What is the Elimination Diet and Who Needs it??
Updated: Jan 27, 2019
Do you feel as though something is just not right? You know you could feel better but you can’t pinpoint what is wrong. Do you struggle with brain fog or bloating or weight gain? Do you suffer from acne or sensitive skin with random rashes? Will you have days of constipation or diarrhea? Do you feel as though you are always being seen for sinusitis? Most people who suffer from any of the above have tried to change their diets. Most have tried gluten or dairy free diets. These are great things to try, however it is often not enough. WHY?? I’m so glad you asked!!
There are food allergies, sensitivities and intolerances.
A food allergy is the Will Smith reaction in “Hitch” (which by the way I cannot believe was released in 2005!! Time flies!) with a rash, swollen face and difficulty breathing. These reactions can be identified with allergy skin testing. Then there are intolerances where you may lack digestive enzymes such as lactase, which results in an intolerance for milk. And finally we land on food sensitivities.
Food sensitivities can be delayed reactions that occur hours to days later. They occur due to an imbalance in our GI system, which affects our immune system. Some people call this “leaky gut”. The foods trigger an immune response (did you know that 70% of our immune system is found in our gut?!?), and thus many of our symptoms. The good news is “leaky gut” can be healed without medications! Food is our medicine. Eliminating that which is damaging and adding foods that are healing….HOW you ask?? Introduce THE ELIMINATION DIET!!
The elimination diet restricts the most common food sensitivities. These are dairy, gluten (including barley, rye, wheat), peanuts, eggs, alcohol, beef, pork, processed meats, shellfish, soy, coffee, chocolate (ugh!!), corn, sugar.
Fight the urge to close this page!! I know…I know…I love my chocolate, wine, coffee and bread as much as the next girl. BEFORE you quit prior to starting there are two pieces of good news. First of all , you only follow the diet for 3-4 weeks (this is not life long!!) and then you start reintroducing foods one every two days, and it is important not to rush this part. And secondly, focus on all the foods you CAN eat instead of the list of what you cannot!!
Now to really buy into any diet or lifestyle change you need to know THE WHY behind it. My next few posts will focus on why we stay away from certain foods and also reasons we encourage others. If you are interested in learning more subscribe to this page. Love to hear your thoughts! And OF COURSE you do have to ask your doctor about starting any diet!