Elimination Diet

By Donell Barlow

Do you struggle with symptoms like bloating, gas, joint pain and fatigue?  Have you tried everything on the market to alleviate these symptoms but have received little or no relief?  You might be one of the many people who suffer from food intolerances: a reaction to a food, beverage, or food additive. Food intolerances can be a result of an absence of specific enzymes that are needed to digest any food substance. And for some people, studies are also showing that eating the same foods everyday over a period of time can also bring on these reactions.

We are all unique and react differently to the foods we eat. Symptoms of food intolerance can occur half an hour and up to 72 hours after eating certain foods. These symptoms can range from respiratory tract and gastrointestinal tract issues, or even as skin irritations.  Food allergens can enter the body one route and then cause symptoms somewhere else entirely because they are carried by your blood.  The good news is a food intolerance is not a food allergy which can persist for lifetime and be potentially life threatening. Food intolerance can even disappear if not eaten for a few months but will reoccur if eating regularly again.

The most effective way to find out your own intolerances is a food elimination diet. This means you remove the top seven allergen foods from your diet: corn, wheat, soy, gluten, dairy, yeast and eggs, as well as any processed food, or any food you consume a lot of.  You might feel worse for a few days because you are detoxing and could have withdrawal symptoms but soon after you should feel better. After one week of removing these foods from your diet, you can add one of the food allergens back.

During this time, I suggest having a food journal to keep an accurate account of your diet and also write down how you feel. If you experience no symptoms then move on to adding in the next allergen. If you do experience symptoms then wait until they diminish, keep that allergen out of your diet, and then move forward to the next one. By restricting the culprit foods and then reintroducing them one at a time, you may get a stronger and more accurate reaction. You can do this elimination diet for a couple of weeks or even a few months — whatever fits your own needs.

By doing the elimination diet you will be promoting intestinal function, promoting absorption of more nutrients and eliminating waste. Seventy percent of our immune system is in our gut, so by eating well we can maximize our health.

This is a brief summary of the elimination diet if you have any questions or would like to schedule a free health history consultation with me you can email me at donellbarlow@comcast.net and check out my website www.wellnessinaction.net.

Example menu

Breakfast- Gluten-free oatmeal with nuts and berries, Buckwheat pancakes, Green smothie-variety of greens with some fruit blended

Lunch- Chipotle veggie chili, Stir-fry with veggies can add chicken, Quinoa with roasted veggies

Dinner- Steamed salmon and greens, Veggie wraps, Beef and vegetable stew

Snacks– Variate of fruits and veggies, Almond butter on flax or rice crackers, Nuts

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