Last year when I read Skin Cleanse by Adina Grigore, I kept track of everything I put in my mouth for three days straight. Not just that I ate a banana for a snack or pizza for lunch. I wrote down those three Reese’s Pieces and the two grapes that I consumed too. This was an attempt to figure out what made my digestive system feely shitty and probably wasn’t doing my skin any favors either. 

Ever since I did that, I was acutely aware of when I was feeling bloated or just shitty after a meal in general. But did I write it down? Oh no. That would make way too much sense.

But now? I’ve decided to do it again. I created a document on my iPhone and I’m going to keep track of all the times when I’m feeling shitty after a meal and what exactly I ate before I started feeling that way. 

This decision was made because I felt shitty after lunch today. I had homemade turkey chili on top of zucchini noodles, with a side of guacamole and five tortilla chips (weird, I know, but that’s what I ate) and a pomegranate seltzer. I’m very, very bloated now. I think it might be the seltzer, which blows because I love seltzer and we keep it in the office. It tastes better than water, but it’s not filled with sugar like soda is. 

I’ve never done elimination from my diet before but I’m curious to see what I find out. If I can eliminate the foods that make me feel shitty it’ll be for the better (duh). 

I’d encourage everyone to do this if you ever feel crappy after a meal. 


Food Journal

I’ve kept track of what I eat on MyFitnessPal for a few years now, on and off. But after reading Skin Cleanse by Adina Grigore (SO GOOD. READ IT.) last week, I took her advice and kept a five-day food journal of every last thing I put into my mouth and how I felt after eating it. What I found was that I eat pretty healthy during the week (though weekends be damned, I’m eating that burger) and almond butter might be making me feel sick, as well as kale.


30 minutes on the elliptical.
1 cup mango green tea

8am: Breakfast: almond butter, coconut milk, banana, pineapple, protein powder smoothie. Felt full after.

9:15am: Coffee with almond extract in it. Felt bloated after.

11am: Snack: 1.5tbsp creamy pb. A little less hungry after.

12:30pm: Lunch: quinoa and black bean salad and a beef skewer. With two cups of water. Felt really gross and bloated after.

3pm: Snack: one slice whole wheat toast with a tbsp of Nutella. 11 snap pea crisps. Two cups of water. Felt OK after eating it.

7pm: Sample of ommergang beer. Two cups of water.

7:45pm: Dinner: beef brisket sandwich with hot sauce, pickles, and pickled onions on a potato bun. Felt fine after it.

10:30pm: Two more cups of water.

20 minutes on the elliptical
7am: 1 cup mango green tea, 1 cup water. Feel hungry and tired.

9am: whole wheat english muffin with one egg on it and sriacha. Two chunks of pineapple. I started to drink coffee with milk, coconut sugar, and cinnamon but felt sick after one sip. One cup of water. One cup green tea.

10am: Snack: 1tbsp of creamy organic peanut butter.

1pm: 1 baby carrot, ¾ cup of grilled cauliflower (felt a little bloated after), 2oz grilled chicken, 2 cups kale salad with a lemony dressing, ¼ cup cashews, 1 cup water. Felt a little bloated but probably because I ate too much.

2pm: 1 cup green tea
2:45: 10 sweet cherries
3:30: 12 almonds (salted)
4pm: german chocolate cupcake, One cup of water

6pm: 70 minute yoga class
1 cup of water

8:30: had a big cramp that went away quickly.

8:45pm: 4.5oz of greek gods yogurt with 1 tbsp honey, 8 black berries, and 1/3 cup Trader Joes mango granola.

Snack: 1 cup lemon green tea. One quarter of a small dark chocolate with almonds bar. Felt fine after.

30 mins on elliptical.
Drank a cup of lemon seltzer during it.

7am: 1 cup lemon green tea
8:15am: smoothie with one frozen banana, ½ cup frozen mango, ½ cup frozen cherries, 1/3 cup fresh blueberries, 2oz greek yogurt, 2/3 cup vanilla coconut milk.

10:15am: 6oz of coffee with a tbsp of milk. 1 cup of water. Was cramping up all morning.

12:30pm: six baby carrots, ½ cup of zucchini, 2 oz of chicken w sriacha, 1.5 tbsp of hummus, one piece of whole wheat toast, 1.5tbsp creamy organic pb with 1/3 of slice banana, and 1tbsp honey.

3pm: medium pink lady apple, 1 cup of water

4pm: 1 container vanilla greek yogurt, 1 cup of water

7:30pm: 3 chipotle crispy chicken tacos with lettuce, pico, hot sauce, a little cheese and a little sour cream. 1 cup of water.

8:20pm: ¼ of a small bar of dark chocolate with almonds. 2 cup of water

9pm: 1 summer ale Brooklyn lager, 1 cup of water


8:15am: 1 cup of coffee with 1/2oz whipped cream, 1tsp almond extract, 1/2tsp cinnamon. Felt good!

9:30am: 2 egg whites with hot sauce on whole wheat toast. Small coffee with almond milk, almond extract, and cinnamon. 2 cups of water.

12:30pm: 1 berry pomegranate cliff bar

2:45pm: 12oz coconut nectar tumeric, 3oz grilled chicken w sriacha, ½ slide zucchini with 2tbsp hummus

4:30: 1 container of vanilla greek yogurt with 10 cherries. ½ salted chocolate chip cookie from dean and deluca. Felt full for a while after.

9:15pm: 1 slice of Ezekiel bread with 1.5tbsp of crunchy almond on it and 1/3 cup blueberries and 1/2tbsp honey.

1 cup lemon green/sleepy time tea

80 sit ups
30 mins on elliptical
½ cup lemon green tea

8am: banana bread Luna bar. 1 cup coffee with 1tbsp whipped cream and 1/4tsp cinnamon.

9:45am: ½ cinnamon raisin bagel, toasted, with 2tbsp creamy pb and 1/3 sliced banana. 1 cup water.

11:50am: Ate half of salted chocolate chip cookie from dean and deluca.

12:15pm: restorative yoga class.

1:45pm: dean and deluca samples: one strip of French cheese, one greek yogurt covered berry, one strip of bread.

2pm: 1 cup kale salad, 2 bites of Caesar salad, 2oz of grilled chicken, one half slice of mozzarella, two cucumbers slices, two pieces of broccoli.

2:45: ½ cinnamon raisin bagel with 2 tbsp of creamy pb. 1 cup of water. ¼ coconut nectar elixir tumeric.

4:15pm: ½ tumeric elixir, 1 shot of tequila
5:15pm: one chunk of red cheese and half of a cracker from TJ’s.
6:20pm: 1 speculoos cookie.
8:20pm: 2 speculoos cookies, one summer honey wheat ale.
9:15pm: 3oz grilled chicken, sliced yellow squash sautéed, 7 baby carrots. 1 cup seltzer.
10pm: one chocolate chip cookie, 1 cup lemon green tea.

And that’s that. So, kale/quinoa/coffee too early make me sick. If you notice anything that I didn’t, let me know! And if you notice you’re feeling a little odd, I suggest you do this for 3-5 days too. It can be really eye-opening.