Anyone who has experienced digestive pains, cramps, skin issues, joint pains, allergy symptoms, mood changes, and bloating knows how frustrating and uncomfortable these symptoms can feel. Though there are many causes of digestive problems, food is often a culprit.
The elimination diet helps us pinpoint which foods might be causing these symptoms, so we can finally feel better.
So, what is the elimination diet?
Food intolerances, sensitivities, and allergies are far more common than you think. Foods that trigger an immune response don’t necessarily have to break you out in hives. Trigger foods can cause even the mildest yet uncomfortable symptoms, such as constipation or bloating. The elimination diet involves eliminating the most common triggers for food sensitivities and intolerances for a few weeks so you can do some investigative work.
Common trigger foods include nuts, soy, eggs, citrus, corn, shellfish, dairy, and wheat. If you feel better or symptoms improve after eliminating these foods, you’ll know one (or more) of these foods is the cause. You have to be consistent here— this isn’t the type of diet you can do halfway.
Even the smallest amount of your trigger foods can lead to an immune response. After a few weeks pass, you can reintroduce these foods one by one, hopefully identifying which ones are causing your digestive problems or other symptoms. Give each food a few days before introducing the next.