Monday, November 25, 2013

Goodbye Sweet Corn

As most of you know, I've been struggling with health issues for the past two and a half years. Starting last December, I cut out gluten from my diet and then eliminated dairy in April and have noticed a big improvement with how I feel.

But having said that, I still don't feel great. Yes, I feel a whole lot better than I did for over a year but still not as good as I had hoped. I still have crappy days which sometimes turn into weeks and it's frustrating. I want to feel good and healthy and alive again. I want to feel normal.

Which leads me to my latest decision of cutting corn out of my diet. I've had a bad feeling about corn for a while now but haven't had the motivation to actually cut it out completely. I love corn. Corn is probably my favourite food ever and the thought of never being able to eat a cob of corn again kind of makes me want to cry.

But having said that, if cutting out corn makes me feel better, then it's totally worth it. The only problem, it is in everything. It has so many different names and hides in so many foods. Which means that I'm basically going to have to make everything from scratch, more so than I already do. Good thing I'm a stay at home wife now!

I know that this is going to be hard, especially combined with no gluten or dairy, but I am ready to do a trial run. Starting tomorrow, I will do my best to cut corn out of my diet completely.

It will definitely be a learning curve at first and I will probably make mistakes, but I've gotten a lot better at reading ingredients and knowing what I can and cannot have. I just have to add another thing onto the list of 'forbidden foods'.

The good news though, is that my sister-in-law also has a bunch of food restrictions and I can go to her for advice and support through all of this. So at least I will have encouragement and moral support at family get-togethers.

Do any of my readers avoid corn? If so, any advice?


  1. Oh man, that is rough. Is this like the anti-inflammatory diet or the leaky gut syndrome diet? I have heard that doing an anti-inflammatory diet (i think it is no starches or yeasts or something) can help with my alopecia, but honestly I think I would rather be bald!!!

    I hope you start to feel better soon! Better get on that Pinterest to whip up some amazing new things!!

  2. Wow, Jennie! I really hope this works. It is hard for me to imagine you not sitting down to eat 5 cobs of corn in one sitting!

  3. No advice on corn, but I know people who have cut out certain foods and it's made a big difference. So it's worth trying. Good luck.

  4. Casey - It's no particular diet, just me trying to figure out what foods make me feel like crap. And I agree that eating starches is totally worth some of the side effects, I like it too much. :P

    Jackie - I know, the lack of corn on the cob makes me the saddest. But the two times I had it this summer, I felt like crap afterwards.

    Furry Gnome - Thanks. I'm really hoping cutting out corn will help me feel better. If not, I'm totally going back on it. :P

  5. HI Jenn, I am gluten free AND corn free. The corn went first when a colonoscopy discovered I had diverticulosis. I'm now one year into my dietary changes and finding I feel quite a LOT better than I have for years. I eat fruit, veggies and meat. I had cut red meat out of my diet several years ago, but have added it back in slowly and infrequently. I only eat meat that comes from local farmers. I have access to organic, nonGM oats which I grind into flour as I need it. You can make your own baking powder using baking soda and cream of tarter. Beaten egg whites are also a good levening agent for some baked goods like sponge cake! It takes work and it takes time, but take your time and you will get it all straightened out. Going cold turkey off all these things is just WAY too difficult and seems too much like punishment or something!

  6. Karen - It's nice to find someone else who is corn free too! And it's even more encouraging to hear that you are feeling better after cutting it out. Our meat comes from local places too and I have definitely been eating more fruits and veggies. My only complaint is that I seem to not be able to tolerate oats. :( Thanks for the encouragement and tips.