Do you think you maybe have a food allergy but aren’t sure? Maybe you are experiencing fatigue, skin flare-ups, mood swings, asthma, arthritis, or nutrient deficiencies, but you are reluctant to medicate. An elimination diet is a short-term eating plan that is a great starting point for pinpointing what food, if any, may be causing your symptoms.
Most elimination diets cut out all common allergens, including: -gluten -dairy -soy -refined/added sugar -peanuts -corn -alcohol -eggs, in some cases -packaged, processed or fast foods So how do you go about starting an elimination diet?
Follow these steps: -Stop eating all of the common allergens from the food list for at least three weeks. -Be sure to read food labels carefully to make sure you’re really avoiding even trace amounts of these foods. -Keep a food journal during this time to record how you’re feeling on a daily basis. -At the three week mark, start to reintroduce one food group at a time. Eat the food daily for 1–2 weeks and record your symptoms, taking note of any changes in symptoms between the elimination and reintroduction phases. -If symptoms return, you can confirm that this food is a trigger by eliminating it once again. -The goal is to see if the symptoms clear up when the food is removed a second time. This process can be somewhat lengthy, but it is a good way to pinpoint and remove foods that cause negative symptoms.
Try this incredible, simple meal that is a great, elimination diet approved recipe:
Ingredients -1 cup brown rice, rinsed well -2 cups low sodium chicken broth or vegetable broth -1 15oz. can kidney beans, rinsed -1 tsp cumin, plus more to sprinkle on top -1 tsp salt -2 avocados, sliced -2 green onions, chopped
Instructions -Bring 2 cups of chicken broth to a boil -Add 1 cup rice. Return to boil, then lower heat and cover. Simmer for 30-40 minutes or until all the water has been absorbed -Stir to fluff. Remove from heat and allow to stand for five minutes -While the rice is still warm, mix in the kidney beans, salt, and cumin. -Place some of the avocado slices and chopped green onions on top, and sprinkle with an additional dash of cumin. -Enjoy!
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