Do you have skin issues? Digestive issues like gas, bloating, or intermittent constipation? Bad allergies or low energy levels? How is your mood? Do you suffer from brain fog? You may not realize it, but the foods you’re eating everyday could be slowly compromising your health. And a simple elimination diet that takes only 23 days could potentially help you determine a food group that should be avoided to reduce or eliminate these harmful effects.
Make a list of everything that is of concern before you begin your elimination diet and keep a journal throughout the process to determine if your symptoms have been corrected or reduced. You want to track important changes and note when they happen.
The basic elimination diet lasts 23 days and it focuses on four food groups. 1. gluten 2.dairy 3.eggs 4.soy It’s also a good idea to give up alcohol to reduce sugar which helps things like yeast and harmful bacteria thrive in our stomach.
Antibodies, which are the proteins that your immune system makes when it reacts to foods, take around 21 to 23 days to turn over. So, you must give it that much time to get the full effect of elimination.
What to eat?
Clean proteins (organic meats, poultry, wild-caught fish); healthy fats (avocado, nuts, seeds, olive oil); and vegetables, legumes, gluten-free grains, beans, fruits, etc.
On day 24, reintroduce one of the four food groups and see how you feel over the next 48 hours. If you have no reaction after two days, you can reintroduce another group. Repeat this process until all four groups have been reincorporated and see if one of the four food groups is causing your discomfort.
Pay Attention to Your Body!
Note how you are feeling, how you are sleeping, and how your energy level feels. How does your skin look? Is your belly flatter? You should know by the end of this month-long test if you have a food sensitivity and start to feel better by making some adjustments in your diet and lifestyle.