My answer to your question is yes! I have improved TREMENDOUSLY just by watching what goes in my mouth. I am like you though and I wasn't able to give up chocolate 100%. I think the link below is the closest to what I eliminated and the "diet" I follow. In the beginning, I thought I would not be able to survive with out my cappuccino, but I am still hanging in there. I went about 4 months w/o any of it and had one and was hurting the next day. I am convinced. I also gave up carbonation all together because it (diet or regular) just isnt all that good for anyone. Besides, I would rather eat my calories than drink them!! :-D Giving up the caffiene has been sort of difficult because it hides everywhere. I also drank crystal light before realizing I had a sensitivity to the aspartame. Once I made a conscience effort to watch that, I have done pretty good. I also went Gluten freen in November and I think that has helped as well. I don't necessarily recommend it if you don't have to, but decreasing the amount of white flour consumed is probably beneficial.
If you have ANY questions, let me know! I would say, worst case you follow this diet and if it doesnt help, you haven't lost anything. From what it looks like, and what I can tell, I just eat much healthier and that can't be a bad thing. I feel that eliminating the gluten has made me eat more friuts and veggies and that has tammed the IBS symptoms that I had. It also allows me to feel good enough to exercise most days. If you want to start slow...I recommend eliminating chemicals first. I think those had the greatest impact and it made the other stuff easier.
24. Diagnosed with Fibro in Aug. 08 and Seasonal Affectiveness Disorder in December 08. Gluten free since Nov. 08.
Surgeries: Compartment Syndrome/Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome Dec. 05; Lap Nissen Fundoplacation Aug 06; Exploratory Lap Feb. 08.
Played college soccer. Going back to school to be a Registered Dietitian.
"I control the disease, it does not control me."