Here's my progress so far:
* Sinuses = 80% improvement (no crushing head aches at all!)
* Skin irritation = 70% improvement
* Digestion = 50% improvement
* Energy level = excellent!
* Sleep = great!
* Mood = excellent!
...still not ready to start challenging just yet. I'm trying to figure out whether the continued digestive issues, while improved, are related to something I'm still eating, the need to detox my digestive system, and/or the fact that a diet low in carbs can slow things down (need to add digestive enzyme and/or psyllium). I'll be experimenting this week to hopefully get my digestive system up to par so that I can start the challenge phase!
In the meantime, here's a great elimination diet friendly meal that the whole family will enjoy:
Roast Chicken & Veggies (serves 4)
Pre heat oven to 350.
6 - 8 large carrots cut into 1 inch pieces
4 or 5 parsnips cut into 1 inch pieces
1 turnip cut into 1 inch pieces
3 onions cut into quarters
5 lb roasting chicken
5 cloves garlic, crushed or minced
juice of 1 lemon
1 1/2 T dried rosemary
1 T agave nectar
1 T salt
2 t pepper
1/2 stick of butter (can use a non-dairy substitute), melted
In a large roasting pan, place all cut veggies in bottom. Put the grate over them (or use a cooling rack) - place the chicken breast side down (it's juicier this way) on the grate/rack. Combine the last 7 ingredients and pour 1/2 of this mixture all over the chicken. Place in a 375 degree oven for about 1 3/4 hour to 2 1/2 hours or until the internal temp reaches 165 degrees. At the 1/2 way point, pour the rest of the basting mixture over the chicken. Once it's done, let it stand for about 10 - 15 min before carving.
The veggies catch all the yummy drippings and are sooooo tasty! Hope you enjoy!