The Diets

The description below is what I wrote when I first began my experiment back in 2012.  To see what I’m up to these days, check out this post:

I will experiment with the following diets (in no particular order) over the course of 2012:

1. Gluten-free – As close to the life of a person with celiac’s disease as I can get – including an inability to purchase out of bulk bins or lick envelopes

2. Tyramine restricted – Followed by some on MAOI (antidepressant) drugs [Although a life without aged cheeses/beer is more depressing for some] or as a means to reduce migraine frequency + Mini diet – avoidance of nightshade vegetables (No salsa?!?!  I never should have agreed to this!)

3. Fructose malabsorption – Becoming more common as fructose consumption (in the form of High Fructose Corn Syrup) has risen.  Hmmm…

4. Dysphagia – There are three levels of dysphagia (swallowing difficulty) – Each week I will experiment with one level.  Hint: One week I will be eating all pureed foods and drinking some thickened liquids (You’re evil to be looking forward to this one!)  + Mini raw foods experiment: (100% raw!  Well maybe not 100%…)

5. Histamine restricted – Sensitivity that can cause urticaria (hives) and/or other allergic reactions in some people

6. & 7. (2 months)Allergen friendly – will exclude the top 8 most common food allergens (peanuts, tree nuts, fish, shellfish, wheat, soy, milk, and eggs), 2 at a time (1 plant food & 1 animal food) in 2 week increments

8.  Wilson’s Disease – Low-copper diet (Some of you are thinking “We eat copper?”  Admit it!) + Mini Locavore diet – eating only foods produced within a 250-mile radius

9. Yeast Allergy + Candida – Fungi allergy basis with additional holistic cure-all attributes  (Here’s when I go on a murder rampage because I am denied sugar in any form…)

10. Diabetic Diet – Complete with carb counting & portion control +Mini paleo/ “caveman” experiment: 1 week ME JUSTINE EAT MEAT NO GRAINS OR BEANS – [Low-carb approach followed by some diabetics]

11. Feingold –  Touted as treatment for ADHD (What do you mean yellow dye #5 isn’t good for my child?!  I thought EVERYTHING was okay in moderation!)

12. Religious – Semi-strict vegan Jainism diet + a 1 day fast (to honor my Cathnostic faith)

2 Responses to “The Diets”

  1. Susan February 7, 2016 at 8:35 pm #

    I’mpressed with how you’ve survived all youve been through. I found your site when searching for air typing. Until yesterday I thought I was the only one in the world that struggled with this. One thing I don’t understand is that when people speak of ocd they seem to define it as the compulsive behaviors being driven by fear. For me it’s more like my brain demands the behavior and even if I force myself to stop it’s like my brain is on fire.

    Thank you also for what you had to say about orthexia nervosa as it so completely describes the struggles a friend’s son has.

    You inspire me.

    • thehungryguineapig February 7, 2016 at 10:46 pm #

      That is very flattering. Thank you! I am glad the internet is able to bring people like us together. Sometimes half the battle of coping with mental and physical illnesses is simply knowing that you are not alone.

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