Elimination Diet: The Final Frontier
August 4, 2014 7:10 AM Subscribe
I’m finally working on starting an elimination diet, but I need some advice. I’m seeing some conflicting things online. What worked for you? What’s the best way to go about this?
posted by Crystalinne to Health & Fitness (17 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
You’re not my doctor; you’re not my nutritionist. My doctor knows I’ve eliminated some foods. I plan to see a nutritionist. I’m looking for elimination diet tips. If you have medical questions, message me.
I have been eating gluten free for about 5 to 6 months, and lactose free for a little less. I noticed a huge difference cutting out gluten. Pretty sure I have become lactose intolerant. I also a few months ago cut out soy and eggs as it seemed that they were making my stomach upset. I now think those may have been a false-positive or that I can at least handle some of it. I definitely think I have an issue with corn. I’ve been mostly corn free for about a week and have felt immensely better. I almost feel like a human.
I’m seeing conflicting things on the internet about what all to cut out in an elimination diet. I need a lot of protein in my diet and some recommend basically eating fish and turkey, where others have any meat included. Can I continue to eat closer to paleo with any meat and included/safe veggies/fruits? I don’t like fish, nor do I feel comfortable cooking fish.
How long should I have a reduced diet? I’ve seen anywhere from 21 days to 6 weeks. I was thinking 3 weeks would be enough since I’ve already taken out a lot of allergens.
Do I really need to cut out nuts and citrus fruits? What about potatoes and tomatoes?
On adding things back in, since corn is in everything, should I try something with corn syrup in it first and see how I react? If you have a corn intolerance, can you still have corn syrup? What about the stuff that has less than 2% corn-something?
About how long does the “challenge” portion of this take? I honestly might only try allergens on weekends so I don’t feel sick during work.
Personally, I’d love to eat eggs and soy again. I really doubt I can eat gluten and am scared to even try. The last time I had it I was extremely sick afterward. (Waking up in the middle of the night with severe, nearly unbearable stomach pain and nausea sick.) Should I even attempt it?
What worked for your elimination diet? Any tips, recipes, etc? I don’t eat carb-heavy meals. I will be keeping a strict food journal.