I don't feel well, and I'm certain it's due to my diet. About 2 years ago I was dieting and exercising and got down to around 145, which was a 50 pound weight loss. I felt fantastic. My dieting started with just counting calories, and I ate a lot of processed calorie-controlled food (lowfat yogurt, special K bars, lean cuisine entrees, etc). I plateaued in the 160s, then started losing again when I started juicing fruits and veggies. I typically would juice 3-4 times a day and eat one meal a day. I toyed with vegan eating, but don't feel like that's anything I want to do long-term.
Fast forward to now....I have gained back all 50 pounds in the last year. I got tired of "dieting" and just quit. The weight doesn't even bother me that much, I just feel terrible. I take zoloft for premenstrual dysphoric disorder. I am often just so tired. Every couple months I go through 2-4 days of being so exhausted I dont want to move, having headaches and all over body aches. I have many bowel movements in a day, and often I urgently have to go.
I think I need some sort of elimination diet to see what exactly my problem is. Dairy? Coffee? Caffeine? Meat? Gluten? Where do I start? I dont drink milk, but do use cheese, butter, and flavored coffee creamer. I drink 2-5 cups of coffee a day. Other that that I only drink water, We regularly eat meat, and I don't really feel like that's the problem. I love my carbs and I suspect that's really the issue. Would you recommend cutting out one thing at a time for a few weeks and see if symptoms improve, or cut out everything, like a fruit/veggie fast, then add one thing at a time back in and see if symptoms return?
Thanks in advance for the advice!