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This easy elimination diet explains how to eliminate suspected harmful foods from your diet. It is simple, quick and feasible.
What is an (easy) elimination diet?
An elimination diet is the process of eliminating suspected harmful foods from your diet for a period of time. The reason for doing this is to discern which foods are causing you pain and/or discomfort. Once you discover which foods are problem foods, you can eliminate them from your diet and begin feeling better.
Why should you do an elimination diet?
If, like me, you are tired and frustrated of having numerous ailments/issues and you are desperate for some relief, an elimination diet is perfect for you.
I suffered with digestive issues, joint pain, eczema and more for years. I was so thankful when I finally found the strength and determination to complete an elimination diet. I eliminated foods from my diet that were hurting me and my symptoms disappeared. I cannot describe to you how much better I feel!
I struggled with the idea of eliminating certain foods. So, eliminating foods for a shorter period of time was the perfect solution for me (recommended by my Naturopath). After discovering which foods I should not eat, I was in denial for a long time; I’d fall off the wagon and keep getting back on.
When I became tired of feeling bad, I finally accepted and embraced this challenge. I completely eliminated the symptom-causing foods from my diet.
Upon doing this, I noticed an incredible difference in my ability to digest food and in my (often painful) eczema. I felt so much better and my eczema disappeared (learn more about this HERE). When I do eat something that triggers eczema and digestive issues, it is extremely easy now to pinpoint the culprit.
Jump on the wagon
Not always, but often, if you have uncomfortable, painful symptoms, completing an easy elimination diet will heal what ails you. Our food is so tampered with these days and our bodies just can’t handle it any longer. I’ve heard so many stories of people being healed by cutting out certain foods from their diets.
So, if you’re ready to give this a try, I’ll show you how to do an elimination diet – a simple, quicker, more feasible way to complete an elimination diet.
*If you’d like to skip the elimination diet altogether, you can find some alternatives here.
*Watch the video tutorial instead:
It is ideal, and it is often suggested, that you cut out certain foods for at least three weeks (to completely dissolve any symptoms you may have). But I found this unnecessary and very difficult. Plus, it may not feasible for you (as it was not for me). Here is a more feasible method:
- Cut out the foods that you believe are causing your symptoms (or cut out the most likely culprits such as dairy, wheat, lactose, refined sugar, yeast, etc) for one week. For help discovering which foods may be causing your symptoms, download my FREE food and symptom diary.
- After the week is up, reintroduce a food that was eliminated. You have to reintroduce a whole food such as milk, as opposed to cheesecake that has many ingredients. Otherwise, you won’t be able to pinpoint the exact problem food.
- Then, wait 4 days and take note of any uncomfortable or painful symptoms you may have.
- If you have any symptoms during these four days, you can be certain that the food that was reintroduced is the food that is causing the symptoms.
- Continue to reintroduce a new food every four days (this means on the fifth day you will reintroduce a new food) until you have reintroduced all of the foods that were eliminated, unless you discover a food that is making you sick. In that case, I recommend cutting it out of your diet altogether.
- At the end of the elimination diet, it should be obvious which foods are harmful to you and which ones are tolerable.
*I would also suggest keeping a daily food diary. It is helpful to include not only what you eat, but also your symptoms (physical, mental and emotional) if any, whether you had a bowel movement and, if so, whether it was soft, hard, etc.
*If you find this method too difficult, an idea would be to eliminate one food at a time. If eliminating that food does not ease your symptoms, you could reintroduce that food and eliminate a different food.
*Another method for discovering foods that are causing you trouble is a Meridian Stress Assessment (MSA). This is helpful if you are impatient like me and/or if you are not always very good at picking up on your physical symptoms. It is a simple, non-invasive test.
I wish you luck, and if you need any guidance please feel free to contact me.
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I wish you health and happiness! 🙂
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