Just putting a reminder here for myself really! I just worked out I have been:
17 months off all grains except rice. This was still when I thought I could get away with rice since it has the lowest amount of gluten in any grain. Of course, we learned that was not going to last since pretty much every patient eventually seems to develop problems with it, AND we know it is enough to continue the inflammatory/immune damage to the barriers, so really I wasted 7 months there but it must have done SOME good, I hope! I certainly felt a lot better.
12 months off ALL grains including rice. The difference here was amazing in how I felt within weeks. WHY didn’t I do this earlier!!
6 months off legumes. Didn’t really feel any different here, but did it to give myself the best chance of healing the barriers and stopping developing more food intolerances.
4 months off legumes and foods that encourage barrier hyper-permeability. Started this after I concluded my research into barrier-harming foods and practices.
Of course, this doesn’t count all the slip-ups, the hiddens and cross-contaminations, the supplement and food trials for the Barrier Plan, the odd bit of chilli to liven my curries up and the regular glass of wine (oops!). I would love it to be 100% and I am going to have to stop trialling new things and give myself the chance to heal soon.
It does seem a very long time. I wish I had done the flippin barrier diet from the start but I had to research and invent that, of course so you can now not waste as much healing time as me!
How are you doing? Where are you? What are your cheats, or are you doing better than me and haven’t got any?! Give us an update.