 3 pints of home-canned tomatoes. Plenty left over for lunches for the week, paired with some salads, I'm sure, since there was kale and lettuce in my CSA box. We had it tonight as well, over a bed of mashed cauliflower - delish.
Tomorrow night will be seafood stir-fry. I have shrimp, some salmon and maybe some ahi in the freezer. Then braised beef ribs, meatloaf and 13 bean soup for the weekend.
Katielady - for the munchkin, I don't make or serve him grains. If we're out somewhere (friends, restaurant, playgroup, etc.), I won't stop him from eating the healthy grain foods, but I'm not going to have them in the house for him. I just can't deal with that.
Laohaire - Some of us keep legumes. I can tolerate them a few times a week (2-3x), but not every day. We do eat a lot of eggs - we can go through 2-3 dozen/week just the 2 of us, even though we do also eat plenty of meat. Bone broths are another good option, if you can get ahold of the bones necessary. You can also use cheeses if you're keeping dairy. How about nuts? How do you do with fritattas/quiches? As silly as it sounds, you can also make cheesecake with cream cheese and eggs and eat it for breakfast. With the addition of almond meal (cheaper than flour), it becomes a "pound cake". As silly as it sounds to eat cake for breakfast when you're going GF, all those nuts, cheese and eggs can really get you through the morning. Don't forget that fat is a great appetite suppressant. As for timing - I'm usually feeling better within 2-3 weeks, some people might take 6. But if it's going to work, you're usually going to feel some change by then, even if there's more to come.
Something to keep in mind is that often-times for the first week you'll feel ravenous. Constantly eating. Don't look at that and get scared - it's just detox, and usually passes within a few days. Then the lovely appetite suppressing portion kicks in.