How I Survived A Leaky Gut Diet...

...while working at Italian restaurant.

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We all have circumstances and temptations that make restrictive diets very difficult to complete, but trust me if I survived and succeeded at this one, while facing a delicious deluge of gluten and dairy while working at an Italian restaurant, you can too!

I've broken down my survival methods into 10 actionable tips:

1. PLAN AHEAD & PUT ASIDE EXTRA GROCERY MONEY

2. CARRY WATER WITH YOU AT ALL TIMES

3. REPLACE HABIT SNACKS & TEXTURE CRAVINGS WITH ALTERNATIVES

4. CLEAN OUT YOUR PANTRY & FRIDGE BEFORE YOU BEGIN

5. CARVE OUT 3 DAYS/WEEK TO COOK MEALS AHEAD OF TIME

6. ALWAYS READ FOOD LABELS TO FIND HIDDEN INGREDIENTS

7. YOU CAN'T BUY TOO MANY VEGETABLES

8. YOU CAN'T COOK TOO MUCH BONE BROTH

9. KNOW YOUR RESTAURANT HACKS

10. NAIL DOWN AN ALLY

Before you read further into how to implement the above, perhaps the most important tip to coming out on top of any diet or cleanse is to full heartedly know WHY you're doing it in the first place. Your will power builds its unwavering strength from motivation. In the past, I failed a few times because I was never fully committed to its reasons and rules. Yes, I wanted more energy, fat loss, and hormonal balance, but I didn't yet have enough motivation or will power because I had not reached my wellness tipping point yet. That point came when I realized that I could not be the person I wanted to be until I did this 30-day elimination diet. For more on this revelation, read my blog post, "Is Leaky Gut A Real Thing?".

Moving on. Here are the details to achieving each elimination diet survival tip!

1. PLAN AHEAD & PUT ASIDE EXTRA GROCERY MONEY

When you decide to take on this huge change, plan ahead and budget some extra grocery money because you might be buying some new, slightly more expensive ingredients. Sign up for Thrive Market and receive discounts on your first purchases to help with the cost.

2. CARRY WATER WITH YOU AT ALL TIMES

Like, 48 fl. oz. large. Add lemon slices. A general rule of thumb is to drink half your body weight in fluid ounces. Add 8 fl. oz. for every cup of coffee or other diuretic you drink, and up the volume if you’re strenuously exercising (an extra 8 fl. ounces every half hour). Hydration makes you feel satiated and keeps all your systems in top shape while you detox from disallowed foods.

3. REPLACE HABIT SNACKS & TEXTURE CRAVINGS WITH ALTERNATIVES

Replace your habit snack foods with alternatives. For example, carrot sticks instead of pretzels. Or grain free chips instead of corn tortilla chips. Nut butter and cacao powder balls instead of chocolate chip cookies. Be sure find go-to snacks that you don’t have to cook and that you can carry around with you at all ti