WHAT IS AN ELIMINATION DIET?
Many people are sensitive to different chemicals and substances in foods, and experience varying symptoms from joint pain, fatigue, tummy upset to depression. Eliminating suspect foods from your diet for a period and monitoring the effects allows you to ascertain the effects they have on your health. I for example am severely intolerant not only to gluten as a coeliac, and lactose, but I have found more recently that my health benefits from cutting out non-fermented soya, grains, sugar, caffeine, nightshade-family plants, and from avoiding eating too many high carb foods too. I found this out by following elimination diets over a period of months and by reintroducing these foods at various intervals and monitoring their effects using a health diary. I’m a severe case, most likely it will not be the same for you. However the anti-inflammatory diet I follow is highly alkalising, varied and beneficial for the health of anyone.
a simple whole food diet is best for everyone.
WHAT TO DO?
First, cut foods out of your diet, all the foods that may be affecting your health, and after a certain period, say 2-12 weeks, reintroduce them, slowly, one by one, keeping a health diary to support you, and note the way your body responds.
The time recommended for following an elimination diet does vary, I advise you to listen to your body, and when you are experiencing reduced symptoms reintroduce the suspect food and monitor the results. This may take time, be patient and do not rush it, you are in it for the long haul with your body, you have time! Your body should be more sensitive to the effects of the foods that disagree with it also, so the relationship should be clear.
You have to take the long-view with such things, it can be difficult to cut things out consistently and may take several tries, and you, as I am, may be very sensitive to the effects of foods and take time to get them out of your system. So do your best, take a logical approach and keep your spirits up, reminding yourself why you are doing it and using it as an opportunity to cleanse, try new foods and change your habits. Keep on trying and you’ll get there.
GO FOR IT!
Try not to be confused and disheartened by the varying perspectives represented on the internet, research and gather info, listen most to the most well-rounded and logical voices, and most importantly keep things simple and listen to your body and your own needs.
Please do share your experience of following an elimination diet, the more we all know the better!