Elimination Diet

Have you heard of, been on or know someone who’s been on an elimination diet?

With all the swirl around Coronavirus, there’s a lot of talk about what you should be doing, eating & drinking to boost your immunity. There’s not a lot of talk about what you should be eliminating to help boost your immunity, specifically from your diet.

Elimination diets are the gold standard for identifying food intolerances, sensitivities and allergies well as boosting immunity, reducing inflammation, and alleviating symptoms like rashes, joint pain, bloating, gas, diarrhea, constipation or nausea. When I talk about health and wellness, I talk about the fun topics. #yourewelcome

Start with a two week elimination diet. You’ll remove certain foods known to cause the fun symptoms described above. This gives your body time to clean out (autophagy) and provide data and insights into what may be the underlying causes of the distress felt in the body. When the two weeks is up, you’ll reintroduce foods in a phased approach, reintroducing one item at a time and over the course of a day or two to allow your body time to react. If you do an all or nothing re-entry, you won’t be able to target or attribute any specific item to the symptoms being caused.

Things that need to go: dairy (a known irritant), wheat/gluten & gluten containing items (and it’s hidden in a lot of things like white flour, salad dressings, soy sauce, miso and gluten containing grains like barley, rye and spelt), sugar, corn, processed foods and alcohol.

What you can eat are whole fruits and vegetables, with the exception of citrus (lemon water is okay as it’s alkaline) and nightshades (tomatoes, potatoes, eggplant and peppers). Nightshades contain something called oxalates, which inhibit mineral absorption and may create an inflammatory response. Non gluten containing grains grains, like rice, millet and buckwheat. Some allow for meat and fish (if you are an animal protein consumer): Grass fed, free range beef/wild game or wild caught fish.

Making dietary changes can be hard, but they have a long lasting impact. Have you ever done an elimination diet or would you consider doing one?

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