I’m officially back on the nightshade free, dairy free, and gluten free train and have been for a while. It started because I thought my thyroid was crapping out on me. But a doctor’s visit and a blood test (or ten) revealed that I was in tip-top shape.
Accept for the fact that I felt like shit.
I was tired all the time. I was bloated, gassy, and constipated. My hair and skin were looking seriously lackluster. I was having stabbing pain in my leg. There were days where my brain was so clouded, that I couldn’t do much besides stare at the computer and wonder what the hell I was trying to accomplish. couldn’t lose weight to save my life. And the icing on the proverbial shit cake? I was having really intense mood swings. So intense, that I actually thought that I was on a speeding train headed straight for psychiatric care.
Yes, I was glad that my thyroid was doing what it needed to do, but I left that doctor’s office even more frustrated because I had nothing to go on and was still feeling like crap.
And then I remembered the power of food.
Of how it had wreaked such havoc in my life and how many health issues were the result of my body not being able to process foods. I began to look up symptoms for leaky gut and other potential autoimmune or hormone issues that could cause the symptoms that I had been experiencing.
It was pretty clear that I would need to go on an elimination diet.
I decided to cut out the three most common offenders: dairy, nightshades, and gluten. Within 2 days of really cutting out those foods, I was feeling a LOT less gassy and bloated, my bowels started to move again (hallelujah), and I was feeling like I had more energy.
I also started to notice a few other foods that were making me feel pretty blah: peanuts (and peanut butter), corn, and sugar. So I’ve been cutting back on those as well.
Now that I’m about 6 weeks out, I’ve noticed that my mood has really stabilized. I still get angry and frustrated, but those emotions aren’t leading me down a scary path anymore. I am no longer dealing with indigestion on a regular basis. The bloating is all but gone. My skin has improved immensely, particularly around my cycle. And my energy has remained high.
What does any of this have to do with a Strawberry Cucumber Salad with Fresh Mint?
Not much, other than the fact that this dish is nightshade free, dairy free, and gluten free and tastes amazing. It is delicious on it’s own, amazing atop chicken, and would be great as a nightshade free bruschetta.
Here’s to a world of new flavor combinations and good health.
- 1 cup strawberries, hulled and chopped
- 1 cup cucumber, peeled and chopped
- ¼ cup fresh mint, chopped
- 1 tbs olive oil
- ½ tbs balsamic vinegar*
- Combine all ingredients into a bowl and stir to combine.
- Eat as is, or serve atop chicken, fish, or crusty bread.