A Whole 30 Journey...
After turning to every doctor, support group and nutritional counselor I could find (and that would listen), I decided something drastic had to be done. I was fighting an uphill battle of symptoms and getting no where fast. Clearly, just "gluten free" wasn't enough, unless the detox period was over three months (of course that was anyone's guess)!
A common suggestion I had heard, across all the experts I talked to, was to embark on an auto-immune diet for one to two months. The theory as I understood it was that my body may be sensitive (you think!?) and reacting to a NUMBER of inflammatory foods, not just gluten. By cutting everything out, you allow healing and after that period is done, you can introduce a food in one by one to get to the diet you'll need for the rest of your life. S**t was about to get real.
Although I would need to be slightly stricter, the closest diet to use as a reference was one called the "Whole 30". This was a no (added) sugar, no gluten, no dairy, no processed food, no beans, no legumes, no alcohol, no kidding diet. On top of that, I would be restricting anything processed in a factory, eliminating caffeine and remaining pescatarian (a vegetarian who eats fish).
As a sign of solidarity my boyfriend and brother's girlfriend committed to the 30 days with me. We were the three amigos and together could not fail! Or... so we thought!