How To Do An Elimination Diet

Posted by Amina AlTai on

If your stomach is very sensitive, you have skin issues, headaches and other seemingly unrelated symptoms, food sensitivities could be to blame. There are several common allergens that can be causing said symptoms and strategically removing and adding them back can work wonders. Note, if you have severe reactions to certain foods such a your throat tightening, tongue and lips swelling or anaphylaxis, contact your doctor right away and follow a protocol they design for you. An elimination diet should also be implemented under the care of a health or wellness professional.
  • Create a list of foods you’re going to eliminate: If their are foods you know make you feel less than stellar put them on the list. I also suggest removing the eight most common allergens or “big 8” as they are lovingly referred to. They include dairy, gluten, eggs, crustaceans, fish, soy and peanuts (some even remove tree nuts). I also ask my clients to remove alcohol, sugar, nightshades and more sugary fruits like oranges, grapes and bananas. This might sound tough, but it’s only temporary until you discover what your triggers are.
  • Remove these foods for 2-4 weeks and allow your body to cleanse and heal.  
  • Start to reintroduce the foods one by one and see if they cause any flare-ups. It can take anywhere from a few minutes to three days for symptoms to surface, so space out your introductions over 3-day periods.
  • Keep a list of what causes your triggers and share it with your healthcare provider. They might suggest further testing.

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