Before you start the elimination diet
Elimination diets will eliminate every trace of problem foods. This will give your body a chance to heal, as well as help heal a leaky gut.
- Do an elimination program for 2-3 months. Depending on the amount of food triggers you have it can take much longer.
- Reintroduce one food at a time with 48 hours between each new food. Eat new food in all three meals.
- Test one food per day. So if you at corn on day one, you will not eat it again on the reintroduction period.
- Keep a food journal and track what you eat, food symptoms, and sensitivities. Keep track of your mood, clarity, withdrawal symptoms. Do a summary of how you felt before, so you can keep track of improvements.
- If you react to a food. Wait before introducing another food until symptoms reside.
- Once you reintroduce all of the foods you eliminated, you can go back to eating the foods that did not trigger any reactions.
- If you react to a food, note that you may not be able to eat it now, but may do so in the future. After your initial inflammation clears, you may find that you can tolerate a food that previously cause a sensitivity.
- Know that you may feel worse before you feel better. Some people will feel immediate relief on an elimination diet. Others will suffer withdrawal symptoms as toxins are removed. Do not quit, you will most likely feel better once the withdrawal symptoms reside.