THE SKINNY ON THE ELIMINATION DIET
When you start to realise that your digestion is dodgy and you feel bloated and horrible, it’s time to do something about it.
I got to that point with symptoms like gassiness, bloating, constipation, and sharp cramp-like pains that started happening a lot. I knew I needed a reliable way to find out WHY this was happening and, more importantly, WHAT was causing my discomfort.
That’s when I found out about the Elimination Diet.
But don’t let the word “diet” throw you off! An elimination diet is about removing potential trigger foods so you can see which foods your body reacts to and which don’t cause any reaction at all when you add them back in during a transition phase.
This approach helps you to learn to eat mindfully and keep your digestive symptoms at bay. The gut is where the majority of your immune system is and is considered the “second brain” in your body, so it’s important to keep it healthy to keep things running smoothly.
With an elimination diet, you start by eliminating the common culprits of digestive upset and food allergens, so that you are only eating real, nourishing foods that will not hurt your gut.
In fact, you can begin to heal your gut with an elimination diet!
The categories of food to eliminate are:
- Grains – The foundation of the Food Pyramid for decades, it has now been discovered that many people have a hard time digesting grains, including corn.
- Processed Foods – There are many toxic chemicals (like MSG, artificial colours, and flavourings) and other undesirable ingredients (like GMOs, trans fats, and HFCS) in processed food that can impede digestion and even cause disease.
- High Glycemic Foods – Large amounts of starches and added sugars can feed a bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) and other gut dysbiosis problems.
- Gluten and Fructans – Found in many grains, gluten has been found to be one of the causes of leaky gut syndrome and autoimmune diseases. Fructans are found in FODMAPS (short-chain carbohydrates) and can also feed those bad bugs in your gut.
- Refined Oils – These can cause inflammation throughout your body.
- Feedlot Meats and Dairy – Meats and dairy from the conventional food system may contain hormones, antibiotics and the residue of veterinary medicines.
- Eggs, Peanuts and Shellfish – All are common food allergens.
- Gut Irritants – Caffeine and alcohol can wreak havoc on your gut.
There is a 3/3 guideline for adding foods back into your diet:
“Do not conclude a food causes symptoms, unless symptoms occur within 3 days of eating the food and occur consistently on 3 separate occasions after eating it.”*
*Heizer, W D., Southern, S, McGovern, S. The Role of Diet in Symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome in Adults: A Narrative Review. JADA 2009; 109: 1204-1214
You will soon know as you begin to add foods back in what works and what doesn’t. I suggest starting slow; adding foods back in one at a time. If a food causes symptoms on 3 different occasions, you’ll know that you are sensitive to that food and to avoid it for a while and try again later.
With a bit of trial and error you will come up with a plan that your body will love!
Everyone is different and finding your own unique way of eating to feel good will change your life.
Not sure where to start?
The Rejuvenate Spring Cleanse is based on the elimination diet, so you’re working with a proven, three-prong approach used by functional medicine doctors and world-class nutrition experts.
I’ve just broken it down for you so that doing the elimination diet is simple and fits easily into your busy schedule.
With this program, you’ll get a wealth of information that will help you to reach your goals and to get your vitality back. You’ll get a daily protocol, so you know what to do and when to do it, an invaluable and information-packed guide, delicious recipes, suggested meals, a food diary, tons of bonuses, and so much more.
Best of all – I’ll guide you through the entire process!
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