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kipperkid
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...... trying to start SWAMI in the run-up to Christmas????

I can think of a lot of reasons why not...... like all the goodies people keep on bringing into the office!   And the fact that I will be staying with my Dad over Christmas.......

I can't say I have achieved any great degree of compliance at this stage - today would have been around 95% compliant if I hadn't got waylaid by the chocolates (but I did so that calculation goes out the window!)  The true figure the last few days has been much lower due to those sweets keep calling to me.......

But on the other hand, I may have succumbed to the chocolate but I have successfully resisted all the wheat stuff that's been offered, I have worked out what I'm supposed to be eating on SWAMI and my digestive system has thanked me for level of compliance I have managed to achieve - my IBS symptoms are definitely less than they were.

I've been shopping and I will arrive at my Dad's clutching loads of stuff that is ok for me to eat (he's ok with that, it always happens because he only eats a very limited range of foods, so I always have loads of stuff he doesn't).  But there will still be the pressure to join him in the things he is eating, most of which will include wheat  

Breakfast will be ok, we tend to do our own thing then, main meal lunch time may be more of an issue, evening meal will vary in difficulty level depending on what's going on.......

I'm printing off my avoid list, I made a policy decision that black dots are ok until the New Year (that allows me to make a spelt loaf and take it with me, which should help with avoiding the standard wheat).  It's not an ideal solution I know, but my tum doesn't react to spelt in the way it does to wheat, so I shouldn't wind up too uncomfortable as a result.  Also taking oatcakes with me.

Main aim is to not have an upset tum for the duration, I have really enjoyed the last few days of comfort - so yes, it definitely was a good idea  


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Any compliance is better than none!

Eating black dots for holidays sounds 100%  reasonable to me. It's even reasonable to eat a few "avoids" right now, if you choose them carefully (say, not worry about spices in anything and allowing yourself sugar if that's an avoid for you.)

SWAMI also gives you tools to help minimize the damage from a few unhealthy meals. You can eat genoharmonic combinations and/or lots of diamond foods for the few meals you prepare 100% on your own, sandwiched in between holiday meals.


Ruth, Single Mother to 19yo   O- Leah , 18yo O- Hannah, and  12yo B+ Jack


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Happy Holidays!  

Any degree of compliance is better for your body than none, so do the best you can, don't sweat the small stuff and stay healthy!  



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compliance starts in the brain.. in differentiating what you are eating to what you might have eaten.. small changes in the brain help to at least understand that food will make us feel better or worse.. and THEN we do not need to blame our' health' for feeling different..

I spent years chasing doctors and labels and no answers, at least now i know it IS all up to me..

I have been having a bad time, I can go all bad, and yet even all bad it is not STARTING with wheat spaghetti, pizza, and cakes.. I make differences to choosing dark chocolate.. like 90% best now.. I might eat one piece of some thing less, and that already changes my intake by putting 95% on its head.. 95 reasonable, 5% bad.. used to be the opposite and it was CONSIDERED the good old BALANCED American diet..

Neither you nor I are in that place of ignorance, so even during these days, we are ahead of the game, we know it and we can deal with it ... and if we feel puffy, depressed, or have sleeping breathing problems.. but we know that WE can change it.. AND that we will..

all the best.. (and even Dr D forgives us ..   for the 20% so long as it is not all bad..
P/S  for me choc is a neutral.. and in some writing choc is needed to let go of depression, and sad feelings.. so eat that choc instead of cake and all will be better..

Happy holidays..    


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Thanks for encouraging replies folks  

Quoted from ruthiegirl
SWAMI also gives you tools to help minimize the damage from a few unhealthy meals. You can eat genoharmonic combinations and/or lots of diamond foods for the few meals you prepare 100% on your own, sandwiched in between holiday meals.


That sounds like a good strategy, Ruthiegirl, thanks!

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I have been having a bad time, I can go all bad, and yet even all bad it is not STARTING with wheat spaghetti, pizza, and cakes.. I make differences to choosing dark chocolate.. like 90% best now.. I might eat one piece of some thing less, and that already changes my intake by putting 95% on its head.. 95 reasonable, 5% bad.. used to be the opposite and it was CONSIDERED the good old BALANCED American diet..


I think that was sort of my thinking behind starting before Christmas, ok there's no way I will be perfect over this time, but I can wind up being a lot better than I would have been if I hadn't even tried!  


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P/S  for me choc is a neutral.. and in some writing choc is needed to let go of depression, and sad feelings.. so eat that choc instead of cake and all will be better..


Chocolate is actually superfood in SWAMI for me, but I don't think it's talking the 25% cocoa content sugar-laden (Black dot) milk (Avoid) chocolate that was on offer in work!!  

However, as you say, it's about choices - I decided the chocolate would do me less harm than the biscuits etc which had wheat.

Off to practise making some good choices and enjoy my Dad's company......  





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Hi kipperkid - I did a similar thing with my SWAMI. I started it 6-1/2 weeks before T'giving, (I have an 8 week washout period) knowing that I was going to have houseguests for four days over the holiday. It was extremely interesting to be almost through my washout phase, and then quit it. Now, as circumstances will have it, I will have to wait until February to begin again, because I don't have 60 consecutive days when I can eat compliantly until then.
     My detox chose to manifest itself in my face breaking out in a kind of itchy rash. Well... when I first started my SWAMI washout phase, I got these breakouts quite heavily - my face doesn't break out at all, so this was highly unusual for me - and was just over them when my company arrived. So after four days of eating whatever yummy things I wanted I felt completely gross and was eager to get back to my food list. Now, a month later, eating 90% + compliant, except for maybe one meal a week, so I can feel the Holiday spirit, I'm still experiencing these breakouts, just not as heavily.
     What I'm wondering is, should I eat as compliantly as possible until I can begin my washout phase again, or should I just say "screw it" and eat all the stuff I shouldn't, kind of as "one last hoorah"? Of course, I know which path I'm going to take, but I so wish I could just say "f*** it for the month of January!
     Looks like you've made the noble decision as well - 'cause you just feel better  

Keep up the good work and enjoy your Holiday season with your family!


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NEVER eat whatever.. always choose.. the good stuff will help the bad stuff..


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ChrissyA, You made me chuckle with your "Of course, I know which path I'm going to take, but I so wish I could just say "f*** it for the month of January!"
I bet we can all identify with wanting to do that at times.
And just allowing ourselves to have that thought can be theraputic.
You've clearly done well to get to Dec 25 and not already acting on that desire.
Good luck,
Lin


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Quoted from chrissyA

     What I'm wondering is, should I eat as compliantly as possible until I can begin my washout phase again, or should I just say "screw it" and eat all the stuff I shouldn't, kind of as "one last hoorah"? Of course, I know which path I'm going to take, but I so wish I could just say "f*** it for the month of January!


hehe!     Did you see the movie "The Matrix"?  He chose to take the red pill, which busted the illusion.  Once you have awakened and you see things as they really are, you don't ever completely go back to enjoying "all that stuff" the way you used to.



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Well, Christmas/New Year was a bit of a mixed bag...... I didn't manage to avoid wheat completely I'm afraid but I console myself with the fact that I ate far, far less of it than I would have done if I hadn't be trying to stick to plan!

I *did* eat lots of superfoods and some diamonds and the nett result was that my IBS behaved itself perfectly all over the time I was at dad's which was brilliant  

Have now been back home for 2 days and doing much better with the compliance so hoping to see things start improving even more now.....

Did 10 minutes exercise this morning, which has been sadly lacking over the holiday season, so need to work on that  


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Well done!  Being compliant enough to reduce the IBS is a great step forward, especially during a holiday temptaion season.

IBS = not eating right for your type

as far as I can tell.


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Sounds like you did really well!  
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Well, Christmas/New Year was a bit of a mixed bag...... I didn't manage to avoid wheat completely I'm afraid but I console myself with the fact that I ate far, far less of it than I would have done if I hadn't be trying to stick to plan!

I *did* eat lots of superfoods and some diamonds and the nett result was that my IBS behaved itself perfectly all over the time I was at dad's which was brilliant  
Great job!
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Have now been back home for 2 days and doing much better with the compliance so hoping to see things start improving even more now.....

Did 10 minutes exercise this morning, which has been sadly lacking over the holiday season, so need to work on that  
Sounds like you're on the right track!

Exercise is one of my biggest challenges too. If you've been very out of shape, then 10 minutes a day may be a perfect place to start.


Ruth, Single Mother to 19yo   O- Leah , 18yo O- Hannah, and  12yo B+ Jack


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