The Elimination Diet is a protocol designed to clear the body of foods and chemicals to which you may be allergic or sensitive. This diet sets the stage to allow your body to rest and detox optimally, recover, and begin to function efficiently again.
You may be feeling symptoms that your body may be overburdened or compromised including:
The dietary changes help the body clear toxins that may have accumulated over time due to environmental exposure, foods, beverages, drugs, alcohol, or cigarette smoke. It also encourages the reduction of inflammation throughout the body.
An “Elimination Diet” is so-called because you remove certain foods or food categories from your diet. The main culprits include dairy, egg, soy, sugar, and gluten. You can personalize this plan by getting food sensitivity testing done beforehand.
These foods are avoided for a certain amount of time, depending on the severity of that sensitivity. Then, you slowly and carefully add these foods back into the diet, one at a time, to see which foods continue to be ‘trigger foods.’ Reading labels is essential during this process to ensure you are not consuming these foods in even the smallest doses. You should not restrict caloric intake, and you should consume a variety of different foods otherwise.
If you find no improvement within three weeks on this protocol, either you do not have any food allergies/sensitivities, or there could be another factor complicating the picture. The Elimination Diet is part of a process, the journey of listening to yourself and your body and giving it what it needs.
Most people experience many improvements when they eliminate food triggers, including increased energy, mental clarity, decreased joint and body pain, elimination of headaches, etc. If you discover a food sensitivity, you can then talk over a gut healing protocol with your clinician. Some people can experience symptoms, especially in the first week, like changes in sleep patterns, lightheadedness, headaches, joint or muscle stiffness, and gastrointestinal function changes. Such symptoms rarely last for more than a few days and may show a need for detoxication support or withdrawal from caffeine or sugars.
Here are some tips:
- Clear out the kitchen cabinets and refrigerator and go food shopping so you have everything you will need.
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