The Best Way to Find out What's Causing your Body to Rebel
Is your body producing strange symptoms? Maybe break-outs, poor digestion, irritating disorders like IBS or Eosinophilic Esophogitis, breakouts, indigestion, heartburn, headaches, fatigue, mood disorders, etc are affecting you. Maybe you’ve tried everything you could think of, or maybe this is your first attempt. Either way, the elimination diet is pretty painless and a great way to get to know your body and which diet works best for you!
Ryan Ramen MS, RD identifies Elimination diets as the “gold standard” for pinpointing those pesky sensitivities, allergies and irritants. Proponents also include holistic nutrition expert Joshua Rosenthol, Dr. Tom Malterre and more. Here are the pros and cons:
Emphasizes whole foods
May alleviate symptoms immediately
Increases awareness and mindfulness
Requires discipline and monitoring
Eliminating certain foods could lead to deficiencies in those areas
Not a guaranteed method for diagnosing allergies – other psychological and physical factors may affect results
The basis of an elimination diet is to eliminate the top foods that cause a poor reaction in the body for a set amount of time, (I recommend 3 weeks for excellent and clear results), You’ll need to read food labels carefully and ask a few extra questions when dining at restaurants.
The foods to eliminate:
Wheat and gluten
Nightshade vegetables & fruits- these include:
-Tomatoes: All varieties
-Potatoes: White and red potatoes, but not sweet potatoes
-Peppers: Bell peppers, chili peppers, and any red spices
Foods to include:
Organic meat (optional)
Pasture raised poultry (optional)
Nightshades are very nutrient dense and can be a healthy part of a balanced diet for many, but they can also be inflammatory and irritate the systems of some consumers. They have been shown to flare up joint issues, digestive symptoms, and cause or aggravate other inflammatory diseases. If you have Rheumatoid arthritis, joint issues, digestive issues or “IBS”, or autoimmune diseases such as Hashimoto’s, graves, or more nightshades could be bothering you!
The second step is to integrate them back in one at a time so that you can take notice of which are doing the damage, you’’ll have a near immediate reaction to whatever is bothering you such as a stomach ache, irritability, breakouts, et. It could be anything, really, but you’ll know! Keep in mind that you could be sensitive to a food but not allergic to it. Still, this elimination diet will help you to know which foods you’re better off avoiding for optimal health. Please allow at least four days between each new food you introduce to make sure whether or not there is a reaction.
I recommend keeping a food journal to keep track of your food, mood and digestion! Nothing fancy, just what you ate and how you felt.
Would you like to work along-side a Nutritional Counselor to ensure you know which foods to keep and which to ditch, as well as receive recipes, handouts, tips, tricks, guides and creative swaps to make this process simplified and more enjoyable? Book a free 50-min Health Evaluation and start your elimination diet so you can get back to the life you love, but as a healthier, happier, thriving you! Your body will thank you as you find what works for you- a unique individual.