Updated: Jul 30, 2020
About 70% of our immune system depends on our digestive system. Our gut. Our diet [what we eat] directly impacts our health, how we feel and how we look so why not achieve our greatest self possible, considering our own bio-individuality and lifestyle? Here's the thing: we may not even know a certain food is negatively impacting us until we remove it from our diet. And since we are all unique in our nutritional needs; hence the term, bio-individuality, only we can really know what is best for us.
The Elimination Diet is simple: remove common allergens/possible triggers for 28 days. Then, re-introduce each eliminated food once every 3 days and watch for symptoms.
The goal of the Elimination Diet is: remove foods that cause inflammation in the body. When our bodies are inflamed, our microbiome goes out of balance, with more bad micro-organisms than good. Eliminating certain foods [that are allergens/triggers] decreases inflammation and allows the digestive system and in turn, the immune system, a chance to heal.
Simple concept doesn't necessarily translate to simple execution. It isn't always easy to do the Elimination Diet and the body might even experience withdrawal symptoms the first week or two. The main allergens to remove during this diet are: gluten, dairy, eggs, corn, shellfish, soy, and nuts. That's a lot to remove at once so if it's too daunting, it can be broken down to 2 or 3 foods at first. Or we may suspect nightshades or some other food or drink may be causing issues-- we can add those or focus on only those at first. My point here is that we can personalize the Elimination Diet to our own needs and to make it happen.
Personally, I suspect a few foods that may be interrupting me in feeling my best, and throwing off my microbiome (eczema is screaming at me that something isn't right) and hormones (Hashimoto's, anyone?). And I'm not as clear headed as I'd like to be. I'm giving the Elimination Diet a go and see what it can teach me about my body. Here's my plan:
My start date: Sunday, July 19, 2020
My end date: Saturday, August 15, 2020
Duration: 28 days
Foods to eliminate: gluten, dairy, eggs, soy
We are all spending a lot more time at home during the pandemic. Controlling directly what goes into your food makes this diet much simpler. If you do go out, be sure to talk to your server or restaurant staff about how food is prepared and options available to you.
Stay well, friends ❤