There’s a LOT of brou-ha-ha about elimination diets out there.
Do you even know what I am talking about?! Elimination diets are a way of testing to see if a symptom or condition might be caused by a particular food, or food group. By taking most of the common culprits out of your diet for a short period, and then reintroducing them, you can get a really good idea of whether or not certain foods disagree with you.
Here’s my take on where to start, how to navigate one and what to do once you know what you are sensitive or allergic to.
First of all – why should you consider an elimination diet?
If you are experiencing a chronic health issue, gastrointestinal upsets or just don’t feel like your best self, then you MUST try this! So many of my patients will initially report that they have great health, but upon prodding, will admit to things like allergies, headaches, digestive issues and the like. Be honest with yourself; are you really healthy, or just healthy “enough”?
The goal of a true elimination diet is to challenge how your body responds to most of the major food groups that cause sensitivities in individuals.
- Gluten (found in Wheat, Rye and Barley)
- Fast/Processed Foods
- Corn & Nightshade Vegetables (Tomatoes, Potatoes, Peppers, Eggplant)
The most common foods of those above that cause intolerance are dairy and gluten. If you just can’t imagine a few weeks without all of the above foods, you may want to start with eliminating those two groups. If you’re mostly committed, I recommend eliminating foods 1-6. However, if you truly are not well (or just love a big challenge), I would recommend going for the whole shebang.
I just got done with a gluten elimination diet, and let me tell you, my energy is through the roof! Or… at least it was until I caved yesterday and ate a slice of pizza. It was so delicious in the moment, but I slept poorly last night and have been sluggish all day. Shame on me, I know better, and soon you will, too.
Stay tuned for how to get started!