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The Elimination Diet Experiment

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I was recently approached by a doctor from Ohio State University who works with individuals who have intolerances and allergies to certain foods and ingredients. He asked me how much I knew about elimination diets, to which I replied, “I know the basics, but not the details.”

The main purpose of an elimination diet is to restrict all of the foods and ingredients to which many individuals tend to have allergies and/or intolerances. After discussing the diet details for a while, the doctor asked if I could be a resource for his clients who are trying to figure out how to eat on this diet (the diet typically lasts between 14 and 28 days). He then proceeded to ask me if I would try out the diet myself in order to learn firsthand how to eat on this highly restricted diet. You will probably think I’m crazy (since I already have a fairly restricted diet), but I agreed to try it. In reality, this is something I should have done a long time ago since I have always had stomach and GI issues. I’m only trying the diet for one to two weeks. Who knows, maybe I’ll feel even better!**If you would like to read more about elimination diets, please check out this link, which explains them very well.**

I cannot provide the list of foods that must be eliminated (since people pay money for the actual details and support!), but I will provide examples of some of the foods I will be eating in the next week or two. And in case you were wondering, I am still following the low FODMAPs diet at the same time….

(the above photo is the list of foods I can and cannot eat)

Here are some of my staples on this diet:

Almond butter

Black beans

Quinoa

Gluten-free oats

Brown rice flour

Plain rice cakes

Veggie chips

Butternut squash

Spaghetti squash

Not included in the picture: Daiya cheese, organic chicken, and coconut milk kefir

I’m starting on Monday. I’ll be keeping you updated as the week goes on…..

The things I do for work, my goodness. Wish me luck!!

Question: Have you ever tried an elimination diet? If so, did you learn about some foods to which you were intolerant or allergic?

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