In the coming weeks, I will starting an elimination diet for 2-weeks and diving into a low FODMAP diet afterwards. This is no way what I recommend everyone do and please seek out an NTP, FMD, or other medical professional. I want to share my experience and hopes to give others peace of mind when it comes to elimination diets. This is all about preparing for an elimination diet.
In the past couple years, elimination diets have been used to reset people’s digestive system, cravings, and reduce inflammation. I am sure you have heard of sugar detoxes and Whole30s. It can feel overwhelming at first. When my nutritionist brought up an elimination diet, I was like “oh hell no”. In reality, my gut REALLY needs to a break!
An elimination diet is great for a multitude of reasons from finding food sensitivities and kick starting a protocol or new lifestyle. The biggest thing is it is temporary. The max you do an elimination diet for is 30-days depending on what you’re doing it for. If you are doing it to starve out SIBO or Candida it may take longer.
When it comes to an elimination, some common foods to remove are:
- Processed Foods
In preparation for an elimination diet, these are somethings I am doing now to prepare!
1). Finish up foods that you are eliminating!
Some common foods to removed during the elimination diet is gluten, dairy, sugar, processed foods, soy, nuts and seeds, and even nightshades. By eating what you have that is not allowed during the elimination will make it less tempting to eat. Let me tell you two-weeks with out any nut butter or chocolate is killing me, but if I have it out of the house I won’t think of it!
2). Try to clean up your diet to make the transition easier!
Each time you go grocery shopping try to pick up less items that are considered “off-limits” during the elimination diet. This can be not getting dairy or switching to gluten-free. It will help to ease the adjustment and possible reduce some symptoms such as irritability, headaches, fatigue, and etc. Plus, you’ll start saving some money too!
3). Start thinking of meals to meal prep!
I know not all of you are fans of meal prepping, but meal prepping will be a savior during this period! There will be no thinking at all of what can I eat as you will have it all planned out. This will also remove those thoughts of missing certain foods or having FOMO when you can’t go out to eat. I wrote a couple blog posts on meal prepping that you can find here and here!
Tip 4): Don’t plan any outings involving eating out!
After I scheduled my elimination diet, I realized I have Johnathan’s birthday and a lady date with my girlfriends. Fortunately, I worked something out for his birthday, but I had to reschedule with my girlfriends. During this period, going out to eat is not a good idea. You have no idea what they’re seasoning and cooking your food in. It would beat the whole point of the elimination diet. I recommend rescheduling plans or do something else besides eating like a hike!
The biggest thing is to have patience through this whole experience. I need to tell myself this too. It is truly going to be worth and you’ll feel so much better after. I truly hope this helps you and please share with anyone who is considering an elimination diet or is about to start one! For daily updates, be sure to check out my Instagram!