Monday, November 2, 2009

Change is good

I've always felt sorry for people on restricted diets; I never thought I'd be one of them. We decided that if we're going to do another IVF, we're going to do a much better job preparing through diet and lifestyle changes, along with supplementation. Taking handfuls of antioxidants and shooting wheatgrass everyday is the easy part. Giving up some of our favorite foods, drink and habits has been the hardest. But I'm getting used to our new eating style and am no longer tempted. The fact that I feel really, really good since bypassing the typical American diet also provides motivation to continue. So, here's what we can't have:
  • No sugar
  • No dairy
  • No caffeine
  • No alcohol
  • No wheat
Eating out is a challenge. Wheat, dairy, and sugar hide out in everything! We went to Blue Koi recently and were pleased to find that they have a gluten-free menu. Most of their entrees can be ordered with rice noodles and other substitutions and they provide gluten-free soy sauce. Yay, Blue Koi! I no longer miss my wine, but I did watch with a little envy at the other patrons drinking their bubble teas.

One of the hardest parts is anticipating how our social life will change. So much of what we did with friends and family was centered around good food and drink. I have a feeling we will be seeing lots of movies this winter...

Fortunately, we both love rice noodle soups.


  1. I am doing very good with this diet. I feel great and am not really missing much. Sometimes it means there is very little I can eat in the cafeteria at work but the manager there said she will get gluten-free tortillas as an option for the wraps that they make.
    I do miss dairy because I love milkshakes but it is a small sacrifice and it isn't forever.

  2. I too will make extra changes to my lifestyle if I do IVF again.