Skin freaking out and it’s not even that time of the month? Feeling bloated as f#ck and not sure why? I feel you girl! Anytime I’ve been faced with a breakout or feeling super fatigued, I would chalk it up to just being stressed from work but when I realized I was still feeling a little off even after practicing a little self-care, doing an elimination diet came to my attention and I thought why the hell not!
If you’re not exactly sure what an elimination diet is, it basically consists of you eliminating certain foods that might be causing digestive reactions and allergies, then reintroducing the foods one at a time over a 2-3 day period in order to determine which foods might be causing your symptoms. This process takes about 3-6 weeks due to the fact that antibodies take just about 3 weeks to dissolve so this is the minimum time needed for you to really notice any improvements.
A little update on how my elimination diet is going…ADIOS GLUTEN! I did the gluten exposure day a few days ago and since then I’ve been experiencing insane brain fog, bloating, sore ankles and knees, fatigue and vertigo I haven’t had in years made a comeback! To be honest I was a little skeptical about whether or not I would be able to identify what has been causing my symptoms but I’m so happy I’ve discovered this issue for me! I feel like everyone should do an elimination diet at least once in their life, it’s totally worth it and a much better way to isolate problem foods even if your diet is a little limiting and boring for a few weeks, you gotta do what you gotta do!
Here are the foods you should remove during an elimination diet:
- Refined/Added Sugar
- Packaged, processed or fast foods
- Certain nightshades
- Citrus Fruits
Oof, just reading that makes me re-live my first thought from when I first heard of elimination diet…so what the heck CAN I eat?!
Think PALEO. Your plate should be made up of 40% fresh vegetables(leafy greens, cauliflower,celery,cucumbers,brussel sprouts,squash), 30% clean sources of protein(grass-fed meat & poultry, cage-free eggs, wild-caught fish), 20% healthy fats(avocados,coconut oil,olive oil) and the remaining 10% fruit and whole-food carbohydrates.
The absolute best foods to have during this 3-6 week period are coconut products, this fat is easier to digest and helps to nourish a healing gut, bone broth, contains amino acids proline and glycine that help heal damaged cell walls, probiotics, help to replenish the good bacteria in your gut which balances intestinal PH while reducing inflammation and raw milk, which also contains probiotics and amino acids to help heal the gut.
As boring as this diet might sound, there really are huge benefits to doing it-you can discover unknown food allergies, provide relief for skin irritations, help reduce IBS symptoms, heal Leaky Gut Syndrome, prevent/treat learning disorders such as Autism and ADHD as well as fight migraine headaches!
So if you’re dealing with annoying skin flare ups, feeling low energy despite eating a healthy diet, experiencing joint pain, bloating, migraines or have difficulty sleeping, then I definitely suggesting giving an elimination diet a try, I promise it’s not as bad as it sounds and the results may surprise you!