The Elimination Diet

The Elimination Diet:

The Elimination DietThe main goal of the elimination diet is to identify possible food sensitivities that may interfere with your health. For two weeks, gluten, soy, dairy, eggs and yeast will be removed from the diet. Reintroducing them will allow you to know if you are suffering from any food intolerance. During the elimination phase, you will also stop eating all the foods that cause inflammation in the body. This process will give a break to the digestive system and allow the cells to heal. A Food sensitivity test will allow you to identify specifically which food items make you sick. You can test up to 222 foods in a one-time blood test.

There are 2 phases in the diet: the elimination phase and the reintroduction phase. As their names implied, the elimination phase consists of temporarily removing certain foods. While in the latter phase, the reintroduction of a food group will allow for the identification of any hypersensitivity one may have.

The elimination diet is indicated for conditions such as:

• Bloating
• Itchy skin
• Constipation
• Diarrhea
• Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)
• Gastritis
• Chronic fatigue

• Fibromyalgia
• Headache
• Migraine
• Arthritis
• Asthma
• Weight Gain or weigh loss

The Elimination Phase:

StarchNon-gluten grains: brown rice, quinoa, buckwheat, amaranth, teffAll gluten-containing products, wheat, oats, barley, corn, spelt, kamut, rye
MeatsWhite meat: chicken, turkey. All fresh fish: salmon, cod, sole trout halibutRed meat: beef, pork, cold cuts, sausage, egg and shellfish, canned meats
LegumesAll dried beanssoy
VegetablesRaw, steamed, sautéed, baked or juicedYam sweet potatoesTomatoes, eggplant, all potatoes, bell peppers (green, yellow, red)Canned vegetables or creamed casseroles
FruitsFresh or frozen, fruit juicesAll citrus fruits: oranges, grapefruit, melons, banana. Sweetened fruit drink and dried fruits
Dairy productsRice milk or nut milk, kefirSoy milk, cow’s milk, cheese, butter, cottage cheese, yogurt, ice cream,
FatsOlive oil, flax seed oil, canola, safflower, sun flower, sesame, walnut, pumpkin, almond oilMargarine, spreads, butter, commercial salad dressing, shortening, processed oils
Nuts and SeedsAlmond, walnuts, cashews, sesame, sunflower, pumpkin and nut buttersPeanuts, peanut butter, pistachios
SpicesParsley, rosemary, thyme, tumeric, cinnamon, cumin, ginger, oreganocayenne , paprika
SweetenersHoney, Brown rice syrup, fruit sweeteners, molassesRefined sugar (white or brown), corn syrup, maple syrup
Beverages6 to 8 cups of filtered water, herbal teaCoffee, green/black tea, soda pop, alcohol

Reintroduction Phase:

Week Food Groups to ADD
1 Citrus Fruits
2 Soy and soy products
3 Eggs
4 Red meat
5 Gluten and wheat
6 dairy
7 Shellfish
8 Nuts, peanuts
9 Coffee, tea, chocolate