Healing my gut: The elimination diet

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PART 1: Elimination

Well, less than 2-days away from my day 1 of my elimination diet and my list of possible allergens to remove for this 3-week period has grown.

My friend Maria, a fellow Institute of Integrative Nutrition Health coach (she’s a graduate), recommended that as I’m really wanting to get to the bottom of it, I maybe should consider a more comprehensive list of possible allergens to remove for my elimination.

I am going to remove:

  • all grains

  • dairy

  • corn

  • soy

  • alcohol

To that list I’ve now added:

  • nightshades (Eggplant (Fruit)

    • Tomatoes

    • Tomatillo

    • Potatoes

    • Goji Berries

    • Peppers (Bell, Chili, Paprika, Cayenne)

  • legumes

This addition hurts a little more as I eat a lot of tomatoes and peppers, I think I would have liked the variety of beans, rely on chickpeas often and I’m having a serious love affair at the moment with peas that will have to go on hold until I can rule them out as an offender.

Hard as this is going to be, I don’t feel good and I want to. I’ve got the motivation and now is the time. You’ve got to have your “WHY” handy when you sign up for hard things! This is what I’ll turn to to keep me going when it gets tough, and it will.

So that is the list of things I will not be eating from JUNE 1 through JUNE 22nd.

PART 2: Re-introduction

So how will it work? What comes next?

Ok, so once I’ve eliminated the above for a full 3-weeks, I’ll begin to re-introduce each potential allergen one at a time.

I’ll start with the one I missed the most and eat it at least two servings of it over 2 days. I won’t introduce more than one at time. JUST ONE and give it a couple days to note any and all reactions. The symptoms I’ll be looking out for include:

  • bloating

  • brain fog

  • headache

  • digestive reaction

  • joint pain

  • cravings

  • fatigue

  • other (who knows!)

I’ll note whether it was mild, moderate or severe or if I had no reaction. I’ll plan to record these results diligently for a couple days as some results like brain fog could occur the day after I ate the food.

If I have a reaction, I’ll continue to eliminate the food. After a few days with each reintroduced food, I’ll introduce another back into my diet and follow the same process…eating at least two servings for two days and noting any and all reactions before going on to reintroduce the next and next until I’ve gotten through the full list…likely taking me weeks further… I know. It’s kind of a commitment.

So that is the HOW, next up I’ll be sharing what the hell I’m going to be eating over the next month or so!

If you’re just starting with this post. I introduced what my motivation was for doing this in this post here.

Thanks for following along. I share this as it is my mission to help as many women as possible onto their wellness journey and that is by any value I can provide - be it my services or by simply sharing my story as I’m doing with this series.

It’s free. It’s real.

As a health conscious person who’s building a business around wellness, I think it shows how important it is to know your body well, to avoid inflammation whenever possible (be it through toxins, allergens, or injury), and finally, how important it is to be HONEST with yourself and have self-awareness.

I can show up and press play on my workouts every day but if I’m eating too much pizza, ice cream and alcohol, I could still be doing my health a real disservice. The thing to note is…I don’t abuse any of those things. Which is why I believe I have a sensitivity towards one or all of those and others.

My stomach shouldn’t hurt. I shouldn’t have brain fog so often. I should not be in a constant cycle of cravings. Something I’m consuming with some regularity is harming me.

But that’s not the full story.

Toxins play a huge role here and I’ve got to start taking responsibility for how I’m allowing them into my bloodstream.

As part of this series, I’ll be sharing a lot more on that topic, but today, I wanted to continue the conversation and share the nuts and bolts of the actual elimination diet process.

I’ve turned comments on and am hoping to here from you if you’ve got any questions or thoughts!

With hope and gratitude,

-Danielle